Spain

Explore Spain, from the vineyards of Navarre in Basque Country to the imposing halls of El Escorial

Colorful tiled roof of the Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar in Zaragoza

Discovering Zaragoza, Spain

On the seventh day of our 2-week road trip through Spain, Travis and I woke up in Collado Mediano.  It was time to pack our things and start making our way back to Switzerland.  We were pretty sad about having to say goodbye to our friend AG, who had been trav...

4 Highlights Of El Escorial

For a welcome change of pace, we left the bustling energy of Madrid and headed northwest toward San Lorenzo de El Escorial, a small community about 45 minutes from the city.  With several sites we wanted to see in that area, AG and her parents had generously o...
Mercado de San Miguel, Madrid

¡Ayyy, te amo, Madrid! Te amo.

From the land of Swiss cows to the land of Spanish puerco, we finally arrived in Madrid on the evening of the third day of a two-week road trip from Switzerland.  We were excited to see AG, a friend who grew up in Madrid, and relieved to finally be able to sto...

Burgos Cathedral, A Gothic Masterpiece

With our unexpected detour to the charming Cave Hermitage of Tosantos behind us, our last stop before reaching Madrid was the town of Burgos, Spain.  Before leaving Switzerland, our friend AG had suggested we visit Burgos Cathedral, a UNESCO site and Gothic ma...

The Unexpected Cave Hermitage Of Tosantos

Everyone who knows my mom knows that she's perpetually late because she's incapable of going from point A to Z.  Instead, she stops at points B through Y in between.  Even if her final destination is point B, she'll still visit points C-Z if they're mildly int...
Views from the Castillo de Monjardin in Spain

Camping at Castillo de Monjardín

Se dice que lo construyeron los romanos, lo hicieron fuerte los moros, y con la ayuda divina lo conquistaron los navarros. It is said that the Romans built it, the Moors made it strong, and with God's help, the Navarros conquered it. ~Carmelo San Martí...

Pamplona, Sans Bull Running

Have you ever slept in your car?  If so, you know it's not the best way to spend a night, with no way to lay flat or really stretch out your legs.  After sleeping in the VW the first night of our road trip to Spain, my stiff back was forgotten as soon as we st...