Monthly Archives: May 2010

Spain Part I – Barcelona

I absolutely loved my trip to Spain! In fact, I think it was one of the best trips I have ever taken and would 100% recommend that everyone try to go there at least once in their life. I’m already planning to go back through Andalucรญa once more to hit up the cities I missed and then take the ferry across to Morocco! I’m really glad I did this trip, first, though, as I loved seeing Barcelona and all it had to offer.

Tibidabo

It was a beautiful city and one of the friendliest I’ve been to. Being Brazilian, my sister and I were able to get along there very well because (I was *very* surprised to discover this) Catalan is extremely close to Portuguese! In fact, we found that the people of Barcelona (and those that spoke Catalan) could understand us much much better (and us them) than the people in Andalucรญa who spoke only Spanish! It was interesting to me to see the similarity between Portuguese and Catalan, but it was also fortuitous as we were able to get along very well while there.

Going around Barcelona

The weather wasn’t very cooperative while we were there, sadly enough, and we had to deal with a lot of rain, cloudy days, and drizzle. That being said, the weather really didn’t detract from the sights of the city that much at all:

Park Guell

And in fact made for what I think are some pretty awesome shots at times!

La Pedrera

I just loved being able to walk around the city! It’s a very interesting European city and in fact quite unlike what I had thought it would be! Newer than I was expecting with a touch of old world charm.

Going around Barcelona

Going around Barcelona

La Pedrera

Going around Barcelona

Of course, there are the really old parts of the city which are very neat with the small streets (here they would be alleys) and buildings looming over you:

Going around Barcelona

Going around Barcelona

Going around Barcelona

Going around Barcelona

These are ancient Roman columns from a temple that used to stand here. They still remain to this day!

Going around Barcelona

I loved this small cafe in the Jewish District!

Going around Barcelona

One of my favorite things about the city as I was walking around it was all the amazing graffiti everywhere!

Going around Barcelona

Going around Barcelona

Going around Barcelona

Going around Barcelona

I’m not sure how the locals feel about it, but I thought it added so much to the city, in certain cases even working around the older areas for a pop of color!

Going around Barcelona

Going around Barcelona

Going around Barcelona

Going around Barcelona

And in other cases, working with more unconventional materials:

Going around Barcelona

And, yes, those are Legos!

Going around Barcelona

Of course, a visit to Barcelona means seeing lots and lots of Gaudi on display!

Park Guell

From the amazing Parc Guell (totally absolutely incredible to walk around in!):

Park Guell

This is a ceiling!

Park Guell

Park Guell

Park Guell

Park Guell

To the beautiful La Pedrera:

La Pedrera

La Pedrera

La Pedrera

La Pedrera

To the awesome and inspiring Sagrada Familia (which they claim will be finished in the next 10 years – it’s not even 40% done and it has been in construction since the 1880’s!!!):

Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia

Gaudi’s idea was to build a church in which you would be reminded of being in a forest (the columns representing trees) with the canopy above you so that when you look up you can see the stars shining down.

Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia

The statues and doors are not Gaudi, though, just the building. However, I think these were also awesome!

Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia

And worked quite well with the building!

Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia

And although I wish I could show you every last bit of the city I saw, that would take way too long and there are way too many pictures to share (though if you want to see more, I have uploaded them onto my flickr account here – still a work in progress) but before I wrap up this post, I do want to share the last bit of Barcelona that I loved! And that was going up to Tibidabo!

Tibidabo

Tibidabo is an over 100-year-old amusement park located in the hills overlooking the city. It was a beautiful place and though most of it was closed when we were there, I loved going up there and would definitely say it’s on my not-to-be-missed list if you go out to Barcelona. The view is incredible, of course!

Tibidabo

Tibidabo

But so is the park itself and the church up there was really pretty too.

Tibidabo

Tibidabo

Tibidabo

I think this is the prettiest confessional I’ve ever seen!

Tibidabo

And though I wish I could go on, I think this post is already way too long and definitely has way too many pictures in it! I will be posting another Spain part sometime soon (after doing a yarny one, of course!). Up next: Valencia, Montserrat and Granada! Stay tuned! ๐Ÿ™‚

Sock Made In Spain

I feel really bad for not leaving a post stating that I was leaving for Spain before I left, but things got so busy up until the moment we took off (including our relatively short direct flight being cancelled due to the volcanic ash and us having to switch to a really long and tiring 2 stop 16-hour trip) that I never got a chance to update you all that I would be gone. Not that it’s that important or anything, but I still do feel a bit guilty for just up and leaving! That being said, I had an amazing time in Spain with my sister and I would go back in a heartbeat! It was a wonderful trip full of awesome food, great sights and loads of fun. I took about 2,000 pictures of which I have gone through maybe 500. I hope to narrow the 2,000 down to 400, but not sure if that will be possible as I’ve already got 200 out of the first 500 pictures I’ve gone through! I promise not to post them all here, LOL! I hope to be finished with most of the pictures by the end of the week to write a blog post (or three) about the trip. Until then, though, here is a picture that I took (I was scared to death of leaving the camera on that ledge, though, and only did it because there was no one around – I think I’d have a heart attack if someone knocked it off!) of my sister and I at the Alhambra that I just love. Not necessarily for its surroundings but mostly because we both look really happy in it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sisters

So although I don’t have any other pictures of Spain to share with you today, I do have pictures of a FO that I actually did knit on the way to Spain as well as while there!

