Am I the only who gets the chills simply driving past the airport?
Which reminds me… exactly four years ago, FatJ and I were on a three-week vacation in Spain and Italy. YES. You heard me correctly. FatJ and I VACATIONED, for THREE WEEKS STRAIGHT. In Spain and Italy. (sniff, sniff). Ah, the good old days.
So, exactly four years ago today, we were here:
While in Spain, our home base was Madrid…
Our plaza favorita- la plaza de Santa Ana, por supuesto:
Enjoying a jarrrrrrrrra de sangria:
We did two day trips to Segovia:
And then we went to Barcelona, which is a fabulously-European city, but does not fulfill my SpainLove like Madrid does. They say the third time is a charm, but for my travels to Barcelona, the third time was more of a flop. Mainly because we rented a flat online, which ended up being in the Pakistani ghetto of Barcelona, and we were scared to be out past 8:00pm. Oh, and it was the Feast of St. John, which is pretty much celebrated all night every night for a week surrounding the holiday. SO, there were firecrackers going off and screaming people partying all night long outside of our apt window (which looked out onto a homicide zone).
But anyway, here we are in Barcelona sitting on the world’s longest park bench at Park Guell:
We spent a day at the beach in Sitges…
And from Barcelona we flew to Florence. This is my favorite picture of us EVER:
(aaaaaah, loverly. If only I had my DSLR back then. And yes, I most certainly WOULD have lugged it around.)
Trying to work off those gelatos on a 5-town hike…
Boats in Riomaggiore– one of the five towns.
The end of our trip found us back in Madrid, with a final night at the Palace Hotel. Uh-huh, yup- the PALACE HOTEL. We used StarPoints. It ruled.
Now, I know keeping up a blog is meant to chronicle things that are happening NOW, but you see, I am not traveling NOW. And I like to travel. And I like to reminisce and be nostalgic for what ‘used to be.’ Even though now is very good. And it appears I also have a need to live vicariously through not only other people’s travels, but by own past travels.
So there ya have it- Europe, four years ago.