Category Archives: Travel Logs & Excursions

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

Triana Square & Ceramics in Sevilla, Spain

Across the bridge from the main city of Seville on the west bank of the Guadalquivir River sits the charming neighborhood of Triana.  This off the beaten path area is a discovery of our daughter Rani while she was researching places to see in Sevilla. What a cool find Triana turned out to be, as Triana is the most picturesque neighborhood in Sevilla.   Continue reading Triana Square & Ceramics in Sevilla, Spain

Bull Fighting Arena. Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza in Seville, Spain

A bullring with over 240 years of history, built in 1761, Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza in Seville, Spain is today a landmark in Spanish bullfighting.  With all the controversy surrounding bullfighting, my kids weren’t keen on seeing this museum in Seville, but I on the other hand was excited to tour this historic arena, Why? Because this is such an integral part of Spain’s culture that it’s hard not to separate bullfighting from the fabric of Spain. And as with any cultural tradition this too is steeped in history and a story of how this sport came about in the first place is what can be understood at this historic museum and still working arena. Continue reading Bull Fighting Arena. Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza in Seville, Spain

Exploring Seville, Spain. Off the Beaten Path

Seville, Spain, the largest city in Southern Spain is a cultural goldmine. Flamenco, bull fighting, cathedrals, palaces, all come together in this beautiful city.  Must see sites include the Real Alcazar Palace, Cathedral Seville, Bull Fighting Arena, old town, and Maria Luisa Park.  In this post however I would like to share with you the sites and sounds that are not on the “must see tourist list.” Continue reading Exploring Seville, Spain. Off the Beaten Path

Art, Fabrics, Food. Exploring Barrio de Las Letras. The Literary Quarter in Madrid, Spain

During our recent holiday in Spain, Madrid’s Barrio de Las Letras had to be the highlight of our visit to this beautiful city.  The area known as the Literary Quarter is a neighborhood in the center of Madrid where some of Spain’s greatest authors have lived and wrote novels, poems, and works of literature over the years. Today it is an area that combines an artistic atmosphere, entertainment, shopping, and great food. Continue reading Art, Fabrics, Food. Exploring Barrio de Las Letras. The Literary Quarter in Madrid, Spain

The Mysterious Cookies We Traveled to Spain For. Monasterio Del Corpus Christi in Madrid, Spain

Aah, kids and vacations. They have their own agenda on what to expect from a vacation.  While we tend to have a check list of “the must see” tourist sites in the cities we visit, the kids list always surprises me.  Perfect example is our recent trip to Spain for our 2019 summer vacation. We had all done our research on the places to visit and sites to see and as expected the adults had their list of castles and cathedrals and must see tourists spots while my kids had a totally different list of things to do. Sri my eldest was more interested in going anywhere where she could stroll the local neighborhoods and where they had street artists, Anjali was keen on visiting the literary district in Madrid, while Rani was the most excited about buying cookies from nuns at a monastery in Spain. This was her number one request from our trip – that she be able to buy cookies from nuns. Continue reading The Mysterious Cookies We Traveled to Spain For. Monasterio Del Corpus Christi in Madrid, Spain

Summer Vacation 2019. Holiday in Spain

Happy Monday! 
I hope you had a relaxing weekend!

This week I’d like to share a few pictures and stories from our recent holiday in Spain.  It’s hard to believe that we were in Spain and are already back! We left on July 4th and returned on July 13th. An eight-day holiday in the beautiful country of Spain. As I type this I feel we are late to the Spain party as every other person I spoke to before heading out there had already been to Spain and loved it. We have had Spain on our bucket list for a long time but we never took the plunge – its a big commitment for all five of us to go for so long and spend so much time on a European vacation, but we finally did it and loved it! Continue reading Summer Vacation 2019. Holiday in Spain