Spain has been on my bucket list since day one. I’ve always been curious about how other people live and the Spanish culture always intrigued me. I’m SO grateful that I managed to visit Spain or Europe for that matter. David decided to surprise me with the trip for my birthday. I'm a lucky girl, right? :) We spent 10 days in Spain and managed to visit Valencia, Madrid and Barcelona and since I went nuts and decided to take about 2000 photos, consider this part 1 of a 3-post series.
I decided to start a travel diary on this trip because I wanted to remember all the places we visited and what inspired me the most. If you're looking to travel to Spain in the near future, I hope this post will be useful for you in some way. Or hey – grab a cup of your fave hot beverage and scroll through some photos of this beautiful city...
The architecture was incredible. The streets were a little confusing with no GPS. First world problems, I know. Actually, even with a map and GPS in hand, you'll still get a little lost so you gotta just embrace it and get lost in the beautiful cobblestone streets because every corner and alley has something beautiful to see.
We stumbled upon a beautiful church with stunning powder blue doors. It was called Iglesia del sagrado corazon de Jesus or "The Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus". It was built between 1595 and 1631 and was so stunning, below are some photos:
And then we came across a UNESCO World Heritage Site called La Lonja de la Seda. Built between 1482 and 1533, this building was primarily used for trading silk and is honestly a gothic masterpiece. This was a personal favourite and again, completely obsessed with not only the doors but also the floors!
We also visited La Catedral de Valencia which apparently houses the holy chalice. There are archaelogical testimonies and documents that support the theory that this church does in fact hold the cup Jesus Christ drank from during the last supper (what?!). David and I were both raised catholic so this was pretty interesting for us to see. La Catedral was stunning and reminded me of my art history days. This place housed many different types of architecture styles but was incredibly beautiful as a whole:
I can't even describe in words how beautiful this city is. Beautiful pink buildings, even the oldest structures with peeling paint or graffiti served up some major wabi sabi inspo.
OK, it's not the healthiest thing but french fries is my guilty pleasure and these guys were next level. Oh, carbs...why must I love you so. Almost like a poutine but no gravy and they were so nice and crispy on the outside and soft on the inside...I can already feel myself getting hungry.
The Arts & Sciences building in Valencia was such an interesting structure to visit. If you love architecture and photography, this is a must-see. The modern, sleek lines is unexpected but beautiful against the classic architecture of the city. Sometimes I felt like we were walking through a spaceship!
Now let's talk about the food, shall we? Valencia is known for having some of the best oranges and it's also where paella originated from. Let me tell you, we were not disappointed one bit! Best orange juice and paella I have ever had! The ham (I should say, "jamon") was incredible too. Here's a shot of the market:
Overall, it was such an amazing trip, inspirational on so many levels. Definitely a must-see if you're looking for more of an authentic Spanish experience. Next up, Madrid! If you've been to Spain, I'd love to know where you've been and what you loved about it. Leave a comment and let me know. xo, Amy