TRAVEL KEEPS ME SANE: Blog http://www.travelkeepsmesane.com/blog en-us (C) Jennifer Mahon Photography - TRAVEL KEEPS ME SANE 2017. All Rights Reserved. info@travelkeepsmesane.com (TRAVEL KEEPS ME SANE) Thu, 23 Nov 2017 01:55:00 GMT Thu, 23 Nov 2017 01:55:00 GMT WORK, TRAVEL & STUFF http://www.travelkeepsmesane.com/blog/2017/11/here-there Standing at the top of the Acropolis overlooking AthensAthens Oct 2017, GreeceAthens Oct 2017


I'M ALIVE!


So, I know I haven't been around here on the blog for a while. Since July 3 to be exact. But, you know, "life" sort of gets in the way. The day job has been demanding. Summer photo gigs have been demanding. And, yep, I've been travelling too. Like every other week since September.....which the hubs is not that pleased about.

I'll be back in full force soon, but thought I'd at least share a preview of what's been keeping me busy these past four and half months.

Ciao for now!

 

The last two Atmosphere magazines, Air Transat's inflight magazine, where I (Jennifer Mahon) am the Editor-in-ChiefAtmosphere Covers June-September, 2017: The day job consists of working on brochures and inflight mags for Transat - which kind of monopolized my summer


Walking around Old Montreal for wedding photos of the happy newlywedsWedding - Brian + EdgarWedding - Brian + Edgar August 5, 2017: These guys tied the knot and I had the honour of taking photos for the day


The Cyclone roller coaster at Luna Park, Coney Island, New YorkConey Island August 14-17, 2017: A few days doing typically touristy things in New York


Gondola on one of the canals in Venice, Italy24 hours in Venice - 201724 hours in Venice - 2017 September 16-17, 2017: Venice for my annual 24-hour trip (every September since 2015!)


Vintage car on the malecon at night in Havana CubaHavana - 2017Havana, CUBA - 2017 September 29 - October 1, 2017: A weekend exploring Havana


Wedding bouquet and pumpkins on stone steps in Mont Saint-HilaireWedding stuff October 14, 2017: A sort of secret wedding in the most beautiful outdoor setting


Taking in the view of Hydra Island in Greece on a one day cruiseHydra Oct 2017Hydra island, Greece October 20-23, 2017: Four days in Athens and few surrounding islands (above photo taken on Hydra island)


Swimming in one of the Cenotes (Choo-Ha) close to the Coba Ruins in MexicoCenote Choo-Ha November 4-9, 2017: 5 days in Mexico swimming in cenotes...


Checking out the Coba, on of the Maya Ruins that you still climb to the top of the grand pyramidCoba - Maya RuinsCoba - Maya Ruins, Quintana Roo, Mexico ....climbing Mayan ruins


Sarah & Julian, Destination Wedding in Riviera Maya Mexico at the Luxury Bahia Principe Akumal #stellinisonthebeachSarah & JulianSarah & Julian - Destination Wedding November 7, 2017: .... for my brother's wedding!


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PORTUGAL Road Trip: LISBON ~ Alcântara & Sintra http://www.travelkeepsmesane.com/blog/2017/7/portugal-sintra Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016


It's our second day in Lisbon, and after a quick walk around the Alcântara neighbourhood (where our wonderful apartment is located), we have breakfast and drop off my cousin at the Lisbon airport for her flight back to Toronto. Did I forget to mention that she's another crazy travel addict that joined us in Lisbon for a mere 24 hours? The joys of working for a major airline!


ALCÂNTARA


Just outside of the downtown area, Alcântara is a fairly large district split out into two areas  Alcântara-Terra and Alcântara-Mar. Not one of the best places to be in back in the day, but I'm told the area has changed for the better over the years. The Terra area is an amalgam of residential buildings with a few shops, cafés and restaurants scattered about. The Mar area is a riverside zone on the Tagus River, and is becoming more and more popular with tourists. All of the old warehouses have been converted to trendy restaurants, bars and nightclubs, and all have an outdoor terrace with a view of the marina and the 25 de Abril Bridge

 

Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLooking out the window of the apartment on R. Costa — I know the street doesn't look like much, but.... Looking out the window of the apartment on R. Costa — I know the street doesn't look like much, but....


...check this out — it's a restored artist's apartment which can be found here ...check this out — it's a restored artist's apartment which can be found here


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneWalking around the neighbourhood Walking around the neighbourhood


I know this area doesn't look like much (this is a small square called Praça da Armada), but we were extremely surprised when we came back here later for dinner Looks kinda run down (this is a small square called Praça da Armada), but we were extremely surprised when we came back here later for dinner


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneThe crazy cousin representing Toronto with her Blue Jays tank The travel addict cousin representing Toronto with her Blue Jays tank


Now...time for breakfast Now...time for breakfast before heading to Sintra


SINTRA


An easy day trip from Lisbon, Sintra is a charming town that lies 25 km west of Lisbon. Easy to get to by train, but since we have a car, we drive the 20-minute route, then spend another 20 minutes trying to find a spot to park. We've opted to park close to the Palácio Nacional de Sintra, which is often confused with the Palácio da Pena, but are two completely different beasts. 


PALÁCIO NATIONAL DE SINTRA


It's around Palácio Nacional de Sintra that you'll find a ton of restaurants and shops (and Ginjinha stands), along with a ton of tourists roaming about. It's also from here that it's easiest to take the shuttle that'll bring you up to Palácio da Pena (trust me, after seeing the shuttle drive up there, I am uber happy that I didn't do the drive). This palace is not much to look at from the outside, but I hear the interior is something. We didn't go in but there's ticket machines outside that offer a tour of the palace and grounds for 14 EUR. If you just want entrance to the grounds (which are beautiful), it'll cost you about 7.50 EUR.   


PALÁCIO DA PENA 


It's Palácio da Pena that pops up in every single photo or ad promoting Lisbon, though it's not in Lisbon at all. A mish-mash of architecture and colours, this palace seems like it popped out of a Disney movie. The shuttle (about 3 EUR) runs every 15-20 minutes, and I know a few who have done the walk up to the palace, but at 40 degrees celsius that ain't happening. It was already insufferable enough lining up for tickets in the unrelenting sun for 40 minutes (note to self buy tickets online to avoid this shit). Wandering through the rooms is fascinating though, and the views from here are amazing. 

 

Walking around Sintra Walking around Sintra


Checking out the local stuff for sale Checking out the local stuff for sale


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneSintra National Palace Palácio National de Sintra


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneWaiting for the shuttle to Pena Palace Waiting for the shuttle to Palácio da Pena 


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneColourful Pena Palace Colourful Palácio da Pena 


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneRomanticism at its best Romanticism at its best


Quite a quirky palace Quite a quirky palace


It really looks like something out of Disney's Magic Kingdom It really looks like something out of Disney's Magic Kingdom


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneThe views from here are amazing The views from here are amazing


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneCastelo dos Mouros Castelo dos Mouros


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneA very yellow courtyard at Pena Palace A very yellow courtyard at Palácio da Pena 


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneWe've headed back down to town via the shuttle, but somehow missed the stop We've headed back down to town via the shuttle, but somehow missed the stop


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneI guess we'll explore Sintra a little more as we walk back to the national palace I guess we'll explore Sintra a little more as we walk back to the national palace


Sintra is a beautiful not-so-little town Sintra is a beautiful not-so-little-as-it-turns-out town


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneWe're almost back at the Sintra National Palace We're almost back at the Palácio National de Sintra


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneI do believe we've earned a drink I do believe we've earned a drink


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneAnd these - Bacalhau (cod fish fritters) And these - Bacalhau (cod fish fritters)


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneChorizo — yum! Chorizo — yum!


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneShrimp, swimming in garlic butter Shrimp, swimming in garlic butter


Well that's that for day 2 in Lisbon, more.... coming soon!


Photos taken | written by JENNIFER MAHON


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info@travelkeepsmesane.com (TRAVEL KEEPS ME SANE) day trip foodies lisbon portugal portugal road trip road trip sintra http://www.travelkeepsmesane.com/blog/2017/7/portugal-sintra Mon, 03 Jul 2017 10:00:00 GMT
PORTUGAL Road Trip: LISBON ~ Exploring the City http://www.travelkeepsmesane.com/blog/2017/6/portugal-lisbon Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016


After 4 days of relaxing in the Algarve, it's on to lovely Lisbon to explore the city, sample Ginjinha and eat even more delicious Portuguese food.

 


LISBON


Known for it's cable cars, tiled buildings and cobblestone streets, the pocket-sized capital of Portugal has a ton to see - Lord knows I did my obligatory guidebook research so my list was long. But my list started to feel less and less important as we roamed the city's neighbourhoods and settled into the casual vibe of everyday life in Lisbon. 

Today is all about exploring the city, and you'll have to excuse my laziness - not in the mood to write, but the photos and captions do a pretty good job of showing what we checked out on our first day in Lisboa!

 

The street our apartment is on  Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneThe street our apartment is on The street our apartment is on thanks to Airbnb we're living like locals


View of the 25 de Abril Bridge from in front of Palácio das NecessidadesLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneView of the 25 de Abril Bridge from in front of Palácio das Necessidades We're also a 5-minute walk to the Palácio das Necessidades that has this awesome view of the 25 de Abril Bridge 


Hot AF outside, but watching some Portuguese show being filmed - Lisbon, Necessidades PalaceLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneHot AF outside, but watching some Portuguese show being filmed Hot AF outside, but watching some Portuguese show being filmed


Palácio das Necessidades Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SanePalácio das Necessidades — historic building that serves as headquarters of the Portuguese Foreign Ministry Palácio das Necessidades — historic building that serves as headquarters of the Portuguese Foreign Ministry


Praça do Marques de Pombal, Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SanePraça do Marques de Pombal — with it's very detailed and imposing statue on the roundabout at the end of Avenida da Liberdade Praça do Marques de Pombal — with it's very detailed and imposing statue on the roundabout at the end of Avenida da Liberdade


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneMonument with a statue of the marquis Monument with a statue of the marquis


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneBeautiful buildings on Av. da Liberdade Beautiful buildings on Avenida da Liberdade 


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SanePraça dos Restauradores — a public square, close to Rossia Square and a less expensive spot to find a terrace to drink or eat at Praça dos Restauradores — a public square, close to Rossio Square and a less expensive spot to find a terrace to drink or eat at


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneA painted tram A painted tram 


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneTime for a Ginjinha Time for a Ginjinha


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SanePraça do Rossio — the main, central square of Lisbon Praça do Rossio — the main, central square of Lisbon 


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneOn R. de Santa Justa heading to the Elevador de Santa Justa On R. de Santa Justa heading to the Elevador de Santa Justa


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneElevador de Santa Justa — opened in 1902 to take residents up and down (a much better option than walking up at ton of stairs in the beating sun) Elevador de Santa Justa — opened in 1902 to take residents up and down (a much better option than walking up at ton of stairs in the beating sun) 


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneChafariz do Carmo on Largo do Carmo — a picturesque square with plenty of terraces and plenty of trees for shade Chafariz do Carmo on Largo do Carmo — a picturesque square with plenty of terraces and plenty of trees for shade


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneConvento do Carmo (Carmo Convent) — ruins of a convent damaged by an earthquake Convento do Carmo (Carmo Convent) — ruins of a convent damaged by an earthquake


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneThe view from Bellalisa Elevador The view from Bellalisa Elevador restaurant 


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneView from the top entrance of the Santa Justa Elevator View from the top entrance of the Elevador de Santa Justa


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneRooftops of LIsbon Rooftops of Lisbon


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SanePraça do Rossio from the Elevador de Santa Justa Praça do Rossio from the Elevador de Santa Justa


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneGorgeous wrought-iron staircase going up for an even better view Gorgeous wrought-iron staircase going up for an even better view


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneView of R. de Santa Justa and Castelo de São Jorge on the hill View of R. de Santa Justa and Castelo de São Jorge on the hill 


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneMaking our way to Praça do Comércio Making our way to Praça do Comércio


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneArco da Rua Augusta Arco da Rua Augusta 


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneArco da Rua Augusta at Praça do Comércio Arco da Rua Augusta at Praça do Comércio


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneStatue of King José I – Praça do Comércio Statue of King José I – Praça do Comércio


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SanePeople chillin' by the Tagus River People chillin' by the Tagus River – Praça do Comércio


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLots of live musicians here too – Praça do Comércio Lots of live musicians here too – Praça do Comércio


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneAdmiring the beautiful buildings Admiring the beautiful buildings 


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneEven the not-so-beautiful buildings have a certain charm to them Even the not-so-beautiful buildings have a certain charm to them


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneThink it's time for another Ginjinha Think it's time for another Ginjinha


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon's famous trams Lisbon's famous trams


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneTime to wine and dine Time to wine and dine


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneWonderful spot on Largo da Anunciada – Champanheria Do Largo Wonderful spot on Largo da Anunciada – Champanheria Do Largo


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneAbsoluely divine Patty Shrimp – Champanheria Do Largo Absolutely divine Patty Shrimp – Champanheria Do Largo


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneMy fave app – fried Bacalhau (cod fish) – Champanheria Do Largo My fave app – fried Bacalhau (cod fish) – Champanheria Do Largo


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneWild rice and shrimp – Champanheria Do Largo Wild rice and shrimp – Champanheria Do Largo


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneSome sort of fish with an amazing sauce Some sort of fish with an amazing sauce – Champanheria Do Largo


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SanePork, zucchini and eggplant – Champanheria Do Largo Pork, zucchini and eggplant – Champanheria Do Largo


Photos taken | written by JENNIFER MAHON


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info@travelkeepsmesane.com (TRAVEL KEEPS ME SANE) foodies lisbon portugal portugal road trip road trip http://www.travelkeepsmesane.com/blog/2017/6/portugal-lisbon Fri, 30 Jun 2017 17:15:42 GMT
PORTUGAL Road Trip: ALGARVE ~ Beach Hopping http://www.travelkeepsmesane.com/blog/2017/5/algarve-beaches Albufeira, Algarve, PortugalAlbufeira, Algarve, PortugalAlbufeira, Algarve, Portugal


Blessed with a beautiful 200-kilometre coastline, Portugal's Algarve has probably the most stunning beaches I've ever seen. These praias vary from broad endless stretches to small sheltered coves and every single one of them is gorgeous.

Well, that's what I hear anyway. With over 150 named beaches, obviously didn't hit all of them.... we hit about 7 .... and each one of those.... WOW.

 


PRAIA DO BELICHE


We were actually driving to Cabo de São Vicente (southwesternmost tip of Europe), and we saw quite a few cars parked here, so we stopped. Blew our little minds. Beautiful beach and cliffs, insanely beautiful views from the top. Getting down to the beach is another story – definitely not for the faint of heart as you'll have to make your way down a 140-step very steep and uneven staircase... then of course, make your way back up said stairs. Combine that with the mass of surfers carrying their boards up and down the stairs (the beach is popular with surfers) and the descent and ascent can be a bit challenging. That being said, this beach is the stuff that postcards are made of.

 

Map showing where Praia do Beliche is – about an hour's drive from AlbufeiraPraia do BelichePraia do Beliche – about an hour's drive from Albufeira Praia do Beliche – about an hour's drive from Albufeira


Cliffs....water....stunning views! at Praia do Beliche, Algarve, PortugalPraia do BelicheCliffs....water....stunning views! Cliffs....water....stunning views!


Renting is probably better than lugging your equipment up and down those steps - Praia do BelicheRenting is probably better than lugging your equipment up and down those steps Renting is probably better than lugging your equipment up and down those steps


Bet these folks were wishing they'd rented instead of bringing their boards down  Praia do BelicheBet these folks were wishing they'd rented instead of bringing their boards down Bet these folks were wishing they'd rented instead of bringing their boards down 


Incredible views.... Praia do BelicheIncredible views.... Incredible views....


Only made it about half way down the steps, far enough for a decent selfie Praia do BelicheOnly made it about half way down the steps, far enough for a decent selfie Only made it about half way down the steps, far enough for a decent selfie


Taking in the view before heading back up those damn stepsTaking in the view before heading back up those damn steps Taking in the view before heading back up those damn steps

 


CABO DE SÃO VICENTE


Known to some as the "end of the world", and you can definitely see why it's called that once there, Cabo de São Vicente (Cape St. Vincent) is a must. The views of the surrounding coastline are stunning, and I think best visited when it's windy to see the sea crashing against the rocks. A great place for amazing views of the ocean and cliffs, and watching dudes fishing off the rock face is quite unbelievable. 

