And we’re back. From Spain.
Yep, that Spain. The one that is in the E.U., uses Euros for currency, is home to Spaniards, and is full of awesomeness. We went for our 10th wedding anniversary and it was super, super fun. We traveled light, leaving our two kiddos and our fancy-schmancy camera at home. We spent the majority of our time eating, drinking, and walking our way through Spain, and took a few iPhone photos along the way.
Our first stop was Madrid. We hit up a couple of museums, wandered, ate (a lot), and made friends with a couple of New Yorkers who share our anniversary and love of vacationing with wineglass in hand (excellent combo). The first part of the trip we just tried to get into our Spain-groove and spent a fair amount of time getting over our jetlag, being lost, and wandering around in the hot hot heat. In fact, we totally failed on any picture taking, only grabbing a few shots while there. While the pics don’t totally capture it, the city has so much energy that you can’t help but get caught up in it, staying up all hours of the night (we saw numbers on the clock we haven’t seen since our college days of all-nighters).
Then we went to San Sebastian, my favorite stop of the trip. It is a beach town and just lovely. We happened to go during a week-long festival and enjoyed the fun in the streets, party atmosphere, and nightly fireworks competition. I am not a big fireworks fan (and generally laugh at them when I see them on The Bachelor), but these fireworks were uh-mazing. Best of all was being able to catch them from the teeny-tiny balcony off our hotel. We had so much fun exploring the town, hitting up concerts, lounging on the beach, tasting the pintxos and txakoli (eats and local wine), and generally contributing to the revelry during our stay.
Our last stop was Barcelona, which was our shortest part of the trip but where we did the most walking and sightseeing. We saw La Sagrada Familia (which looks pretty much the same, scaffolding and all, as it did when I saw it nearly 20 years ago), Park Guell, and lots of other tourist spots. One particular highlight was happening upon yet another festival, the Gracia Festival, where each street in the neighborhood is decorated with a particular theme and competes to win a prize of being the best decorated. These streets were amazing. We really loved the “farm” street and the street filled with hanging alphabet letters. We also loved the concerts around every turn and just the happiness of all the people enjoying the festival. A great city to end our trip.
In short: Spain rocked. Go there.