Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família – Sagrada Familia

September 25, 2018 “When the foundation stone of the Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família was laid in 1882, it’s unlikely that anyone involved anticipated that the construction of this church would take well over a century to complete. But when Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí, now famous for his unique take on the…

The Catalan Festival of La Mercè

    September 24, 2018 La Mercè is the annual Catalan festival of Barcelona, Spain, and has been an official city holiday since 1871 when the local government first organized a program of special activities to observe the Roman Catholic feast day of Our Lady of Mercy, La Mare de Déu de la Mercè in…

Festival Time In Barcelona!

September 23, 2018 And it’s on to our next Spanish city, Barcelona. This will be my third visit and Bill’s second – all after Caminos. This one will again be special as Lindsey had another wedding shoot in France and will be joining us there. Or I should say that we will be joining HER…

Life Is A Beach

September 22, 2018 We packed a beach bag and hopped onto bus #32 for our trip to Valencia’s beaches. Turns out it was a transportation holiday and so we saved our ready €3 to spend on our café instead! The bus conveniently dropped us at Mercat Municipal del Cabanyal, a local, non touristy food mercado…

Viva Valencia!!

September 21, 2018 Today we basically went back to yesterday’s discoveries – and made our way INSIDE!! We had breakfast at a the Central Bar in the Mercado Central and oohed and awed at the stands upon lovely, fresh stands of amazing produce, fish, meats, wine, candies, etc!! We went into the Valencia Catedral!! The…

Vivacious Valencia

  September 20, 2018 Today we enjoyed a café in the inviting atrium of  Estación Atocha and left sunny Madrid on a two hour “fast train” ride into even sunnier Valencia, Spain’s third largest city. “The incredibly rich architectural legacy that is so characteristic of Mediterranean cities is very much the story in Valencia. Periods…

Walking, Walking, Walking

September 19, 2018 Another 11 miles today walking around Madrid with my Honey. This was full circle for me as I was in Madrid two nights (really only one full day) when I came to Spain for my first Camino. Bill was also here a day when he joined me after my second Camino. So,…

A Coruña

September 17, 2018 The following is a summary from information derived from Wikipedia (reposted from my April, 2018 one day visit here after completing the Primitivo route of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela) Located in in the province of Galicia, Spain, A Coruña is the 17th most populated city in Spain. It is the…

Goodbye Santiago de Compostela, Hello A Coruña

September 16, 2018 It was a difficult decision, yet I left my walking shoes in our pension upon checkout this morning… Such a dichotomy –  I feel considerably “full”, yet very “empty” – too many tourists in Compostela and so many peregrinos that I do not know – at least not personally… yet honestly, another paradox,…