S: Europe 2011
BC: "The world is a book and those who don't travel read only one page." -St. Augustine
FC: Spain and Portugal 2011
1: April 29 to May 5 2011 | Barcelona, Spain and Lisbon, Portugal
2: Day 1: Beginning of Sangria Tour
3: Day 1 in Barcelona started with an adventure from the airport with my cab driver, a slight miscommunication with the front desk and watch the Royal Wedding while waiting for Riley. After finally meeting up headed out to enjoy the day and try one of the many tapas bars. I was a little bit (a lot!) jet lagged so we took a short nap and headed out on the town. Didn't make it back to our hostel until 6:15AM! Barcelona really is a city that never sleeps! | The sold beer on the streets just like Vegas! | The clubs got the best of us -- rolling in a little late...
4: Stepping in the Meditertanean Sea
5: Day 2: Total Tourist | After a rough start in the morning, we walked around the streets of Barcelona to see what the city had to offer!
6: Las Ramblas and El Mercado | El Mercado
7: We visited Monument a Colom, Port Vell and Las Ramblas, which was all in the downtown area. The streets were lined with stores and a gigantic walk way that had even more shops and tents that sold everything from flowers to pets and snacks. El Mercado was also located on Las Ramblas
9: The Streets of Barcelona
11: We took a great (free!) day tour through the city to all the different projects of famous architect Antionia Gaudi. We saw Parque Guell, La Sagrada Familia, Casa Batillo, Palau Guell, Casa Calvet and Casa Mila. The projects were so eclectic and packed with tourist. We also visited Turo del Tres Creus, at the top of Parque Guell for a great view of the city! | Day 3: Gaudi Tours
12: Gondola ride over the city. Rainy but such a great view! | 1992 Olympic Stadium | Not Barcelona's best weather but a fun day! | Day 4: Olympic Stadium
13: Day 4: Olympic Tour
14: Night Life in Barcelona | Barcelona Night Life | Barcelona Night Life
15: Night #1: We met Riley's friends from Grad School who were also in Barcelona for tapas and wine on the patio. Afterwards, we headed out going out to an empty bar, thinking that since it was a weeknight there was nothing happening. As soon as the clock struck 1am though, the bars were packed and we spent the rest of the night dancing and meeting people from everywhere! | Night #2: We went to dinner on the water at a great seafood place. You could see cruise ships coming in for miles! After dinner, we went to a local pub where the semi-finals of European Soccer was on. The team that represented the state of Catalunya was playing the next night against rival, Madrid. | Night #3: Riley and I wanted to take in a real Flaminco Dancing performance. Unfortunately, we couldn't convince the guys to join us. After finally getting into the show, we enjoyed the dancing and music of the Spanish tradition. We then ended up back at Molly's Fair City Pub to enjoy our new favorite drinks, Dirty Shirley Temples and dancing all over town the rest of the night. | The best thing about Barcelona was that all the fun started late. No matter what time of night, there were always people out and about finishing dinner, or walking around. The city was always going. We often said "Does anyone work here?!"
16: The food in Spain was good. I loved the idea of drinking at every meal and the tapas menus. | A cake covered in melted Nutella and powdered sugar! | The Food of Spain | Seafood Paella
17: Gelato was everywhere in both Barcelona and Portugal. Riley and I took full advantage of being on vacation and had some at least once a day. | No Franzia here, this smaller boxed wine was what they had to offer. Super cheap! | Nebraska Beef made the menu! The weird thing about Europe was the descriptions in menus were either just a picture or very vague! | Riley enjoying a morning croissant while heading into the main part of town. The pastries were amazing!
18: Night view of Barcelona | Good Bye Barcelona, Hello Lisbon!
20: Day 5: Day Tour of Lisbon
21: At our great hostel in Lisbon, they offered many tours throughout the city. We took a day tour to the Flea Market, great sights, wine tasting and lunch with people from all over the world
24: Day 6: Day trip to Sintra | Train ride through the country
25: Sintra: It looked like something out of a fairytale | Adventures Purchasing tickets!
27: Pena National Palace just outside of Sintra
28: Day 7: Beach Day in Cascais A short train ride from Lisbon, we celebrated Cinco de Mayo with a cheeseless Mexican meal, beach day and shopping for Portuguese wine | Cascais
29: Enjoying the last day of vacation relaxing!
30: Our Hostel in Lisbon was wonderful. Every AM they had home cooked breakfast, tons of group outings and a bar in the foyer and a DJ. | Crazy Emily... | Yummy, fruity drinks! | Cheers! | Life in Our Hostel | Oh Katie...
31: Our room, designed by a local artists. Every room had a different theme. | Fado night with the hostel at a local Fado bar | The resident bartender stationed in the lobby for happy hours
32: The food in Portugal was predominantly potatoes, steak and eggs and cheese! Not a ton of variety but still good | Our traditional Portuguese meal | The Food of Portugal
33: We couldn't miss out on more Gelato in Portugal. Just as good as Spain. | Lots of cheese platters with tons of different cheeses unique to Portugal. My favorite! | Just enjoying food at our Indian/Italian restaurant. First time I have ever seen those on the menu together but the drinks were good! | Going out to eat was always interesting, as we spoke no Portuguese. You paid extra for everything (butter, condiments, etc.) and water was never served unless you asked. Also, it was obvious the portion sizes were much smaller than America, porbably why they are always skinnier!