What an amazing trip it was! Our travels are unique, in that we rarely stay in one place. We also love to road trip...so that's what we did! We started in London and ended in Barcelona.
We landed in London, stayed for a few days, flew to Madrid, then road tripped our way from Madrid to Barcelona.
I've only been to London twice, but I just love this city. Obviously. I think most everyone who has ever been, does. I love how even the non-iconic buildings in London are beautiful. That's the biggest difference in European architecture verses the US.
In London we did the Imperial War Museum, Westminster, Victoria Tower Gardens, Natural History Museum, and the Diana Memorial Playground. We were only there for two full days, but tried to fit everything in.
We flew to Madrid, took the train to Malaga, then drove to Nerja, Granada, Alicante, Valencia, and finally Barcelona. What. A. Trip!
We didn't get to spend a lot of time here. We've been before. And I definitely want to come back. But we enjoyed what little time we did have.
We randomly stopped here for lunch on our way to Granada. Again, another town I could easily spend more time in.
Granada was unbelievable. That's where my family is from. So seeing the streets and sights that my great grandpa saw when he was a boy was simply unbelievable. Granada has been a bucket list place for me and I'm so excited we visited.
We did the tour of Alhambra - AMAZING. I highly recommend you do this. Obviously. It was gorgeous.
I cute little beach town that we arrived to way too late. The beaches were already full by the time we arrived, so we hung out at the pool. Then walked around that night. Had delicious Paella and let homegirl run amok at the little festival on the street.
When we woke up that day, we were not expected to visit an aquarium and see a dolphin show. But we did. And it was awesome. That's the beauty of these road trips. While you have hotel rooms to be at that night, everything else is up in the air and you can just see where the day takes you. Homegirl got a kick out of all the animals and loved seeing the mommy and baby beluga whales!
Oh, Barcelona. We love you. We arrived just a few days after the terrorist attack on La Rambla. We weren't quite sure what to expect. But the outpouring of love was overwhelming. La Rambla was filled with notes of peace and love. It was amazing to witness.
While we were there, we visited Sagrada Familia which is more awe inspiring than I even imagined. It can't be described. It's a presence that moves you in your core. The ornate beauty and detail is unlike anything I've seen.
We also toured FC Barcelona stadium - which was pretty cool.
The Trip Home
And then...on the way home, Hurricane Harvey hit. We don't live in Houston, but Austin is about 2.5 hours outside of Houston and getting flights back home were next to impossible. We landed in DC the Saturday after the storm hit. We were devastated, watching what was going on in our home state. And we couldn't get out of DC. Cancelled flight after cancelled flight. We met kind locals who bought our daughter diapers (because the airline told us to leave out luggage at the airport). And we had an impromptu trip to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center National Air and Space Museum at the airport and got to see the ACTUAL Discovery Space Shuttle. So that was really cool. We finally made it back home 2 days late and thankfully our home didn't get any damage from the storm. I swear...it's never a dull moment with us.