 

From Praia do Beliche to Cabo de São Vicente, it's only about a 5-minute driveFrom Praia do Beliche to Cabo de São Vicente, it's only about a 5-minute drive From Praia do Beliche to Cabo de São Vicente, it's only about a 5-minute drive


People standing on Portugal's southern tipPeople standing on Portugal's southern tip People standing on Portugal's southern tip


Lighthouse at Cabo de São VicenteLighthouse at Cabo de São Vicente Lighthouse at Cabo de São Vicente


This view.....!This view.....! This view.....!


How in the world is this guy fishing.......How in the world is this guy fishing....... How in the world is this guy fishing....


... from here! (look closely!)... from here! (look closely!) ... from here! (look closely!)


I could definitely stay here a whileI could definitely stay here a while I could definitely stay here a while

 


FORTALEZA DO BELICHE


A fort built way back when (original construction dates are unknown, and range from 1587 to 1632), the Beliche Fort was reconstructed in 1960 and I hear was actually a hotel for a while. Now, you can't go inside, but you can go through the walkways to the other side of the walls to get pretty amazing views of the sea.

 

2-minute drive from the cape to Fortaleza de Belixe2-minute drive from the cape to Fortaleza de Belixe 2-minute drive from the cape to Fortaleza do Beliche


More amazing views from Fortaleza de BelixeMore amazing views from Fortaleza de Belixe Views from Fortaleza do Beliche


More amazing views from Fortaleza de BelixeMore amazing views from Fortaleza de Belixe More amazing views from Fortaleza do Beliche


Looking downLooking down Looking down


Making my way around the fortressMaking my way around the fortress Making my way around the fortress


Nice view of the Cabo lighthouse from hereNice view of the Cabo lighthouse from here Nice view of the Cabo lighthouse from here

 


PRAIA DA MARETA


The largest beach area close to Sagres, Praia da Mareta is fairly remote and quiet, offering a peaceful refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city. Never overly crowded, this 750-metre long beach has quaint shops and restos that where you can sit and view the beach while sampling the Algarve's famous local bread Pasteis de Nata.

 

From Fortaleza de Belixe, it's only an 8-minute drive to Praia da MaretaFrom Fortaleza de Belixe, it's only an 8-minute drive to Praia da Mareta From Fortaleza de Belixe, it's only an 8-minute drive to Praia da Mareta


Views at Praia da MaretaViews at Praia da Mareta Views at Praia da Mareta


Much less crowded beach, with views of Fortaleza de SagresMuch less crowded beach, with views of Fortaleza de Sagres Much less crowded beach, with views of Fortaleza de Sagres

 


PRAIA DO CAMILO


During high season, this place is waaaaay overcrowded, but you can see why... a stunning beach in a sheltered cove with clear waters and surrounded by gorgeous limestone cliffs and caves.... just beautiful! The views from the top are stunning, and long wooden stairs will take you down to this cozy beach that has all the characteristics of the perfect Algarve beach. 

 

From Praia da Mareta, 45-minute drive to Praia do CamiloFrom Praia da Mareta, 45-minute drive to Praia do Camilo From Praia da Mareta, 45-minute drive to Praia do Camilo


Ok....so this is the spot that the Algarve's postcards are literally made from Albufeira, Algarve, PortugalAlbufeira, Algarve, PortugalOk....so this is the spot that the Algarve's postcards are literally made from Ok....so this is the spot that the Algarve's postcards are literally made from


Look to your right, and you get this picture-perfect viewLook to your right, and you get this picture-perfect view Look to your right, and you get this picture-perfect view


Boat rides are offered in and out of all these rock formations hereAlbufeira, Algarve, PortugalBoat rides are offered in and out of all these rock formations here Boat rides are offered in and out of all these rock formations here


Albufeira, Algarve, PortugalAlbufeira, Algarve, PortugalLook to the left, and you get this view Look to the left, and you get this view


Look straight down for this viewAlbufeira, Algarve, PortugalLook straight down for this view Look straight down for this view

 


PRAIA DA ROCHA


One of the Algarve's popular tourist spots, Praia da Rocha is located just 2 kilometres south of Portimão and is probably one of those spots that you'll see in every postcard from the Algarve. I personally prefer the hidden cove beaches, but this is the spot for plenty of entertainment, restaurants, bars, shopping.... you name it. 

 

35-minute drive from Praia do Camilo to Praia da Rocha35-minute drive from Praia do Camilo to Praia da Rocha 35-minute drive from Praia do Camilo to Praia da Rocha


Beautiful Praia da RochaAlbufeira, Algarve, PortugalBeautiful Praia da Rocha Beautiful Praia da Rocha


Not so hidden, and packed with peopleAlbufeira, Algarve, PortugalNot so hidden, and packed with people Not so hidden, and packed with people


But beautiful all the sameAlbufeira, Algarve, PortugalBut beautiful all the same But beautiful all the same

 


PRAIA DE CARVOEIRO


I know I keep saying that each of these praias is the perfect picture postcard spot, but every time I think I've seen the most amazing view, there's always one more.... and Praia de Carvoeiro has the most amazing cliffs and views. The actual town of Carvoeiro is about 10-minute walk from this gorgeous beach that is lined with lost of shops, bars and restaurants. But what you really want to do is walk the paths about 200-feet above the beach and take in the fantastic views

 

25-minute drive from Praia da Rocha to Praia de Carvoeiro25-minute drive from Praia da Rocha to Praia de Carvoeiro 25-minute drive from Praia da Rocha to Praia de Carvoeiro


Another of those picture-postcard spotsAlbufeira, Algarve, PortugalAnother of those picture-postcard spots Another of those picture-postcard spots


Gorgeous Praia de CarvoeiroAlbufeira, Algarve, PortugalGorgeous Praia de Carvoeiro Gorgeous Praia de Carvoeiro


Absolutely stunningAlbufeira, Algarve, PortugalAbsolutely stunning Absolutely stunning


That water looks divine!Albufeira, Algarve, PortugalThat water looks divine! That water looks divine!

 


PRAIA DOS PESCADORES & PRAIA DO INATEL


These two beaches are right by Old Town Albufeira, and while they don't have the most spectacular scenery, they were super convenient for us as we were staying about a 10-minute walk from here. I know I've barely scratched the surface of all the beaches that the Algarve has.....maybe another road trip is due soon!

 

RIght by Albufeira's Old Town, the beaches of Praia dos Pescadores and Praia do Inatel kind of smoosh togetherRIght by Albufeira's Old Town, the beaches of Praia dos Pescadores and Praia do Inatel kind of smoosh together Right by Albufeira's Old Town, the beaches of Praia dos Pescadores and Praia do Inatel kind of smoosh together


Praia dos Pescaderos, right by Old Town AlbufeiraPraia dos Pescaderos, right by Old Town Albufeira Praia dos Pescaderos, right by Old Town Albufeira


Plenty of palapas for shadePlenty of palapas for shade Plenty of palapas for shade - Praia dos Pescadores


Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SanePortugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SanePraia do Inatel Praia do Inatel


This turned out to be our chill out spot, since it's only a 10-minute walk from the apartmentPortugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneThis turned out to be our chill out spot, since it's only a 10-minute walk from the apartment This turned out to be our chill out spot, since it's only a 10-minute walk from the apartment


Always with a pitcher of sangria close byPortugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneAlways with a pitcher of sangria close by Always with a pitcher of sangria close by


Photos taken | written by JENNIFER MAHON


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info@travelkeepsmesane.com (TRAVEL KEEPS ME SANE) albufeira algarve beach portugal portugal road trip praias road trip http://www.travelkeepsmesane.com/blog/2017/5/algarve-beaches Sat, 27 May 2017 12:58:00 GMT
PORTUGAL Road Trip: ALGARVE ~ Albufeira http://www.travelkeepsmesane.com/blog/2017/4/portugal-algarve-albufeira


Finally getting around to sorting out my Portugal pics – my poor travel buddy Manon has probably lost all hope in ever seeing these pics from our 11-day Portugal road trip.... but I'm finally on it. Maybe it has something to do with the bottle of porto branco that I've just cracked open, but whatever it is, has me in the mood for re-living this vacay!

 


ALBUFEIRA ~ ALGARVE, PORTUGAL


Day 1 - After a 6-hour flight from Montreal to Lisbon, then a 3.5-hour drive from Lisbon to Albufeira, we are beat. First thing's first, chill for a bit on the balcony of the apartment we've rented that has great views of Old Town Albufeira, Praia do Inatel and Praia dos Pescadores. I can literally see the stress leaving my body as I'm sitting there, enjoying the view and basically doing absolute nothing at all.

Then it's off for the 5-minute walk to Old Town Albufeira (though in this heat, the walk feels like an hour) to check out the area, buy some stuff to stock the fridge, and of course find a terrace to sip on some well-deserved wine.

 

Our view from our apartment in Albufeira, Algarve, PortugalAlbufeira, Algarve, PortugalOur view from our apartment in Albufeira Our view from our apartment in Albufeira


The view from our balcony looking the other towards old town  Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal Albufeira, Algarve, PortugalThe view from our balcony looking the other towards old town Albufeira The view from our balcony looking the other towards Old Town  Albufeira


Looking out at the view of old town Albufeira, Algarve, PortugalAlbufeiraI could get used to this view! I could get used to this view!


Praia dos Pescadores, Albufeira, Algarve, PortugalPraia dos Pescadores, Albufeira, Algarve, PortugalWe're a 5-minute walk from beautiful Praia dos Pescadores We're a 5-minute walk from beautiful Praia dos Pescadores


Escalator that'll take you down (and back up) to old town Albufeira, Algarve, PortugalAlbufeira, Algarve, PortugalEscalator that'll take you down (and back up) to old town Albufeira Escalator that'll take you down (and back up) to Old Town Albufeira


Albufeira, Algarve, PortugalAlbufeira, Algarve, PortugalThough I'm down for the variety of restos here, it's pretty darn hard to find a place serving local food Though I'm down for the variety of restos here, it's pretty darn hard to find a place serving local food


Jardim Square in Old Town AlbufeiraJardim Square in Old Town AlbufeiraJardim Square in Old Town Albufeira Jardim Square in Old Town Albufeira


Hmmm, this place is within dangerously close walking distance to where we are stayingHmmm, this place is within dangerously close walking distance to where we are stayingHmmm, this place is within dangerously close (Jardm Square) walking distance to where we are staying Hmmm, this place is within dangerously close (Jardm Square) walking distance to where we are staying


Peeps taking a break from the beach to do some shopping,Old Town Albufeira, Algarve, PortugalOld Town Albufeira, Algarve, PortugalPeeps taking a break from the beach to do some shopping Peeps taking a break from the beach to do some shopping


The tunnel to the beach, that gave a blessedly cool escape from the insane heat, Albufeira Old Town, Algarve, PortugalAlbufeira Old Town, Algarve, PortugalThe tunnel to the beach, that gave a blessedly cool escape from the insane heat The tunnel to the beach, that gave a blessedly cool escape from the insane heat


Praia dos Pescadores, Albufeira, Algarve, PortugalPraia dos Pescadores, Albufeira, Algarve, PortugalPraia dos Pescadores Praia dos Pescadores


Sound advice as you head back through the tunnel to the Centro Historico, Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal Centro Historico, Albufeira, Algarve, PortugalSound advice as you head back through the tunnel to the Centro Historico Sound advice as you head back through the tunnel to the Centro Historico


Time to find a spot for a drink Time to find a spot for a drink


A bit too healthy of a drink.... need to keep searching for some alcoholA bit too healthy of a drink.... need to keep searching for some alcohol A bit too healthy of a drink.... need to keep searching for some alcohol


That's what I'm talking about, wine tasting, PortugalThat's what I'm talking about That's what I'm talking about


Well, "ALLO" to you tooWell, "ALLO" to you too Well, "ALLO" to you too


Our adorable dude, explaining about all of Portugal wine regions Our adorable dude, explaining about all of Portugal wine regions


So many wines... So many wines...


....just keep handing them over please ....just keep handing them over please


....and hand over more ....and hand over more


I guess a little food would be a good idea right now I guess a little food would be a good idea right now


Ok hun, ready for some more! Ok hun, ready for some more!


Time to head back for a snooze - it's been a long day of flying (from Montreal to Lisbon), driving (3.5 hours from Lisbon to Albufeira) and drinking and eating in 40 degree celsius (even more thankful for that escalator right now!) Time to head back for a snooze - it's been a long day of flying (from Montreal to Lisbon), driving (3.5 hours from Lisbon to Albufeira) and drinking and eating in 40 degree celsius (even more thankful for that escalator right now!)


Photos taken | written by JENNIFER MAHON


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SPAIN: CORDOBA ~ Pretty In Pink http://www.travelkeepsmesane.com/blog/2017/4/spain-cordoba Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoCordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoCordoba, Andalucia, Spain


It wasn't the plan to head to Cordoba today, but the child is getting tired of me waking her at 6 am every morning to drive to these cities.

"Can we just go to that other city you want to see now (from Sevilla) so we can relax the rest of the time here?"

It's already 4 pm, and wanted to be back in Torremolinos before dark - something about driving through the mountains of Spain at night in pitch black darkness....didn't really want to do that. But the child has a point, if we do Cordoba today, we don't have to hit the road early tomorrow, so off we go....approx. 141 km (1.5-hour drive) from Sevilla to Cordoba.

 


CORDOBA ~ SPAIN


It's about 5:45 pm when we reach Cordoba and everything is closing – so much for going inside the Mezquita – so all we did was stroll around and check out the Puente Romano, the Mezquita (from the outside), and the Calleja de las Flores.

Cordoba is much smaller and a lot less touristy than it's Andalusian "neighbours", Sevilla and Granada. You can walk everywhere within a couple of hours, which is the best way to see the city – just wander down the narrow streets of the Juderia (the old Jewish quarter), stroll through charming squares, admire the Patios de Cordoba, and of course, check out the gardens of the Alcazar.

If you're wondering about the Pretty in Pink title, scroll down through the photos and you'll see - though I bitched about not wanting to be here when the sun was going down, I'm glad we were.

 

Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoCordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoLa Mezquita, viewed from across the Puente Romano La Mezquita, viewed from across the Puente Romano


Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoCordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoTorre de la Calahorra (Calahorra Tower) Torre de la Calahorra (Calahorra Tower)


Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoCordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoFlowers on the Puente Romano Flowers on the Puente Romano


Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoCordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoThe Guadalquivir River The Guadalquivir River


Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoCordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoPuerta del Puente (Gate of the Bridge) on the other side of the bridge Puerta del Puente (Gate of the Bridge) on the other side of the bridge


Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoCordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoWalking along Calle Torrijos Walking along Calle Torrijos


Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoCordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoImpressive doors of the Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba Impressive doors of the Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba


Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoCordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoAnother impressive door at the Mezquita Another impressive door at the Mezquita


Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoCordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoThe Bell Tower The Bell Tower at the Mezquita


Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoCordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoTrying to sneak in to someone's courtyard Trying to sneak in to someone's courtyard


Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoCordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoSomewhere in Cordoba Somewhere in Cordoba 


Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoCordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoWalls of the Mezquita Walls of the Mezquita


Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoCordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoLost in Cordoba, trying to find Calleja de Flores Lost in Cordoba, trying to find Calleja de Flores


Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoCordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoMust be getting close Must be getting close


Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoCordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoAt least we know we're heading in the right direction At least we know we're heading in the right direction


Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoCordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoFollowing signs, but it doesn't look all that flowery Following signs, but it doesn't look all that flowery


Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoCordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoFinally found Calleja de las Flores Finally found Calleja de las Flores


Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoCordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoDidn't quite expect it to be this tiny-ass alleyway Didn't quite expect it to be this tiny-ass alleyway


Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoCordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoIt's not all that flowery either It's not all that flowery either


Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoCordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoI guess it's kind of cute, but kind of expected more I guess it's kind of cute, but kind of expected more


Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoCordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoMaking our way back through the maze of streets to the Mezquita Making our way back through the maze of streets to the Mezquita


Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoCordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoSneaking a peak at another courtyard Sneaking a peak at another courtyard


Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoCordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoNever heard of Casa Santos, but there's a ton of people buying food from here, so.... Never heard of Casa Santos, but there's a ton of people buying food from here, so....


Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoCordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoTurns out everyone is going crazy for these – tortilla de patatas Turns out everyone is going crazy for these – tortilla de patatas 


Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoCordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoPuente Romano and the Torre de la Calahorra Puente Romano and the Torre de la Calahorra


Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoCordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoWas hoping to be back in Torremolinos before dark, but looks like we're here for an amazing sunset Was hoping to be back in Torremolinos before dark, but looks like we're here for what looks like it's going to be an amazing sunset


Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoCordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoThe light...the sky....wow The light...the sky....wow


Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoCordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoBeautiful colours Beautiful colours


Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoCordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoStatue depicting St. Raphael in the middle of the Puente Romano Statue depicting St. Raphael in the middle of the Puente Romano


Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoCordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoLove how a pink-ish light is on everything Love how a pink-ish light is on everything


Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoCordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoPink and purple everywhere Pink and purple everywhere


Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoCordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoBeautiful! Beautiful!


Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoCordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoPretty in pink Pretty in pink


Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonCordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahoBye-bye Cordoba, until next time! Bye-bye Cordoba, until next time!


Photos taken | written by JENNIFER MAHON


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SPAIN: FRIGLIANA ~ Pueblo Blanco http://www.travelkeepsmesane.com/blog/2017/4/spain-frigliana Frigliana, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MaFrigliana, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MaFrigliana, Andalucia, Spain

The child is tired of me waking her at 6 am to drive and do day trips to other cities along the Costa del Sol, so today I let the poor thing sleep in. I've already done the drive to the cities that were an absolute must for me, and I probably should relax and do nothing – it's vacation after all – but how can anyone possibly stay put when you've got a car at your disposal and so many pretty pueblos within less than a hour's drive dotted along the Costa del Sol?

 


FRIGLIANA ~ SPAIN


The village of Frigiliana is about 75 km (50-min drive) northeast of Torremolinos, and Costa del Sol's pueblo blancos don't come much more picturesque than this. Still fairly off the beaten path, it has yet to succumb to mass tourism. Which is a good thing, since there's no way it would survive crowds of people roaming around its tangle of narrow cobblestone streets.

Walking is the best way to see this village, where you can admire the pristine white-washed houses and their wrought-iron balconies with brightly-coloured planters filled with even more brightly-coloured flowers. It's no wonder Frigliana has been voted the 'prettiest village in Andalucia' by the Spanish Tourism Authority.

 

Frigliana, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MaFrigliana, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MaFrigliana, Andalucia, Spain


Frigliana, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MaFrigliana, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MaFrigliana, Andalucia, Spain


Frigliana, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MaFrigliana, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MaFrigliana, Andalucia, Spain


Frigliana, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MaFrigliana, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MaFrigliana, Andalucia, Spain


Frigliana, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MaFrigliana, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MaFrigliana, Andalucia, Spain


Frigliana, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MaFrigliana, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MaFrigliana, Andalucia, Spain



Frigliana, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MaFrigliana, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MaFrigliana, Andalucia, Spain


Frigliana, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MaFrigliana, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MaFrigliana, Andalucia, Spain


Frigliana, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MaFrigliana, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MaFrigliana, Andalucia, Spain


Frigliana, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MaFrigliana, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MaFrigliana, Andalucia, Spain


Frigliana, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MaFrigliana, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MaFrigliana, Andalucia, Spain


Frigliana, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MaFrigliana, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MaFrigliana, Andalucia, Spain


Frigliana, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MaFrigliana, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MaFrigliana, Andalucia, Spain


Frigliana, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MaFrigliana, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MaFrigliana, Andalucia, Spain


Frigliana, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MaFrigliana, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MaFrigliana, Andalucia, Spain


Frigliana, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MaFrigliana, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MaFrigliana, Andalucia, Spain


Frigliana, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MaFrigliana, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MaFrigliana, Andalucia, Spain


Frigliana, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MaFrigliana, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MaFrigliana, Andalucia, Spain


Frigliana, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MaFrigliana, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MaFrigliana, Andalucia, Spain


Frigliana, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MaFrigliana, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MaFrigliana, Andalucia, Spain


Frigliana, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MaFrigliana, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MaFrigliana, Andalucia, Spain


Frigliana, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MaFrigliana, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MaFrigliana, Andalucia, Spain


Photos taken | written by JENNIFER MAHON


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SPAIN: SEVILLA ~ Plaza de España (Star Wars Film Location) http://www.travelkeepsmesane.com/blog/2017/4/spain-sevilla-star-wars Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain


"I need to find out where this place is!" is the only thing I kept thinking after watching Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones in 2002. The movie itself, so-so, but the short 48-second scene with Padmé and young Anakin (and a digitized R2-D2 following them) walking through this beautiful 'city' completely mesmerized me. 

The location: Plaza de España in Sevilla that served as the city of Theed on the planet Naboo in the movie. 14 years after (holy shit, I feel old!) obsessing about it in the movie, I finally got to see the place for myself.

 


PLAZA DE ESPAÑA ~ SEVILLA


So the Plaza is not a very popular tourist spot – it's basically government buildings, so you can't really go inside, but just walk around the grounds. Which is fine with me. The Plaza is just southeast of the Universidad de Sevilla and right in between the Maria Luisa Park and the Guadalquivir River. I knew the place looked gorgeous in the movie, but seeing it in person, I was shocked to find how stunningly beautiful it actually is.

I won't write much more about it, enjoy the photos, or even better, try to get to Sevilla yourself – it's bloody beautiful, and worth the visit, especially for Star Wars fans

 

Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonTorre Sur Plaza de España Torre Sur Plaza de España


Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonTorre Sur Plaza de España Torre Sur Plaza de España


Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonA massive semicircular structure in the middle of Sevilla A massive semicircular structure in the middle of Sevilla


Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonThe grandness of this place...! The grandness of this place...!


Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonBeautifully painted railings Beautifully painted railings


Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonThe middle child, chillin' in front of Plaza de España The middle child, chillin' in front of Plaza de España 


Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonCentral building and fountain at → Plaza de España Central building and fountain at → Plaza de España 


Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonDetailed stone work all over the ground Detailed stone work all over the ground


Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon Thousands of azulejos - painted ceramic tiles  Thousands of azulejos - painted ceramic tiles


Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonStanding on one of the four bridges crossing over the canal Standing on one of the four bridges crossing over the canal


Torre Norte → Plaza de España Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonTorre Norte → Plaza de España Torre Norte → Plaza de España


A few of the 48 tiled alcoves/benches at the Plaza de Espana in Sevilla, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonA few of the 48 tiled alcoves/benches – each representing a region of Spain and telling its history A few of the 48 tiled alcoves/benches – each representing a region of Spain and telling its history


Sun shining on the ground-floor verandah at the Plaza de Espana in Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSun shining on the ground-floor verandah Sun shining on the ground-floor verandah (you'll probably also recognize this spot from Star Wars)


Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonTime to check out the second floor Time to check out the second floor


Decorative, detailed tiling everywhere at the Plaza de Espana in Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonDecorative, detailed tiling everywhere Decorative, detailed tiling everywhere


Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonEven more gorgeous from up here Even more gorgeous from up here


Love how the bricks seem like they're glowing when the sun hits them  at Plaza de Espana in Sevilla, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSevilla, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonLove how the bricks seem like they're glowing when the sun hits them Love how the bricks seem like they're glowing when the sun hits them


This place! I can't get enough of it! Seville, Andalucia, Spain  -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonThis place! I can't get enough of it! Seville, Andalucia, Spain This place! I can't get enough of it!


Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonI mean, look how much work has gone into these railings I mean, look how much work has gone into these railings


Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSomeone is photo-bombing me Someone is photo-bombing me


Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonBeautiful Beautiful


Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonI'm completely mesmerized by this place I'm completely mesmerized by this place


Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonAmazed at all the details on all the columns and railings Amazed at all the details on all the columns and railings


Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonWalking through Maria Luisa Park (Parque de María Luisa) Walking through Maria Luisa Park (Parque de María Luisa)


Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonAnd making friends along the way And making friends along the way


Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonBeautiful gardens - though it's winter here, so I'm sure even prettier in the spring and summer Beautiful gardens - though it's winter here, so I'm sure even prettier in the spring and summer


Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonThat's it for Seville, time to hop in the car and head to Cordoba That's it for Seville, time to hop in the car and head to Cordoba


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info@travelkeepsmesane.com (TRAVEL KEEPS ME SANE) andalucia day trip game of thrones filming location road trip sevilla spain spain road trip star wars filming location traveling with a teen http://www.travelkeepsmesane.com/blog/2017/4/spain-sevilla-star-wars Fri, 14 Apr 2017 14:22:05 GMT
SPAIN: SEVILLA ~ Seeing the Sights http://www.travelkeepsmesane.com/blog/2017/2/spain-sevilla Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain


We've already been to Antequera and Osuna, Spain today, and now we've finally made it to Sevilla. My main reason for coming here is to see the Plaza de España, but that deserves a separate post entirely to itself...coming soon!

We've actually parked the car right by the Plaza de España, but I wanted to save the best for last, so off we go to wander a bit.


SEVILLA ~ SPAIN


If there ever was a city to get lost in, this is the one. Sevilla's mix of mazes of streets opening up onto expansive parks and charming plazas makes meandering about easy. While the city is walkable, and you may be good with map - embrace the fact that you'll lose your way at some point... like we did.

Our wanderings take us through Parque del Prado de San Sebastián, across Jardines de Murillo, through many cute plazas to the Catedral de Sevilla and La Giralda.

 

Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonParque Prado de San Sebastián Strolling through an empty Parque Prado de San Sebastián


Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonParque Prado de San Sebastián - not so empty once we turn a corner Parque Prado de San Sebastián - not so empty once we turn a corner


Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonNot sure what the occasion is today, but there's tons of stalls selling all kinds of goodness Not sure what the occasion is today, but there's tons of stalls selling all kinds of goodness


Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonAll this.....smells divine! All this.....smells divine!


Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonDon't know what this is, but I want some Don't know what this is, but I want some


Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonToo good to pass up - seems I'll be walking around Sevilla with all kinds of meat in my purse Too good to pass up - seems I'll be walking around Sevilla with all kinds of meat in my purse


Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonTrying to figure out how to cross the street at Plaza Don Juan de Austria Trying to figure out how to cross the street at Plaza Don Juan de Austria


Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonWalking through Jardines de Murillo to see the Monumento a Cristóbal Colón Walking down Paseo de Catalina de Ribera to see the Monumento a Cristóbal Colón


Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonMonumento a Cristóbal Colón Monumento a Cristóbal Colón


Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonStill on Paseo de Catalina de Ribera, taking in all the details On Paseo de Catalina de Ribera, taking in all the details


Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSomewhere in Sevilla Somewhere in Sevilla


Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonChecking out some art stuffs Checking out some art stuffs


Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonTourist trap souvenirs, but still pretty to look at Tourist trap souvenirs, but still pretty to look at


Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonKind of lost track of where we are, but this looks like a good bench to take a break on Kind of lost track of where we are, but this looks like a good bench to take a break on


Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonThe child keeps begging to do these Segway things, but I don't want to be the a**hole that blocks all these narrow streets with them The child keeps begging to do these Segway things, but I don't want to be the a**hole that blocks all these narrow streets with them


Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonA pretty plaza somewhere in Sevilla A pretty plaza somewhere in Sevilla


Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonThe wall of the Real Alcázar de Sevilla The wall of the Real Alcázar de Sevilla


Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonFirst glimpse of the Catedral de Sevilla First glimpse of the Catedral de Sevilla, the third-largest church in the world


Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSelfie time in Sevilla Selfie time in Sevilla


Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonChecking out Plaza Virgen de los Reyes Checking out Plaza Virgen de los Reyes


Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonAlong with all the other people there Along with all the other people there


Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonJust outside the Catedral de Sevilla Just outside the Catedral de Sevilla


Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonCatedral de Sevilla Catedral de Sevilla


Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonTrying to walk through this archway to check out Patio de Banderas, and we have to wait for this guy to squeeze this car through first Trying to walk through this archway to check out Patio de Banderas, and we have to wait for this guy to squeeze this car through first


Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonLa Giralda from Patio de Banderas La Giralda from Patio de Banderas


Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonThe Plaza Patio de Banderas, technically part of the Alcazar The Plaza Patio de Banderas, technically part of the Alcazar 


Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonMassive Banyan trees in Jardines de Murillo Massive Banyan trees in Jardines de Murillo


Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonCalle San Fernando Calle San Fernando


Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonUniversidad de Sevilla Universidad de Sevilla


Seville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonSeville, Andalucia, Spain -Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonWalking back through Parque del Prado de San Sebastián to Plaza de España (next post!) Walking back through Parque del Prado de San Sebastián to Plaza de España (next post!)


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SPAIN: OSUNA ~ Plaza de Toros (Game of Thrones Film Location) http://www.travelkeepsmesane.com/blog/2017/2/spain-osuna


On the drive to Sevilla, I've already made a pit-stop in Antequera, and now I'm at my second pit-stop, Osuna. Another place in Spain that quite honestly, I'd never heard of before. 

Googling the city for what to see here, I'm pleasantly surprised that Osuna's Plaza de Toros is a Game of Thrones filming location.

 


PLAZA DE TOROS ~ OSUNA


Game of Thrones fans know the place well. In season 5, episodes 9 and 10, an epic battle is fought here and Daenerys Targaryen is rescued by her fire-breathing dragons from the Great Pit of Daznak... which is actually the Plaza de Toros in Osuna. Not a fan of bull-fighting, but I wanted to see the place where such a legendary battle took place.

Yes, I'm aware that Game of Thrones is completely fictional.

Only a 2 EUR entrance fee, I had the entire "pit" to myself (the child stayed in the car to sleep since we've been on the road since 6 am) where I was free to roam around and pretend I was in Meereen.

 

Freeze frame from HBO's Game of Thrones Season 5


Walking around the exterior, trying to find the entrance  Osuna, Andalucia, Spain-Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhOsuna, Andalucia, Spain-Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhWalking around the exterior, trying to find the entrance Walking around the exterior, trying to find the entrance 


Osuna, Andalucia, Spain-Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhOsuna, Andalucia, Spain-Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhIntricate iron work Intricate iron work


Roaming around the halls at the Plaza de Toros in Osuna, Andalucia, SpainOsuna, Andalucia, Spain-Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhRoaming around the halls at the Plaza de Toros, Osuna Roaming around the halls at the Plaza de Toros, Osuna


Osuna, Andalucia, Spain-Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhOsuna, Andalucia, Spain-Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhPatio de Caballos (stables) Patio de Caballos (stables)


Osuna, Andalucia, Spain-Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyOsuna, Andalucia, Spain-Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhSpots for bull shoes Spots for bull shoes


Water troughs in the stables at the Plaza de Toros in Osuna, Andalucia, SpainOsuna, Andalucia, Spain-Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhWater troughs in the stables Long empty water troughs....


Time to check out the fighting pit (bullring) Osuna, Andalucia, SpainOsuna, Andalucia, Spain-Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhTime to check out the fighting pit (bullring) Osuna, Andalucia, Spain Time to check out the fighting pit (bullring) 


Half expected to see these peeps waiting for my grand entranceHalf expected to see these peeps waiting for my grand entrance Half expected to see these peeps waiting for my grand entrance (Freeze frame from HBO's Game of Thrones Season 5)


Osuna, Andalucia, Spain-Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhOsuna, Andalucia, Spain-Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhPlaza de Toros, Osuna Plaza de Toros, Osuna


Osuna, Andalucia, Spain-Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhOsuna, Andalucia, Spain-Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhStanding in the centre, the stands all full of people Standing in the centre, imagining the stands all full of people


Osuna, Andalucia, Spain-Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhOsuna, Andalucia, Spain-Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhFunny to see numbered seating on these old stone seats Funny to see numbered seating on these old stone seats


Admiring it all from the VIP section - Plaza de Toros in Osuna SpainOsuna, Andalucia, Spain-Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhAdmiring it all from the VIP section Admiring it all from the VIP section


Osuna, Andalucia, Spain-Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhOsuna, Andalucia, Spain-Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhOld ads for the Plaza de Toros Old ads for the Plaza de Toros


Osuna, Andalucia, Spain-Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhOsuna, Andalucia, Spain-Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhAnother oldie Another oldie, I wonder how much admission was then? At 2 euros today, and completely empty - it was totally worth it


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info@travelkeepsmesane.com (TRAVEL KEEPS ME SANE) andalucia day trip game of thrones filming location osuna plaza de toros road trip spain spain road trip traveling with a teen http://www.travelkeepsmesane.com/blog/2017/2/spain-osuna Sat, 11 Feb 2017 13:03:08 GMT
SPAIN ~ ANTEQUERA: The Heart of Andalucia http://www.travelkeepsmesane.com/blog/2017/1/spain-antequera Alcazaba of AntequeraAntequerra, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MAlcazaba of Antequera


The ultimate destination for today is Sevilla.... but the drive from Torremolinos is approximately 3 hours, and my attention span for driving lasts about 1 hour before my eyes start closing all on their own. So... to break up the drive, a quick look at the map and I've decided to stop in Antequera (about 1 hour from Torremolinos), then on to Osuna (another hour drive from Antequera), to finally make it to Seville (yet another hour drive from Osuna). 

