Trust that you had a blast over the Christmas and New year festivities with your loved ones – family and friends.
Just to start off this year with a happy travel post to fuel your wanderlust or coax out warm feelings of past adventures. This is my second trip to Spain; my first time in Spain was back in 2008 where I covered Barcelona, Madrid, Granada and Seville. This time, I made time to revisit my favourite Spanish city, Barcelona, alongside the basque country and the wine-producing, Rioja region.
I find that Spain is a very lovely country and almost at every corner you will stumble upon unique architecture. I’m not just referring to the prominent Gaudi sights (which far surpasses anyone’s imagination) that you find, but it seems like the whole nation is wired for visually stunning buildings – like the Guggenheim in Bilbao and the many bodegas in the Rioja. I was in awe even as a layman.
As much as Spanish architecture impress me, it was definitely not the only thing that made my heart sing; the coastal drive (and getting lost) in the basque country, the three- Michelin starred dining experience at Arzak, the expedition to seek out the best paella (and later, best sangria) in town, and the craziness in the bars over pintxos (small snacks in the Basque region) – all made the trip memorable.
My favourite part of the trip would have to be a toss up between the beautiful heart of the basque country – San Sebastián and the winding hills and valleys of the Rioja wine region. I love the laidback culture and the exciting pintxos-hopping culture in San Sebastián – it is truly a food lover’s dream. On the other hand, Rioja… there’s little need for words – waking up to beautiful views of the autumn colours with fresh air in the bodega is amazing and then, there is eating and drinking for an entire day without a worry or hurry.
I shall leave you with a few more photos and will continue to share about my Spanish adventure in detail in the next few posts…