Last night in Berlin before London tomorrow! With @rachellllllllllllll 🌃 (at Alexanderplatz)
Salzburg - home to the Sound of Music! 🎶🌷 (at Hohensalzburg Castle)
Amazing day at the Pompidou today, including a Roy Lichenstein exhibition! Going back tomorrow coz ran out of time today… 😜 #paris (at Centre Pompidou - Musée National d’Art Moderne)
First day hiking around the Cinque Terre region of northern Italy. It was absolutely breathtaking! Cinque Terre translates to ‘five lands’ as there are 5 different villages ( you can just make out one in the back of this photo). All the houses are painted different colours from paint left over from the fishermen’s boats.
The hikes take you between the villages and today we managed from the first to the third village. Stopped for foccacia pizza in Vernazza for lunch then a well earned beer in Corniglia, before coming back by train to Monterosso where we are staying for a swim and gelato! Unfortunately the last parts of the trails are closed from flooding damage in 2011, but we hope to visit the other villages in the next few days and if the weather holds do one of the higher vineyard tracks that are open.
Flamenco show in Granada, Spain
For 6 euros we went to see a an amazing authentic flamenco show in Granada with true flamenco singing, guitar and dancing. it is such an amazing cultural tradition to come out of Andalucia, and Granada and Seville are said to be the best places to see it. The timing of the clapping and the power of the singers voices are so moving, along with the girl stomping and clapping at such an incredible pace. It really is spectacular and you have to go see a flamenco show at least once in south spain!
Walking through caves.
Arab Quarter - Granada - Andalucia, Spain
From the east coast of Spain i cut back to central Andalucia to visit the town of Granada. It is a small city full of Arabic influence due to being so close to Morocco. Very hot at this time of the year with temperatures up in the late 30s but thankfully cools down a great deal at night! My hostel was located right in the centre of the tiny streets of the Arab Quarter, which is full of shops selling all sorts of gifts, lanterns clothes etc from Morocco. Another great thing about Granada is the free tapas which are served with every drink you purchase - so you go to a tapa bar and for a bout 1.70 euros you can get a decent tapa and a beer! And the food is amazing. Typical dishes include a tortilla de patata (potato omelette), gazpacho (cold tomato soup) or a special type of meatballs. But there is so much more to choose from and often you dont choose you get what your given!
San Pedro - Andalucia, Spain
Photos at dusk of San Pedro.
Los Caños de Meca, Cadiz, Spain
A day trip from Cadiz to Los Canos de Meca is well worth it. Just under an hour drive south of Cadiz takes you to the area of Costa de la Luz (which literally means ‘Coast of the Light’) where there are some stunning beaches which are less crowded and cleaner than the over populated ones in central Cadiz. The water was crystal clear and we lay on the pebbles eating fresh coconut and drinking sangria. The boys got into the mud on the cliff walls and covered themselves in it for natural sunscreen. The African guy was a friendly vendor we met - there are plenty of them walking around selling jewlery, clothes etc. We also visited El Palmar, another beach just around the coast, and that was beautiful too.
El Mercado - Cadiz, Spain
Every day there is a huge fresh seafood market in the middle of the city, and you can seriously buy everything! It is incredible. From whole tuna to any shellfish to prawns or gambas as they’re called here. Around the seafood market there is also plenty of fresh fruit and vege stalls, and cheese and meat stalls. I walked away with a full bag of fruit and veges for only 2.50€! And all the locals are so friendly and what to stop and chat with you - even though I told an old spanish guy that I only spoke a bit of spanish he continued to ramble on about how great he thought NZ was and how he wanted to go there because of the Lord of the Rings! All in all the markets are an experience you don’t want to miss.
Conil de la Frontera, Cadiz, Spain
The bright orange of the sand and rocks on the path down to the beach was a beautiful contrast to the white sand at the other beaches in the region.
Cadiz - Andalucia, Spain
Wandering the streets of the old city late afternoon. There are beautiful old buildings here, with typical narrow streets and cobblestone roads. Plenty of balconies filled with flower pots and large palm trees fill the plaza and line the promenade to the beach. Locals sit at tables outdoors laughing, singing and drinking while children keep themselves entertained kicking a ball around or chasing each other around. Its a great atmosphere here!
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias / City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia
Absolutely incredibly structure and architecture here! I was blown away. The whole complex of about 6 buildings sits on an old riverbed and you could easily spend a whole day exploring the buildings, although I only walked around for about an hour. Designed by Santiago Calatrava and Felix Candela, the complex was opened in 1998 and continues to be a main tourist attraction in Valencia. The lightness of the curved shells around the auditorium, and the curvature and fluidity of the structural elements is stunning.
Ciutat Vella, Valencia
Walking around the streets of the old city centre of Valencia on a hot sunny afternoon, being trigger happy and enjoying the architecture. Valencia does not have as much toursity things as other cities in Spain but it is one of the busiest ports in Europe and it does have some great architecture and colours.