 


ANTEQUERA


I've never heard of this place, and I don't think a lot of other people have either, which only adds to its charm. With zero research done on this pueblo blanco in the heart of Andalucia, I just sort of picked a spot to park and wandered around - and was pleasantly surprised at what a wonderful place this is. 

Was only here for about an hour,  to rest my eyes from driving, but still had an eyeful of dramatic scenery and beautiful architecture.  

 

Perfectly picturesque streets of AntequerraAntequerra, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MahonPerfectly picturesque streets of Antequerra Perfectly picturesque streets of Antequerra


The Alcazaba of Antequera dominates the villageAntequerra, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MThe Alcazaba of Antequera dominates the village The Alcazaba of Antequera dominates the village


Alcazaba of Antequera – seen from pretty much anywhere Antequerra, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MAlcazaba of Antequera – seen from pretty much anywhere Alcazaba of Antequera – seen from pretty much anywhere 


Iglesia de la TrinidadAntequerra, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MIglesia de la Trinidad Iglesia de la Trinidad


Plaza del Portichuelo, Church of Santa Maria de JesusAntequerra, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MPlaza del Portichuelo, Church of Santa Maria de Jesus Plaza del Portichuelo, Church of Santa Maria de Jesus


Ugh, stairs... if I go down there, I gotta come back up...Antequerra, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MUgh, stairs... if I go down there, I gotta come back up... Ugh, stairs... if I go down there, I gotta come back up...


Rooftops of AntequeraAntequerra, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MRooftops of Antequera Rooftops of Antequera


Antequerra, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MAntequerra, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MStairs... again.... Stairs... again....


... but look where it leads to – the views!Antequerra, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer M... but look where it leads to – the views! ... but look where it leads to – the views!


This place has got the cutest streetsAntequerra, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MThis place has got the cutest streets This place has got the cutest streets


Love the detailsAntequerra, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MLove the details Love the details


All the same, but differentAntequerra, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MAll the same, but different All the same, but different


Each doorway entrance is decorated with unique tilesAntequerra, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MEach doorway entrance is decorated with unique tiles Each doorway entrance is decorated with unique tiles


Another entrance, another beautiful tile designAntequerra, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MAnother entrance, another beautiful tile design Another entrance, another beautiful tile design


And another... which I'll stop now, before someone thinks I'm trying to break inAntequerra, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer MAnd another... which I'll stop now, before someone thinks I'm trying to break in And another... which I'll stop now, before someone thinks I'm trying to break in


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info@travelkeepsmesane.com (TRAVEL KEEPS ME SANE) andalucia antequera day trip road trip spain spain road trip traveling with a teen http://www.travelkeepsmesane.com/blog/2017/1/spain-antequera Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:20:14 GMT
SPAIN: NERJA ~ Cueva de Nerja & Balcon de Europa http://www.travelkeepsmesane.com/blog/2016/12/spain-nerja Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyNerja, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyView from the Balcon de Europa, Nerja, Andalucia, Spain


After a morning walking around the Alhambra in Granada, we check out the time and figure we have just enough time to get to the Cueva de Nerja for the last entry (if I speed a little).  The caves close at 4 pm and we arrive just in time – we pay our €10 admission fee, are given audio guides, and sit through a 10-minute video that explains a bit about the caves before heading to the entrance escorted by a (not-too-happy) security guard.

 


CUEVA DE NERJA


Though it was kind of iffy getting there so late, I'm glad to have been able to visit when it wasn't jam-packed with other tourists. The caves are spectacular – the stalactites (hanging from the ceiling) and the stalagmites (rising from the floor) are jaw-droppingly impressive.  And if you're worried about feeling claustrophobic, no worries, as the halls of the cave are massive – large enough that they actually have room to seat about 100 folks in the Hall of the Waterfall for concerts in the summer! Well worth the visit, though beware of the steps... no one tells you that there's about 400 steps that you have to make your way up and down throughout the visit.

More info about the caves, opening hours and rates here

 

Entrance area to the Cueva de Nerja Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyEntrance area to the Cueva de Nerja Entrance area to the Cueva de Nerja


Descending to the caves - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyDescending to the caves Descending to the caves


Nerja, Andalucia, Spain Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographySala de Vestibulo Sala de Vestibulo (Entrance Hall)


Sala de Belén Nerja, Andalucia, Spain Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographySala de Belén (Nativity Hall) – filled with columns of calcite Sala de Belén (Nativity Hall) – filled with columns of calcite


Sala del Colmillo (Hall of the Tusk)  - Nerja, Andalucia, Spain Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographySala del Colmillo (Hall of the Tusk) Sala del Colmillo (Hall of the Tusk) 


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographySala de la Cascada o Ballet – It is here that concerts are actually held Sala de la Cascada o Ballet (Hall of the Waterful) – It is here that concerts are actually held


Sala de los Fantasmas (Hall of Phantoms)  Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographySala de los Fantasmas (Hall of Phantoms) Sala de los Fantasmas (Hall of Phantoms) 


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTime to head up the stairs in the Sala de los Fantasmas to the Sala del Cataclismo Time to head up the stairs in the Sala de los Fantasmas to the Sala del Cataclismo


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyUgh, more stairs...... Ugh, more stairs...... 


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyThis particular formation has been nicknamed the "curtains" since it sort of does look like hanging curtains This particular formation has been nicknamed the "curtains" since it sort of does look like hanging curtains


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographySala del Cataclismo – The photo doesn't do it justice, but thatn central column which, at 32 metres high, is the tallest in the world Sala del Cataclismo (Hall of the Cataclysm)  – The photo doesn't do it justice, but that central column (32 metres high) is the tallest in the world


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyChecking out the massive central column from the other side Checking out the massive central column from the other side


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyWho knows how many years of calcium deposits Who knows how many years of calcium deposits


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyBack in the light of day – Plaza de los Descubridores Back in the light of day – Plaza de los Descubridores


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyMonument to group of kids that accidentally discovered the caves in 1959 – Plaza de los Descubridores Monument to group of kids that accidentally discovered the caves in 1959 – Plaza de los Descubridores


BALCON DE EUROPA, NERJA


Leaving the caves, we head down the hill and find parking somewhere close to the city centre. Nerja itself is a tiny coastal town, but what sets it apart from all the other coastal towns along the Costa del Sol is the Balcon de Europa – a large round balcony on a towering cliff with incredible sweeping views of the Sierra Almijara and the Mediterranean Sea.

Lucky that we there during low season, it seemed like we had the entire promenade and balcony to ourselves. After rushing and driving from one city to another, we couldn't help but just sit and enjoy watching the views of the sea, sky, mountains, the little figures on the beach below and just enjoying the general "calmness" of this particular spot. 

 

Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTime to search for the Balcon de Europa Time to search for the Balcon de Europa


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyLove the tile work under the balconies Love the tile work under the balconies


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyA glimpse of the Mediterranean A glimpse of the Mediterranean


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyFlower pots on walls Flower pots on walls


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyView of Calahonda beach and sierras from the promenade View of Calahonda beach and sierras from the promenade


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyIt's freezing – like winter jacket and scarf freezing – and there's people on the beach It's freezing – like winter jacket and scarf freezing – and there's people on the beach


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyIron railings of the Balcon de Europa Iron railings of the Balcon de Europa


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyThe child, taking in the impressive views The child, taking in the impressive views


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographySelfie crashing – Balcon de Europa Someone is crashing my selfie – Balcon de Europa


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyRocks far below Rocks far below


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyThe child, chillin' with King Alfonso XII The child, chillin' with King Alfonso XII 


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyAlone with the sea and sky Alone with the sea and sky


Paseo Balcón de Europa – a pedestrian promenade lined with cafés, restaurants and ice cream parlours - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyPaseo Balcón de Europa – a pedestrian promenade lined with cafés, restaurants and ice cream parlours Paseo Balcón de Europa – a pedestrian promenade lined with cafés, restaurants and ice cream parlours


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyLa Caletilla Beach, El Salon Beach and the rocky promontory at Torrecilla Beach La Caletilla Beach, El Salon Beach and the rocky promontory at Torrecilla Beach


Iglesia de El Salvador on the Plaza Cavana  Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyIglesia de El Salvador on the Plaza Cavana Iglesia de El Salvador on the Plaza Cavana 


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyBeautiful flowered balconies Beautiful flowered balconies


ITALY IN SPAIN


It's dinner time and the child is begging for pizza. Pizza! You're on the southern coast of Spain with all kinds of yummy Spanish cuisine at your fingertips and you want pizza. Sometimes I wonder if she's really my child. Anyway, we find a cute Italian restaurant in Benalmadena and thank god that have my Pil Pil Shrimps (basically garlic shrimps), and the child gets her pizza – a taste of Italy in Spain.

 

Time for a fruity drink Time for a fruity drink


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyPil Pil Shrimps – YUM! Pil Pil Shrimps – YUM!


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyMore yumminess More yumminess


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyNot quite the same as having pizza in Italy, but to the child, pizza is pizza Not quite the same as having pizza in Italy, but to the child, pizza is pizza


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyRavioli for me! Ravioli for me!


Photos taken | written by JENNIFER MAHON


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info@travelkeepsmesane.com (TRAVEL KEEPS ME SANE) andalucia day trip foodies nerja road trip spain spain road trip traveling with a teen http://www.travelkeepsmesane.com/blog/2016/12/spain-nerja Mon, 26 Dec 2016 17:14:29 GMT
SPAIN ~ GRANADA: Alhambra & Churros con Chocolate http://www.travelkeepsmesane.com/blog/2016/12/spain-granada Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyGranada, Andalucia, Spain


"Impossible to go this week.  It's always full. You should've booked weeks ago." – says the rep in Torremolinos.

"Ok, f*cker - I DID book weeks ago, but you're arrogant a$$ forgot to do it" – is what immediately shot out of my mouth. 

I'm usually a lot nicer, and try to keep the potty-mouth reserved for those that know me (therefore know that it's really part of my everyday language), but I specifically contacted this dude to book tickets for the Alhambra (not a tour, just the entrance ticket) because there is a limit of how many people are allowed in the place everyday, and I was fully aware that it gets sold out quickly. 

So no tickets in hand, and not even knowing if we'd get into the Alhambra – which is my main reason for heading to Granada to begin with – we still get up early and drive the 1.5 hours from Torremolinos to Granada and cross our fingers that getting there right when it opens (8:30 am) is early enough to get into the place.

 


ALHAMBRA, GRANADA


We arrive where the GPS directed us to at 8:15 am, however the GPS decided to take us to some Alhambra Restaurant located 15 minutes outside of Granada – and which honestly looked eerily close to the Titty Twister in From Dusk Till Dawn! Anyway, back on the right track, we get to the proper Alhambra, find parking, and manage to be fifth in line (wish that rep who told us there was no way we'd get in was there so I could shove it in his face – mind you, it was low season in March, so that may be why we lucked out). Tickets cost around 16€ (or buy in advance online here), which includes entrance to the Alhambra complex, the Palacios Nazaríes, the Alcazaba and the Generalife.  You get specific times on your ticket for entrance to the palaces, but other than that, they give you a map and off you go. 

Won't get into any more specifics – I mean, it's the Alhambra – probably one of the most breathtaking places you'll ever visit, but be sure to have good walking shoes because it'll take a good 2 to 3 hours to see the whole thing. 

 

Views from the Alhambra - Granada, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyGranada, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon Photography Views from the Alhambra Views from the Alhambra


Granada, Andalucia, Spain Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyGranada, Andalucia, Spain Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyWalking along the path to the entrance of the palace (a good 10-minute walk) Walking along the path to the entrance of the palace (a good 10-minute walk) – Alhambra


Parador de San Francisco - Granada, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyParador de San Francisco - Granada, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyParador de San Francisco Parador de San Francisco – Alhambra


Palacio de Carlos V de Granada - Granada, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyPalacio de Carlos V de Granada - Granada, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyPalacio de Carlos V de Granada Palacio de Carlos V de Granada – Alhambra


Palacio de Carlos V de Granada - Granada, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyPalacio de Carlos V de Granada - Granada, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyPalacio de Carlos V de Granada Palacio de Carlos V de Granada – Alhambra


Torre Quebrada (Broken Tower) and Torre del Homenaje (Keep) of the Alcazaba  (Old Citadel)  - Granada, Andalucia, Spain, Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTorre Quebrada (Broken Tower) and Torre del Homenaje (Keep) of the Alcazaba (Old Citadel) Torre Quebrada (Broken Tower) and Torre del Homenaje (Keep) of the Alcazaba  (Old Citadel) – Alhambra


The views from the Alcazaba - Granada, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyThe views from the Alcazaba - Granada, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyThe views from the Alcazaba The views from the Alcazaba....


Gorgeous views from up here - Granada, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyGorgeous views from up here - Granada, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyGorgeous views from up here ....of  Albayzín / countryside


Attention to detail at the Palacios Nazaríes - Granada, Andalucia, Spain-Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyAttention to detail at the Palacios Nazaríes - Granada, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyAttention to detail - intricately moulded arches at the Palacios Nazaríes Attention to detail - intricately moulded arches at the Palacios Nazaríes, Alhambra


Insane intricately carved wooden ceilings - Palacios Nazaríes - Granada, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyInsane intricately carved wooden ceilings - Palacios Nazaríes - Granada, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyInsane intricately carved wooden ceilings - Palacios Nazaríes Insane intricately carved wooden ceilings in the Sala de la Barca (Hall of the Blessing) – Palacio de Comares, Palacios Nazaríes, Alhambra


Beautiful tiling everywhere too - Palacios Nazaríes - Granada, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyBeautiful tiling everywhere too - Palacios Nazaríes - Granada, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyBeautiful tiling everywhere too – Palacios Nazaríes Beautiful tiling everywhere too – Palacios Nazaríes, Alhambra


Palacio de Comares and the Patio de los Arrayanes – Granada, Andalucia, Spain Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyPalacio de Comares and the Patio de los Arrayanes – Granada, Andalucia, Spain Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyPalacio de Comares and the Patio de los Arrayanes – Palacios Nazaríes Palacio de Comares and the Patio de los Arrayanes – Palacios Nazaríes, Alhambra


Reflections – Patio de los Arrayanes – Palacios Nazaríes  Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyReflections – Patio de los Arrayanes – Palacios Nazaríes Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyReflections – Patio de los Arrayanes – Palacios Nazaríes Reflections – Patio de los Arrayanes – Palacios Nazaríes, Alhambra


Patio de los Leones (Lion Courtyard) –Palacios Nazaríes, Alhambra Granada, Andalucia, Spain Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyPatio de los Leones (Lion Courtyard) –Palacios Nazaríes, Alhambra Granada, Andalucia, Spain Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyPatio de los Leones (Lion Courtyard) –Palacios Nazaríes, Alhambra Patio de los Leones (Lion Courtyard) – Palacios Nazaríes, Alhambra


Patio de los Leones and 124 slender marble columns – Palacio de los Leones, Alhambra Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyPatio de los Leones and 124 slender marble columns – Palacio de los Leones, Alhambra Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyPatio de los Leones and 124 slender marble columns – Palacio de los Leones, Alhambra Patio de los Leones and 124 marble columns – Palacio de los Leones, Alhambra


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyMesmerizing patterns – Patio de los Leones, Alhambra Mesmerizing patterns – Palacio de los Leones, Alhambra


Sala de Dos Hermanas (Hall of Two Sisters) – Palacio de los Leones, Alhambra – Granada, Andalucia, Spain Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographySala de Dos Hermanas (Hall of Two Sisters) – Palacio de los Leones, Alhambra – Granada, Andalucia, Spain Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographySala de los Abencerrajes, the legendary murder site of the Abencerraj family – Palacio de los Leones, Alhambra Sala de los Abencerrajes, the legendary murder site of the Abencerraj family – Palacio de los Leones, Alhambra


Last look at Patio de los Leones – Alhambra - Granada, Andalucia, Spain Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyLast look at Patio de los Leones – Alhambra - Granada, Andalucia, Spain Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyLast look at Patio de los Leones – Alhambra Last look at Patio de los Leones – Alhambra


A hallway, somewhere in the massive Alhambra complex - Granada, Andalucia, Spain Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyA hallway, somewhere in the massive Alhambra complex - Granada, Andalucia, Spain Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyA hallway, somewhere in the massive Alhambra complex A hallway, somewhere in the massive Alhambra complex 


