Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Castle Walk

Once again Xativa has treated me well. Perfect weather, the best people, and delightful food. Lately I've been doing a lot of eating, drinking (loads of tinto de Verano and cafe), and napping. I'm on vacation so this is acceptable, right?! It's funny back home I never take naps. But here in Spain it's a must. If I miss a siesta I don't seem to function quite right. Oh the Spanish life! So very different then my own. I must say I have also been doing quite a lot of walking and hiking. Today I made the trek up to the city's castle. It's a really beauty. It blows me a way to see such an old fortress still standing. It really was built to last. As always I snapped photos.
I just realized I didn't get any good photos of the castle itself. I was mostly shooting from the top down. Hopefully I can snap some tomorrow before I leave for Barcelona! I hope to be back with BCN photos Thursday!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Friday, October 9, 2015

Hiking in Xativa

Snapped a few photos this morning on our hike. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015


After a busy few weeks it was nice to have a relaxing day in Spain. I arrived in Xativa yesterday afternoon after a long morning of travel. I took a taxi to the train station, a train to the airport, a flight to Valencia, the metro to EstaciĆ³ del Nord, a train to Xativa, and then I walked to my dear friends home! They welcomed me with delicious meal and a siesta. Just what I needed. In the morning we sat and ate together and then I wandered around the city for a bit. Came home ate again and then another siesta. Nice and simple. Life is good. God is good!
. I'm off to bed now. Sending lots of love to those dear to me. xo

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Hampstead Heath

Another swell day in the UK. I spent the morning at the Heath. I used to love going to visit it when I did a semester of study abroad here. It's such a peaceful and lovely place to sit in or walk around. I'll post more about my day later but for now I must go to bed. I was suppose to take it easy today but I most definitely did not. Now my body is paying for it. I figure i'll rest when I leave London. As for now I must take advantage of every second I am here.

Friday, October 2, 2015


It's been non stop exploring since I left for Europe a week ago. I must say I am absolutely exhausted. Gosh I want to see it all but I know there is not nearly enough time. Oh well. I'll just have to get over that. Tomorrow I'm going to attempt to take it easy. Will see how that goes though. London is so special to me that thought of missing a favorite spot makes me quite sad. It's been 5 years since I've last been in the city and I don't know when I'll be here again. I sure hope I don't go another 5 year stretch with out coming back…

As for today I spent the morning at my favorite museum, The V & A. After I went to Sketch for Afternoon Tea. This quirky tea room was quite the experience. The food was delightful and the art was enjoyable. Oh and the restrooms were pretty interesting too. See photo with egg shaped pods. Yes those are bathroom stalls. Then I headed to another favorite spot, Loop. It's the most charming yarn shop. I was so excited when I came across it 5 years ago when I did my semester abroad. It's got such a cozy feel! After that it was time to visit Tate Modern. I browsed for a few hours and then went on the hunt for food. Didn't get many photos at the museum because my phone was going to die.
The photos below I snapped well walking to the museum. It was after five on a friday evening so of course all the pubs were packed. England, you are a real treat.
I'm not sure if I have mentioned it here yet but the weather has been phenomenal for the entirety of my trip. Sunny and cool highs around 65 degrees. I mean it's been dreamy. I sure wasn't expecting it.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Bits of London + Brighton

I should be sleeping but I wanted to post these photos first. A bit of London and some Brighton. My heart is so happy. Gosh, I love these places. Enjoy.
Flowers everywhere!
The cutest tea house. I already want to go back...
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