Barcelona/Seville/Spain Travel Diary

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For our next stop, we boarded a tiny plane for the 34-minute flight from Lisbon to Seville to start our Spanish adventure. We spent two days in Seville, one day in Granada, and one day in Barcelona.

Like its friend to the west (aka Portugal), Spain was experiencing warmer than average European fall temperatures, so my two warmer weather bottoms were getting a workout! I finally got creative with my favorite black dress (that was also getting a lot of wear) to style it as a skirt to give me some additional options! Knot a tee over top and grab some sneakers, and you have a whole new look!

And now that I’ve covered what to wear…let’s get to the good stuff, aka what to do/see!

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Top Ten Things to Do in Barcelona/Seville/Spain (in the order we did them):

  1. See the Seville Cathedral – We had a gorgeous view of the cathedral from our AirBnb location, so as soon as we dropped our bags off, we decided to walk to it as our first Seville sightseeing spot (say that 5 times fast). It’s the third largest church in the world (behind St. Peter’s in Vatican City and one in Brazil),  and it’s a beauty. You can tour the inside, but the lines are so long, so we took our time exploring the outside. Absolutely lovely, probably because it was built to showcase the city’s wealth!
  2. Get Lost in the Winding Streets of Seville – Seville is very very very walkable, but it’s basically a maze of streets! Some of them are so narrow that taxis can’t even drive down. So it is another one of those places where you bring your walking shoes and give yourself some extra time to get lost! We managed to wander our way through the whole city, including stops at the Bullfighting Museum and the Tower of Gold (Torre del Oro).
  3. Stop for Tapas – Some call them snacks, others call them appetizers. I call them a whole Spanish meal! The best way to enjoy tapas is to order a whole bunch and share them with your fellow travelers. The Husband’s favorite was a lamb in curry sauce, and my favorite was probably the pork with a whiskey sauce, but we tried all sorts of things. Pair it with a glass of Cruzcampo Radler (basically lemon soda plus beer), and you’ve got my ideal meal!
  4. Enjoy a Flamenco Show – We booked tickets for a flamenco show just to take in a huge part of the Sevillian culture. While our show wasn’t the best, we heard great things about the expert show at the Flamenco Museum. The music, the moves, and the dresses all combine for a great show of Spanish culture.
  5. Take in the Views from the Plaza de Espana – Oh my gosh. Definitely my favorite spot in all of Seville, but unfortunately, we only had time to visit it at night. Rookie mistake. It was built in 1929 as part of the Ibero-American Exposition World’s Fair, and it is certainly elaborate. There is a canal through the middle of it that people can rent rowboats on, and it is also great for people watching.
  6. Visit the Alhambra – Deemed one of the most gorgeous spots in the world, we made a long day trip to the palace/fortress of the Alhambra in Granada. If you liked the tile of Lisbon, you would be amazed at all the tile and intricate carvings in the Alhambra. We had a guided tour as part of our trip, and it was amazing to hear about the history of the place and then be able to explore the gardens on our own.
  7. Tour the Inside of Sagrada Familia – We had previously visited Barcelona in 2013, but made the mistake of only seeing the outside of the Sagrada Familia and not going into the church. Another rookie mistake. This time around, we made sure to book our tickets in advance and really enjoyed our time exploring Antoni Gaudi’s masterpiece. The crazy part of this church is that they have been building it for over 100 years, and it is still not complete! They’ve added on a few things since our last visit, and they still have to add 6 towers and a ton of exterior decorations, so it still has a long way to go. You can read more about the church online, but this church was to be Gaudi’s tribute to his faith and God, so he wanted it to be elaborate and perfect, and it most certainly is close to that!
  8. Try Spanish Apple Pie – Go to Granja M. Viader, get a cappuccino and a slice of apple cake (pastel de manzana), and thank me later! Delicious treat or breakfast during your day!
  9. Walk La Rambla – Start at Plaça Catalunya and meander your way down the street to the statue of Christopher Columbus that looks out on the Mediterranean Sea. There are tons of shops, restaurants, and historical sites along the way, so just take your time and try some sangria along the way. My new discovery this time was a little shop called Friday’s Project, which is basically a Spanish Madewell! Yes, please!
  10. Visit La Boqueria Food Market Off of La Rambla – One of my favorite things to do in Barcelona is to visit the market and buy a fruit juice for 1 or 2 euros. You can try an old-standby flavor (strawberry-banana) or try a juicy (pun intended) new combination (kiwi-passion fruit). But beyond the juices, you can find everything that you need at this market. Fresh fish, vegetables, fruits, pastries, bread, sausages, cheese, etc.

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After our Spanish adventures, we headed for our final European destination (you know, until next time)…which was Prague! I’ll have more on that next week for my last Europe travel guide from this particular trip!

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Lisbon/Portugal Travel Diary

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Our next stop was Lisbon in Portugal. We had no idea what to expect from our trip, since we only know a handful of people who have been to Portugal, but what we didn’t really expect was 80+ degrees of summer temperatures in October!

Despite the heat, we really enjoyed all of the sights, sweets, and tile of Lisbon! It’s slowly becoming a more popular European travel destination, but still has a non-touristy feel!

