Spain Wrap-up

There’s so much more to tell about Spain, and I’m already two weeks into the inevitable memory fade that happens after even the most wonderful vacations!  I did write a few quick posts from my phone in JFK, but the stupid wi-fi network there ate them somehow.  (When I find the little gnome that keeps doing this to me…let’s just say he’d better watch his pint-sized back.)  So for posterity’s sake, here is a brief Spain wrap-up, in my favorite form – the LIST.

General highlights of the trip:

  • Bike tour through the Penedes wine region, and the rosé cava we sampled there, via large pours that cannot technically be called a “tasting” because that connotes merely a few sips in the glass
  • The Gaudi architecture in Barcelona surpassed my expectations
  • Everything about Hotel Esplendido in Sollier, Mallorca – the pools, views, massage, food, staff…
  • The Alhambra in Granada
  • Mosaics and tile everywhere – Barcelona, Granada, Seville…
  • Getting lost in Seville (and the accompanying relief when we found our hotel each night)
  • Stumbling upon a soccer rally in San Sebastian for their local team

Food highlights:

  • Tapas and eating late
  • Jambon everything – sandwiches, croquetas, even by itself
  • Tomato bread (essentially fresh tomatoes rubbed onto bread)
  • Our picnic in Parc Guell
  • Churros dipped in hot chocolate
  • Sangria at Hotel Espendido on Mallorca
  • Thxoli wine in San Sebastian
  • Dinners at Pla and Bar Mut in Barcelona

And finally, the photos:

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