Europe

Ibiza: Return to the White Island

2017-07-09T23:27:16+00:00 July 9, 2017|Europe|

Sometimes we travel to explore new places. And sometimes we travel to re-experience a beloved destination. We first visited Ibiza in 2007 and have returned several times, most recently on our 2013 world trip (twice) – see the Ibiza blog post.  Each time, we combined a one-week stay with a visit to another city like [...]

Barcelona Public Art

2016-10-30T06:25:33+00:00 June 15, 2014|Europe|

Discover modern outdoor sculpture in Barcelona One of the many cool things about Barcelona is running into public art as you explore the city. Here are a few of our favorite outdoor sculptures… P.S. Did you know that the city of Barcelona commissioned 50 sculptures for the 1992 summer Olympics? David i Goliat By [...]

Robbed in Barcelona

2016-10-30T23:28:48+00:00 November 24, 2013|Europe|

My heart pounded, I began to sweat . . . my Apple was picked I got off the metro, reached into my purse to get my sunglasses, and realized that my iPhone was gone. Even worse, I immediately knew when it was stolen and who took it. iPhone Stolen on the Metro We both love [...]

Lisbon

2017-04-18T16:54:56+00:00 August 19, 2013|Europe|

Ceramic tiles, statues, hills, and Fado Lisbon was the final destination in our 14-week stay in Europe. Compared with busy Barcelona, it was a more relaxing city to explore, with interesting neighborhoods, tasty dining options, and lots of statues. Lisbon Sightseeing Belem Neighborhood Our visit to the Belem neighborhood started a little sketchy [...]

Valencia

2016-11-01T05:01:43+00:00 August 15, 2013|Europe|

Quiet, steamy August visit Neither of us had been to Spain’s third largest city, so we stopped by to check it out. Since we only had three days and the steamy weather was not conducive to marathon sightseeing, we focused on a few of the more popular attractions.   The first thing we [...]

Summer of Spain: Six weeks in Barcelona

2016-11-04T03:35:41+00:00 August 4, 2013|Europe|

Six weeks in Barcelona In the spirit of Slow Travel, we rented a flat in Barcelona for six weeks and took our time exploring the city. We saw lots of art, found some favorite spots, went on a few day trips, got robbed on the metro, and ate lots of tapas.   After [...]

Barcelona Day Trip: Girona

2016-11-04T03:44:51+00:00 July 29, 2013|Europe|

Picturesque riverside city rich in history In Girona you can see Roman and medieval structures, visit museums, relax in the Plaça de la Independència, and take a stroll along the Onyar River. Our favorite part was wandering through the gorgeous narrow passageways in the Jewish Quarter / Call.   Lori is a planner [...]

Gaudi Architecture in Barcelona

2016-11-04T04:02:53+00:00 July 28, 2013|Europe|

Modernist architect inspired by nature Antoni Gaudi had a unique design aesthetic that infused organic shapes inspired by nature into modernist styles. He used recycled and low-cost materials like ceramic tiles, glass, and iron. It was interesting to learn that he was on the forefront of sustainable design. Some of Gaudi's most spectacular designs are [...]

Barcelona Day Trip: Cava Region

2016-11-04T22:37:08+00:00 July 27, 2013|Europe, Food and Drink|

Tour and tasting at Freixenet Cava is a sparkling wine and the Spanish equivalent of Champagne. Did you know that there are over 80 cava producers in Spain? That makes it a very popular drink! You can get a copa de cava in most restaurants and bars. The cava region is 45 kilometers from Barcelona [...]

Maritime Museum Barcelona

2016-11-04T22:43:12+00:00 July 25, 2013|Europe|

Beautiful building with interesting exhibits Escape the crowds and enjoy a peaceful stroll through the impressive building that houses the Museu Maritim. The former royal shipyard displays photos, paintings, model ships, maritime equipment and instruments, full size boats, and temporary exhibits. About the Museu Maritim The Maritime Museum showcases the history and culture of the [...]

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