S: Spain 2012
BC: Next stop....Italy 2014 | This book was made with love by, Jennifer
FC: Spain 2012 | Barcelona and Valencia
1: TO TRAVEL IS TO LIVE. | A quick drink before we take off from Miami. HOLD THAT PLANE.....
2: Adventure awaits | Not even traveling to Sonoma and we still get to see Robert!
3: After much negotiation, Victor was able to get us to sit together.
4: Day 1 Arrive Barcelona Hotel Condes de Barcelona | Friday 10.05.12
5: Tapas at Cerveseria Catalana
6: "One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things." – Henry Miller | Mary's Market
7: Dinner at Moncho's Costa Gallega (next door to hotel) Nice pork legs hanging from the bar. Then on for drinks at BIBA and Alaire.
9: Day 2 Trail Days wine tour with Danny Francis-Berenson first stop: Massana Noya next stop: Felix Massana Rafols | Rosa provided tour | Saturday 10.06.12
10: Lunch in the cellar of Felix. Salschica, cheese, tortilla (spanish potato onion omelette Brandy being poured out of glass canister | Christina
13: Our guide, Danny
14: All dressed up for dinner at Lasarte (2 star Michelin rated restaurant)
15: We were lucky they didn't throw us out!
16: Day 3 Starting the day with Espresso and pastries | Sunday 10.7.12
17: Went on 4 hour Barcelona city tour with our guide - Charles Harris-Inman | Casa Batllo Gaudi Barcelona | Gaudi La Pedrera
18: Park Guell
19: sitting on Banc de Trencadis - a tiled bench designed by Gaudi's right hand man, Josep Maria Jujol | Park Guell
20: La Sagrada Familia
21: This whole block will be bulldozed | 130 year work in progress. Est. date of completion 2026
22: Views from Montjuic (the Jewish hill)
25: Plaza Espana
26: Our tour ends with lunch at a Pintxos bar (buffet of finger food tapas served on sticks) and shopping
27: Happy hour on roof top bar, Alaire. Views of La Pedrera y La Familia Sagrada
28: Attempted dinner in Barrio Gothic Sangria and Conejo with liver in garlic sauce(no thanks) and great people watching at Cafe Babel.
29: Lucky for us, in Spain you can get a slice of pizza at midnight no problem! | No magic at La Font Magic!
30: Day 4 Jeff and Jennifer get their morning espresso and pastry before we all tour the city. Walked to Las Ramblas and to La Boqueria for brunch. | Monday 10.08.12
31: Acorn fed ham chips
32: Trip Highlight! Fresh Seafood (shrimp, razor clams and octopus) and hot peppers at Bar Central
33: Amazing mussels at Bar Boqueria | Walked Passeig de Catalunya - stopped for a drink and then Mary's Market
34: Walked Barceloneta area. Screw top Cava... gotta love it!
35: Searched for Can Majo, only to take a taxi to find out it was closed. Had Paella at La Mar Salada (recommended by Charles)
36: "Life is a journey not a destination." - RALPH WALDO EMERSON | Tuesday 10.09.12
37: Day 5 Rented a car and stopped at Pensicola on our way to Valencia
38: The Westin Hotel- Valencia
39: VALENCIA AND THE WESTIN Great location to regroup. Take care of some laundry needs, relax on the patio and have a glass of wine.
40: Walked to dinner at Civera Marisqueria. Passed Plaza de Torros (bullfighting ring) and Estacion del Norte (train station).
42: Dinner at Civera Marisqueria
43: BEST PAELLA | best Paella | Moscatel
44: Wednesday 10.10.12 | Day 6 Explored Valencia and visited Mercat Cental.
45: Mercat Central lunch at Central Bar
46: Gotta love bankers' hours in Spain!
47: Can we get a menu in English please! | After a long search for a bank, we have dinner at Trenca Dish. Adorable restaurant...for the locals.
48: Day 7 Squeezing in a workout before breakfast and a day of wine tasting | Thursday 10.11.12 | Miguel will be so proud
49: Mini tour and tasting with Shaila
50: Hoya de Cadenas
52: Lunch with the locals at Asador. I think it was soup with "pig nostrils"
53: Does this look medium to you? | After a lovely stop at Dominio Dela Vega in Requena (where Alvaro Faubel Frauendorff gave us a complimentary bottle of Crianza), we had dinner at Aragon 58. Not thrilled with the Cod or the bloody steak Vic ordered, but we enjoyed the fried baby octopus or was it squid....let's look it up.
54: Friday 10.12.12
55: Day 8 Drove back to Barcelona. Here we are enjoying happy hour and the beautiful view from our hotel room at Hotel Arts before we attempt dinner at Can Majo for a second time. We needed a drink after the chaos of check in!
57: Can Majo
58: Day 9 Stopped at Dibar Cafe for a snack after shopping and before visiting the Picasso Museum. | Museo Picasso | Saturday 10.13.12 | "I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them." -Pablo Picasso
59: Spectacular views
63: The Mediterranean Sea and Port Olympic were steps from our hotel.
64: Our last tapas meal at Ciudad Condal Ceveceria | Some of our favorites: jamon serrano, hot peppers, tomato con toast, tortilla de patatas, calamares fritos, patatas bravas, sauteed mushrooms
65: We end the evening with gelato and a stroll down Las Ramblas