Sala de los Ajimeces – Palacio de los Leones, Alhambra, Granada, Andalucia, Spain Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographySala de los Ajimeces – Palacio de los Leones, Alhambra, Granada, Andalucia, Spain Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographySala de los Ajimeces – Palacio de los Leones, Alhambra Sala de los Ajimeces – Palacio de los Leones, Alhambra


Patio de la Reja – Alhambra - Granada, Andalucia, Spain Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyPatio de la Reja – Alhambra - Granada, Andalucia, Spain Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyPatio de Lindaraj – Alhambra Patio de Lindaraj – Alhambra


That's where we have to make our way over to.... and it's cold... very very cold this morning Granada, Andalucia, Spain Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyThat's where we have to make our way over to.... and it's cold... very very cold this morning Granada, Andalucia, Spain Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyThat's where we have to make our way over to.... and it's cold... very very cold this morning That's where we have to make our way over to.... and it's cold... very very cold this morning 


Torre de las Damas –  Palacio del Partal​​​​​​​, Alhambra – Granada, Andalucia, Spain Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTorre de las Damas – Palacio del Partal​​​​​​​, Alhambra– Granada, Andalucia, Spain Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTorre de las Damas – Palacio del Partal​​​​​​​, Alhambra Torre de las Damas –  Palacio del Partal, Alhambra 


Jardines del Paraiso – Alhambra - Granada, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyJardines del Paraiso – Alhambra - Granada, Andalucia, Spain - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyJardines del Paraiso – Alhambra Jardines del Paraiso – Alhambra


Too cool fo y'all @ Jardines del Paraiso – Alhambra Granada, Andalucia, Spain Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyToo cool fo y'all @ Jardines del Paraiso – Alhambra Granada, Andalucia, Spain Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyToo cool fo y'all @ Jardines del Paraiso – Alhambra Too cool fo y'all @ Jardines del Paraiso – Alhambra


Walking along the neverending path –  Jardines del Paraiso, Alhambra Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyWalking along the neverending path – Jardines del Paraiso, Alhambra - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyWalking along the neverending path – Jardines del Paraiso, Alhambra Walking along the never ending path –  Jardines del Paraiso, Alhambra


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTeatro del Generalife Teatro del Generalife – Alhambra


Gardens of the Generalife – Alhambra Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyGardens of the Generalife – Alhambra Gardens of the Generalife – Alhambra


Gardens of the Generalife – Alhambra - Granada, Andalucia, Spain Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyGardens of the Generalife – Alhambra - Granada, Andalucia, Spain Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyGardens of the Generalife – Alhambra Gardens of the Generalife – Alhambra


Gardens of the Generalife – Alhambra Granada, Andalucia, Spain Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyGardens of the Generalife – Alhambra Granada, Andalucia, Spain Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyGardens of the Generalife – Alhambra Gardens of the Generalife – Alhambra


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyImagine this place in the spring! – Gardens of the Generalife – Alhambra Imagine this place in the spring! – Gardens of the Generalife – Alhambra


Too much of line to go in, so just settled for wandering around the gardens – Generalife Summer Palace Granada, Andalucia, Spain Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyToo much of line to go in, so just settled for wandering around the gardens – Generalife Summer Palace Granada, Andalucia, Spain Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyToo much of line to go in, so just settled for wandering around the gardens – Generalife Summer Palace, Alhambra Too much of line to go in, so just settled for wandering around the gardens – Generalife Summer Palace, Alhambra


Generalife Summer Palace, Alhambra Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyGeneralife Summer Palace, Alhambra Generalife Summer Palace, Alhambra


It's so cold (winter still), yet oranges look ripe for picking – Gardens of the Generalife, Alhambra, Granada, Andalucia, Spain Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyIt's so cold (winter still), yet oranges look ripe for picking – Gardens of the Generalife, Alhambra, Granada, Andalucia, Spain Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyIt's so cold (winter still), yet oranges look ripe for picking – Gardens of the Generalife, Alhambra It's so cold (winter still), yet oranges look ripe for picking – Gardens of the Generalife, Alhambra


View of the Alhambra palaces from the Gardens of the Generalife – AlhambraView of the Alhambra palaces from the Gardens of the Generalife – AlhambraView of the Alhambra palaces from the Gardens of the Generalife – Alhambra View of the Alhambra palaces from the Gardens of the Generalife


CHURROS CON CHOCOLATE


After walking the entire Alhambra complex, we head back down the hill and wander around the city a bit. We make our way to Churreria Alhambra (thanks Nicole for suggesting it!), and settle down for some coffee and these Churros con Chocolate that I keep hearing about. We were going to order two, but the waiter suggested maybe one would be enough... and sure enough it was more than enough –  a mountain of churros and a cup of the most exquisite dark chocolate to dip them in. 

 

Walking aroung Granada Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyWalking aroung Granada Walking around Granada


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyChecking out the gorgeous architecture Checking out the gorgeous architecture


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyNarrow streets and bike parking.... doesn't leave that much more room for walking Narrow streets and bike parking.... doesn't leave that much more room for walking


Plaza de Bib-Rambla Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyPlaza de Bib-Rambla Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyPlaza de Bib-Rambla Plaza de Bib-Rambla


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyChurreria Alhambra - Granada, Andalucia, Spain Churreria Alhambra 


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyChurros con Chocolate - Granada, Andalucia, Spain Churros con Chocolate – Churriera Alhambra


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyChurros.... Churros....


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon Photography... and a cup of chocolaty delicious to dip them in ... and a cup of chocolaty delicious to dip them in


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyThat's it for Granada, time to back towards the coast to Nerja That's it for Granada, time to back towards the coast to Nerja


Photos taken | written by JENNIFER MAHON


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info@travelkeepsmesane.com (TRAVEL KEEPS ME SANE) alhambra andalucia day trip foodies granada road trip spain spain road trip traveling with a teen http://www.travelkeepsmesane.com/blog/2016/12/spain-granada Mon, 12 Dec 2016 02:08:01 GMT
MOROCCO: A Day In Tantalizing Tangier http://www.travelkeepsmesane.com/blog/2016/11/spain-daytrip-to-tangier Tangier, Morocco - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTangier, Morocco

 


So .... we've got a week to traipse around Spain's Costa del Sol and figure why not hop on the ferry to Tangier? Easily doable from our base in Torremolinos - we could've done it solo (drive to Tarifa, take the ferry from there and wander around Tangier), but previous visits to Morocco reminded me that it's probably not the best idea for to arrive there with no plan and wander aimlessly around. Don't get me wrong, it's not like it's dangerous or anything but tourists are spotted and targeted immediately to to buy .... anything.

If you've been to Morocco, then you know what I'm talking about. If you haven't, don't let it put you off, but be prepared to be harassed to buy, buy, buy every minute of your time here. Why go if I knew this already? I wanted the child to experience being in Morocco, so we were willing to accept the bad with the good. 

 


THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY


I broke one of my golden travel rules and booked a tour. Cost  maybe around 50€ and includes the bus to/from Tarifa, ferry to/from Tangier and guide/bus  waiting on the other side for you. The bus drives around the city with the guide doing his schpeel, you stop to ride a camel, then walk through the Medina, have lunch in a typical restaurant with live music and a belly-dancing show, see a carpet demo and visit a Berber pharmacy.

Sounds cute, right? Except the camel was really a dromedary.... in the middle of the city.... in a parking lot... a 2-min ride for 2€ (of course, the child just had to do this). The mandatory stops at the carpet place and the Berber pharmacy resulted in several very pushy salesmen who didn't seem to understand the word "no" in any language we tried. Plus the entire time walking through the Medina, we were followed... by what seems like the same group of extremely pushy sales peeps. It starts to feel quite claustrophobic.

I mean, I know these dudes are just trying to make a living and everything, but what they fail to realize is that if they gave people space to breathe more peeps would most likely buy their stuff.  Instead of enjoying being in Tangier, the constant, aggressive harassment to buy stuff, just makes you want to run back to the ferry to leave and never come back. Aside from that, Tangier is a beautiful, tantalizing city the narrow alleyways, cobblestone streets, the brightly colored woven fabrics everywhere, the smell of fresh bread and spices.... I just wish we could be left in peace to truly enjoy it. 

Still... glad I went,  glad the child got to tick off another country — hell, another continent — off her list, and of course, the photo ops are awesome (which is the main reason I wanted to go!). Enjoy!

The middle child, just waking up from her nap on the ferry to Tangier - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyOn the ferry from Tarifa to TangierThe middle child, just waking up from her nap on the ferry to Tangier The middle child, just waking up from her nap on the ferry to Tangier


Oh look, maybe I can hitch a ride back to Spain on this - Tangier, Morocco - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyYacht in the Tangier port - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyOh look, maybe I can hitch a ride back to Spain on this Oh look, maybe I can hitch a ride back to Spain on this 


Off the boat and making our way to wherever they're taking us - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyOff the boat and making our way to wherever they're taking us - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyOff the boat and making our way to wherever they're taking us Off the boat and making our way to wherever they're taking us


The middle child getting a lift from a Dromadery in Tangier, Morocco - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyCamel ride in MoroccoThe middle child getting a lift from a Dromadery The middle child getting a lift from a Dromadery 


She doesn't look so sure about this anymore! Tangier, Morocco - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyShe doesn't look so sure about this anymore! She doesn't look so sure about this anymore!


Up close and personal with these dudes Tangier, Morocco Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyUp close and personal with these dudes Up close and personal with these dudes


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyView of the city from some hill...somewhere in Tangier View of the city from some hill...somewhere in Tangier


Traffic on the way to the market Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTraffic on the way to the market Traffic on the way to the Medina (Market)


Vegetable and fruits available all over the square as you approach the Medina - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyVegetable and fruits available all over the square as you approach the Medina Vegetable and fruits available all over the square as you approach the Medina


Prepping veggies in the market Tangier, Morocco Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyPrepping veggies in the market Prepping veggies in the market


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyFigs....I think! Figs....I think!


Fresh red peppers Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyFresh red peppers Fresh red peppers


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyLadies negotiating the cost of veggies Ladies negotiating the cost of veggies


Lots of price negotiations going on Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyLots of price negotiations going on Lots of price negotiations going on


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTime to see what else they have in the Medina Time to see what else they have in the Medina


Lots of handmade pottery Tangier, Morocco Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyLots of handmade pottery Lots of handmade pottery 


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyAnd candle holders And candle holders


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyHandmade baskets Handmade baskets


Beautiful glass lamps - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyBeautiful glass lamps Beautiful glass lamps


Tempted to take one home with me - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTempted to take one home with me Tempted to take one home with me


So much beautiful handmade stuff here - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographySo much beautiful handmade stuff here So much beautiful handmade stuff here


Hand-painted plates and bawls - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyHand-painted plates and bawls Hand-painted plates and bowls


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyMaking our way through the maze of the Medina Making our way through the maze of the Medina


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyEven more handmade goodies Even more handmade goodies


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon Photography Tangier, MoroccoTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographySteps at the market in Tangier, Morocco Steps at the market in Tangier, Morocco


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyA pink mosque tower in Tangier A  pink mosque tower in Tangier


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyThe child, checking out the view The child, checking out the view


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTangier Morocco Mosque in the Grand Socco Market Square Tangier Morocco Mosque in the Grand Socco Market Square


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyOur super helpful guide, Sa'id Our super helpful guide, Sa'id


Ancient Banyan tree in the court of justice - they say if you make a wish while touching it, it comes true Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyAncient Banyan tree in the court of justice - they say if you make a wish while touching it, it comes true Ancient Banyan tree in the court of justice - they say if you make a wish while touching it, it comes true


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyShe's thinking about what to wish for... She's thinking about what to wish for...


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyMedina - Tangier, Morocco Medina - Tangier, Morocco


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyBusy day in Tangier Busy day in Tangier


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyThe smell of something yummy grilling The smell of something yummy grilling


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyPeppers anyone? Peppers anyone?


How about a slab of beef?- Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyHow about a slab of beef? How about a slab of beef?


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyLove walking through markets, only wish I could buy some stuff to bring home Love walking through markets, only wish I could buy some stuff to bring home


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyI guess these will have to do - a snack for the ferry ride back to Spain I guess these will have to do - a snack for the ferry ride back to Spain


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyMmmmmmnnnnnn....olives! Mmmmmmnnnnnn....olives!


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyNaked birds..... I guess we've made it to the butcher section Naked birds..... I guess we've made it to the butcher section


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyYup - definitely the butcher section of the market Yup - definitely the butcher section of the market


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyI don't know what these are, but I want... like, 2 stacks of these suckers I don't know what these are, but I want... like, 2 stacks of these suckers


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTime to break for lunch at Restaurant Mamounia Palace Time to break for lunch at Restaurant Mamounia Palace


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyOur welcoming committee Our welcoming committee


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyGorgeous dining area just waiting for us Gorgeous dining area just waiting for us


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTime to get comfy Time to get comfy


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyWaiting patiently for food Waiting patiently for food


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyStarting off with tomato and chick pea soup with fresh bread Starting off with tomato and chick pea soup with fresh bread


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyChicken skewers Chicken skewers


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyCouscous and veggies Couscous and veggies


Belly dancing show  Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyBelly dancing show Belly dancing show 


Dessert cookie with mint tea - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyDessert cookie with mint tea Dessert - cookie with mint tea


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTime to head back out to wander around for a bit Time to head back out to wander around for a bit


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyPlace Aissawa Place Aissawa


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyGorgeous doors everywhere Gorgeous doors everywhere


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyWe're getting roped in to sitting through a carpet sales pitch.... at least the entrance looks promising! We're getting roped in to sitting through a carpet sales pitch.... at least the entrance looks promising!


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyThey're rolling out the carpet for us.... They're rolling out the carpet for us....


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTime to check out some carpets.....and some other interesting stuff Time to check out some carpets.....and some other interesting stuff


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyBeautiful lamps hanging everywhere


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyQuite the collection


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTangier, Morocco


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTangier, Morocco


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTangier, Morocco


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTangier, Morocco


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTangier, Morocco


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTangier, Morocco


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTangier, Morocco Handbag anyone?


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTime to make our way through alleys to get back to the port Time to make our way through alleys to get back to the port


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyCan't walk anywhere without being harassed to buy something Can't walk anywhere without being harassed to buy something


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographySo that's where carpets are hung out to dry in the city So that's where carpets are hung out to dry in the city


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTravel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyCiao Tangiers! Ciao Tangier!


Photos taken | written by JENNIFER MAHON


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VENICE: "Oh...There's Water Everywhere!" (Murano & Burano) http://www.travelkeepsmesane.com/blog/2016/11/venice-murano-burano Venice, Italy


WAKING UP IN VENICE


Part 3 of our 24 hours in Venice starts at 6:55 AM (not quite as early as last year's 3:30 AM start to the day!).  I kind of wanted to get up at 4 am but with a 13-year-old in tow, don't think that would have made for a pleasant morning. We're out the door at 7 am and walk to the nearest vaporetto stop to grab the 4.1 to Murano.

