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Cultural Experiences

The Turkey Head

Turkey Head and All for Thanksgiving

When it’s Thanksgiving morning in Spain and you open up the bag of turkey giblets, and there is the head staring out at you, are you supposed to boil it up too with the heart and liver and neck? I wondered.

Las Fallas Festival

Young Falleras in Las Fallas Procession in Valencia, Spain

Pictures from the Las Fallas festival in Valencia, Spain. This annual fiesta is held each March to celebrate the unique heritage and spirit of Valencianos. See pictures of the fallas, bullfights, processions and mascleta.

Visit Pompeii and Experience History

House of the Faun in Pompeii, Italy

“Mom! Mom, this is it! This is the house I read about!” My ten-year-old daughter was standing at the entrance to what was a house 2,000 years ago in Pompeii, Italy. We had come to Pompeii to experience history, but for me, the real experience was seeing it through her curious and eager eyes.

Las Fallas Festival

Fallas Sculpture Burning in Valencia

One of our most memorable Spanish experiences was the Fallas festival in Valencia, Spain. I had heard about this city-wide street festival with its towering sculptures that were burned on the last night, but I was in no way prepared for the pageantry and processions, the afternoon mascleta and brilliant La Nit del Foc fireworks at 2:00am.

Picture Morocco

Laundry and Life in Ait Benhaddou Morocco

Our journey through Morocco was like no other experience my family has encountered. All of our senses were stimulated with the colors, smells and sounds. Follow our travel experiences through our pictures here. We hope they inspire you to travel to this amazing country.

Trooping the Colour in London

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip Trooping the Colour in London

You can image our excitement then when we found ourselves in London during the annual Trooping the Colour. This impressive parade and London event is held on Queen Elizabeth’s official birthday. What an unexpected surprise it was to see the Queen, Prince William and over 1,400 horse guards in this wonderful London event.

Mamma Mia

Mamma, Federico and the Tiramirsu at his Italian Restaurant

My Mom and I were standing at a bus stop in Rome. It was our last afternoon in the eternal city, and we were hoping to squeeze in one final amazing Italian lunch before leaving for the airport. Read on for our pleasantly unexpected experience at Federico’s Italian restaurant in Rome. Traveling tip, never refuse an invitation from an Italian man!

Cooking a Whole Fish

Fresh dorado fish at the Central Mercado in Valencia, Spain.

I am determined to learn how to cook a whole fish while at home in Spain. My first attempt at dorado fell apart, a travail, but I enjoyed the experience to the fish market and mastered the Spanish recipe by the end of my travels.

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