Day Trip: Madinat Al-Zahra in Cordoba, Spain

Madinat Al-Zahra in Cordoba, Spain

Hey there! As we’ve previously noted here on the blog, there are a ton of things to see and do in and around Seville, Spain – where we’re currently based – many of which are never even considered by tourists. Especially the ones who only stay for a few days.

One of these places is the Madinat Al-Zahra, also known in English and Spanish as the Medina Azahara, an old Moorish city and palace just west of the city of Cordoba. As it’s only about 1.5 hours from Seville, we hopped in the car one Saturday with our pal, Cat, to go check it out.

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Day Trip: Cerro del Hierro and the Sierra Norte de Sevilla

Cerro del Hierro, Sierra Norte de Sevilla by Jets Like Taxis

Before winter, when the weather was still just how I like it – shortsy and sunny – we took a day trip just about 1.5 hours north of Seville to check out a bit of the Sierra Norte de Sevilla mountain range.

This string of mountains, part of the larger Sierra Morena, sits north of Seville (as its name suggests) and is home to a lot of that delicious jamón ibérico and wine production, as well as lots of wildlife and other rural treats. It’s also a bit of a cooler retreat for folks around here when the weather’s too hot down in Seville.

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Weekend Getaway: Cádiz and Sanlúcar, Spain

Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain by Jets Like Taxis

Back when the weather was a little bit warmer, we went on a short weekend getaway south of Seville with our friends, Hani and Pepe. Our main focus was stopping at our pal Pepe’s father’s bodega – more on that in this post – but we also hit up a couple of other cities just to hang out and walk around.

Food, drink, sun, stroll, and friends. Just what we like for a relaxing visit to pretty much anywhere.

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Road Trip: Galena, Illinois, and Balltown, Iowa

Galena, Illinois by Jets Like Taxis

How about a little road trip? I’m late in posting this – shocker, I know – but I wanted to get this up at some point, so here we are! Last time we were in the States, we went on a little weekend road trip with my folks, to visit Galena, Illinois, and northeast Iowa.

Why? Shoot, why not? I hadn’t been to Galena since I was a kid, and we also wanted to visit a famous restaurant in Balltown, Iowa, because…food! So, we all packed up the cars and headed west on the Illinois back roads, eventually making our way to Dubuque, Iowa.

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Traveler Interview: Bram Reusen of Travel. Experience. Live.

Bram Reusen of Travel. Experience. Live.

Welcome to the latest installment of our Traveler Interview series! We randomly asked world travelers we know and don’t know to answer a series of questions for us about how and why they do what they do. And maybe, just maybe, it’ll give you some insight and inspiration for your own adventures.

Today we’ve got this one guy. This guy named Bram Reusen. Bram is a Belgian, now married to an American, and he’s been on the road all over the world for quite some time. He takes amazing pictures, and the posts on his blog, Travel. Experience. Live., are always motivating for those wanting to get out and see the world.

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Day Trip: Sopron, Hungary

Sopron, Hungary by Jets Like Taxis

How about a trip to Hungary? During our time in Vienna, Austria, we did our best to get out there and see what was popping off in various locales not too far away from the city.

Most people don’t really realize it, but Vienna is very far east for a “Western European” country. In the east, it borders the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, and of course, Hungary.

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The Saga and Travels of One Man’s Shoes

Nike ID Free 4.0 by Jets Like Taxis - Prisa Mata

Last month, Ryan noticed that the fabric of his beloved Nikes were cracked. Because they were the only warm-weather and daily-use shoes he owns, this wouldn’t fly. And so began the (what always feels like an) eternal search for the perfect replacements.

You see, Ryan doesn’t shop like I do. I’m impulsive and impatient when it comes to shopping, never mind the fact that I’m basically blind to prices. If I see something I need (or think I need, rather – I’ve been told repeatedly there’s a difference there), I don’t usually take the time to do extensive research on said needed thing. I am the ideal capitalist pawn. I buy. Immediately.

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Asturias: Pola de Somiedo and Somiedo Natural Park

Pola de Somiedo, Asturias by Jets Like Taxis

If you read this blog, you probably know that exploring random places is one of our favorite things to do. During our time in Asturias, we did a lot of that, from villages to mountains to the seaside and beyond.

Having friends in town, on and off during our few months staying in Oviedo, we had lots of extra opportunities to see what the region of Asturias has to offer. Looking at a map and random pictures on the interwebs, we ran into a natural park to the southwest of Oviedo called Somiedo.

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Pit Stop: Salamanca, Spain

Salamanca, Spain by Jets Like Taxis

At the start of our summer escape to Oviedo in the Spanish province of Asturias, we drove straight up from the bottom of the country to the tippity-top. The drive is around eight hours, but we weren’t having any of that.

We just don’t like to drive too far for too long if we don’t have to. Going slow and low – nice and relaxed – is how we do it. So, we decided to stop off for a few days somewhere between Seville and Oviedo. And that’s how we ended up in the city of Salamanca.

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