Tapas, sangria, paella … oh my! The Bells tour Spain

Ever since I left Spain in 2005, after studying in Valencia for a semester, I have been clamoring to get back. Dreaming. Planning. Saving. Scheming. But you know how it is. It’s so easy to always come up with excuses: the expense, the timing, the planning. It was always something.

But then it happened. We were looking at John’s schedule and saw that he had two weeks in April completely off. Off? Two weeks? What!? We also received a statement in the mail stating that we had earned enough points for TWO round trip tickets to Europe. Okay. No more excuses. We were going. And we did: six cities in fifteen days. Our first stop? Barcelona! The city of Gaudí, Picasso and Miró and so much more!

We fell in love with the streets, the sounds, the smells, the food, the energy.

A Joan Miró mural right in the middle of Las Ramblas.

La Boquería was a great place to grab a snack and take in all the sights and smells.

We toured Gaudí’s “La Pedrera”, an apartment building that he designed and built and that’s now a museum.

La Sagrada Familia.

I was even more impressed by the inside than the outside. All of the columns branched off toward the ceiling like a forest full of trees.

View of the city on a cloudy day.

From Barcelona we hopped on a train and headed south down the coast to Valencia.

The orange trees that line the streets were so picturesque.


We couldn’t believe the views when we climbed to the top of the bell tower.

One of our favorite places to visit in all of Spain…the Alcázar. Originally a Moorish fort, it is now one of the oldest European royal palaces still in use.

One of the only pictures we have of the two of us…proof that we were actually in Spain together!!

I was obsessed with all of the beautiful tiles!

After we left the Alcázar we went in search of something sweet to eat. We got so excited when we ran into “Bell” ice cream and sweet shop on “Bell Street”!

Spain-85Spain-83John looking out over the river Guadalquivir, the same river that Columbus sailed after returning from the New World.


A shot of the cathedral at night.

 Of course there was no way that I could squeeze all our photos onto one post, so make sure to drop by tomorrow for the second half of our Spanish getaway!

Un abrazo fuerte,


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