BUSY BARCELONA 

I wrapped up my Portugal/Spain trip in Barcelona.   I spent one day wandering the city on my own and one day on a food and wine tour in the neighboring mountains before heading off to the airport.

I arrived in the evening and immediately regretted leaving all of the tranquility of Mallorca.

I sat outside at a bodega across from my hotel for a quick dinner and was immediately warned of the terrible pickpocket problem by a waiter who clipped my bag to a chair.

The next day I went exploring.  I went to Sagrada Familia (where after 133 years construction is still underway), then Park Guell, a short cruise and a stroll along Placa de Catalunya.  It was an enjoyable day, but I could not find what I was looking for.  I’m not sure if I was tired of traveling, or if the contrast between the peace of Deia and the bustle of Barcelona was just too much for me.  I was beginning to miss home.

On the last day before my flight home, I had an amazing day-long food and wine tour booked.  The food and wine was unbelievable.  The tour guide was the worst I’ve ever experienced.  We stopped and asked for directions four times, and circled the mountains lost numerous times throughout the afternoon.  I missed seeing olive oil being made (disappointing), but I did get to see Montserrat for half an hour (a very rushed amount of time).  Eating lunch outside overlooking olive trees was beautiful, but there was always a tiny dread of getting back in the van and driving in circles which put a slight damper on the outing.

I hope if you go, you find more enjoyment than I did, and perhaps go to Barcelona before visiting Mallorca!

RUM RUNNING IN NASSAU

If you’re ever going to Nassau, I highly recommend the Nassau Rum and Walking Tour and please stay at The Graycliff Hotel.  I didn’t stay there, but it looked amazing and has the most fantastic pool I have ever seen.

The Bahamas is far from my dream destination – I find it to be a cross between Las Vegas and Miami with tacky hotels and an economy built on cow-towing to the American cruise ship tourists and the American dollar.  However, it was a fantastic getaway during the Washington winter. I hope you are dreaming of your next escape while I am counting down to mine!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity

This week’s challenge is a photo of serenity the state of being calm, peaceful and untroubled.

Looking out at the beach from a hammock while listening to the palm trees in the breeze and sipping on rum and coke…is my idea of serenity. Dreaming of my next mid-winter tropical escape…

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