Category Archives: Beyond Barcelona

Our adventures outside of Barcelona, from quick day trips in Spain to extended European tours.

Off to Neuschwanstein…

Just a few hours away from Munich, we drove to Neuschwanstein to see the castle and meet up with a childhood friend of mine and her family (as they are living abroad in Germany).  It couldn’t have been a better … Continue reading

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It seemed a bit ironic…

…that I was reading The Book Thief (for our Book Club here in Barcelona) while we, as a family were staying in Munich. We arrived in Munich in time to visit their holiday market, but had a full day ahead … Continue reading

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Topline Tourism – Castles, Christmas Markets and Concentration Camps (Part One)

We took a family vacation the week before Christmas. A driving vacation – one like we used to take when we were kids. Journeys where we would load up the family vehicle (Galaxy 500 or Pacer as the case may … Continue reading

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Carcassonne, Castelnou, and Collioure. Our first trip to the South of France.

Early in December we took advantage of a Spanish holiday – the day of the constitution – and headed to the South of France.  It’s a quick drive and the six of us (us plus my parents) piled into our … Continue reading

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Marrakech!

I’m not even sure where to start. I guess I’ll start by saying that we have our VISA’s. Thankfully, because we worked with the Spanish Consulate in Chicago, we didn’t have to personally make an appearance to actually get the … Continue reading

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Jean Leon…the Vineyard

One of the great things about living here is there are so many fun activities that are coordinated by the relocation agent Christine Martin from Olympic Advisors, Petra of Egner Consulting, the school, and friends. So last Thursday I got … Continue reading

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Fun Weekend: Part II – Mountain Biking and Feasting

After soaking up Verne and Julie’s hospitality, we headed to Joaquim and Laura’s home in Vallgorguina (and yes this is my second trip to Vallgorguina, which might suggest to you that is some sort of destination town in Spain, it’s … Continue reading

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A Weekend of Non-Stop Fun – Friday/Saturday

Let’s start with our impromptu get together in Turo Park infront of our apartment.  The kids kicking a soccer ball around.  The adults having a beer… and then everyone heading up to the apartment of Michelle and Mark for pizza … Continue reading

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A feast for the stomach and the soul.

I had the good fortune on Thursday of being invited by my new friend, Sam Lardner, to lunch with some of his friends. Sam is a musician extraordinaire, and if I’m ever invited to lunch by him again, you’ll soon … Continue reading

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