6:55 AM –  View from our room-Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy6:55 AM – View from our room 6:55 AM –  View from our room​


7:00 AM – Outside of our hotel, on Salizada San Pantalon - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy7:00 AM – Outside of our hotel, on Salizada San Pantalon 7:00 AM – Outside of our hotel, on Salizada San Pantalon


7:00 AM – Rio del Malaonton - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy7:00 AM – Rio del Malcanton 7:00 AM – Rio del Malcanton


7:01 AM – Rio del Malconton - it was here that there was an awesome 'boat-in' concert last night - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy7:01 AM – Rio del Malconton - it was here that there was an awesome 'boat-in' concert last night 7:01 AM – Rio del Malcanton - it was here that there was an awesome 'boat-in' concert last night


7:04 AM – Rio del Magazen Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy7:04 AM – Rio del Magazen 7:04 AM – Rio del Magazen


7:05 pm – Chiesa di San Nicola da Tolentino Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy7:05 pm – Chiesa di San Nicola da Tolentino 7:05 AM– Chiesa di San Nicola da Tolentino


7:08 PM – Making our way to the Grand Canal  Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy7:08 PM – Making our way to the Grand Canal 7:08 AM – Making our way to the Grand Canal 


7:13 AM – Beautiful morning view from Ponte delgi Scalzi Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy7:13 AM – Beautiful morning view from Ponte delgi Scalzi 7:13 AM – Beautiful morning view from Ponte delgi Scalzi


7:27 AM – Morning sun shining on Chiesa di San Geremia (viewed from a vaporetto on our way to Murano) - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy7:27 AM – Morning sun shining on Chiesa di San Geremia (viewed from a vaporetto on our way to Murano) 7:27 AM – Morning sun shining on Chiesa di San Geremia (viewed from a vaporetto on our way to Murano)


MURANO


A 20-minute ride on a vaporetto brings us to Murano (Colonna vaporetto stop). It's early. There's no one up and about. Which is perfect. We're not in Murano for long, just enough to stroll along the Rio dei Vetrai via the canals two streets - Fondamenta dei Vetrai and Fondamenta Manin. Murano's claim to fame is its famous Murano glass-making artisans and factory, which is why you'll find every single store selling the stuff, plus Murano glass displays everywhere you look. Our quick walk down the canal and across the island to Murano Faro (lighthouse) takes about 20 minutes and we're just in time for the next vaporetto to take us to Burano

 

 

8:01 AM – 20 minutes later, we're walking along Fondamenta dei Vetrai in Murano Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy8:01 AM – 20 minutes later, we're walking along Fondamenta dei Vetrai in Murano 8:01 AM – 20 minutes later, we're walking along Fondamenta dei Vetrai in Murano


8:02 AM – Fondamenta dei Vetrai Murano, ItalyVenice, Italy8:02 AM – Fondamenta dei Vetrai 8:02 AM – Fondamenta dei Vetrai


8:05 AM – Murano Campanile (Clock Tower) Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy8:05 AM – Murano Campanile (Clock Tower) 8:05 AM – Murano Campanile (Clock Tower)


8:05 AM – Of course there'd be Murano glass flowers all over the place in Murano Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy8:05 AM – Of course there'd be Murano glass flowers all over the place in Murano 8:05 AM – Of course there'd be Murano glass flowers all over the place in Murano


8:05 AM – Beautiful Murano before more tourists make the vaporetto ride over Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy8:05 AM – Beautiful Murano before more tourists make the vaporetto ride over 8:05 AM – Beautiful Murano before more tourists make the vaporetto ride over


8:05 AM – The Cometa di Vetro (glass comet) in Campo Santo StefanoVenice, Italy8:05 AM – The Cometa di Vetro (glass comet) in Campo Santo Stefano 8:05 AM – The Cometa di Vetro (glass comet) in Campo Santo Stefano


8:08 AM – The child in front of the Cometa di Vetro Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy8:08 AM – The child in front of the Cometa di Vetro 8:08 AM – The child in front of the Cometa di Vetro


8:11 AM – Campiello P. Bigaglia, Murano - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy8:11 AM – Campiello P. Bigaglia, Murano 8:11 AM – Campiello P. Bigaglia, Murano


8:16 AM – Faro di Murano (lighthouse) Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy8:16 AM – Faro di Murano (lighthouse) 8:16 AM – Faro di Murano (lighthouse)


BURANO


From Murano to Burano, the vaporetto ride takes about 30 minutes. I'm telling the child if she thought Venice was "so tumblr", just wait til you set eyes on colourful Burano. Sure enough, it was her selfie heaven. We're not in Burano all that long either (about half an hour in total), but as you can see, it's enough time to walk and get lost on this tiny island. A true feast for the eyes, I can't get over how perfectly pretty everything is here. (See last year's Burano post here for a bit more info).

 

8:50 AM – The child, all alone on Calle dei Saladi Burano, ItalyVenice, Italy8:50 AM – The child, all alone on Calle dei Saladi 8:50 AM – The child, all alone on Calle dei Saladi


8:51 AM – Window and shutters on Calle dei Saladi - Burano, Veneto, ItalyVenice, Italy8:51 AM – Calle dei Saladi 8:51 AM – Calle dei Saladi


8:52 AM – Fondamenta San Mauro, BURANO, Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy8:52 AM – Fondamenta San Mauro 8:52 AM – Fondamenta San Mauro


8:55 AM – Calle Capece - Burano ItalyVenice, Italy8:55 AM – Calle Capece 8:55 AM – Calle Capece


8:56 AM – Colourful houses on Fondamenta di Cao Moleca, Burano, Venezia ItalyVenice, Italy8:56 AM – Colourful houses on Fondamenta di Cao Moleca 8:56 AM – Colourful houses on Fondamenta di Cao Moleca


Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy8:56 AM – More....colourful houses on Fondamenta di Cao Moleca 8:56 AM – More....colourful houses on Fondamenta di Cao Moleca


8:57 AM – Kitty cat, checking out the boatsVenice, Italy8:57 AM – Kitty cat, checking out the boats 8:57 AM – Kitty cat, checking out the boats


8:58 AM – Strada di Corte Comare - Burano, Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy8:58 AM – Strada di Corte Comare 8:58 AM – Strada di Corte Comare


8:58 AM – Shades of pink on Strada di Corte Comare - Burano, Venezia, ItalyVenice, Italy8:58 AM – Shades of pink on Strada di Corte Comare 8:58 AM – Shades of pink on Strada di Corte Comare 


9:00 AM – Looking down Fondamenta di Cavanella - Burano, Venezia, ItalyVenice, Italy9:00 AM – Looking down Fondamenta di Cavanella 9:00 AM – Looking down Fondamenta di Cavanella


9:01 AM – The child, taking her own pics of beautiful Burano - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy9:01 AM – The child, taking her own pics of beautiful Burano 9:01 AM – The child, taking her own pics of beautiful Burano


9:02 AM – Moi, on the "Love Viewing Bridge" in Burano Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy9:02 AM – Moi, on the "Love Viewing Bridge" in Burano 9:02 AM – Moi, on the "Love Viewing Bridge" in Burano


9:03 AM – The colours on this island....wow! - Burano, Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy9:03 AM – The colours on this island....wow! 9:03 AM – The colours on this island....wow!


9:04 AM – Can't get enough of this place, Burano, Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy9:04 AM – Can't get enough of this place 9:04 AM – Can't get enough of this place


9:06 AM – We're drawn to all the pink houses for some reason - Burano, Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy9:06 AM – We're drawn to all the pink houses for some reason 9:06 AM – We're drawn to all the pink houses for some reason


9:08 AM – Fondamenta di Cao MolecaVenice, Italy9:08 AM – Fondamenta di Cao Moleca 9:08 AM – Fondamenta di Cao Moleca


9:08 AM – Fondamenta della GuideccaVenice, Italy9:08 AM – Fondamenta della Guidecca 9:10 AM – Fondamenta della Guidecca


9:10 AM – Fondamenta della Pescheria Burano - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy9:10 AM – Fondamenta della Pescheria 9:10 AM – Fondamenta della Pescheria


9:10 AM – Calle PistoriaVenice, Italy9:10 AM – Calle Pistoria 9:10 AM – Just us and one, lone pigeon on Calle Pistoria


9:10 AM – Laundry day, Calle Pistoria Venice, Italy9:10 AM – Laundry day, Calle Pistoria 9:10 AM – Laundry day, Calle Pistoria


Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy9:12 AM – The child matches the house perfectly... though whoever lives in this pink house seems to have something to prove with the camo clothes 9:12 AM – The child matches the house perfectly... though whoever lives in this pink house seems to have something to prove with the camo clothes


9:18 AM – The child and a dog, Piazza Baldassarre Galuppi, BuranoVenice, Italy9:18 AM – The child and a dog, Piazza Baldassarre Galuppi, Burano 9:18 AM – The child and a dog, Piazza Baldassarre Galuppi, Burano


9:19 AM - Chiesa di San Martino with it's leaning bell towerVenice, Italy9:19 AM - Chiesa di San Martino with it's leaning bell tower 9:19 AM – Chiesa di San Martino with it's leaning bell tower


10:23 AM - Back in VeneziaVenice, Italy10:23 AM - Back in Venezia 10:23 AM  Back in Venezia


10:23 AM - What happens when the water rises?Venice, Italy10:23 AM - What happens when the water rises? 10:23 AM  What happens when the water rises?


Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy10:25 AM – Getting hot in the city now 10:25 AM – Getting hot in the city now


10:27 AM – Time for more Venice selfiesVenice, Italy10:27 AM – Time for more Venice selfies 10:27 AM – Time for more Venice selfies


10:28 AM – Using the child to take my pics10:28 AM – Using the child to take my pics 10:28 AM – Using the child to take my pics


10:30 AM – Somewhere in Venice (Cannareggio area)Venice, Italy10:30 AM – Somewhere in Venice (Cannareggio area) 10:30 AM – Somewhere in Venice (Cannareggio area)


10:32 AM – Somewhere in Venice (Cannareggio area)Venice, Italy10:32 AM – Somewhere in Venice (Cannareggio area) 10:32 AM – Somewhere in Venice (Cannareggio area)


10:30 AM – Waiting for a vaporetto at Ca' D'Oro - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy10:30 AM – Waiting for a vaporetto at Ca' D'Oro 10:37 AM – Waiting for a vaporetto at Ca' D'Oro


10:38 AM – Waiting for a vaporetto at Ca' D'Oro - wish I had time for a glass of vino Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy10:38 AM – Waiting for a vaporetto at Ca' D'Oro - wish I had time for a glass of vino 10:38 AM – Waiting for a vaporetto at Ca' D'Oro - wish I had time for a glass of vino


11:11 AM – Last glimpse of the Grand Canal before heading back to the airport - see you next year Venezia!Venice, Italy11:11 AM – Last glimpse of the Grand Canal before heading back to the airport - see you next year Venezia! 11:11 AM – Last glimpse of the Grand Canal before heading back to the airport - see you next year Venezia!


Photos taken | written by JENNIFER MAHON


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VENICE: Oh...There's Water Everywhere! (Part 2) http://www.travelkeepsmesane.com/blog/2016/10/venice2 View from Ponte dell'Accademia - Venice, ItalyView from Ponte dell'Accademia - Venice, ItalyView from Ponte dell'Accademia - Venice, Italy


WANDERING AROUND VENICE


Part 2 of our 24 hours in Venice continues with leaving the Libreria Acqua Alta and making our way to Piazza San Marco.

It's mid-afternoon and the area is at it's peak – with tourists filling up every single inch of the square. We fight our way through the crowds so I can show the child the famous piazza, the campanile (bell tower), Doge's Palace and the Bridge of Sighs (like, seriously had to fight to get the child a spot to view the bridge)

Then it's off to see the famous wooden bridge that spans the width of the Grand Canal, Ponte dell'Accademia....fighting through more crowds, but stopping for a gelato or two along the way to make dealing with the crowds easier.

Hunger strikes, so we eat our dinner at "old people" time (4:30 PM), while enjoying the view of the Venetian Lagoon with all the boats zipping by and cruise ships leaving port (no wonder the city was jam-packed, there was like 4 huge cruise ships there that day). We wander through streets until we end up at Ponte dell'Accademia to try to wait for sunset, but tired-ness is starting to set in, so we hop on vaporetto and head back to the hotel for a quick nap.

Night time sets in, and me and the child venture out to see a bit of this magical city at night before finally hitting the sack.

 

3:30 PM – Basilica San Marco - Venice, Italy Basilica San Marco - Venice, Italy3:30 PM – Basilica San Marco 3:30 PM – Basilica San Marco​


3:31 PM – Absolutely stunning Basilica San Marco - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy3:31 PM – Absolutely stunning Basilica San Marco 3:31 PM – Absolutely stunning Basilica San Marco


3:31 PM – Campanile di San Marco  - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy3:31 PM – Campanile di San Marco 3:31 PM – Campanile di San Marco 


3:36 PM – Bridge of Sighs - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy3:36 PM – Bridge of Sighs 3:36 PM – Bridge of Sighs


3:45 PM - The Bridge of Sighs from the other side - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy3:45 PM - The Bridge of Sighs from the other side 3:45 PM – The Bridge of Sighs from the other side


3:49 PM - Getting some shade and checking out the shops at Piazza San Marco - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy3:49 PM - Getting some shade and checking out the shops at Piazza San Marco 3:49 PM – Getting some shade and checking out the shops at Piazza San Marco


3:52 PM - Love the entrance for this hotel - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy3:52 PM - Love the entrance for this hotel 3:52 PM – Love the entrance for this hotel


3:52 PM - Always packed Piazza San Marco - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy3:52 PM - Always packed Piazza San Marco 3:52 PM – Always packed Piazza San Marco


3:52 PM - Walking over little bridges and getting views like this - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy3:52 PM - Walking over little bridges and getting views like this 3:52 PM – Walking over little bridges and getting views like this


4:14 PM - View from Ponte dell'Accademia Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy4:14 PM - View from Ponte dell'Accademia 4:14 PM – View from Ponte dell'Accademia


4:16 PM - Still on Ponte dell'Accademia, looking the other way Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy4:16 PM - Still on Ponte dell'Accademia, looking the other way 4:16 PM – Still on Ponte dell'Accademia, looking the other way


4:22 PM – Hard to tear ourselves from this view.... - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy4:22 PM – Hard to tear ourselves from this view.... 4:22 PM – Hard to tear ourselves from this view....


4:24 PM - Walking down Campo Della Carità Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy4:24 PM - Walking down Campo Della Carità 4:24 PM – Walking down Campo Della Carità


4:25 PM – Old building on Campo Della Carità - Venice, ItalyCampo Della Carità - Venice, Italy4:25 PM – Old building on Campo Della Carità 4:25 PM – Old building on Campo Della Carità


4:26 PM – The child, taking her selfies everywhere - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy4:26 PM – The child, taking her selfies everywhere 4:26 PM – The child, taking her selfies everywhere


4:27 PM – Chiesa di San Trovaso along Rio San Trovaso - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy4:27 PM – Chiesa di San Trovaso along Rio San Trovaso 4:27 PM – Chiesa di San Trovaso along Rio San Trovaso


4:28 PM - Squero di San Trovaso - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy4:28 PM - Squero di San Trovaso 4:28 PM Squero di San Trovaso


4:33 PM – Time for a quick bite to eat with a view the Venetian Lagoon and Guidecca - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy4:33 PM – Time for a quick bite to eat with a view the Venetian Lagoon and Guidecca 4:33 PM – Time for a quick bite to eat with a view the Venetian Lagoon and Guidecca


4:47 PM – And a glass of wine....two...for me - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy4:47 PM – And a glass of wine....two...for me 4:47 PM – And a glass of wine....two...for me


4:51 PM – From here, we also get a nice view of all the cruise ships leaving the port - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy4:51 PM – From here, we also get a nice view of all the cruise ships leaving the port 4:51 PM – From here, we also get a nice view of all the cruise ships leaving the port


5:02 PM - Pizza and calzone, perfect! - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy5:02 PM – Pizza and calzone, perfect! 5:02 PM – Pizza and calzone, perfect!


