Saturday, February 22, 2014

a trip down memory lane to...spain

i'm in the middle of the lengthy process of putting together photo books of our travels and i came across ones from a trip we took to spain just before we had elodie. we traveled there for a few weeks in mid-september which is such a lovely time of year to visit. everyone is back in their daily routines after a busy summer and it tends to be a bit cooler than august.

we are visiting europe this summer (this time with the kids) and want to visit somewhere new to us. i have to say planning is one of my favorite parts of a big trip. dreaming about where we will go and then finally visiting to see how the reality matches up. we are journeying first to london and france to visit friends but then plan to head to a totally different locale like copenhagen, marrakech, or possibly the canary islands or majorca. we've been looking at first choice for some intra-europe flights and accommodations as the travel starts to get a little convoluted after the first or second location. it's still so up in the air. i guess we will just have to follow the song of the open road!

would love any ideas from you!

here are some fun moments from that trip to the catalan region of spain...

barcelona

you can feel the handprint of the extraordinary artist antoni gaudi everywhere. this vibrant city is one of my favorite cities in the europe. i can't wait to bring the girls here when they are a bit older. i fell in love with the rhythm of the city. siestas in the afternoon and 10 pm dinners. my favorite gaudi creations were park gΓΌell, the sagrada familia, and casa battlo. we stayed in the passeig de gracia which is such a great walkable area of the city. it was fun to visit la boqueria on las ramblas, la barceloneta, and the wonderful barri gotic (gothic quarter). writing this makes me miss the ever enchanting barcelona! sigh.



































costa brava

we rented a car in barcelona and headed up the coast to tossa de mar and cadaques. this charming little white washed village is a place i long to return to often. so sleepy and serene. dali took over a series of fishermen's houses and made a beautiful, eclectic compound. hands down one of my favorite spots in spain. make sure you reserve a spot on the tour of his amazing house in port lligat where he hosted guests as diverse as mick jagger and walt disney.





























12 comments:

  1. Maybe also look at Ibiza and Menorca! Have fun planning! x

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  2. Beautiful photos! I love the one of you in the window!

    Majorca is really beautiful - there's a small town called Porto Pollenca that I've been to that is lovely and I went to Marrakech last September and it's beautiful.

    I'd recommend Easy Jet for intra-Europe flights - it's the main budget airline that we use

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  3. Yay London! Maybe you'll bring some California sun tot he UK! I loved your Barcelona pics, we visited there in 2006, can't wait to go back one day with our kiddies in tow! Seville is a beautiful Spanish City, or perhaps consider The Algarve, fantastic little fishing villages to see.

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  5. Gorgeous photos, i absolutely love Barcelona. I also noticed your gorgeous mane of hair, my hair type is very similar to yours and wondered how you best manage it especially in the hot spanish climate.

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  6. you should come to austria. we used to have sunny and warm summers here the last years, just perfect to go on easy hiking tours or strolling around in the mountains and hills. there is a fantastic lake which has white sand and turquoise water where you can swim with little kids and enjoy the surrounding mountains. if you want to know more, I will be glad to give you our special tips - we tested a lot of them last summer with a 3 year old boy and a 8 months old boy. it was just perfect.
    spring greetings from austria, lola

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  7. These pictures look amazing! I have always wanted to travel to Spain:) Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Your photos are gorgeous, we can just imagine the beauty of visiting such a lovely destination!

    xo

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  9. Ooooh I would love to see you cover Copenhagen!

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  10. Love your Spain photos, it is one of my favourite countries and living in the UK means I am lucky enough to visit quite often! Majorca is beautiful and would recommend Soller, Deia and Pollenca. Palma is like a mini Barcelona and if you hire a car you can find stunning beaches. My heart is in Andalucia on mainland Spain, so many lovely places to visit - Seville, Granada, Ronda, Tarifa and Vejer de la Frontera. Check out i-escape.com for inspiration and places to stay. Copenhagen and Marrakech are on my never ending list!

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    1. I loved this post! I'm american but have lived in Barcelona for the last three years. There are times when i really miss home, but this city has so much to offer that it continues to feel new and exciting so it makes being away a bit easier.
      As far as locations to visit, i would recommend the Canary islands for sure! They are beautiful. I get more of a latin american vibe there than Spanish so I guess it depends on what you're looking for. Really nice people and inexpensive. As far as the Baeleric islands go, i would recommend Menorca over Mallorca. Both are beautiful but i find Menorca to be much less touristy. Lastly, if you're traveling light, you could look into flying easy jet, vueling or ryan air. Cheap flights. Sounds so exciting!

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  11. Love your pictures from Barcelona (oh Barcelona beautiful and beautiful Spain). If you'll be in France anyway this summer, have you already thought about going to Corsica? It's a little island in the south. The Corsicans are very protective about nature so you look vainly for all those horrible big hotel constructions which plaster the whole Mediterranean coast meanwhile. It's probably one of the greenest islands you'll find in the south. And from the you can hop on a boat and go to Sardinia which is just as beautiful and already italian.. and from there you can continue to Sicily and the Aeolian islands (Lipari...) So beautiful and the food is just so amazing all over there. (definitely more attractive than in Scandinavia :)
    Majorca is beautiful as well but so CROWDED in the summer. It's completely invaded by the Germans already. When we went there one year we had to walk for hours (seriously) to find a nice little bay that was not crowded with people. Minorca, its little sister is supposed to be just as beautiful and less crowded.
    As for Marrakesh, I think it's very hot in the summer (especially with kids) especially since it's situated upcountry with no nice breeze from the sea. (We're going to Essaouira next month, south-west coast and I think it'll be already quite warm)
    Enjoy planning! Best greetings from Paris

    P.s Love your blog, so sweet and tender

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