to travel / españa

(Click each row to view larger image)

First row: Casa Milà interior courtyard, Casa Milà rooftop, Madrid Plaza Mayor.
Second row (Barcelona): View from Casa Milà’s rooftop, Casa Milà’s front door, Sagrada Familia front door.
Third row (Granada): Alhambra palace gardens, Alhambra from the Mirador de San Nicolas, Patio de los Leones.

As much as I like pretty snow, I am looking forward to warmer weather and vacation… I’m excited to revisit Barcelona in March. It’s one of those lively cities that I never tire of – vibrant culture, amazing food, great artists, and good shopping (including one of my faves, COS). It is hard to resist when coupled with bargain airfare.

Every once in a while, I like to flip back to snapshots of my first visit in early Summer 2008. Partially because I barely touched the ones I took in Fall 2009. It was a quick, last minute work trip to Madrid. I squeezed Barcelona in the weekend before and Granada right before I had to come home.

When I travel solo, my camera is my companion. I had a small scare before Granada. Something under my lens flipped and my camera stopped capturing light. I do not know how to troubleshoot camera issues and was even considering canceling Granada. Luckily, Madrid is one of the few Spanish cities with a Nikon repair center! They don’t take walk-ins, but I think the receptionist took pity on my broken Spanish. It took a technician a few minutes and he didn’t charge me! I also have to thank them for not taking a siesta that day…

In March, C and I are visiting Barcelona and planning on doing a side trip to Girona. I usually scour Chowhound for eating ideas and wander around for shops. Let me know if you have any recommendations!

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