5:56 PM - Golden hour starting to set inVenice, Italy5:56 PM – Golden hour starting to set in 5:56 PM – Golden hour starting to set in


5: 58 PM – Walkng along Fondamenta Nani and spotting another cruise ship leaving the port - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy5: 58 PM – Walkng along Fondamenta Nani and spotting another cruise ship leaving the port 5:58 PM – Walkng along Fondamenta Nani and spotting another cruise ship leaving the port


6:00 PM – Peeps on Fondamenta Nani having a wine and cicchetti
 - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy6:00 PM – Peeps on Fondamenta Nani having a wine and cicchetti 6:00 PM – Peeps on Fondamenta Nani having a wine and cicchetti


6:01 PM – Mini soccer players  - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy6:01 PM – Mini soccer players 6:01 PM – Mini soccer players 


6:05 PM – Back at the Grand Canal to see everything bathed in golden light - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy6:05 PM – Back at the Grand Canal to see everything bathed in golden light 6:05 PM – Back at the Grand Canal to see everything bathed in golden light


6:06 PM – View of the Ponte dell'Accademia from the Dorsoduro side of the Grand Canal- Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy6:06 PM – View of the Ponte dell'Accademia from the Dorsoduro side of the Grand Canal 6:06 PM – View of the Ponte dell'Accademia from the Dorsoduro side of the Grand Canal


6:06 PM – The view from Ponte dell'Accademia - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy6:06 PM – The view from Ponte dell'Accademia 6:07 PM – The view from Ponte dell'Accademia


6:13 PM – Still admiring the view, and trying to stick it out until sunset at 7:00 PM - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy6:13 PM – Still admiring the view, and trying to stick it out until sunset at 7:00 PM 6:13 PM – Still admiring the view, and trying to stick it out until sunset at 7:00 PM​


6:14 PM – Last shot of the Grand Canal, time for the child to go on a vaporetto ride - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy6:14 PM – Last shot of the Grand Canal, time for the child to go on a vaporetto ride 6:14 PM – Last shot of the Grand Canal, time for the child to go on a vaporetto ride


6:29 PM – Checking out the sites along the Grand Canal on our way back to the hotel Venice, Italy6:29 PM – Checking out the sites along the Grand Canal on our way back to the hotel 6:29 PM – Checking out the sites along the Grand Canal on our way back to the hotel 


6:29 PM – Beautiful scenery along the way - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy6:29 PM – Beautiful scenery along the way 6:29 PM – Beautiful scenery along the way


6:29 PM – Old buildings and stuff - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy6:29 PM – Old buildings and stuff 6:29 PM – Old buildings and stuff


6:33 PM – Gondola sighting - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy6:33 PM – Gondola sighting 6:33 PM – Gondola sighting


6:37 PM – On a packed vaporetto going towards the Rialto Bridge - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy6:37 PM – On a packed vaporetto going towards the Rialto Bridge 6:37 PM – On a packed vaporetto going towards the Rialto Bridge


6:39 PM – Love this gondolier on his phone while 'driving'Venice, Italy6:39 PM – Love this gondolier on his phone while 'driving' 6:39 PM – This gondolier.... on his phone while 'driving'


6:39 PM – Gondola parkingVenice, Italy6:39 PM – Gondola parking 6:39 PM – Gondola parking


6:45 PM – Beautiful everywhereVenice, Italy6:45 PM – Beautiful everywhere 6:45 PM – Beautiful everywhere


8:27 PM – Rio del Magazen by our hotel - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy8:27 PM – Rio del Magazen by our hotel 8:27 PM – Rio del Magazen by our hotel


8:30 PM – Fondamenta Gaffaro - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy8:30 PM – Fondamenta Gaffaro 8:30 PM – Fondamenta Gaffaro


8:32 PM – Fondamenta Minotto - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy8:32 PM – Fondamenta Minotto 8:32 PM – Fondamenta Minotto


8:32 PM – Rio dei TolentiniVenice, Italy8:32 PM – Rio dei Tolentini 8:32 PM – Rio dei Tolentini


8:35 PM – Chiesa di San Nicola da Tolentino - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy8:35 PM – Chiesa di San Nicola da Tolentino 8:35 PM – Chiesa di San Nicola da Tolentino


8:36 PM – Rio de la Cazziola e de Ca' Rizzi - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy8:36 PM – Rio de la Cazziola e de Ca' Rizzi 8:36 PM – Rio de la Cazziola e de Ca' Rizzi


8:40 PM – Grand Canal from Fondamenta de la Croce - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy8:40 PM – Grand Canal from Fondamenta de la Croce 8:40 PM – Grand Canal from Fondamenta de la Croce


8:40 PM – Grand Canal from Ponte degli Scalzi - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy8:40 PM – Grand Canal from Ponte degli Scalzi 8:40 PM – Grand Canal from Ponte degli Scalzi


8:47 PM – Looking the other way on the Grand Canal from Ponte degli Scalzi - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy8:47 PM – Looking the other way on the Grand Canal from Ponte degli Scalzi 8:47 PM – Looking the other way on the Grand Canal from Ponte degli Scalzi


8:48 PM – Rio Terà Lista di Spagna - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy8:48 PM – Rio Terà Lista di Spagna 8:48 PM – Rio Terà Lista di Spagna


8:48 PM – Enjoying the view - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy8:48 PM – Enjoying the view 8:48 PM – Enjoying the view


9:23 PM – Walking back to the hotel along Fondamenta S. Simeone Piccolo - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy9:23 PM – Walking back to the hotel along Fondamenta S. Simeone Piccolo 9:23 PM – Walking back to the hotel along Fondamenta S. Simeone Piccolo


9:34 PM – The child has named this the "lip" bridge because with the reflection it looks like lips (its real name is Fondamenta Malcanton) - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy9:34 PM – The child has named this the "lip" bridge because with the reflection it looks like lips (its real name is Fondamenta Malcanton) 9:34 PM – The child has named this the "lip" bridge because with the reflection it looks like lips (its real name is Fondamenta Malcanton)


9:38 PM – We hear singing coming from around the bend of this canal (Rio de Malcanton) - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy9:38 PM – We hear singing coming from around the bend of this canal (Rio de Malcanton) 9:38 PM – Around the bend of this canal (Rio de Malcanton), there was like a "boat-in" concert


Photos taken | written by JENNIFER MAHON


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info@travelkeepsmesane.com (TRAVEL KEEPS ME SANE) 24 hours in venice canals foodies italy piazza san marco sunset travel photography traveling with a teen venezia venice venice at night venice grand canal http://www.travelkeepsmesane.com/blog/2016/10/venice2 Sat, 15 Oct 2016 13:01:27 GMT
VENICE: Oh...There's Water Everywhere! (Part 1) http://www.travelkeepsmesane.com/blog/2016/10/venice Venice, ItalyVenice, ItalyVenice, Italy


24-HOURS IN VENICE


So again, thanks to the perks of being an employee in the travel industry, I decided last Thursday to hop on flight the next evening from Montreal to Venice....this time taking the youngest child (13 years old now....so I guess not that young anymore!) with me. Same as last year (see here and here for last year's 24-hour Venice getaway), we arrived at noon on Saturday and had to be back at the airport at noon on Sunday. 

As with all the other times I take one of the children on these trips....what they say while we're there is what inspires the blog post title. As we start walking from Piazzale Roma (the last point where vehicles are allowed), the child says, "Oh....there's water everywhere! This is gonna make my feed sooooo tumblr." 

I won't get into everything again on logistics, just a three-part series with time stamps and captions so you can see that it is very possible to do Venice in just 24 hours! So here's the first in the series, that features photos from our walk through Venice's labyrinth of calles and canals to the Rialto Bridge and the Libreria Acqua Alta  enjoy!

 

2:11 PM - "Oh....so there's water...like...everywhere.." - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy2:11 PM - "Oh....so there's water...like...everywhere.." 2:11 PM "Oh....so there's water...like...everywhere..."


2:11 PM — Admiring a canal right behind our hotelVenice, Italy2:11 PM — Admiring a canal right behind our hotel 2:11 PM Admiring a canal right behind our hotel


2:11 PM – "My feed is gonna be sooo tumblr!"Venice, Italy2:11 PM – "My feed is gonna be sooo tumblr!" 2:11 PM – "My feed is gonna be sooo tumblr!"


2:14 PM – The child is right....I mean look at this!Venice, Italy2:14 PM – The child is right....I mean look at this! 2:14 PM – The child is right....I mean look at this!


2:15 PM – Walking around Venice, you can't help but stop and snap every time you cross a bridge - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy2:15 PM – Walking around Venice, you can't help but stop and snap every time you cross a bridge 2:15 PM – Walking around Venice, you can't help but stop and snap every time you cross a bridge


2:17 PM – Can't get enough of all these little waterways - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy2:17 PM – Can't get enough of all these little waterways 2:17 PM – Can't get enough of all these little waterways


2:17 PM – It's all the same....but different at the same time - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy2:17 PM – It's all the same....but different at the same time 2:17 PM – It's all the same....but different at the same time


2:18 PM – Tearing ourselves away from the canals to see beautiful buildings like these - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy2:18 PM – Tearing ourselves away from the canals to see beautiful buildings like these - Scuola Grande di San Rocco Art Museum 2:18 PM – Tearing ourselves away from the canals to see beautiful buildings like these - Scuola Grande di San Rocco Art Museum​


2:18 PM – And this...Basilica dei Frari - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy2:18 PM – And this...Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari 2:18 PM – And this...Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari


2:20 PM – Campo dei Frari - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy2:20 PM – Campo dei Frari 2:20 PM – Campo dei Frari


2:21 PM – The Basiclica's campanile, the second tallest in the city after San Marco, was completed in 1396 - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy2:21 PM – The Basiclica's campanile, the second tallest in the city after San Marco, was completed in 1396 2:21 PM – The Basiclica's campanile, the 2nd tallest in the city after San Marco, was completed in 1396


2:24 PM – Weaving our way through Venice's Calle's Venice, Italy2:24 PM – Weaving our way through Venice's Calle's 2:24 PM – Weaving our way through Venice's ancient calles


2:27 PM – It's taking twice as long to get to where we wanna go because I can't stop snapping away - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy2:27 PM – It's taking twice as long to get to where we wanna go because I can't stop snapping away 2:27 PM – It's taking twice as long to get to where we wanna go because I can't stop snapping away


2:40 PM – The child's first glimpse of the Grand Canal -Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy2:40 PM – The child's first glimpse of the Grand Canal 2:40 PM – The child's first glimpse of the Grand Canal 


2:40 PM – Plenty of traffic on the Grand Canal - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy2:40 PM – Plenty of traffic on the Grand Canal 2:40 PM – Plenty of traffic on the Grand Canal


2:40 PM – Fought our way to the middle of the Rialto Bridge to check out the view - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy2:40 PM – Fought our way to the middle of the Rialto Bridge to check out the view 2:40 PM – Fought our way to the middle of the Rialto Bridge to check out the view


2:40 PM – Someone is happy to be in Venice!Venice, Italy2:40 PM – Someone is happy to be in Venice! 2:40 PM – Someone is happy to be in Venice!


2:40 PM – Selfie time at the Rialto Bridge (you can get a glimpse of all people here in the reflection of my glasses!) - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy2:40 PM – Selfie time at the Rialto Bridge (you can get a glimpse of all people here in the reflection of my glasses!) 2:40 PM – Selfie time at the Rialto Bridge (you can get a glimpse of all people here in the reflection of my glasses!)


Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy2:44 PM – Made our way to the other side of the Rialto Bridge 2:44 PM – Made our way to the other side of the Rialto Bridge


Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy2:48 PM – Some canal....somewhere in Venice 2:48 PM – Some canal....somewhere in Venice


Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy2:52 PM – A wedding in Venice 2:52 PM – A wedding in Venice


Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy2:52 PM – Gondola traffic 2:52 PM – Gondola traffic


LIBRERIA ACQUA ALTA


The one place I didn't get to see on last year's trip to Venice, I made sure that this was one of the first on our list. Surprisingly, it was the hubs who saw this book store on a documentary last year and told me I should go check it out — you know, since he doesn't seem to wanna get on a plane lately. 

I mean, it's not what you come to Venice to see, but it is such a kooky place – books spill out of everywhere, including from the massive gondola and old row boats inside the store, as well as from old bathtubs. Why store books in boats and bathtubs? Because every year (usually in October, I believe), Venice experiences acqua alta, literally meaning high water, so it only makes sense to store the books in boats cuz they'll just float, right?

At first glance – ok even at a closer glance – this book shop looks chaotic, but there is a method to the madness. Crime novels can be found stacked up in the gondola, travel guides can be found on the shelf next to it. And if you don't know where to look, just ask the eccentric owner who can usually be found chain-smoking somewhere in the store. Don't forget to check out the book staircase at the back, and the fire exit that leads straight out into a canal. For me, it's a must in Venice!

 

3:09 PM –Out Libreria Acqua AltaVenice, Italy3:09 PM –Out Libreria Acqua Alta 3:09 PM – Outside Libreria Acqua Alta


3:10 PM – Italy and Venice travel guides in so many different languagesVenice, Italy3:10 PM – Italy and Venice travel guides in so many different languages 3:10 PM – Italy and Venice travel guides in so many different languages


3:10 PM – Gondolas don't look that big gliding down canals until you see them on land.... and full of books! - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy3:10 PM – Gondolas don't look that big gliding down canals until you see them on land.... and full of books! 3:10 PM – Gondolas don't look that big gliding down canals until you see them on land.... and full of books!


3:11 PM – The child, trying to make her way through the store - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy3:11 PM – The child, trying to make her way through the store 3:11 PM – The child, trying to make her way through the store


3:12 PM – The "book stair case" at the back - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy3:12 PM – The "book stair case" at the back 3:12 PM – The book staircase at the back


Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy3:12 PM – Better look at the book steps 3:12 PM – Better look at the book "steps"


3:13 PM – Books in bathtubs....I love it! - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy3:13 PM – Books in bathtubs....I love it! 3:13 PM – Books in bathtubs....I love it!


3:14 PM – Chaotic looking, but believe it or not, the owner knows where everything is! - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy3:14 PM – Chaotic looking, but believe it or not, the owner knows where everything is! 3:14 PM – Chaotic looking, but believe it or not, the owner knows where everything is!


3:18 PM – Chillin' by the fire exit - Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy3:18 PM – Chillin' by the fire exit 3:18 PM – Chillin' by the fire exit


Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy3:18 PM – More books.... 3:18 PM – More books....


Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy3:19 PM – And more..... 3:19 PM – And more.....


Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy3:19 PM – And even more.....in more bathtubs 3:19 PM – And more.....in more bathtubs


Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy3:19 PM – And even more.....spilling out of a row boat 3:19 PM – And even more.....spilling out of a row boat


Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy3:19 PM – Messy, but beautiful! 3:19 PM – Messy, but beautiful!


That's it for today - seems I took more photos than I thought, so stay tuned for more on this last-minute 24-hour trip to Venezia.....


Photos taken | written by JENNIFER MAHON


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ANTWERP: Central Station & Café au Lait http://www.travelkeepsmesane.com/blog/2016/9/antwerp Antwerp - Central Train Station - Jennifer Mahon, Travel Keeps Me SaneAntwerp - Central Train Station - Jennifer Mahon, Travel Keeps Me Sane


AN AFTERNOON IN ANTWERP


Another city that really wasn't anywhere near the top of my wish list, but hey, I found myself in Belgium for the weekend with a Belgian Rail Pass (10 single journey trips within Belgium for 77 EUR!) and figured, why not?! I expected nothing of this city, but Antwerp somehow managed to snag me in the moment I set foot off the train. 


YOU'VE GOTTA SEE....


ANTWERPEN-CENTRAAL
Most will arrive here via the Central Station (from Brussels, it takes about 35 minutes) - and I have to say, I've never seen a train station as impressive as this one. Even if you're not travelling by train, it's worth it to seek it out and admire from the inside out. The original building was built between 1895 and 1905, and it's no wonder that it also goes by the name Spoorwegkathedraal (Railroad Cathedral) and on Fodor's World's 20 Most Beautiful Train Stations

 

Arriving at Antwerpen-Centraal - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyArriving at Antwerpen-Centraal - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon Photography Arriving at Antwerpen-Centraal ​


Stepping off the train, and greeted with this - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyStepping off the train, and greeted with this - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon Photography Stepping off the train, and greeted with this


Trying to find the exit, but amazed at this 'cathedral' look - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTrying to find the exit, but amazed at this 'cathedral' look - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon Photography Trying to find the exit, but amazed at this 'cathedral' look


Central Station's domed ceiling - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyCentral Station's domed ceiling - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon Photography Central Station's domed ceiling


Outside of Antwerpen-Centraal - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyOutside of Antwerpen-Centraal Outside of Antwerpen-Centraal​ 


Beautiful stone facade of the train station - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyBeautiful stone facade of the train station - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon Photography Beautiful stone facade of the train station


Walking away but I can't take my eyes of this building - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyWalking away but I can't take my eyes of this building - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon Photography Walking away but I can't take my eyes of this building 



YOU'VE GOTTA SEE....


DE MEIR
I had no idea that Antwerp was not only the Diamond mecca of Europe, but quite the shopping area too. De Meir is Antwerp's shopping zone, the place where you can find pretty much anything. Though most stores are big chain shops, they're all situated in beautiful old buildings and you'll find a few monuments here as well like the Royal Palace, the Osterrieth House and the De Kleine Koning building.

 

GROENPLAATS
One of the largest squares in Old Town Antwerp is the "Green Place" (it used to be a cemetery, hence the name), then a parking lot (what a shame!) but now is a cute square with wonderful views of the Cathedral of Our Lady and surrounded with restaurants and cafés. A great spot for people watching!

 

GROTE MARKT & STADHUIS
The eye-catcher of the Grote Markt (town square) is the Stadhuis (town hall). It's comprised of several majestic buildings and the main one is usually covered with colourful flags - a beautiful sight! In front of the building is the Brabo Fountain - legend has it that this Roman soldier cut off the hand of a giant and threw it away.....and where it landed, Antwerp was built. Any truth to this legend? I think not, but it makes for a good story!

 

HET STEEN
On the banks of the Scheldt River is the Het Steen (literally meaning "The Stone"), a former waterfront castle now converted to be Antwerp's Maritime Museum. Impressive looking from the outside, probably worth a look on the inside (others say so), but we didn't go in - remember we were only in Antwerp for a few hours!

