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The Muslim heritage of Xi’an

We’re back after a brief period “off”. We’ve been very busy planning our wedding and our next big adventure, our honeymoon, which, by the way, will take place in the same continent as this post 🙂 I really miss travelling far away like we did last summer. These last months of relative “quietness” have been useful to put in order our lifes but we are anxious for our honeymoon to begin!

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Wall of Xi’an

After having written about our amazing experiences in Datong and Pingyao, we want to share with you a bit of the charming city of Xi’an. Xi’an is a must-see in any first trip to China. Located in the surroundings of Xi’an, the Terracotta Army is, together with the Great Wall of China, one of the highlights of this country. But the Terracotta Army is not the subject of this post. Of course we will give you some tips to visit it in a future post, but our aim now is to prove that Xi’an has much more to see and do.

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Inside the walls of Pingyao

When we first thought about visiting China last summer we started gathering information about what to see and do in the two weeks of holidays that we had. We first focused on the Beijing area and found out that in the south, in the way to Xi’an, we could visit one of the most impressive medieval towns in China.

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View of Pingyao from the wall that surrounds the ancient city

Pingyao is located in the Shanxi region and is a very popular destination among tourists. It is easy to reach Pingyao by train either from Beijing or from Datong. During our trip we met other travellers that were following the same itinerary than us: taking a train from Beijing to Datong and then another one from Datong to Pingyao. We have already written about the amazing experience that we had in Datong where we visited its hanging temple and the Yungang Grottoes.
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Lleida and its medieval past

These days we are bit busy because we are moving to a new flat but one week ago we had some free days and we decided to make a quick visit to the Catalan province of Lleida. We really needed some relax! 🙂

Lleida (whose capital has the same name) is the fourth and less populated province of Catalonia, after Barcelona, Tarragona and Girona. But the city of Lleida has a medieval complex (La Seu Vella) which has been the scenario of some historical highlights of Catalonia while the entire province is known for its natural and agricultural importance.

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Picture taken in the cloister of La Seu Vella, with Lleida at our feet

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A 10-day road trip in Portugal

Portugal is not a big country but there is a lot to see and do. Most people only focuse their attention in its two main cities, Porto and Lisbon, or the touristy Algarve beaches. But the country has much more to offer.

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Yellow everywhere? This means we’ve reached Portugal 🙂 (picture taken in Elvas)

We have already written in this blog about some of the main hotspots of our Portuguese road trip, but we wanted to write down a brief guide about the itinerary that we followed in case it may inspire somebody. We think that in around 10 days most of the hotspots of central Portugal can be visited. Do you want to know how? Keep reading!

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Bergamo, the most beautiful square in Europe

Bergamo might be one of the most beautiful cities in Italy. However, this little city sometimes goes unnoticed. It is located just 60 km from Milan, the financial epicentre of Italy. It is also close to Lago di Garda and Verona. Fortunately, thanks to low cost airlines from Barcelona it is quite easy to flight to the Orio al Serio International Airport. Most people use such airport as a low cost one for visiting Milan and that is what we did one cold weekend in February. But we also decided to visit this medieval jewel called Bergamo.

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Piazza Vecchia (or THE square) 🙂

Most hotspots of Bergamo can be seen in only one day. It is said that when Le Corbusier visited the Piazza Vecchia (main square of Bergamo), he said that it was the most beautiful square in Europe. We’ve already been to some European squares (and have much more in our bucket list!) and the truth is that Bergamo really deserves one day of you time. If you need more reasons for planning a trip to Bergamo, keep reading! 🙂

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