Tuesday, October 4, 2011

I'm Back...

Well, hello blog friends. I am finally back to posting after a long hiatus. We got back from Spain at the end of last week. The trip was absolutely magical (more on that in a second). Since we got back I have been busy trying to kick jet lag out of my life, and playing catch-up with work, but I am officially back to my good old self as of today, and so, here I am.

Back to Spain...

I have been dying to share a bit about my trip which (as I mentioned before) was magical. A ten day vacation is always a dream come true especially when you get to share it with your favorite person in the world. But Spain was beyond my wildest expectations. We saw so much amazing art, ate too much good food, walked until we couldn't walk anymore, got caught right in the middle of Barcelona's largest festival, followed Salvador Dali's footsteps and even stopped by to say hello to France. I am so grateful for all the memories we made, and will cherish this trip forever.

Below is a very quick overview of the trip. Over the next few days I will post on the more "artistic" and inspirational side of our little adventure.

This photo is about 2 hours after we landed in Madrid. We were expecting 90 degree temperatures, but a random cold front came through and it was 50!!! We were freezing, but we still enjoyed the Palacio Royal.

Gaudi's Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is probably the most spectacular thing I have ever seen.

We went to a lot of museums, but Miro's was probably my absolute favorite. I love this sculpture against the modern backdrop of the museum.

Holy Bananas, Teatro-Museo Dali in Figueres (Dali's birthplace) was absolutely spectacular. The museum experience was like walking through a Surrealist's dream. Yes, those are giant eggs on the roof. I promise to write more about Dali later this week. 

After stopping by the Dali Museum, we drove up to Costa Brava to Cadaques where Dali lived at the end of his life. It is a tiny, gorgeous medieval beach town. I was blown away with all the beautifully colored doors.

In order to get to San Sebastian we decided to drive through the south of France. I was on a hunt to find French castles which led to a couple of "mis-adventures", but we did find Fanjeaux (seen above) which was an eerily quiet but very quaint medieval town.

We stopped in Toulouse for a fantastic French lunch and after searching for awhile, I found a patisserie to buy a macaroon at. It was Sunday so nothing but cafes were open.

Our next stop was San Sebastian. I am not even going to mention our trouble finding our hotel (which took over 2 hours). Once we finally got settled we were able to enjoy the people, beach and pintxos in this incredible town. I am not normally one for anchovies, but in San Sebastian they are mouth-wateringly good.

Back to Madrid for our final night! What a glorious city to end our Spanish adventure.

I am glad to be back home, but I am still missing my European lifestyle. I can't wait to share more with you.

1 comment:

Matt and Amy said...

We had such a hard time trying to find out hotel in San Sebastian too! I remember being super annoyed at Matt and his friend Ryan who we were traveling with. I think I just needed to nap. :)