 

Crossing the street to head over to Meir, Belgium's largest shopping avenueCrossing the street to head over to Meir, Belgium's largest shopping avenue Crossing the street to head over to De Meir, Belgium's largest shopping avenue


Impressive buildings everywhere you look - Antwerp, Belgium, Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyImpressive buildings everywhere you look - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon Photography Impressive buildings everywhere you look


One of the entrances to Shopping Stadsfeestzaal - Antwerp, Belgium - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyOne of the entrances to Shopping Stadsfeestzaal - Antwerp, Belgium - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon Photography

One of the entrances to Shopping Stadsfeestzaal 


My travel buds are shopping for shoes, and I'm taking pics of lights....! Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyMy travel buds are shopping for shoes, and I'm taking pics of lights....! Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon Photography My travel buds are shopping for shoes, and I'm taking pics of lights....! 


The facade is so detailed on every single store on this street - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyThe facade is so detailed on every single store on this street - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon Photography The facade is so detailed on every single store on this street


Handelsbeurs, an old stock market now closed and the city is wondering what to do with it - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyHandelsbeurs, an old stock market now closed and the city is wondering what to do with it - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon Photography Handelsbeurs, an old stock market now closed and the city is wondering what to do with it


On Schoenmarkt, making our way to the cathedral -  Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyOn Schoenmarkt, making our way to the cathedral - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon Photography On Schoenmarkt, making our way to the cathedral


Groenplaats, a cute square that gives you your first glimpse of the cathedral - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyGroenplaats, a cute square that gives you your first glimpse of the cathedral - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon Photography Groenplaats, a cute square that gives you your first glimpse of the cathedral


Checking out things at Groenplaats - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyChecking out things at Groenplaats Checking out things at Groenplaats​


Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal (Cathedral of Our Lady) - Antwerp, Belgium - Jennifer Mahon Photography, Travel Keeps Me SaneOnze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal (Cathedral of Our Lady) Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal (Cathedral of Our Lady) viewed from Antwerp's Grote Markt (Great Market Square)


Antwerp Stadhuis (City Hall) - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyAntwerp Stadhuis (City Hall) Antwerp Stadhuis (Town Hall)


Fountain in front of the Stadhuis - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyFountain in front of the Stadhuis Fountain in front of the Stadhuis


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon Photography Another view of the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal (Cathedral of Our Lady) 


Het Steen (Steen Castle) - Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyHet Steen (Steen Castle) Het Steen (Steen Castle)


Statue of Lange Wapper - a Flemish folkloric giant - Jennifer Mahon Photography, Travel Keeps Me SaneStatue of Lange Wapper - a Flemish folkloric giant Statue of Lange Wapper - a Flemish folkloric giant - in front of the Steen Castle


Walking along the Scheldt River on Jordaenskaai by the fish marketWalking along the Scheldt River on Jordaenskaai by the fish market Walking along the Scheldt River on Jordaenskaai by the fish market


Another cute square - Sint-PaulusplaatsAnother cute square - Sint-Paulusplaats Another cute square - Sint-Paulusplaats


Doors at Sint-PaulusparochieDoors at Sint-Paulusparochie Doors at Sint-Paulusparochie


Walking down Lange Doornikstraat because we hear musicWalking down Lange Doornikstraat because we hear music Walking down Lange Doornikstraat because we hear music


YOU'VE GOTTA SEE....


CAFÉ AU LAIT STREETPARTY
We kind of stumbled upon this, and so glad that we did. Café au Lait holds this streetparty once a year (every July) and we just happened to be there that day. At first it was mostly house music, so we thought "oh cool" and continued to make our way through the drinking and dancing crowd. But then, the DJ starts playing reggae - like dancehall shit that you only hear in Jamaica and for some reason it's blasting through speakers in this little alley in Antwerp. How could we not stop and join in the party?

 

And we come across thisAnd we come across this And we come across this


Still not quite sure what kind of event we've stumbled upon Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyStill not quite sure what kind of event we've stumbled upon Still not quite sure what kind of event we've stumbled upon


But there's quite a few people gathered in the streetBut there's quite a few people gathered in the street But there's quite a few people gathered in the street


Everyone is drinking, eating or dancingEveryone is drinking, eating or dancing Everyone is drinking, eating or dancing


Guess I'll join in!Guess I'll join in! Guess I'll join in!


Drinking and dancing in the street at 2 o'clock in the afternoonDrinking and dancing in the street at 2 o'clock in the afternoon Drinking and dancing in the street at 2 o'clock in the afternoon


Time to try some local streetfood Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyTime to try some local streetfood Time to try some local streetfood


Cheers-ing with strangersCheers-ing with strangers Cheers-ing with strangers


Love the vibe here!  Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyLove the vibe here! Love the vibe here!


Time to head back to the train stationTime to head back to the train station Time to start heading back to the train station


But maybe we need to grab something sweet first Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyBut maybe we need to grab something sweet first But maybe we need to grab something sweet first


Like a freshly made Belgian waffle Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyLike a freshly made Belgian waffle Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon Photography Like a freshly made Belgian waffle


A waffle 'sandwich' Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyA waffle 'sandwich' ..... A waffle 'sandwich' .....


Filled with Nutella!Filled with Nutella! Filled with Nutella!


And another, topped with goodnessAnd another, topped with goodness And another, topped with goodness


Back on the train to Brussels.... Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon PhotographyBack on the train to Brussels....Glad to have put the Belgian Rail Pass to good use! Back on the train to Brussels....Glad to have put the Belgian Rail Pass to good use!


Photos taken | written by JENNIFER MAHON


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#DEBMTL: Diner en Blanc 2016 http://www.travelkeepsmesane.com/blog/2016/9/-debmtl-2016


DÎNER EN BLANC MONTREAL 2016


"Come to Dîner en blanc this year," they said. 

"It will be fun," they said.

Don't get me wrong it was fun, just getting there and leaving there was not so much fun. For those that don't know what it is (like I didn't when I signed up for it) it's an all-white (clothing, accessories) chic invite-only outdoor picnic...with like 4000+ other people. It's always in a public place, which no one knows where until your group leader leads you there.


THE INVITE
You can't just buy a ticket for this exclusive event. You can register to be on the waiting list and cross your fingers that you get your invite code. Or if you have friends that are already on the list, they can sponsor you, and you get moved to the top of the list. Lucky, I know people. Each person registered is able to bring a guest.


THE PLANNING
Registration done, tables grouped together, it's time for planning. Naive that I was, I thought you pay your fee and just show up bedazzled in white. Not so. Seems you bring everything you need for you and your guest, which turns out to be a pretty extensive list:

  • 1 square table (30x30) + white tablecloth
  • 2 white chairs + white chair covers if your chairs aren't white
  • 2 white large plates
  • 2 white small plates
  • 2 white bowls (if soup is on your menu)
  • White serving plates
  • Utensils
  • 2 white cloth napkins
  • 2 wine glasses
  • 2 drinking glasses
  • Alcohol (wine and champagne allowed only)
  • Rolling cart/trolley to bring all this shit in
  • Table decor
  • White tote bags or picnic basket
  • Oh yeah and all your food!


No paper napkins, plastic plates and utensils or fried chicken for this event. It's stressed throughout the process that it's elegant and chic. Bring a Dollarama plate and your ass will be permanently blacklisted from this event.

It doesn't seem too bad when you break it down into 2s, but planning for 6 people brought on a whole other set of headaches. Thankfully the ladies in our group our quite the organizers and I'm quite proud of my colour coded chart showing who brings what.


THE MEET UP
You're given a meeting point (metro station for "pedestrian/public transport" folks and another location for bus options) and a time with your group and table leaders name. There are many, many meeting points throughout the city and all converge to one public location. 

Before that though, there's a whole heap of stuff happening that day to prep. Wine and champagne needs to be chilled. Food needs to be cooked. Tables and chairs need to be picked up from the rental place. Clothes need to be cleaned and steamed. Collectively our group of 6 spent something like 8 hours prepping all this.

We drive to the meeting point, unload the vehicle, pack up everything on the trolleys, secure it with those bungee cords, register with our group leader, take a shot of bourbon to get the happiness started and off we go. Now....it seems there's no escalator at this particular metro station so it's stairs for all. Everybody's trolleys are not secured all that great, plus we're all trying to look super chic and cute and trying not get our whites dirty, so everything is falling. At this point, Jayjay couldn't help but point out, "Jenn, all of this part was not on your list!!"

No it wasn't. Something that everyone in our pedestrian group didn't account for. BUT everyone helped each other and we all managed to get on and off the train and walk our asses the 3 blocks to the event - which turned out to be smack dab in the middle of downtown Montreal on McGill College Avenue.

 

Selfie time at the meet up locationSelfie time at the meet up location Selfie time at the meet up location​


Date pairing #1 for #DEBMTLDate pairing #1 for #DEBMTL Date pairing #1 for #DEBMTL​


Date pairing #2 for #DEBMTLDate pairing #2 for #DEBMTL Date pairing #2 for #DEBMTL​


Date pairing #3 for #DEBMTLDate pairing #3 for #DEBMTL Date pairing #3 for #DEBMTL​


Some silliness as we wait for the more instructions on where to goSome silliness as we wait for the more instructions on where to go Some silliness as we wait for the more instructions on where to go


Group pics.....can never happen with this bunch!Group pics.....can never happen with this bunch! Group pics.....can never happen with this bunch!​


Everyone meeting up and ready goEveryone meeting up and ready go Everyone meeting up and ready go​


But first, another selfieBut first, another selfie But first, another selfie​


And a shot of happiness, you know, one for the roadAnd a shot of happiness, you know, one for the road And a shot of happiness for some (some didn't it find any happiness as you can see!), you know, one for the road​


Atwater metro station, filled to the gills with Dîner en blanc peepsAtwater metro station, filled to the gills with Dîner en blanc peeps Atwater metro station, filled to the gills with Dîner en blanc peeps​


Waiting, not so patiently for our turn to set upWaiting, not so patiently for our turn to set up Waiting, not so patiently for our turn to set up​


THE SET UP
You wait for your table number to be called (emailed to you a few days prior to the event), and set up where you're told to. In a frenzy along with 4000+ other people, we unload everything, set up our tables, and amazingly all of this manages to get done in less than 20 min. Time to look around and check it all out. And I have to say it is pretty damn cool.

All of McGill College Avenue and a bit onto President Kennedy Avenue is full of people dressed in white, dinner tables set up row after of row decked out in creative elegant white décor. What a sight to see!


THE DINNER
The traditional "waving  of white napkins" signals the official start of the event and you can now begin your meal. On the menu for our crew is

  • Bread, cheese and grapes
  • Prosciutto wrapped bocconcini
  • Tartinade de thon
  • Baked salmon smothered in a tangy Bourbon BBQ sauce
  • Potato salad (mayo-less)
  • 2 bottles of Pinot Grigio, 2 bottles of Gewurztraminer and 1 bottle Moët et Chandon Ice Imperiale
  • Strawberry cheesecake for dessert/birthday cake for Jayjay (that took a tumble or two in its box during transport, but still tasted heavenly!)

THE DANCING
The designated dance floor is the intersection of McGill and President Kennedy (we're lucky enough to be right at the intersection). Kicking off the dancing is a samba crew strutting there stuff and, get this - Star Wars Stormtroopers with "#DEBMTL" stamped on their armour.

 

Our food stuffs...Our food stuffs... Our food stuffs...​


Hmmm....cranberry goat cheeseHmmm....cranberry goat cheese Hmmm....cranberry goat cheese​
 


Tartinade de thonTartinade de thon Tartinade de thon​


Grapes and stuffGrapes and stuff Grapes and stuff​


Prosciutto wrapped bocconciniProsciutto wrapped bocconcini Prosciutto wrapped bocconcini​


Boutique en Blanc display - they've got everything white you could possible need for this annual eventBoutique en Blanc display - they've got everything white you could possible need for this annual event Boutique en Blanc display - they've got everything white you could possible need for this annual event​


McGill College Avenue.....tables filling the street as far as the eye can see!McGill College Avenue.....tables filling the street as far as the eye can see! McGill College Avenue.....tables filling the street as far as the eye can see!​


The ladies....The ladies.... The ladies....​


The boys....The boys.... The boys....​


Waving of white napkins....means we can finally eatWaving of white napkins....means we can finally eat Waving of white napkins....means we can finally eat​


Baked salmon....smothered in Bourbon BBQ sauceBaked salmon....smothered in Bourbon BBQ sauce Baked salmon....smothered in Bourbon BBQ sauce​


Let the dancing begin!Let the dancing begin! Let the dancing begin!​ Even Stormtroopers are out for #DEBMTL!


Dance floor is packed!Dance floor is packed! Dance floor is packed!​


Our smashed cheesecakeOur smashed cheesecake Our smashed cheesecake​


It's 10 pm, on a Thursday night, and downtown Montreal is jammin'It's 10 pm, on a Thursday night, and downtown Montreal is jammin' It's 10 pm, on a Thursday night, and downtown Montreal is jammin'​


THE CLEAN UP
The minutes are creeping closer to 11 pm when DEB must come to an end. Tables must be cleared, garbage and recycling sorted (you bring your own bags and don't leave anything at the location). You leave with what you came with. Everything strapped onto the trolleys and off we go for another interesting metro transport with everything falling....again. 


THE NEXT ONE!
Being a DEB virgin made it slightly challenging this year, but now I know what to expect. It will all be better organized next year, I won't stress as much about logistics, and I will make sure to put it in my chart to bring extra bungee cords. Even though it seems like a pain leading up to it, once you're there - you can't really compare it to anything else. So bring it on, I am ready for you #DEBMTL2017!


Photos taken | written by JENNIFER MAHON

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MONTREAL: Jerk Chicken « en cachette » http://www.travelkeepsmesane.com/blog/2016/8/montreal-jerk-chicken-en-cachette


THE REAL JERK


Sitting around the pool at my brothers, discussing Mr. Bond's absolutely divine homemade hamburger concoction - which was a mix of 2/3 bacon (yes, bacon!), 1/3 ground veal and beef, and a super generous dose of jerk seasoning - this question comes up:

"Where do you find good jerk chicken in Montreal? I mean, REAL jerk chicken. Like the kind where they grill it in an old oil drum outside, and the smell alone is enough to make your mouth (and eyes) water".

Someone answers:
"Have you ever heard of B--- --? They do random days of jerk chicken in the alley".

No. I've never heard of B--- --. But I'm intrigued by this "in the alley" thing. It's not advertised - it's really "en cachette" - so I gave up and totally forgot about it.

Fast forward 6 weeks > I end up walking by B--- --. I go in and ask when they do the "jerk inna di alley" (say it with a Jamaican accent and it makes sense!). Fast forward again to the day of the week that I grab the middle child and a couple of friends and head over to B--- --. I'm not about to let this gem get overrun with hipsters, so I'm keeping the name under wraps.

Was told to bring my own beer and it starts at 5pm and goes on until "di chicken run out". We show up around 5:30 and we're a bit confused, because there was definitely nothing going on "inna di alley". Going around the front, we see someone inside and ask what's up, and he's like, "We settin' up now. Ya know mon, Caribbean time".

Ah yes. I should have known better, being half-Grenadian myself.

Soon a table and benches are set up in the narrow alley, reggae music starts pumping out of speakers that have appeared out of nowhere, and then there it is - that big-ass oil drum, with smoke wafting out and that distinct mouthwatering "jerk" smell - I can hardly contain myself. This is how jerk chicken should be done.

At $15 a pop - for about 1/4 jerk chicken, coleslaw, and "hardo" bread - it's a bit steep of a price but for the authenticity, the yummy-ness, the atmosphere and all, I'm sold.

I'll definitely be back for more, and if you ask nicely... in a Jamaican accent.... maybe I'll let you in on where "jerk inna di alley" is!

 

Jerk chicken en cachette in MontrealJerk chicken en cachette in Montreal Remeniscent of roadside stands in Jamaica, where these enormous old oil-drums are retrofitted into smokers


Hard at workHard at work Hard at work


All that jerk smoky-ness!All that jerk smoky-ness! All that jerk smoky-ness!


Hmmmm. Jerk. Heaven.Hmmmm. Jerk. Heaven. Hmmmm. Jerk. Heaven.


Oh my god. Come to mama!Oh my god. Come to mama! Oh my god. Come to mama!


Jerk chicken, coleslaw and hard-dough breadJerk chicken, coleslaw and hard-dough bread Jerk chicken, coleslaw and hard-dough bread


Ready to dig in!Ready to dig in! Ready to dig in!


It's a bit spicy for the middle childIt's a bit spicy for the middle child It's a bit spicy for the middle child


Spiciness is just right for me!Spiciness is just right for me! Spiciness is just right for me!


Photos taken | written by JENNIFER MAHON


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