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If your trip will include Europe, be sure to browse through all the Europe articles below. We at The Cheap Route have already done a lot of first hand research about Europe, we've been there done that when it comes to Europe, continue reading to gain first hand insight. Our goal is to to provide the hard to find information and photos about Europe.

Travel Hotspots That Will Nurture Your Inner Nerd

Thursday, June 14, 2012
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The Yoda Fountain
The Yoda Fountain of Lucasfilm’s Headquarters near San Francisco (source: dougSawyer

Didn't "geek" used to be derogatory? When once to be called a "geek" was enough to cause one to have a lifelong inferiority complex, it now is considered a badge of honor. Consider Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg--both self-described lifelong geeks. Who's laughing now?

El Camino Del Rey – The Unknown 2nd Half

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
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Broken Section Of El Camino Del Rey's Second Part
One of a couple missing sections along the lesser known second part of El Camino Del Rey

Recently L. Vincent from New Zealand left a comment on one of the most popular posts on the site, Photos To El Caminito Del Rey. He let me know that I never actually completed the hike, that really I only went about half way. This came as a surprise to me because I've read a lot about El Camino, and spoken to a lot of people about it, but I'd never heard of this second part. I asked him some questions about it and if he had any photos to share, and he was happy to offer. Below are some of the photos I handpicked from his set, as well as his answers to my questions about the trip through the ENTIRE El Camino Del Rey.

Caminito Del Rey Von Ryans Express Video

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
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El Camino Del Rey In Von Ryans Express
A screen cap from the 1965 movie Von Ryan's express showing El Caminito Del Rey

One of the most popular posts on this site has been about a dangerous hike in Southern Spain known as El Caminito Del Rey. Although El Caminito Del Rey has become a bit of an internet sensation in recent times, it's not well known that it was featured in the movie "Von Ryan's Express" back in 1965. Here is a clip from the movie showing the upper path in pretty good shape before it was torn down.

Ever Wonder How Venice Works?

Friday, February 24, 2012
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Venice, Italy is one of the most fascinating, beautiful, and complicated cities in the world. The city is in a permanent battle with mother nature, trying to prevent their land from being stolen back by that which makes it so remarkable, the water that surrounds it. This video is a bit dorky, but it gives a really good overview of how the city came to be and remains to be what it is today. It's well worth a watch.

A Budget Travelers Guide To Nice

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
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The Buildings Along The Beach in Nice, France
The buildings and road along the beach in Nice

Many associate Nice with all the glitz and glamour of the red carpet and the neighbouring Cannes Film Festival. But for the majority of us not on a celebrity budget, Nice will glimmer just as brightly for those looking to book a low-cost holiday.

Casa de las Conchas: Salamanca, Spain

Saturday, February 18, 2012
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Casa de las Conchas
Casa de las Conchas and Bell Tower

The Casa de las Conchas should be on your list of things to check out in Salamanca, Spain. The Old City of Salamanca is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and while the Shell Wall isn’t specifically, it’s centrally located and definitely worth a brief stop for at least a picture.

The Milky Way Galaxy Over El Teide, Spain

Monday, January 30, 2012
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El Teide, Spain
The sky over El Teide, Spain by night

Found this cool timelapse video on Vimeo the other day. I had never heard of El Teide, but apparently its the tallest mountain in Spain, located on the largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife. The video is mostly of the sky but also has some nature shots and is worth watching. This is not the Spain you're used to seeing.

Really Cool Panoramic Travel Photos Site

Saturday, January 7, 2012
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Dream Wedding, Vienna
From the Dream Wedding in Vienna series

I was recently contacted by George from PanoMagic.eu about a photo he took of the Devetaki Caves in Bulgaria. We got to talking, and I took a closer look at his 360° Panoramic Photos site. His style of photography is really unique, and his HDR 360° panoramic photos are amazing. If you browse through his photos it also serves as a great resource for Bulgaria travel, hes featured a lot of really cool looking places in and around Bulgaria. Below are a few of my favorites from his site, if you appreciate photography at all I highly recommend you check out it out.

Cool Underwater Video – Frozen Lake, Finland

Wednesday, January 4, 2012
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It took me a second to figure out what was happening here, from the title I thought they were actually doing some kind of crazy underwater fishing. Instead this is just a really strange (in a good way) video of some Finnish guys horsing around in the frozen Lake Saarijärvi of Vaala, Finland. Regardless, it's really cool looking, and worth a view. Thanks to Janne the King of Finland for sending this over.

Fukushima A Tourist Destination In 20 Years?

Monday, December 12, 2011
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Chernobyl Abandoned Amusement Park
The abandoned amusement park in the town of Pripyat, Chernobyl Dead Zone

25 years ago, after the Chernobyl Nuclear Accident, nobody would have predicted the zone of alienation would become a tourist attraction. Although it's no Eifel Tower, and never will be, today Chernobyl and the abandoned town of Pripyat are one of the most popular attractions for visitors to the Ukraine. Fast forward another 25 years, will Fukushima be the next post-nuclear disaster tourist destination?

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