10 Terrifying Bridges Around the World

Do you have Gephyrophobia, the fear of bridges? Or are you a thrill-seeking adventure junkie, always looking for new heights to conquer? Either way, the world is full of daunting bridges to explore, or to avoid at all costs. We don’t judge.

Here are 10 terrifying bridges that give us some major feels:

1. The Atlantic Ocean Road in Møre og Romsdal, Norway

Trover photo by Christer Olsen

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July 2017 Trover Travel Scholarship

We are inspired every day by the beautiful discoveries you share with us. To honor the vibrancy and value that each of you brings to Trover, we created the $500 Trover Travel Scholarship. Each month, we award it to one traveler who has particularly inspired us with their photos and stories.

This month, we’re thrilled to award the Trover Travel Scholarship to Jessica Bowler!

Who is Jessica Bowler? She’s a freelance writer and translator based in Barcelona. Originally planning to visit Spain for 6 weeks, Jessica has called it home for 6 years and counting! Be sure to follow Jessica on Trover where she shares delightful finds and detailed travel tidbits from Barcelona and beyond.

Photo of Jessica BowlerFor anyone planning a trip to Spain, Jessica suggests visiting multiple cities & regions to enjoy the distinct vibe and personality each has to offer, noting Barcelona is “worlds apart from the cities in the south of Spain…”

Jessica also recommends you “sit back and enjoy the relaxed pace of Spanish life… The sights are wonderful, of course, but take time to have a long lunch or a stroll with no particular destination in mind, and you’ll get a taste of what makes the country such a lovely place to live.”

Jessica’s recent explorations include Italy and the UK. Where to next for Jessica? “I hope it’s somewhere with a beach!” Find inspiration & tips for your own adventures on Jessica’s blog Barcelona Blonde. You can also say “Hola!” to Jessica on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter.

Photos from Jessica Bowler's travels, including Los Angeles & Barcelona

Jessica’s favorite Trover discoveries including unexpected finds and her favorite spots to share in Barcelona. (Left to right: L.A.’s Grand Central Market, Barcelona’s Convent of Sant Agusti & Spain’s Gracia festival.)

Thank you for sharing your gorgeous photos & detailed travel stories with the Trover community, Jessica! We can’t wait to see more of your adventures (perhaps from that beach!). Enjoy the $500 for travel!

 

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The Top Places for Rosé Around The World

Much like its Autumn counterpart, Beaujolais, Rosé has reached superstar seasonal status. It is now de rigueur for quenching your thirst in the heat of summer. We have searched our Trove to bring you the top spots for sipping this favorite summer wine from regions in the USA in California to the Champagne region of France. Grab your corkscrew and picnic blanket. Cheers!

Provence

Home to this lovely summer wine, Provence boasts many famous labels including Tavel.

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Photo by Claire Sldvr.

Loire Valley

This playground to the kings of France is full of châteaux where you can picnic with a local appellations.

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Photo by Travelnotesandbeyond.

Champagne

Yes, there is more to Champagne than Champagne so why not try the refreshing Rosé version?

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Photo  by Smashed Penny.

Languedoc-Roussillion

This Southwestern part of France is home to the lovely and of-the-moment city of Montpellier, with a lovely square and many cafes that can pour you the perfect glass.

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Photo by Don’tSleepTravel.

Italy

Abruzzo is known as the greenest part of Italy and famous for its light red Montepulciano.

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Photo by Paola Kervin.

Spain

The Basque country offer a slightly fizzy version of Rosado that pairs well with rich seafood.

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Photo by ChristineinSpain.

Washington

The Evergreen state has established itself as a leader in wines and Rosé is no exception.

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Photo by Alicia Nakamoto.

California

Anderson Valley offers award winning Rosés along with beautiful views.

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Photo by Lois Greene.

Grab a bottle or two and head out on your own Rosé adventure with our USA Weekend Getaway list. Find more inspiration at Trover.com.

15 of the Most Isolated Monasteries in the World

Some of the world’s most incredible places of worship and spiritual study are also some of the most difficult to access. Most of the time, this was intentional in the design of the complex.

Whether perched on a cliff, hidden in high mountains, or built into the side of rock formations, these monasteries, temples and abbeys were designed to isolate and test the dedication of the monks and nuns who inhabit them, bringing them closer to God in a place of peace.

