My husband and I just got back from a two week trip to Europe. We traveled to Paris, Seville, Barcelona, and Madrid and celebrated my birthday, our first anniversary, and new years along the way. Both of us caught really bad colds, but overall it was a great trip in which we got to see some of the iconic sights, stuff ourselves full of delicious food, and stroll though two beautiful countries. Here are some trip highlights in photographs:
Our favorite dessert in Paris: crepes.
Although the holidays made everything more crowded, it was special to see the Christmas decorations and holiday markets in each city we visited. This Cartier store on the Champs-Élysées was all wrapped up for Christmas.
Palais Garnier (the opera house where the Phantom of the Opera is set). In the entryway I had “Masquerade” running through my head.
The outside of Notre Dame as night fell.
Eiffel Tower selfie on my birthday.
There was incredible tile work everywhere in the city of Seville.
Chocolate and Churros. Delicious!
The interplay of the dancers, singers, and guitarist at a flamenco show is fascinating. And the dancers, it was a wonder they could still stand at the end of the show after the intensity of their footwork.
Be the bull. I would never attend a bull fighting show, but we did visit the bull fighting museum and ring.
Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is kind of an odd site to behold from the outside because it’s a seeming hodge podge of different styles, but truly beautiful on the inside.
One of our favorite experiences in Spain was simply strolling around areas such as the La Rambla and the Boqueria market in central Barcelona.
Some of the best views of Barcelona can be found by taking the cable cars up to Montjuic Castle.
Beautiful outdoor spaces are common in Spanish cities. The Crystal Palace is in the Retiro Park of Madrid.
The cities in Europe are dominated by elaborate historical buildings that now house everything from apartments to shops. It’s hard to believe that so many of Europe’s structures are older then the United States.
Have you ever traveled to Spain or Paris? What were some of your favorite spots?