7 Best Hidden European Gems

7 Best Hidden European Gems

Europe nests some of the most incredible destinations in the world such as London, famous for its nightlife, shopping, and museums, Amsterdam for its narrow canals or Barcelona for its vibrant Catalonian heritage. But apart from these world-famous tourist destinations, Europe is also home to many gems which the mortal is yet to unearth entirely. Let’s uncover some of these most alluring unknown destinations in Europe.

The Travel Bar is Set High for the New Year

The Travel Bar is Set High for the New Year

We admit that we feel more than a little blessed to have careers that allow us to travel for a living. Ever since Midlife Road Trip first began, each year has been filled with more exciting destinations and bucket list adventures than the year before. This last year...
Impressions of Portugal #VikingSocial

Impressions of Portugal #VikingSocial

Prior to receiving an invitation from Viking River Cruises to participate in the #VikingSocial cruise on the Douro River, I knew very little about Portugal. I was aware that Port wine was made in Portugal, and that cork trees grew there. Anything else I might have learned was surely forgotten as soon as I put down the pencil after taking whatever high school or college test I had bothered to study for in the first place.

This trip afforded me the opportunity to learn of Portugal’s history, witness her beauty, experience her culture, and taste her wine. As a result, Portugal is now in the upper echelon of countries I would love to visit again and again.

Of the 1,121 photographs I snapped along the journey, here are a few that summarize my first impressions of Portugal.

Photographing #DoorPorn in Castelo Rodrigo, Portugal

Photographing #DoorPorn in Castelo Rodrigo, Portugal

For centuries, Arabs, Jews, and Christians have peacefully coexisted in the village of Castelo Rodrigo, Portugal. As an invited participant in the #VikingSocial Portugal’s River’s of Gold cruise, I had the opportunity to explore and photograph the 13th...
Lisbon’s National Tile Museum #VikingSocial

Lisbon’s National Tile Museum #VikingSocial

Ceramic tiles are an important part of Portugal’s culture and history. As an invited guest on the #VikingSocial Portugal’s Rivers of Gold cruise, I took an optional tour that included a visit Lisbon’s National Tile Museum where I learned how ceramic...

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