Granada - The Alhambra's Generalife Gardens

Views of the Alhambra and the city of Granada from the Generalife Gardens.
A trip to Granada, Spain isn't complete without a visit to the city's most famous attraction, the Alhambra.  A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Alhambra complex is made up of three main sections; The Nasrid Palaces, The Generalife Gardens, and the Alcazaba Fortress. Each portion has its own unique draw. From the stunningly detailed architecture of The Nasrid Palaces, the lovely gardens and water features of Generalife, to the breathtaking views from Alcazaba. Tickets can be purchased for the sections individually, but if you're in Granada why miss out on the total package?

The Court of the Main Canal, a focal feature of the Generalife Gardens at the Alhambra.
Moorish carvings and architecture in the palace of the Generalife at the Alhambra.


London - The Courtauld Gallery & Somerset House

Traffic at a busy London intersection near Somerset House.

There are so many must visit museums in London that it can be overwhelming (and expensive!) to fit them all into one vacation. At the top of my must list is a visit to The Courtauld Gallery. Housing one of the best collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works outside of France, The Courtauld features pivotal works by Manet and Van Gogh. When each painting represents the best of the artist's ouerve, the one or two hours you spend will feel like just a few minutes.

The entrance to London's Courtauld Gallery at Somerset House.
A wide angle view of Somerset House, home of The Courtauld Gallery, in London.
An artist sketches a pair of Degas statues at London's Courtauld Gallery.
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