Hello to anyone and everyone still reading this blog!
Or should I say Hola!!! 🙂
I know I haven’t been keeping this thing updated, but I just got back from my trip to Spain and Portugal so I’ve been a little busy…
There are no words to describe my trip other than the regular clichés such as amazing and phenomenal, so I’m just going to tell you that on my list of Best Experiences of My Life it’s an easy #3 (#2 was getting my first car and #1 hasn’t happened yet).
We went EVERYWHERE (not much of an exaggeration), so I’m going to take you through my trip as if you were there because I believe everyone should experience it.
1st Destination: Barcelona
This place is just plain beautiful. Along with our hotel, Hotel Colon.
It took a little while for me to get used to it (and Spain in general), but I finally got the courage to walk around Las Ramblas by myself during free time one day and I’m so glad I did! I discovered one of the best stores: Pull & Bear. I dropped some serious euro in that place… but I got a lot since it’s reasonably priced! 🙂
We went to the FC Barcelona vs. Rayo Vallecano game (awesome experience) after eating lunch with Gemma, a local EatWith host.
Here are a few pics from Barca–
This quiche was delicious!!
This is the Barcelona Cathedral that is right across from Hotel Colon. One of the most beautiful cathedrals I’ve seen. We got to go inside!!
I did a story on a bakery called Escriba (look for it in the magazine!!), which is pretty much the Cake Boss of Spain. They were meeting with a broadcast company for a TV show the same day that I interviewed them!!
They let us see their wonderland of a workshop!
Destination 2: Pamplona/ San Sebastian
I didn’t spend much time exploring Pamplona because I loved San Sebastian so much I decided to spend another day there! It might be my favorite place..
I did a story on Casa Ponsol – the oldest hat shop in Spain. They are celebrating 175 years this year!
It was so colorful and artsy there! The knitting club decorated these trees.
La Concha beach was breathtaking.
We had an amazing lunch at a fancy restaurant one of the journalists did a story on! First time I’d ever had tuna tartar or octopus!
We stopped by a super cute French bakery
We were only here one day, but it was a day well spent!
We went to an art museum and had a super yummy lunch there
Gorgeous marble staircase!!
And then….. The rooftop view.
Destination 4: Sevilla/ Gibraltar
We knew it was Holy Week when we arrived, but had no idea what it entailed… Apparently hoods, capes and processions.
We went to the oldest Flamenco dress shop in Spain!
Grace Kelly in a Lina dress
Lina!! She met Grace Kelly. We met her. That’s kind of like meeting Grace, right?…
…And then we went to Gibraltar! British Territory!!!!
Had to cross the border..
We saw Africa in the distance!!
..And then we saw the monkeys. And I fell in love.
Last Stop: Portugal
So we were pretty worn out when we got here, but it was a fashionable place that I just had to hike up the ginormous hills to shop.. The things I do for clothes…
I didn’t get many pictures there but you can find a million more pics from the trip at our magazine’s website!!
Hope you enjoy my trip as much as I did! I wish I could post all of the pictures, but that would probably take a good 48 hours…
Until next post,