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  • Day12

    Chilling by the Mediterranean Sea

    September 27, 2017 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

    After days of walking around much of Barcelona we decided to take a day off and go relax by the sea at Barceloneta beach. We got there in the morning and just relaxed in the sand until about 4:00 . Barry did go in for a swim while I just dipped my feet in and looked for sea glass on the shore. So many vendors selling everything from beach blankets / pareos to fresh mojitos, sangria and icy cold beer to massages of your neck and feet lol. 😂!!! We decided to go back to La Boqueria market to grab something quick for supper. We had empanadas , fresh pressed raspberry/coconut juice and a big container of cut up fresh fruit. We went back to our place to get ready for our travel day tomorrow. Headed to the Amalfi Coast! While we were walking back from dinner the other night and now tonight from our window we could hear lots of people banging pots and pans out their windows. We googled it and found that it is because the Catalonia people here in Barcelona want to become an independent state from the rest of Spain. The government of Madrid is resisting their wishes for a referendum , the vote takes place in November. This is their way of protesting. We have also noticed many flags and peaceful protests around the city. Up early tomorrow to get the airport bus to get our flight. Stay tuned💕😘✈️Read more

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  • Day11

    Tapas , where have you been all my life

    September 26, 2017 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

    One if the things I have been looking forward to this vacation happened today. We went to La Sagrada Familia a church built with the phenomenal ideas of the architect Antoni Gaudi known as God's architect. It is still unfinished 130 years after the building began. With donations from the Catalan people the work continues and should be completed I. 2026. Honestly it is the most spectacular building I have ever seen. With the stained glass and the unbelievable architecture your eyes don't know where to look first. It's amazing. From there we went to Parc Guell. A park also designed by Gaudi . Beautiful! We took the metro back and went to the Boqueria market. Rows and rows of fish , poultry and fresh produce. We bought fresh pressed juice that is sold by the vendors. After that we went back to our apartment and chilled for a few hours. Around 8:30 pm we went out and had tapas. At a tapas bar you order your drink and they give you a plate. Lined along the bar there are plates of tasty hors d'oeuvres and you just reach in and tsk what you want. You are then charged by each tapas you choose , they count your bill by the number of toothpicks on your plate. We went to two different places. So good and surprisingly filling. We headed back to our flat and plan on getting up and heading to Barceloneta beach tomorrow!Read more

  • Day11

    Las Ramblas ramble

    September 26, 2017 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

    Arrived safe and sound to Barcelona . We travelled in comfort by high speed train. Once here we found our air bnb and our host was home to let us in. It's a little different this time as we share his apartment and have a room. This place has the teeny tiniest bathroom we have ever seen 😂. And we share it with him!! He is lovely and very friendly. He works during the day so we may not see much if him . We started our day here walking down Las Ramblas. Such a cool street but bittersweet when we saw the memorial set up for those who were run down during a terrorist attack not that long ago. We walked all the way down to the marina and saw the Columbus monument. We had some lunch and in the way back we stopped at one of the literally hundreds of terrasses and had the largest glass of sangria ever. Barry had red and I had the cava. Sooo good ! Earlier our host Anthony let us know today was a holiday and the city is celebrating the end of summer and the beginning of fall. It is called LaMerce. At Placa D'Espanya one of the city's squares with the Magic Fountains , they had fireworks like we had never seen before . We found a great place to sit and watch . Right before they started they played Imagjne by John Lennon as a tribute to those who lost their lives on Las Ramblas. Everyone lit sparklers and two ladies sitting by us gave us a couple. When we looked around we couldn't believe how many people were there , easily 500,000 or more ! It was an amazing sight to see ! The fireworks were awesome. After they were done we slowly made our way to the apartment and are tired from another day of travelling and waking. Another full day awaits us tomorrow 😊💕Read more

  • Day9

    A bear and a strawberry tree...

    September 24, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    On our last full day in Madrid , we set out after breakfast in our apartment and once again headed out to see more sights. Our location is perfect , we are within walking distance of everything. Lots and lots of walking but it is the best way to see everything and get a true experience of this city. One if our first stops was Palacio Real , the national palace. A magnificent 18 th century palace which is the official residence of the royal family but is only used for state ceremonies. Right beside the palace was Cathedral de la Almudena. It is a Catholic Church and it is the seat of the Archdiocese of Madrid. We were there when the bells rang at noon! Talk about loud ! We were determined to get to Puerta del Sol. It is a city square , the exact center of Madrid , kilometre 0. The spot is marked by a statue of a bear and a strawberry tree, which is the official symbol of the city!! From there we left and headed to the complete opposite side of the city to one of the most beautiful parks I've been in, parque De El Retiro. It's an expansive park that belonged to the Spanish monarchy until it was given to the public in the 19th century. It's known as the green heart of the city. It is 350 acres , with flowers , fountains , a man made lake where you can rent rowboats , and monuments. Palacio de Cristal is a gorgeous glass building in the middle of the park. We had bought a picnic lunch on our way. A sandwich of traditional cured Serrano ham on a baguette bun , a beer and an orange 😊. We ate in the park and being Sunday it was full of families spending a nice sunny hot day in the park. We headed back to our place. We had decided to cook dinner ourselves so we bought groceries to make pasta and dessert. After supper we walked back out to get coffee. We catch a train at 8:30 tomorrow morning to go to Barcelona. Luckily the train station station is just a 10 minute walk from our place! Madrid it's been real 😊Read more

  • Day9

    Madrid, so different from Portugal

    September 24, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Our first full day in Madrid is done. We arrived late last night after a delay in our flight of an hour leaving Porto. We scrambled a bit knowing our hosts were waiting for us to check-in in Madrid. We took the express airport bus as far as we could then jumped in a cab to our air bnb. No answer when we rang the bell. Freaked out slightly. 😜 We we into a Bar/ resto that was shutting down for the night. They were kind enough to let us use their cell phone to contact our hosts. By now it is 1:00am! No problem , they would be there in 5 min to meet us. Sure enough they came in their pyjamas lol😂. Sweetest young couple ! They checked us in and gave us info we needed for their great apartment. Needless to say we passed out not long after 😴. Today we explored Madrid. Such a contrast from the cities we visited in Portugal. Portugal had such an old world charm, hardly any fast food places at all. Madrid is much more cosmopolitan , Starbucks , McDos , fast food etc... it does however still have a very historic side to it with beautiful monuments , palaces and the most gorgeous city centre square , Plaza Major. We ate churrios dipped in melted chocolate At Chocolateria San Gines! Highly recommended by Taylor from when she visited Madrid. Tonight we ate paella and sangria. 😊. We watched a beautiful dance show in Plaza Major before coming back to our apartment. Tomorrow... there are a few sites left to see. Cheers to another fantastic day in our European adventure 🍷💕Read more

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