Flapper Circle Socks - FINISHED

I actually almost finished the second sock there as well, though as it turns out I forgot all my tapestry needles in US and had to leave the toe to be kitchenered when I got back.

Flapper Circle Socks - FINISHED

I am so in love with these socks! They are amazing on the feet and they look so cool and 50’s to me. I wasn’t expecting to love them at all and was doubtful of my abilities at picking out yarn when I saw it arrive (I mean, black cream and pink… what was I thinking???) but never fear, it turned out that the pattern and yarn perfectly complemented each other!

Flapper Circle Socks - FINISHED

As you possibly may have noticed, these do not match. I could very well have made them match but decided at the last moment not to. I love that they are fraternal twins and look just slightly off from each other. It gives the socks a sense of rebellion, no? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Flapper Circle Socks - FINISHED

As far as the pattern goes, it’s incredibly easy to make and memorize! I don’t think I looked at the pattern twice after reading it once. Plus, it’s a free pattern and looks great with striped yarns, if you’re looking for something beyond the plain vanilla sock. I highly recommend it!

Flapper Circle Socks - FINISHED

Pattern – Circle Socks by Anne Campbell (rav link | project link)
Yarn – Sknitches Syncopation Self-Striping in Flapper Girl (rav link | store I used)
Needle – US1.5 (2.5mm)
Cast on – April 16, 2010
Cast off – May 23, 2010
Modifications – Decreased foot to 66 stitches instead of 64 after gusset. Did a standard decrease toe rather than a star toe.

The next post will probably be about my travels in Barcelona (the rest of Spain to follow) so be sure to be on the look out for that! Hope everyone has had a great last couple of weeks and I’m looking to catch up on all blog posts this week too. Should be busy – though fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Birthday to me and Kubrick! – Double Birthday Dose

I can’t believe it, but my sweet, handsome Kubrick is now 3 years old! He had a great birthday on Friday playing, chewing Flossies, and beating up on his younger brother. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Oh and he also got this new toy monkey that he just loved. He went everywhere with it during the whole day and still is reaching for it now!

Happy Birthday Kubrick!

In addition, he got to go to a play date in New Jersey on Saturday filled with other Havanese to play with! It was a little too hot for running around much, but we still had fun and got good and dirty to boot. ๐Ÿ™‚

Kubrick

Nothing like a good scratch!

Kubrick and Alan

Catch that ball!

Catch that ball!

And although Kubrick isn’t in these pictures, they can give you an idea as to how much fun all the pups were having… check out all the smiles!

Two friends

Guapo looking good

Piper

hanging with mom

Resting

And here’s a last one with Kubrick in it… he got to the ball first! ๐Ÿ˜€

Catch that ball!

We go to this play date in NJ twice a year and the dogs all have a blast while there – this time there were over 40 Havanese there! Too bad it was so hot that the pups didn’t run around for too long… hopefully the one in the fall will have cooler weather for all involved as I got pretty sweaty and gross myself!

The other birthday (double dose, as in the title) is my own! Yup, my birthday is tomorrow and it’s my last birthday with a 2 in front of it. I’m sure you can figure out what that is, no? ๐Ÿ˜‰ So although it’s not a special decade-birthday, I’m still pretty excited about it! We will be doing dinner tomorrow night and I already got my birthday present (an iPad – LOVE!) but since hubby was in Paris for work and just got back today he brought back my favorite – a box of macarons!

Laduree Macarons

For my American counterparts who may not know, Macarons are not the same as the American Macaroon with coconut. They are these amazingly delicious little cookies with a filling sandwiched in between. If you haven’t tried one yet, I highly recommend that you do so. For me, hubby went to the best place in Paris for Macarons, Ladurรฉe:

Laduree Macarons

And don’t they look to die-for delicious? They got a little banged up in the trip, but it just made the box seem like it had even more gooey goodness than it would otherwise!

Laduree Macarons

I immediately went for my favorites, Caramel and Chocolate:

Laduree Macarons

Caramel won first bite… check out all the amazing caramel in it. Is your mouth watering yet?

Laduree Macarons

Sorry I can’t physically share these awesome goodies with all my readers, but hopefully I have enticed you to find French Macarons in your area for you to try! And if you have tried them, maybe you can go out and get some for yourself! I think they are the perfect birthday celebratory gift. ๐Ÿ˜€

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