Though some of these ancient monasteries are no longer in use, all of them make for fascinating travel destinations, especially for those interested in religion, architecture, history and geology. If that sounds like you, read on for 15 of the world’s most isolated monasteries:

 

1. The incredible Greek Orthodox monasteries of Meteora, Greece

Trover photo by Allan Tipon

 

2. The ninth-century Sevanavank Monastery on Lake Sevan in Armenia

Trover photo by Mattyboy876

 

3. The fifth-century Hanging Temple in Datong, China

Trover photo by Ai Long

 

4. The Monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa in Amorgos, Greece

Trover photo by Travel with all senses

 

5. The 1st-century BC Monastery at Petra in Jordan

Trover photo by Prytz

 

6. The Taktsang Palphug Monastery (aka “Tiger’s Nest) in Paro, Bhutan

Trover photo by Earth Trekkers

 

7. The 16th-century Blagaj Tekke in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Trover photo by Candice Walsh

 

8. The 1st-century Saint Catherine’s Monastery at the base of Mount Sinai in Egypt

Trover photo by Betina Winsig Hansen

 

9. Sanctuary of Madonna della Corona in Spiazzi, Italy

Trover photo by Paige Spee

 

10. Kye Monastery in the Spiti Valley of India

Trover photo by Mihir Shah

 

11. The fourth-century Greek Orthodox Sumela Monastery in Maçka, Turkey

Trover photo by Klando va de viaje

 

12. The sixth-century St. George’s Monastery in Wadi Qelt, Israel

Trover photo by Adina Troper Dayan

 

13. Santa Maria of Montserrat Abbey in Catalonia, Spain

Trover photo by Tom Stahl

 

14. Basarbovo Monastery in Basarbovo, Bulgaria

 

15. Ypapanti Monastery in Kalambaka, Greece

Trover photo by Allan Tipon

 

How’s that for some monastic inspiration? To see more of the world’s most isolated monasteries, check out the full list here, and don’t forget to share your own isolated discoveries on Trover!

 

15 Colorful Reasons to Visit Spain this Summer

Red may be the color most closely associated with Spain, but it’s not the only color you’ll see on the streets and in the villages of this beautiful country.

From tiles to flowers, cathedrals to produce markets, Spain is full of vivid colors that will transport you to a rich culture centered on food, wine, and sensational festivals. Here’s a glimpse of the brilliant colors you can expect should you visit Spain!

1. The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain

Trover photo by Matt Hughes

 

2. Street festival in Ronda, Spain

Trover photo by Sara W

 

3. Stained glass at La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain

Trover photo by Pavi Thomas

 

4. Júzcar, aka “Smurftown,” Spain

Trover photo by Jessica Bowler

 

5. The Concurs de Castells de Tarragona competition in Tarragona, Spain

Trover photo by Tom Stahl

 

6. Belmond La Residencia in Deià, Spain

Trover photo by Michaela Balazsova

 

7. Street art in the Gràcia neighborhood of Barcelona, Spain

Trover photo by I’m Out of the Office

 

8. Colorful row houses in Villajoyosa, Spain

Trover photo by Travel with all senses

 

9. Tiled bench in the Gaudi-designed Park Güell in Barcelona, Spain

Trover photo by KHYLAsophy

 

10. Fresh produce at the Mercado de San Miguel in Madrid, Spain

Trover photo by David Wildridge

 

11. Stained glass at the Basílica de Santa Maria del Pi in Barcelona, Spain

Trover photo by Vincent Ramundo

 

12. Hotel San Gill in Seville, Spain

Trover photo by Nataliya Trikur

 

13. Gaudi-designed Casa Batlló in Barcelona, Spain

Trover photo by Stephan Popescu

 

14. Colorful gardens competing in the Cordoba Patio Festival in Cordoba, Spain

Trover photo by YoungAdventuress

 

15. Streets decorated for Festa Major de Gràcia in Gràcia, Barcelona, Spain

Trover photo by Jessica Bowler

 

Need more reasons to visit Spain this summer? Check out the full list of beautiful vivid colors across Spain here, and don’t forget to share your own photos of colorful Spain on Trover!