Spain Tour; Side Trip to Rome, Italy

8 Days Self-Guided Budget Summer Europe Trip with My Mother
August 18 to 25, 2018


This was my 2nd visit in Rome, Italy following the 2013 Solo Europe Trip. After we finished sight-seeing Vatican City's Museum and Basilica, we walked straight to Piazza del Popolo, Piazza de Spagna, Fontana of Trevi, Pantheon, Piazza Navona and The Colosseum as our last stop. We bought cheap souvenirs in between Fontana of Trevi and Piazza Navona. I bought a roundtrip bus ticket from airport for 9 Euro. We left Rome Central terminal station by 1830H and left Rome aiport around 2200H going home.

Spain Tour; Side Trip to Rome, Italy

Spain Tour; Side Trip to Vatican Museum and St. Peter's Basilica

8 Days Self-Guided Budget Summer Europe Trip with My Mother
August 18 to 25, 2018


This was my 2nd visit in Vatican City following the 2013 Solo Europe Trip but I only visited St. Peter's Basilica. From Ottaviano metro station around 0800H, we walked to St. Peter's Basilica first (free admission). The highlight of the sight-seeing inside the Basilica are the huge size statues of the Saint, Pieta sculpture and the Dome by Michelangelo and St. Peter's Tomb at the basement. Then, around 0930H, we went to Vatican Museum, it is advisable to booked your tickets online. Admission fee costs 17 Euro + 4 Euro if bought online. The highlight of the sightseeing inside (can take 3-4 hours) Vatican Museum is the Sistine Chapel's ceiling by Michelangelo and the spiral exit.  Photography and video taking is allowed inside both buildings.


Spain Tour; Side Trip to Vatican Museum and St. Peter's Basilica

Spain Tour; Side Trip to Lisbon, Portugal

8 Days Self-Guided Budget Summer Europe Trip with My Mother
August 18 to 25, 2018


I made this side trip from Seville, Spain due to 2 reasons; being just a 7 hours bus travel away from Seville and to complete the countries of Europe continent. Portugal shares the Iberian peninsula at the Southwestern tip of Europe together with Spain. I only visited the capital, Lisbon's Sao Jorge Castle, Lisbon Cathedral, Praca de Comercio and City Center. There is no crossborder checkpoint during the bus travel. We left Lisbon around 1900H from airport going to Rome, Italy.

timezone - UTC +0100H    capital - Lisbon    language - Portuguese    currency - Euro (EUR)

INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT PORTUGAL

1. Portuguese is the official language of 9 countries
2. Portugal has had the same defined borders since 1139, making it the oldest nation-state in Europe. 
3. The oldest bookstore in the world is in Portugal's capital
4. Portugal is the largest cork producer in the world
5. Portugal has the longest bridge in Europe
6. Portugal is one of the world's top surf spots
7. Portugal was the first colonial power to abolish slavery

Spain Tour; Side Trip to Lisbon, Portugal

Spain Tour; Side Trip to Andorra (La Vella)

8 Days Self-Guided Budget Summer Europe Trip with My Mother
August 18 to 25, 2018


I made this side trip in Barcelona, Spain due to 2 reasons; being just a 3 hours bus travel away from Barcelona and to complete the countries / micro-states of Europe. I only visited the capital, Andorra La Vella's St. Steve Chapel, Casa de la Vall and City Center. There is a crossborder checkpoint during the bus travel, Police Officers just verified our Schengen Visa inside the bus. Andorra is a small mountainous country in the Pyrenees between France and Spain.

timezone - UTC +0200H    capital - Andorra La Vella    language - Catalan    currency - Euro (EUR)

INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT ANDORRA

1. It is the 16th smallest country in the world by land and the 11th smallest by population.
2. Andorra is also one of the few places in Europe where you can still smoke indoors in public places.
3. Andorra is the only country in the world with Catalan as its official language
4. Andorra has never been in a war in almost 1,000 years
5. Andorra has no national bank and has never had its own currency
6. Andorra is the world’s only co-principality, they have two princes who jointly share the title of prince. They are the only country where one of their heads of state (the President of France) is democratically elected by another country.

Spain Tour; Side Trip to Andorra (La Vella)

Seville City Walk Tour last part; Other Tourist Spots

8 Days Self-Guided Budget Summer Europe Trip with My Mother
August 18 to 25, 2018


After finishing the visits on Seville's main tourist spots such as Real Alcazar and Seville Cathedral, we just had a summer self-guided city walk tour. We check-out in the hostel first then we proceed to Prado de Sebastian Bus Station for departure time confirmation and locker rental. Then, we had the walk tour to El Divino Salvador Church, Plaza de la Encarnacion and in Triana area. We left Seville around 2300H for a 7 hour crossborder bus ride to Lisbon, Portugal.

Seville City Walk Tour last part; Other Tourist Spots

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