After a few days in Amsterdam (blog post here), Whitney and I flew to Spain to finish out the second part of our trip. We spent time in Sevilla, Granada and Barcelona. All three cities had their own unique charm and vibrant Spanish culture.
Again, I just couldn't stop taking photos of the architecture! Granada and Sevilla were the epitome of what I wanted Spain to feel like. The buildings were covered in Spanish mosaics, the streets were cobblestone, and every roof was done in spanish tile. I loved how vibrant the flowers and greenery were, it made everything feel so alive!
Granada has a very prevalent Islamic influence and is home to the Alhambra. It was interesting to see how the Islamic culture came together with the Spanish culture in every way from architecture to food to souvenirs - everything! If you have a chance to visit Granada make sure to save some time to see the Alhambra.
Spain was such a dream! Whitney and I shares sangria everyday and took our time getting lost in the streets. It's no wonder that Spanish people have such vibrant personalities because everywhere we turned the scenery around us was full of color! I couldn't get enough!
Above is a shot of the Alhambra. It is the only Islamic palace in Europe and one of the most beautiful places I have seen. Although, we didn't tour every part of it, the places we did see were so full of detail, it was absolutely amazing.
Granada and Sevilla are both smaller towns so we only spent about a day in each. It was a little ambitious for us travel wise... but Whitney and I like to stay on the go when we explore new cities, so we didn't mind. We took a really early train from Sevilla to Granada and were lucky to see a gorgeous sunrise over the Spanish countryside on the way there. SInce Granada is built into the mountain side we hiked the narrow streets until we found a spot that looked out over the valley and caught the most stunning sunset! It's not everyday you get to see a sunrise and a sunset, let alone see them both in Spain!
This was my second time to visit Barcelona. It was fun to see and explore some new parts of the city, but my favorite thing was going to see some of Antoni Gaudi's architecture. Sagrada Familia is the Church that Gaudi started roughly 130 years ago! I saw it 10 years ago and was amazed at the changes that have taken place since then. Whether you love architecture as much as I do or not, this church is a sight to behold. The detail is incredible and the imagination of it almost has a fairy tale, Alice-in-Wonderland type of feel to it.
I absolutely loved Spain and made some amazing memories with Whitney. Check out her blog (Blonde Atlas) in the next few weeks for more info on all we did there!