...not by March. All his life he's gone to one hair dresser in Beaverton but it's too hard to get him over there. It's his first sports cut... Not my favorite but he wanted an easy style for basketball.
This vertical wall of plants was in Madrid outside of Caixa Forum. We just walked by on the way to the train station but I thought it was stunning! http://inhabitat.com/patrick-blancs-lush-vertical-garden-is-a-green-oasis-in-the-middle-of-madrid/This is a wall outside of Cathedral of Seville... Most stunning!
Had the most wonderful churros with chocolate here! Yum!
Teplo de Debod: At sunset was something spectacular!
Thank you SPG for allowing us to stay at these beautiful hotels around the world. Except, in this case, we opted out of staying here at the Alfonso Hotel. I didn't think it was worth the points.. but just to check it out, we went inside. It was absolutely stunning.
I didn't know how big Barcelona was going to be such a big city. ENK and I at this leg of the trip was tired. We rode the metro and even got on the Hop/on and off bus on our last day in Barcelona. Antonio Gaudi's work was everywhere. Loved Sagrada la Familia and the Park Guelle... ENK was not impressed. He thought Gaudi must have been crazy to come up with these funky designs.
ENK was not amused by Gaudi. He was little upset at the entrance to the cathedral because my ticket did not have a barcode. We had to call the ticketing agent to resend it via email...however due to slow city wifi, it did not send it right away. We had to walk around the corner to McDonald's to get it downloaded. He got a bit worked up over that... Overall, Sagrada la Familia was beautiful!
This is the first place we went to when we arrived in Barcelona. Our hotel was located on the Las Ramblas just steps away from the Bocaria. We were just blown away by the stalls here. Assortments of everything here.. Loved the fruits, juices, nuts, seafood... we ate at the local stall that grilled fish in front of you twice in two days. Loved the colorful shops and food here! I think I would go back to Barcelona just to eat at the Bocaria!
Seville was colorful. The buildings and streets had a little bit of flair. We checked into our second SPG hotel and it was very quaint and charming. We rode the bullet train from Madrid to Seville in less than 2.5 hours. We walked on cobble stone narrow roads to our hotel and immediately went out to discover wonderful sights. Highlight of this trip is the Real Alcazar and the Cathedral of Seville. Breathtakingly amazing. Another great sight? The Plaza Espana and the bull fighting arena. In this quaint city, we found a local coffee shop where we went in two times a day to get our coffee and sweet fix.
You would walk by this giant structure in the middle of the city square and think... "what the heck?" We passed by this twice every day. This is one of the biggest wooden structure in the world. They initially wanted to build an underground parking lot for the city but they discovered ancient ruins so they halted the construction. They had this monumental structure built with much controversy. It is an eyesore some locals say but they all agreed that it provides great shades in the hot summer months. We found families and children here just lounging around underneath. The locals call this the mushroom structure.
After a three hour train from Madrid. We arrived in Seville. We immediately noticed the colors that were different. This is the hotel we stayed in Seville...really charming interiors and decorations. We stayed here for two nights... loved the charm of this hotel. Seville had orange trees all over town... I would have loved to see orange color oranges... unfortunately, the oranges were all green in October!
The most beautiful restaurant was right in our Westin Palace hotel. The Retunda was famous for their Sunday brunch service in the afternoon (everything starts later in Spain) We did get little dressed up for this event. Loved the opera music and the food was delicious.
This is a 70's feel cable car ride in Madrid to a large park on the outskirt of the city. We rode on it at the peak sunset in one of the last cars and enjoyed the peaceful part of the bustling city. We would not take this again but for making memories... perfect! The view of the Royal Palace was spectacular!