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Southwest Tenerife, Canary Islands

Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands, which are located off the coast of Southern Morocco. This island also has the highest mountain in Spain at about 12.000 feet. Due to its southern location, the Canary Islands have a mild climate during the whole year – making it theRead More…

Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

My first stop in the Canary Islands was in Las Palmas, the capital of the Gran Canaria. It is the third-largest of the Canary Islands and has the second largest population at about 800.000 people. After the freezing temperatures in mid-November in New Mexico, it was a nice change toRead More…


Liechtenstein is one of the smallest countries in Europe. It is located between Switzerland and Austria. When I drove in I did not even notice that I had crossed the border. Only on the way back I saw a sign that showed where Switzerland starts again.

Southern Spain: Costa Del Sol in Winter

The Costa del Sol is located on the Southern Coast of Spain, somewhat West of Malaga. The winter temperatures can reach up to 20-23 degrees Celsius during the day, but it gets down to about 10 degrees during the night. Still, it is probably one of the warmest places inRead More…

The Rock of Gibraltar

Southwestern corner of Portugal

Alburquerque in Spain: The “original”

Since I live close to Albuquerque in New Mexico, I was also curious about the original Alburquerque in Spain (it is still spelled with an ‘r’). The Spanish Alburquerque is located close to Portugal, not far from Lisbon. It looks similar to Mexican towns, with one big difference: there isRead More…

Lourdes: Pilgrimage destination in Southern France

Since I live close to what is often called the “Lourdes of the United States”, namely Chimayo in New Mexico, I was curious what the actual Lourdes in France looked like. It is located in the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains in Southern France:

Andorra: Small Country in the Pyrenees Mountains

Andorra is located in the Pyrenees mountains between France and Spain. There is literally only one small road leading into it and one out. On the way from the Mediterranean coast to Andorra, the road is winding along the mountains much of the way: Then these roads go through highRead More…

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