09.07.2013 - 27.07.2013 30 °C
We arrived in S'Agaro in the Costa Brava to our accommodation right on the beach and with a big, super deep pool with wicked views of the coast. We were so excited to be here and spent our days relaxing to the max. A lot of pool time and chilling in the hot, hot sun! We had some tasty Tapas while there as well as a delicious Thai meal which we were craving big time! The prices for everything were pretty cheap so we indulged in the food and drink! We also spent a day in Tossa De Mar wandering around the little streets and up to the castle on the hill with gorgeous views of the coastline.
I immediately fell in love with Spain which G knew I would Tapas, wine, cocktails, sun, beaches and markets as well as amazing buildings full of history, basically my perfect location!
Onto Barcelona where we stayed in a very cheap room but a pretty good location right by the metro, we spent our time wandering the streets, going to the zoo and enjoying the food. Also meet up with a friend of mine from Chch who was living in a village just out of Barcelona and nannying 3 kids. We meet up with him and went to the village to meet the family and explore the option of taking over his job as he was leaving in the next few weeks. Was a very cute place but made us realise we weren't ready to settle in one place and wanted to carrying on traveling as we were. We loved walking the main street La Ramba in Barcelona with the markets & street performers leading to the harbour and enjoying food from the markets everyday. I also faced my fears buying seed and feeding the pigeons in the main square, was about an hour process of me screaming like a little girl but eventually got there! Of course the architecture and sights in Barcelona are amazing and we visited and specially liked Sagrada Familia, Casa Batllo and Park Guell that were all designed by the amazing Gaudi. Mind blowing stuff that you really wonder how someone could have come up with such a style so many years ago!
Onto Valencia with a bargain of a train ticket at 16 euros each down from 50 euros since it was so last minute, yay for being unorganised! We were staying in a apartment in the old town which was a wicked location being only a 5 minute walk to the main square where there was lots to explore. Of course when dropped off on our first night by the taxi we were only 300m away but decided to turn the other direction and 30 minutes later found our accommodation. So much fun carrying heavy bags around lost in the dark in the hot heat at night well we were happy to arrive! We wandered every day around the old town and saw the sights including the old squares, gated walls, food markets & the street art which is everywhere around the town. We also checked out the science building, the main park in the old river way and the Fallas museum with all of the pieces kept from throughout the years of the festival. All of the pieces were made out of Paper-mache and it was pretty amazing to see the detail and the humour of the Spanish art. We really loved wandering through the park which is an old river way that after the floods was instead converted into a park, now being the largest park in the whole of Spain. We were specially big fans of Gulliver playground structured around a human body playing on all the steep slides for a good hour. Due to the hot weather and the black and brown of the slides I seriously burned my behind sliding down the leg of the body haha but was pretty good fun! We made the most of the apartment and made good home made meals with fresh local produce purchase at Mercado Central (food market) the whole time we were there which was so lovely, super cheap and delicious of course!
LESSONS WE LEARNT: Make the most of the moment; work schmerk we are going to keep traveling!
MEMORABLE MOMENT: Feeding the birds for sure, face your fears! Their little beaks did hurt though..
BEST FOOD: George's home cooked meals!! But following that the Tapas and sangria of course. Amazing combos fell in love with dates wrapped in bacon and spanish chorizo.
AVOID NEXT TIME: Arriving late in Barcelona so to avoid arriving in peak hour of the mad driving and being 3 hours late returning our car. First appointment we've had in 3 months hopefully the time scale doesn't increase as we holiday longer.