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    ibis Styles Hotel Berlin Mitte offers great economy lodgings in the centre of Berlin, Germany

    Named after the famous U.S. administered crossing point of the Berlin Wall which it overlooked, the Checkpoint Charlie museum was founded by the human rights activist Dr. Rainer Hildebrandt as a reaction to the construction of the Wall that had been started in August 1961.

    Nicole went through some highs and lows over the weekend while saving a couple of lives and shouting about inequality as a muggle-born sophomore healer at Czocha college.

    Czocha college main dining hall

    Gary was a mysterious, somewhat creepy figure to the students as the janitor of Czocha college.

    Czocha Castle in Poland where we were lucky enough to attend the College of Wizardry.

    Awesome view of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey


    Bosphorus, Istanbul

    Istanbul, Turkey

    Valletta, Malta

    Byzantine mosaic in the interior of Hagia Sophia of Jesus Christ ~ Istanbul, Turkey

    The Alhambra - Granada, Spain - is definitely worth a revisit.

    Across Lisbon historical boulevards and monuments, numerous Romanesque, Gothic, Manueline, and Baroque constructions can be found.

    Lisbon has remained true to its more traditional roots and continues to support a healthy shipbuilding and fishing industry.

    Lisbon is also Portugal’s banking centre and a major player in international banking when the Euronext Lisbon stock exchange began participating back in 2007 with the stock exchanges of Amsterdam, Brussels, and Paris with the New York Stock Exchange to form the multinational NYSE Euronext system.

    Among the many industries that call Lisbon home, it boasts the largest and most developed mass media, with several leading television networks, radio stations, and newspapers headquartered there.

    Like most metropolitan cities Lisbon is surrounded by many satellite cities or suburbs, and is estimated to have more than one million people pass through it each day.

    Istanbul, Turkey - Can't wait until we get to go back! ^g

    Tagus River - taken from the St. Jorge Castillo courtyard in Lisbon, Portugal.

    Lisbon, Portugal's iconic yellow tram.

    Lisbon, Portugal - taken from the walls of St. Jorge Castillo.

    In addition to the peacocks that call the St. Jorge Castillo home, Nicole discovered this cat.

    Art installation discovered during our trip up the hill to the St. Jorge Castillo in Lisbon, Portugal.

    Established around 7th century BCE in a string of Phoenician colonies, the city was first known as Karalis and had been important for trade with Africa.