Category: Spain

Barcelona – Goodbye Spain

Time flies and we are now in Barcelona, our last stop in Spain before heading up to Provence in France.

Barcelona from the of Plaza de Toro’s rooftop

We stayed close to La Boqueria Market, a fresh market dated from 1200 that is a touristic place on itself. The freshest seafood, organic wine, fruits from everywhere in the world, bakeries, spices shops, meat, handmade sausages, jamon and other specialties that come from and through the Mediterranean every day. A great place to buy some fresh tropical juices in the morning before starting our daily pilgrimages.

La Boqueria Market

But it is not only the markets that are colorful in Barcelona: the architecture here is amazing and the mix of the medieval walls from the Gothic Quarter with the modernist buildings from Gaudi, makes Barcelona a fascinating place to visit.

This is a culture that reminds me a lot of Brazil and the way I grew up, people that are so friendly that made us feel home, a culture that will leave some great memories.

La Sagrada Familia by Antonio Gaudi

La Sagrada Familia by Antonio Gaudi

La Sagrada Familia by Antonio Gaudi

Park Guell by Antonio Gaudi

Camp Nou Stadium – Barcelona (0) x Deportivo La Coruna (0)

A day trip to Montserrat

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Madrid – Spain

In Madrid, the capital of Spain, I was overwhelmed by the variety of cuisines that we surprisingly found. In fact by the time I got here (and it probably will sound a bit weird), I was craving for some Japanese food and it was no difficult to find some authentic restaurants around the city.

It was also in Madrid, at a tinny arroceria called El Ventorrillo Murciano, where we had the best paella of our holidays.

In between our feasts at fresh markets, tapas restaurants and wine bars, we managed to squeeze visits to some impressive touristic attractions such as Puerta del Sol, Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor, Botanic Gardens, City Hall , Gran Via as well as a wonderful day trip to Toledo.

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A day trip to Segovia

The picturesque Segovia, an UNESCO Heritage site, was a worth day trip in our way to Madrid.

It was impressive how much we got done in one day! We’ve seen some stunning monuments such as this aqueduct built by the Roman in the 1st century A.D., the Gothic architecture of the Cathedral and Alcazar, the castle that is rumored to have inspired one of Disney’s fairytale castles.

As this holiday was wine and food driven, I was getting excited about researching regional dishes before our arrivals and when came to Segovia, I was really looking forward to witness it first hand!

The traditional dish from this region is Cochinillo Asado, a succulent suckling pig (a piglet fed ONLY on its mother’s milk). As recommended by some locals, we decided to try the little Babe at Casa Duque and the experience was sensational. Crispy skin, tender and moist meat, slow roasted on a wood fire oven in salt and water (only).

No, those are not bungee jumping pigs!

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