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Spain 2010 – Day 7: Picos de Europa

The craggy peaks of Picos de Europa as seen from the upper cable-car station. We’re up to day 7! Today we pile onto the bus just outside of Santillana del Mar (unapproved vehicles aren’t allowed in the village proper) and head up the mountain to see the Picos de Europa (aka the Peaks of Europe). We’ll ride up the mountain in a cable car, lunch in a quaint little village, and visit a church that holds a piece of Christ’s cross.

Spain 2010 – Day 6: Bilbao

A courtyard in the rear of the Guggenheim Bilbao It’s day 6! We are now midway through our visit to northern Spain. Today we visit the industrial city of Bilbao and the instantly world famous Guggenheim Bilbao museum. We’ll also spend some time in the old town part of Bilbao. Afterwards, we’ll visit some of the oldest and most fantastic cave paintings in all of Europe (don’t get too excited as NO pictures were allowed). Onward!

Spain 2010 – Day 5: San Sebastian

"Pieta" by Jorge Oteiza José Ramón Anda hanging outside San Vincente church in San Sebastian Bienvenidos to my 5th full day in Spain! Today we are touring the wonderful city of San Sebastian. This city is right on the coast and is well known for its beaches and its Basque culture. Naturally, I didn’t spend ANY time on the beaches or hanging out with Basque folk. Nevertheless, there were quite a few interesting sights to take in, so tune in and let’s see what San Sebastian has to offer!

Spain 2010 – Day 4: Pamplona

A statue dedicated to the running of the bulls, known as 'Encierro' to the locals in Pamplona Is it Day 4 already? Time flies when you’re having fun! Today we leave Zaragoza and head for Pamplona, the site of the world-famous running of the bulls. After we tour the city and have lunch, it’s on to San Sebastian. Let’s see what wonderful sights are in store for today…

Spain 2010 – Day 3: Zaragoza

These dancers came out and performed several songs. I imagine missing a strike with those sticks could be pretty painful. Bienvenidos to Day 2 of my Spain trip! Today we drove out of Barcelona and headed towards the monastery of Montserrat. Afterwards, we headed towards the scenic city of Zaragoza. We spent a lot of time on the bus today, but still got to see some really cool stuff!

Spain 2010 – Days 0, 1, & 2: Barcelona

Flamenco woman striking a pose. Welcome to my Spain 2010 Blog! This year I am traveling with my mother to the wonderful country of Spain. We’ll be touring the northern region of Spain including Catalan and Basque country. Seeing as how I am of Basque decent, I’m pretty excited to learn more about the culture! Anyway, let’s dive right in…

Paris 2009 – Day 2

Basilique du Sacré Cœur from downhill Welcome to Day 2 of my return to Paris. Today we go up the Montmartre butte, which is the highest point in Paris and where the Basilique du Sacré Cœur sits. The church is one of the most identifiable landmarks in the Paris landscape and easily seen from any unobstructed vantage point. Up there we’ll visit the Dali museum and check out the sights around the church.

Paris 2009 – Day 1

The Lion of Belfort statue Welcome to the first day of my 2009 trip to Paris! Technically, this is the third day, but the first two were spent flying and sleeping. I had a ‘lovely’ 7 hour layover in Dusseldorf on the way over and didn’t make it into Paris until late afternoon the day after I flew out of Boise. Click to read more of my first day back in Paris!

Greece – Day 10

Greetings and welcome to day 10! Today we visit the magnificent archeological site of ancient Olympia, home to the original Olympic games of Greece. There’s a lot to cover, so let’s get started!

Greece – Day 9

Welcome to Day 9 of my trip through Greece! Today is fairly light on historical sites and heavy on travel. The one stop we did make was in Lefkáda to visit the island of Skorpios where Aristotle Onassis built his famous private retreat. There were still plenty of pretty pictures, so come and take a look!

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