Spain

A Park that’s a River: Turia and the Plan Sur

The world is full of really unique parks, from massive sprawls in urban environments to parks literally teaming with gangs of cats. Turia in the heart of Valencia, Spain is one of those parks. The main thing about Turia is that only a few decades ago, it wasn't a park at all but rather the… Continue reading A Park that’s a River: Turia and the Plan Sur

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France

A Tale of Two Popes: France’s Papal Enclave of Avignon

Ancient towns that continue to function as fully inhabited urban spaces are something that I find really cool. This is especially because you don't really get that in the United States where even the oldest towns are only really a few hundred years old and much of he architecture has taken on a modern feel… Continue reading A Tale of Two Popes: France’s Papal Enclave of Avignon

Italy

Pinocchio Carvings: Italy’s Oddly Violent Fable

Almost everyone has either heard the story or seen the Disney version of Pinocchio, a tale of adventure and a lovely message about using the truth. Disney's version changes the original character to be likeable by giving him an air of innocence as that of a child. The original version though, well, it doesn't have… Continue reading Pinocchio Carvings: Italy’s Oddly Violent Fable

France · Monaco

Miniature Monarchy: Monaco

Tucked in between the turquoise clear waters of the Mediterranean coast and the bright green French Alpes-Maritimes, is the microstate of Monaco, the second smallest country in the world with a population of 38,000. At an area of less than 2 square kilometers, it is also the most densely packed state in the world, as is… Continue reading Miniature Monarchy: Monaco