Toledo is only about an hour's train ride outside of Madrid. We took a day trip to what felt like back in time. It was like the city stayed the same while civilization changed around it. There were castles, lots of swords, breathtaking churches and tight cobblestone streets.
We spent the least amount of time in Bilbao but it was the most treasured part of our trip. The city was a perfect marriage of old and new. Lush green spaces were speckled throughout the cityscape, a mountain range hugged the town and a river ran through it. Super bike and dog friendly. We spent a foggy cold afternoon visiting the Guggenheim museum. Five stars, seriously! Then we hopped on the street car (btw - same engineers as the Cincinnati street car) and traveled around Casco Viejo, also known as "Old Town". Such a magnificent sight to see for a photographer's soul.
san juan de gaztelugatxe, spain
Also, the place Game of Thrones filmed Dragonstone. Yes, Jon Snow walked up the same stairs I did. We had rented a car in Bilbao and Brian drove us up the coast to San Sebastian. This was just a pit stop to stretch our legs. I was in awe at the landscape change in such a short distance.
san sebastian, spain
Not going to lie, I'm lacking in photos from here because it marked the halfway point of our trip and I wanted a break from photography to really soak up the experience. This was taken out the window of our Airbnb.
We concluded our adventure in Barcelona. On the second night, we enjoyed a bottle of wine on our rooftop terrace while we watched the fireworks for the close out of the La Mercè festival. I had to pinch myself because I couldn't believe it was real life. Barcelona was beautiful, the people friendly and there was so much to see! We could of stayed here our entire vacation and not have seen a fraction of what the city had to offer.
la sagrada familia
Casa Batlló, barcelona, spain
Marrying Brian didn't make me feel "tied down." With him I am free... free to explore the world. He is the best company I could have by my side. Hoping for many more wild and crazy memories in different places!