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Top Ten Things to Do in Lisbon/Portugal (in the order we did them):

  1. Explore Faster Via a Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus -This is always been my best recommendation in most European cities…the dreaded “tourist” hop-on/hop-off bus. Yes, you look like a tourist on your giant double-decker bus, but isn’t that what we all are when we visit a new/foreign city? These tours help you see the best sites (with some fun facts thrown in) in the city that you are in…and you’ll get there quickly! In Lisbon, the bus will take you out to Belém, which is difficult to get to on your own!
  2. Sample a Pastel del Nata – The tastiest little egg custard pastries (see them in one of my snapshots above) that are basically the national dessert/treat of choice. The best ones (in my opinion) are in Belém, but you can find them everywhere! Best enjoyed warmed with a cappuccino!
  3. Find All the Tile You Can – This should be pretty easy to do, since there are little touches of tile all throughout the city! It’s all over the walls and covering the sidewalks and streets. Apparently, it is super costly to repair when on the ground, and the city has expressed interest in slowly getting rid of it, but the residents just won’t let it go (which I greatly appreciate)!
  4. Take in a Sunset from a Rooftop Bar – A lot of people recommended Park, but I actually prefered the views from Hotel Mundial (though they were both beautiful). Good people, great sangria, and even greater views at sunset!
  5. Try Something Outside of Your Comfort Zone (Foodwise) – Maybe it is octopus salad? Maybe it is cuttlefish stew? Or maybe it is a pastry that you have no idea what is inside of it, because you can’t read Portuguese. Just try it! Worse case scenario? You won’t like it…and you can use your Euros to buy something else!
  6. Hike Up to São Jorge Castle – Lisbon is a lot like San Francisco (hills galore, trolleys, and a Golden Gate-esque bridge), so bring some comfortable walking shoes and hike up some stairs and inclined roads to a Moorish-style castle and gorgeous views of the city.
  7. Explore the Three Neighborhoods – We like our Rick Steves walking tours (no matter what European country we’re in), and he took us through the three neighborhoods  (Rossio, Alfama, and Bairro Alto), each which has its own hidden gems. Lisbon is a great walking city, so if you ever visit, be sure to wind your ways through the hidden alleys/streets.
  8. Listen to Some Fado – The sad and longing musical styling of Portugal. Most commonly, these songs are about the sea or losing someone or something to the sea. We had dinner in a fado restaurant and enjoyed having our seafood with a side of fado songs!
  9. Day Trip It to Sintra – Sintra is a town that is about a 40-minute train ride outside of Lisbon. It has roughly 20 different sites to visit and is definitely worth a day trip (if not even more time)!
  10. Pena Palace – Worth a mention of its own, since it is THE palace (and place) to visit in Sintra (even though the Moorish castle is great too). It was built by the cousin of King Ludwig II (who built Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany), and it basically a Disney castle come to life (see it in the picture directly below). Crazy bright primary colors with tile and carving all over the place! And beyond the castle, the views from the top are great too, and the garden/grounds are gorgeous!

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Our next stop (to be posted next Monday) will be Spain (both Seville and Barcelona)!

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Parisian Biker Chic

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Today’s fun highlights:

  • You know…because that’s a thing. That I just created…on this blog…where I am most definitely not Parisian nor a motorcycle biker.
  • And most people would debate you on the chic part too! ;)
  • This week flew by and I’m happy to be back into the swing of things at work (and not buried under emails after being out)!
  • This weekend we’re staying home, and I’m attempting to clean out my closet (or at least start the process). My side of the closet is slowwwllly starting to take over the whole closet.
  • We’re also going to our annual Halloween party! I’ll try to remember to share our costume on Instagram, but it is a secret until then!
  • Is anyone else dressing up for Halloween? Let me know what you are going as!

Weekend sales:

Happy weekend, friends! What are you up to?

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The Holy Grail of Blazers

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This blazer is literally too good to be true.

I pulled it out of the big, ol’ box that J.Crew sends their blazers in and knew right away that it was meant to be.

It’s a great heavyweight of a blazer thanks to the thick corduroy fabric outside and the luxe silk lining inside. The color is a perfect chestnut brown. The little details are perfect (those gold buttons!). And the fit? The fit is killing it. Slimming and structured to boot!

Someone might even say it is the holy grail of blazers. And that someone is me!

And even though it took over half of my monthly budget (which I promptly went over on, see here for more details), I can’t wait to wear it with EVERYTHING this fall and over and over and over through the course of my life.

Because my friends, blazers (not diamonds) are a girl’s best friend!

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  • On Target item: dv for Target Ankle Boots (exact)
  • Sunglasses: J.Crew Factory (similar)
  • Necklace: Target (exact)
  • Blazer: J.Crew (exact)
  • Tee: J.Crew Factory (exact)
  • Purse: Merona, Target (almost exact)
  • Nail Polish: “Rock the Runway” (exact)
  • Jeans: Loft (exact)

10 Things Tuesday (10.25.16)

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Ten Things I’ve Loved This Past Week on The Internet:

  1. Can we just talk about this plaid dress…and how pretty it is…and how it comes in patterns of my favorite colors…and how it is only $40?
  2. Blogger love of the week: I told her on Instagram, and I’m telling you here…Madison looks like she walked out of a Boden catalog, in the best way possible!
  3. My favorite cashmere sweater from last year is BACK (in 18 different colors)…so yes, I ordered another one (this time in tan)! 
  4. 73 questions with Emma Stone was hilarious (here if you missed it)! “Spirit animal?” No pause. “Dragon.” Love her!
  5. Apparently this week is all about my favorite items from last year, because, my much worn and much loved camel/tan coat from J.Crew Factory is also back! Get it before it sells out! And do I need the green one?!
  6. Three words: houndstooth print vest. Yes, please!
  7. In case you haven’t been preparing for Halloween, here are 20 last minute Halloween costumes for the upcoming holiday! I can’t wait (my friend B throws a big party every year)…and will share my costume when I can!
  8. These might be the BEST ankle boots I’ve seen all season. They come in three different colors (black, tan, and burgundy) and are under $60! Ordering….right…now!
  9. Did you guys here the news? Victoria Beckham is coming to a Target near you come April 2017! I’m kind of intrigued to see her looks! Anyone else?
  10. Can’t get enough of the block heel trend, and these beauties from Ann Taylor are my current favorites! 

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