I hope that you are well and happy. I know that it has been quite a while since I have updated your blog. We have been so busy traveling and eating and spending time with family and friends.
We travelled with Emirates in business class which was very special. You had a bassinet which was great until we had to get you out of it because there was turbulence (this was annoying). You were so well behaved and slept a lot of the flight. Poppy Roo and Nonna came to visit and otherwise the flight was uneventful. You even got a photo with the emirates flights hostesses – you were quite a hit.
We arrived in Barcelona and settled in. You slept through the first night. Daddy and I were so happy! We visited all of the sights in Barcelona like the La Sagrada Familia and started our food journey! (And your obsession with gelato and bread).
Next stop! We flew with vueling to Naples from Barcelona. It was short flight and you were perfect. Our transfer from Naples to Positano was via the Pompeii Ruins. They were amazing!
We then arrived at Positano – Incredible and very beautiful! We spent one of our days on a private boat swimming in the Med and eating lunch at a beautiful seafood restaurant only accessible by boat. You loved the boat and slept most of the trip after having pictures taken with the captain.
Then back to Barcelona where we picked up the big Mercedes “A Team Van”. On to Tarragona which was nice to see. We went via Playa Bara where Daddy used to camp when he was a boy – it was very cute and hopefully we can take you back there to stay sometime.
When then drove to Madrid and walked around the city (obviously you were in your pink bugaboo). We visited the Prado Museum and the Royal Palace. Both were incredible and you also loved the flower display at our hotel!
We visited the Oldest Restaurant in the World. Crazy!
We also spent some time at the roof top pool and bar. Stunning!
We were also lucky enough to visit the best restaurant in Madrid. You decided that you wanted to be a part of the whole meal and stayed up until 1am!
This was us at the Royal Palace!
And another at the pool…
We then visited the Aqua Duct at Segovia – incredible that the Romans developed these ducts to carry water (you weren’t too interested in the architecture).
We then made our way to Toledo for lunch. Cute little walled village and dad enjoyed pushing you around the hills and cobble stones.
We had a night in Grenanda and had amazing accomadation and a great meal! We wished we had stayed there longer.
Then on to beautiful Ronda for some R and R. There was a festival on so there were horses everywhere! As well as people dressed in flamenco! Fantastic! We visited a crystal clear water hole (freezing but lovely) and you enjoyed the trees.
After Ronda we drove to La Linea and walked across the air strip to get to “the Rock” aka Gibraltar and Grandpa John! It was so nice to see him and Shirley who were on a cruise.
We then went on a car tour (after some canny bargaining from mummy and daddy) and looked over to Morocco!
Then we went into a cave, saw the tunnels that were used in the war and of course we saw the monkeys. You enjoyed your time in Gibraltar.
And this was all of us with Grandpa John’s boat in the background!
Then… We visited Meryn and Michelle in Sevilla. We went to the Palace and just had a lovely time eating, exploring and catching up. Amazing flamenco show which you loved (while eating your bread).
This was you eyeing off Nonna’s churros!
We were then lucky enough to visit an Iberico Ham Factory in Jabugo. Best pork I have ever eaten and your dad worked wonders with his Spanish translation skills.
Then we stayed at a convent in Cadiz. Hardest hotel to find but lovely when we arrived. Monks shared the accomadation!
Then we made our way to Lisbon in Portugal for one night. We loved Portugal but you had decided that you would prefer to sleep that night! The next day we had lunch in Porto which was also lovely and you have dad a great nappy to change here!
Then on to Santiago De Compestela – where the pilgrims finish their walk. We stayed in he Hospederis opposite the St James Catedral. Amazing! (And quite difficult to get to when driving but Daddy and Poppy Roo had it covered). We all got to experience Percebes that night and they were yummy!
St James Catedral…
Then… daddy did a stella drive and Aunty A didn’t eat all day and we arrived in Bilbao and visited the Guggenheim. It was interesting. Missed out on the Soccer but we will go another time!
With daddy on the balcony…
With me, you, and “Puppy”…
We then visited a little fishing village called Lekeito where the ladies sell their husbands catch at the port. Such a cute little village. You enjoyed watching the fisherman unload their boats.
Then we caught up with Helen, Richie and Ewan (the craggs) in San Sebastián. Beautiful! We watched Richie surf, the boys played, girls shopped and we had a great time here!
We visited Mugaritz / the third best restaurant in the world!
And you shopped at the boutique that made Princess Charlotte’s first outfit!
(Everyone in Lekeito).
All of us in San Sebastián!
We visited the Witches caves near the border of Spain and France and got to taste meats cooked on a grill that used a pulley system!
In the caves!
We then visited Biarritz in France. So beautiful I think I could live here. We had a coffee at the oldest building in Biarritz – so cute and had dinner at a stunning smokehouse!
Coffees in Biarritz…
We had all gone a bit crazy by the time we visited Pamplona and the street that has the running of the Bulls!
Then Beauiful Zaragoza – such a cute place and again we wished we had stayed longer.
Still dreaming of Positano.
Home again and took a few days for you to be back on Aussie time but you are set now. In the big cot, in your own room and eating solids!
You have obviously had several different outfits.
And with all the ladies for curry night last night!
My tip for you this week is that if you travel – please travel properly and really experience the culture by speaking with the locals, eating the local food and living their lifestyles – it is important.
All my Love,