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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.

Monte Louro, Galicia, Spain

Friday, July 2, 2010
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Monte Louro - Galicia, Spain
A view of Monte Louro, Lagoa de Xalfas and the Atlantic Ocean outside of Muros, Spain

Monte Louro is a small peninsular mountain wedged between the Atlantic Ocean and a small lagoon, Lagoa Xalfas, in Galicia, Spain. The Monte Louro Nature Preserve is accessible from AC-550, just north of the town of Muros. It’s a great day trip from Santiago de Compostela, just 45 miles if you take the coastal route, or if you want to stay the night campsites are available.

Cathedral of Sevilla, Spain

Sunday, June 27, 2010
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Cathedral Of Sevilla
Tough to fit the entire thing in a photograph, the Cathedral of Sevilla

The Cathedral of Sevilla (or Seville) is the largest gothic building in the world, and third largest church in the world. It’s impressive from the outside, but you can’t really get a good feel for its magnitude until you see the inside. The 16th century cathedral was built on top of a former mosque, giving it a unique style. One of the highlights of Sevilla, do not miss it.

Mumbles Mile Pub Crawl Is Dead – Swansea, Wales

Thursday, June 24, 2010
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The Park Inn of Mumbles - Swansea, Wales
Our favorite pub of the pub crawl, The Park Inn

There's a small town called Mumbles on the coast of Wales, located near Swansea, the second largest city in the country. This stretch of coast has 1 main road running through it about a mile long; this road was once one of the most heavily concentrated pub areas in the world, home to well over 20, hence the name Mumbles Mile. For those of you who know of the show Three Sheets, I learned of this town and pub crawl from the Wales episode. For those of you who don’t, you're welcome; click the link and watch some of the episodes, its a great show about different cultures and their drinking customs.

Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo, Ireland

Wednesday, June 23, 2010
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Cornmarket- Ballinrobe- Co Mayo- Ireland
Cornmarket, a nice place to start your walking tour of Ballinrobe, Ireland

Ballinrobe (Baile an Róba), located in County Mayo, Ireland, is a small historical town about 45km North of Galway. You can take the N84 by car, or try to catch one of the few buses that make a stop in the town. The bus is a local bus, so be prepared to make frequent stops. Also, the road the bus takes is narrow and windy, and unless you have iron guts or are capable of vomiting a controlled stream into a Pringles can like the girl sitting across from me, you should drive yourself. The town makes for a nice stop, but everything it has to offer can be seen in a leisurely hour or two.

The Column of Julian – Ankara, Turkey

Wednesday, June 23, 2010
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The Column of Julian In Ankara
The Column of Julian sits alone in the middle of the street

If you're wondering exactly which landmark the Column of Julian is in Ankara, here it is. Not the most exciting nor historical visit in Ankara, but not out of the way either. Located In Ulus within walking distance of the Ankara Citadel, The Roman Baths, The Roman Theatre, The Temple of Augustus and Rome, The Hacı Bayram Mosque, Gençlik Park, and more, you may as well pass by. If you head from the square by the The Temple of Augustus and Rome back towards the Ulus bus stop, down the steps to your right you'll see a large gathering of buses. Look a bit further to the right and you'll see The Column of Julian sitting in the middle of a V-Intersection.

The Plough and Harrow – Monknash, Wales

Sunday, June 20, 2010
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The Plough and Harrow, Monknash, Wales
The front of the Plough and Harrow pub

If you find yourself in Cardiff, and you have access to a car, take the ride about 20 miles west to the town of Monknash where you'll find a nice little pub with a cool history. Sample their fine Welsh ales and be sure to try their food. Read about their history from the menu and you’ll find the Plough and Hammer has been around for over 600 years, and has become home to a handful of ghosts over this time.

Photos & Guide To El Caminito Del Rey, Spain

Sunday, May 23, 2010
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The Path of El Camino Del Rey Cuts Off
The Path of El Camino Del Rey Cuts Off

Some say its the most dangerous hike in the world, El Caminito Del Rey (also known as El Camino Del Rey) is definetely the most thrilling hike I've ever done. The path was originally constructed in 1905 for workers of a hydro eletric dam set up in the cliffs of El Choro. Since then, the path has deteriorated and is now only for the adventurous. The government of Spain allocated 7 million euros for the restoration of El Camino Del Rey in 2006, however its clear that this has not been spent yet.

Lincoln Cathedral, England

Front side of the Lincoln Cathedral
The view standing in front of the Lincoln Cathedral

The Lincoln Cathedral in Lincoln, England has been a place people come to worship for almost a thousand years. Originally built in 1185, the Cathedral sits on the top of the Lincoln hill making it even more prominent a site in the Lincolnshire area. Featured in in the film "The Da Vinci Code", its easy to see why they chose the spot. Once the tallest building in the world, the Lincoln Cathedral still remains one of the largest Cathedrals in Europe.

Neuschwanstein Castle Pictures

Neuschwanstein Castle From St. Mary's Bridge
The best view of Neuschwanstein Castle comes from St. Mary’s Bridge as seen above

'Mad' King Ludwig II's Neuschwanstein Castle is easily the most amazing castle I've seen this far in my travels, and one of the most spectacular buildings. Situated in the foot of the German Alps dividing Germany from Austria, the Castle overlooks not 1, but 2 lakes, is surrounded by mountains on nearly every side, sits above a river and waterfall, and a huge green open field. There is another castle which you'll see from Neuschwanstein, it was built by 'Mad' King Ludwigs father King Ludwig I and is actually quite nice itself. However, 'Mad' King Ludwig decided he needed to one up his father and built his bigger and better, and looking down on Hohenschwangau, so this older castle gets no attention. You may recognize Neuschwanstein castle from the Disney movie Sleeping Beauty. Although not true, it looks more like they designed the castle from a fairy tale, not vise versa. The inside is as magnificent as the exterior, although 'Mad' King Ludwig II died before he could finish it, so they do not show every room to the public. If you're visiting Bavaria you can not skip this castle. It's an easy day trip from Munich or it's surrounding cities, or you can stay around the Castle in Hohenschwangau or Füssen.

Hike to the Braşov Sign in Transylvania, Romania

Wednesday, March 10, 2010
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The Braşov Sign, Romania
The Braşov Sign in Braşov, Transylvania: Romania’s Hollywood Sign

When in Transylvania, you'll likely notice the Braşov sign perched up on the hill of Braşov. Get some exercise and spend a half day hiking up and down. You'll be able to find the trail just by walking up to the hill from wherever you are in town. The hike is moderate, but know if you're coming fresh off the Hike From Buşteni To Babele, that you will probably feel this one also. Enjoy the views of Braşov from the highest point around.

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