More posts by Ryan Bender

Sevilla Cathedral

Sevilla Cathedral Doors

“Let a church so beautiful and so great that those who see it built will think we were mad”.

With those words, construction on the Cathedral of Seville began. During the Reconquista, the Spanish exiled the Moors (who had been there since 711) and turned either replaced or converted the mosques into churches.… Continue Reading →

March Wallpapers

Cinque Terre iPhone Wallpaper

Can you feel it? Spring is in the air! Just thinking about it makes us daydream about Cinque Terre, Italy. Here are some wallpapers to help you dream too.








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Restaurante Nueva Victoria

Tapas along the Guadalquivir

Spain is hot. (Have I mentioned this before?) Okay, not all of the time. Since the sun is the cause of this heat, nights are downright pleasant. So are mornings before the sun gets too high and evenings after the sun goes down. The Spanish have evolved a lifestyle that works runs on this diurnal cycle.… Continue Reading →

Barri Gotic

Barcelona’s Medieval City Center

The Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter) is the heart of the old city of Barcelona. It is bordered in the south by the Mediterranean and in the west by La Rambla, a pedestrian-only street that is more circus than thoroughfare. Street performers, jewelry kiosks and chain stores pretty much sum it up the Rambla, so if none of these interest you, skip this boulevard altogether.… Continue Reading →

Tyranena Brewery

Tyranena Bitter Women IPA

Technical Brewery Tour Worth the Time

The Tyranena Brewing Company can be found a mile from the Lake Mills exit along Wisconsin’s busiest highway: the stretch of Interstate 94 between Madison and Milwaukee. On the other side of this city of 5000 is the the Glacial Drumlin State Trail, a recreational “rail to trail” that is popular among cyclists.… Continue Reading →


Nostrum - Barcelona, Spain

Delicious Breakfast In Barcelona

What have we always said is the most important thing? Breakfast. So often when traveling, people want to get a jump on the day or make an early connection. This can make your travel weeks seem a lot like your work weeks. The solution? Have breakfast together-or at the very least, a leisurely cup of coffee.… Continue Reading →

Ciutat Comtal/Ciudad Comdal

Ciudad Condal / Ciutat Contal

Barcelona’s Best Restaurant

OK, you can judge for yourself, but the food, service and atmosphere (both inside and out) make this the ideal place to meet friends or have a romantic dinner for two. Located northwest of the Barri Gotic in the Eixample, Ciutat Comtal (Ciudad Condal in Spanish-but  remember, you are in Catalunya) is a restaurant and bar that is always busy, especially around supper time.… Continue Reading →

Via dell’Amore

Via Dell'Amore, Cinque Terre

Amore Means Love in Italian

View of Riomaggiore from the Via dell’Amore

Cinque Terre (“five lands”) is a collection of villages along Italy’s Ligurian Coast. From north to south, they are Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. Getting between the towns by foot and by train is easy. Each town has a station serviced by a local train several times per hour.… Continue Reading →

La Colmena

Pastisseria y Bomboneria en Barcelona

Is chocolate-tourism a thing yet? Kindra seems to think it should be. She is a connoisseur of fine chocolate and will turn her nose up at anything less than extraordinary. We have made special chocolate-shopping trips in both Brussels and Zurich, trying them all before loading up on the best.… Continue Reading →