This past holiday season I took a trip with my family to Spain and Portugal. We hit up Barcelona and Seville in Spain and Lisbon in Portugal. It was amazing and beautiful (I love to travel and have been lucky enough to travel extensively, I clock in at about 25 countries). I also am a bit of a picture taker, so sorry for all of these.
I was asked to put something together on my trip and I figured after my favorites you guys could take a day sans-makeup (maybe? let me know in the comments).
Barcelona – La Pedrera was one of my favorite sights in my favorite city on the trip. This is an apartment building built by the famous architect Antoni Gaudi who used nature to influence his work. He created statues on the roof to make necessary items beautiful (like a smoke stack) and the attic was heavily influenced by arches and fractals.
Barcelona – La Sagrada Familia is a church designed by Gaudi. It is almost finished and has taken over 150 years to build. As someone who has been around this world, La Sagrada Familia is absolutely breathtaking and, awe inspiring in the most literal sense of the word. The inside is modeled off the structure of trees and the ceiling is designed to mimic the look of being under heavy tree cover.
Barcelona – The last bits are a shot from the old city of Barcelona (gorgeous) which is home to one of the oldest Synagogues in Europe. And a bakery because it was just so delicious (om nom).
Lisbon – One of the most famous sights in Lisbon is actually their tram system which has been operational since 1873 and is a staple of the city.
Lisbon – Sao Jorge Castle is a moorish castle which offers one of the best views of Lisbon. It has also been restored and nerdy tourists with camera phones can crawl all over it (aka me).
Lisbon – A romanesque cathedral gives some new time perspectives (architecturally) to this picture montage. The Se Cathedral is both beautiful and stately. Plus you could pay to write part of the bible out front, nifty.
Lisbon – Torre de Belem was built to protect Lisbon as it sits at the mouth of the large river entering the city. Lisbon was a great naval power back in the 1300-1400s’ and they have a monument to the great sea explorers of the time right next to their fortification against sea invasion.
Portugal – The wild coast of Portugal is truly beautiful. It also has the most eastern point in Europe. The large rock off the coast is said to have been a bear that disobeyed the gods and was turned to stone.
Seville – Some modern touches. This is the mushroom which was built out of wood as a way to make an empty square into something beautiful. You can go up into the structure for a great view of Seville.
Seville – La Grialda is a gothic cathedral with a moorish tower (the Moors were big in Spain since its so darn close to northern Africa). Gorgeous, you gotta love the church options in Europe. America just doesn’t stack up.
Seville – Plaza de Espana is a gorgeous building built for an exhibition (much like the Eiffel Tower). It has tile work depicting all the regions and cities of Spain around its exterior.
Lisbon – More noms come in the form of one of the best ice cream stores in all of Europe. Be sure to hit up Bolas if your in town. The lovely old man who works there is the owner and makes the ice creams from all natural ingredients.
Lisbon – For some reason the tiny doors in giant doors just got me. I loved it. They were everywhere in the small winding streets of Lisbon’s old city.
Tarifa – A 2 1/2 hour car ride from Seville is the southernmost point of mainland Europe from which you can see Morocco (Spain and Portugal are great for the extreme X points of Europe trip and yes, my dad and I are into that kind of thing :P).
That sums up my trip (minus the long flights) please let me know if you enjoyed this post! I am a huge travel girl so if you have any questions about trips or Spain/Portugal let me know in the comments! Where do you want to go on trip? Inquiring minds want to know 🙂