We planned to spend a week in Madrid. Unlike most people I was underwhelmed by Madrid. After a day, we decided to see what else was around and took day trips. Here are those Madrid Day Trips.
Using Colmar as a base, there are numerous enchanting small towns in Alsace. Here is how to get to Ribeauville and Riquewihr from Colmar
Hiking Sintra Castles was the highlight, for me, of our trip to Portugal.