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My first EPIC Skydiving Adventure with Skydive Empuriabrava

A few months ago, a list for TBEX¬†(Travel Blogger Exchange) pre-tours was posted online and I just happened to be online at the time. I was a bit bummed out prior because I missed out on an opportunity for some of the pre-tours already. There were 15 new tours set for May 3rd and I quickly scanned through them and one surely stood out from the rest. I managed to quickly reserve a spot for myself on this exciting tour that was only accepting seven members in total. Within an hour or two, the tour had all seven members on board. Now, what really stood out about this trip was the 10am Skydiving session. SKYDIVING!!! When I read this word on paper, the adrenaline rushed through me and I just couldn’t contain myself. The other tours included hiking, visiting a fishing village etc, absolutely nothing was as exciting or thrilling or even close in adventure to skydiving. The funny thing is Skydiving wasn’t even on my Bucket List, and I didn’t even think it would …

NEW: Italy, Portugal & Spain Pages

For easier navigation, I created separate pages above for countries I’ve visited this year so far. I am still in the process of creating many posts for Spain and some on Italy and Portugal too. In Italy I visited The Vatican City and Rome. In Portugal I visited Porto, Matosinhos and Braga. In Spain I visited Barcelona, Lloret de Mar, Platja d’Aro and Empuriabrava. Bellow the photos are the links to the new pages. Just click on the titles and they will take you to each page. ūüôā ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬† ¬†In Love with Italy¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† P is for Portugal¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬† Spring in Spain

Catamaran Sailing Party in Costa Brava

What do you get when you combine Travel Bloggers & Unlimited Sangria together? Tons of fun! One of the fun pre TBEX tours was a 3 hour¬†Catamaran cruise of Costa Brava’s beautiful shoreline and I managed to secure a spot for myself for this fun adventure at sea. On April 30th about 100 Travel bloggers departed from Lloret de Mar¬†for the Catamaran cruise.¬† We had an open bar, a lunch bbq and snorkel equipment all provided for us during the tour. There was non-stop awesome party music playing on the boat and we all had a big dance party at one point. Here are some photos and a video from this fun group adventure ūüôā Making new friends ūüôā We stopped by this beautiful secluded beach and of course I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to not jump in for a quick swim. The water was cold, but after about 5 minutes, you don’t feel anything, so it was quiet refreshing. My new friends Tara from Hippie Hits the Road¬†and Claire from The Green Geekette¬†joined …

Steel Donkey Bike Tours of Barcelona

My second day in Barcelona started with an awesome morning bike tour of the city. I was immediately drawn to Steel Donkey Bike Tours because they are not your typical city bike tour. They are quiet unique bike tours that let you discover a different side of Barcelona, the one you don’t find in the guide books. Every tour differs from the next one, so you never know what sort of surprise is waiting for you. Another great part of this tour is that the group is always small and intimate which makes for a much better tour altogether. Edu, our tour guide explaining Barcelona’s neighborhoods The beautiful Santa Maria del Mar Church This corner head indicates that this used to be a brothel The streets used to be labelled this way indicating which way the traffic went This amazing little gem of a shop has been roasting nuts the old fashioned way since 1851 We actually got to sample some roasted nuts, and let me tell you they definitely taste pretty special and nothing …

An incredible stay at NM Suites at Platja d’Aro

Thanks to TBEX I managed to book a few days of free hotel stay after the conference and one of the places I picked was NM Suites hotel at the beautiful Platja d’Aro. This was a perfect place to stay at after a very busy 10 days in Spain. I finally got a little Rest & Relaxation here. This was probably my favorite hotel during my 2 week stay in Spain. When the hotel receptionist took me to my room and told me I have the suite, as soon as I saw it, I was in love with this place. I was definitely not expecting a suite. The awesome remote controlled fireplace My beautiful balcony View from the balcony The beautiful Suite building My Suite was located on the top right The grounds at NM Suites are absolutely spectacular. It’s extremely peaceful here. The multiple tress give you a feeling like you are up in the mountains somewhere, but the beach is only about 100m away from the hotel. This was my outdoor office ūüôā …

TBEX Opening Party – An Affair to Remember

When we got the news that the TBEX Opening Party would be a Beach Party, we were all super excited. The party was to be held at the beautiful Santa Cristina Beach and we had 3 different transportation options as our arrival to the party: Scenic longer boat ride along the coastline Direct boat ride to the beach (15 min) Arrival by bus for those arriving later Of course I picked the earliest 6:30pm departure by boat that opted for a longer scenic coastal route to the party. Boat picking us up for the Opening Party Lloret de Mar Arriving at Santa Cristina Beach The Reception Layout The Stunning Location on Hotel Santa Marta grounds First we were serenaded by beautiful poolside live music Soon after the announcement was heard about the Tomato & Bread demonstration While the 2nd boat ride was making its way toward the beach… It was time for some Cheese & Wine onshore My happy plate filled with different local Cheeses. I also enjoyed some local white wine with this too …

Platja d’Aro – Costa Brava’s little peaceful beachside gem

Recently I had an opportunity to visit Costa Brava’s small beach town Platja d’Aro. The first thing¬†I noticed once I got off the bus and walked toward my hotel was, the peaceful feeling I got from my new surroundings. Unlike Party town Lloret de Mar, Platja d’Aro is pretty peaceful and a perfect beach town for a little Rest and Relaxation. May is a perfect month to visit, but I predict June would be just as lovely. Bellow are some photos of from this pretty little beach town. The main road above the beach has some awesome little shops and you can also find designer brands here too. Surprisingly it’s a great place for shopping. Platja d’Aro also has a port at the edge of the town and a nearby large campsite too. There are also some watersport activities for adventure lovers. My only tip would be to not go there alone. Platja d’Aro is meant to be enjoyed with a partner or a small group of people. Getting there from Barcelona: Best way to …