Spain – February, 2014


Spain turned out to be a bit of a surprise trip – an opportunity to combine business and pleasure. The weather turned out to be great for exploring – evenings had a bit of a chill, and the days were great for lots of walking and wandering. I previously hadn’t made Spain a priority for visiting, but I’m glad I went. The food, scenery, and architecture were all wonderful, and a nice contrast to the gloomier weather of France.

Facts and Favorites

Favorite Eats: Ironically, our first night in Seville found us craving some food, and we ended up walking by and dipping in to Ovejas Negras. This ended up being one of our fondest food memories of the trip with a great lively atmosphere, and delicious, yet simple food.

Favorite Pastry: Donuts at Chök.

Favorite Coffee: Coffee overall was pretty good in Spain. We ended up really liking the atmosphere of Artisa in Barcelona near our apartment, so we went every morning.

Favorite Site Visited: A toss-up between the Alhambra and the Sagrada Família. The Alhambra was my biggest expectation going in – and it didn’t disappoint, aside from the unbearable crowds at sunset trying to take a photo from the Mirador de San Nicolás. The Sagrada Família was a bit of a surprise as I didn’t expect a new construction cathedral to be nearly as impressive. I was wrong – it was very, very impressive inside – mostly because of how different it was.

Favorite Travel Tip: Reserve your Alhambra ticket ahead of time online and pick it up at one of the kiosks outside. Then, once inside, head straight for the Generalife and Alcazaba – saving your timed entry into the main Amhambra for the afternoon. Buy your Sagrada Família tickets ahead of time to avoid long lines!

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