Monthly Archives: May 2013

Lu, Leo and the Ligurian Hills

Lu, Leo and the Ligurian Hills

In preparation for this trip I spent hours and hours (usually in the middle of the night) searching the internet for the best places to …

 

From the Sublime to the Ridiculous

From the Sublime to the Ridiculous

  Vence is a small town in the mountains above Nice.  Lovely little town.  We took a detour to see the crowning jewel of Matisee’s life-the …

 

Arles

Arles

Our home base for our quick Provence visit was Arles, a beautiful French town filled with Roman Ruins.  Many ancient scholars argue that the best …

 

Provence

Provence

It was wonderful to return to the rolling green hills of the French countryside and just breathe in the fresh air. Our first stop was …

 

The Spirit of Barcelona

The Spirit of Barcelona

Unforgettable moments in Barcelona- Church in downtown Barcelona-I loved the feeling and spirit in the meeting as well as the unique Spanish hymns we sung that …

 

Catalonia

Catalonia

Our first full day in Barcelona was spent adding Mark to our travel team (Steph was thrilled), visiting Gaudi’s Park Guell, climbing to the top …

 

Alicante to El Palmar

Alicante to El Palmar

From the beaches of Alicante to the Rice Paddies of El Palmar We spent the night in the beachside town of Alicante and spent the …

 

La Alhambra

La Alhambra

In preparation for our visit to the Alhambra we reviewed basic Moorish history (In 711 AD Tariq came into Gibraltor with his Islamic army to …

 

Pure Vacation

Pure Vacation

Obviously the point of our European Experience is adventure, education and cultural exposure, not relaxation and vacation.  Yet it was so refreshing and rejuvenating to …

 

Sevilla

Sevilla

Sevilla- At church the next morning we were greeted with open arms. I hope that I am even half as welcoming to visitors as the …

 

Portugal, Spain, Ancient Rome and Flamenco

Portugal, Spain, Ancient Rome and Flamenco

Our last morning in Portugal was spent sleeping in, eating a scrumptious breakfast, and building forts on the beach. From our little beach haven we drove …

 

Ola Portugal

Ola Portugal

It was quite a feat to pick up and pack up our Madrid apartment and load it up into our little cars.  It quickly became …

 

Toledo

Toledo

Every time I talked to a seasoned Spanish traveler about visiting Madrid, they asked if I was going to visit the ancient cobblestoned town of …

 

Dream

Dream

It was an absolute dream to have our family reunited this morning. We had missed Mike and Luke so much and couldn’t believe that we …

 

Sliding down Banisters

Sliding down Banisters

After discussing the Spanish civil war and visiting the Valley of the Fallen we were excited to take the kids to the Reina Sophia this …

 

Wish you were here!

Wish you were here!

We are absolutely loving our trip and just wish that we could transport all our friends and family here to join us.  We miss you! …

 

Feliz Dia de la Madre

Feliz Dia de la Madre

Instead of eating taco’s and fresh salsa this Cinco de Mayo we celebrated Spain’s Mother’s Day.  The highlight of my day was sitting in Relief …

 

Art and Adventure-From the Prado to the Parque

Art and Adventure-From the Prado to the Parque

    Touted by art enthusiasts as having one of the greatest collections of European Art in all the world, we felt like the Prado deserved some …

 

Ramparts and Romans

Ramparts and Romans

About an hour outside of Madrid lies the medieval walled city of Avila. For years Avila was a site of turbulence between Christians and Muslims. …

 

Madrid Part 1

Madrid Part 1

Madrid Highlights: We awoke Sunday morning excited for our first church service in Spanish.  After crying through cold showers (we quickly learned that our apartment doesn’t …