Category Archives: International Travel

Safari Day 2. Balloon Safari, Bush Breakfast & the River Crossing

On day 2 of our safari we opted for a balloon safari over the Mara plains. This is a one hour hot air balloon ride over the Mara followed by breakfast in the wide outdoors – also called a bush breakfast.

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Nairobi and Thika

We arrived in Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. on Saturday, July 10th. It was a cool balmy cloudy day when we arrived in the evening. With temperatures in the mild 60s and a light drizzle, coming from hot California I actually loved the cool temps.

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Picasso Museum & the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona, Spain

Picasso, a Spaniard who became one of the most famous artists in the world.  Here in the beautiful Gothic Quarter of Barcelona is the Picasso Museum which showcases over one thousand of Picasso’s paintings from his youth to his adult life.  This museum is a great way to see the talent of Picasso from the age of 5 to the time he died in 1973 at the age of 91. Continue reading Picasso Museum & the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona, Spain

Palau de la Música Catalana. Barcelona, Spain

If you like architecture and are a classical music lover, then this concert hall in the heart of Barcelona is a must see.  While the rest of us were focused on the famed Gaudi sites, the popular Gothic Quarter, Picasso Museum and Buqueria Market, our daughter Rani who plays the cello was most excited about seeing the Palau de Musica Catalana.  What an unexpected treat this concert hall turned out to be! The Pulau de Musica Catalana may not be Gaudi or Picasso but is a worthwhile “off the beaten path” visit in the heart of Barcelona. Continue reading Palau de la Música Catalana. Barcelona, Spain

La Boqueria Market. Barcelona, Spain

For a colorful respite from your sightseeing excursions in Barcelona, head to this market for a fun-filled foodie experience. Think Farmer’s Market, combined with artisanal faire, combined with truck stop foods, combined with spice market. La Boqueria Market in Barcelona, Spain is a market for foodies. Any food one desires can be found at this market.  Be it cooked, raw or fresh, its here.  Spices, meats, cheese, olive oil, dried fruits, empanadas, ice cream, sangria, produce  – you name it, you got it.  What a treat for the senses!! Color, tastes, sounds, and aromas, every sense is on overload here.  Continue reading La Boqueria Market. Barcelona, Spain

The Gardens of the Alhambra. Granada, Spain

The Alhambra Castle and Fortress in Granada has to be one of the most visited places in Spain with five to eight thousand visitors a day from all over the world. This giant castle and fortress compound spans over 35 acres and is covered in the most stunning gardens I have ever seen. This spectacular Palace, Fortress and Gardens takes over five hours to explore but truly the most amazing aspect of this visit are the gardens of the Alhambra.  The flowers, the fountains, the reflecting pools, the kitchen gardens, the orchards, each and every part of the landscape at this thousand year old complex is awe-inspiring.  It is now one of Spain’s major tourist attractions, and showcases the country’s most significant and well-known Islamic architecture, combined with 16th-century and later Christian building and garden designs. I was so in awe of the gardens here that most of my photos are of the palace gardens and a few pictures of the palace itself.  Here is a look at the gardens of the Alhambra. Continue reading The Gardens of the Alhambra. Granada, Spain

Real Alcazar Palace. Seville, Spain

Happy Monday!
Hope you had a great weekend!

This week I ‘d like to continue my series of posts on our recent holiday in Spain with a look at the Real Alcazar Palace in Seville, the majestic and grand Alhambra Castle in Granada, and then end the week with a look at our fun-filled holiday in Barcelona. Continue reading Real Alcazar Palace. Seville, Spain