Here are some bits of our stay on the island Menorca. Two days in a row we took a bus out of Mahon in order explore the beached and coves.
Saturday, 14 July 2012
A foodies dream is what you can call the Market in Barcelona. Any food imaginable is three for the tasting from ostrich eggs to cherries. Here is a bit of our afternoon among the vendors.
Spices and shrooms
Friday, 13 July 2012
Thursday, 12 July 2012
Tuesday, 10 July 2012
Pamplona this time of year is a sea of red and white for their yearly San Fermin festival. (Or as what us Americans will call the running of the bulls). Ed and I arrived yesterday afternoon, and are staying in a student residence a thirty minute walk from anything. However, in following a processional of drums dancing down the street with thousands of people last night, I realized I have been able to experience some of the best parties in the world. There is more to the festival than the bull run. There are parades, concerts, and beer gardens all over the city which is a lot larger than we expected.
Without further ado... Ole!!
We head out tomorrow evening, and I hope Barcelona is ready for us!
Sunday, 8 July 2012
We spent Saturday at a national park called Urbasa y Andia. We did a day hike to a look out point on the other side of the mountain. This whole area is a hiking Mecca. No literally people are on a pilgrimage though the French Way of the Pilgrimage called the Way of Saint James. Hikers go through the country side viewing the ancient churches and monasteries. Ed and I drove around some of these sites the past few days. Tomorrow San Fermin, Pamplona, and the running of the bulls!
Ed on top of the world.
Saturday, 7 July 2012
So yesterday Edward and I left Madrid in order to begin our north country leg of the trip ending with a no doubt crowded rain to Barcelona on Friday. Part one of our journey yesterday morning entailed taking two trains one to Zagroso and another to Longrono. We then borrowed a car in order to drive to our hostel in a little town called Arandigoyen. (Don't worry I cannot pronounce it either.)
The trains worked out as planned, but we ended up driving around lost in the Navarre District for 5 hours! Here are some scenes from yesterday.
Our cute hostel!
Ed with our trusted coche.
Tuesday, 3 July 2012
Today in true Spanish fashion Ed and I got out and about around 10 AM. Seriously, no one does nada early, and nothing is open. Anyways we had a foodie adventure at the Mircado San Miguel. Not until we walked to it from our hostel in order to not feel to tubby about ourselves. We went from stand to stand sampling all the goodies. However, I will leave you in suspense of those pictures for later. Here are some great shots of the morning.
That afternoon we went to the Cerralbo Museum, which is a fine home from the 1800s. I always like to see the day to day items over bits of broken pottery. Here are a few shots from there...
After a rest in the park by the palace, and locating some fizzy cola gummies, we headed off to a tapas tour. There we met some fun Austrailians and enjoyed some good drinks, great food, and company.
Razor back clams y sangria! Muy bien!
Our first experience with a shot in a chocolate filled ice cream cone. It is called madrono and it is from the berry of a tree when partnered with a bear is the symbol of the city. It is super sweet and indulgent!