Cinque Terre Preview

June 7, 2010

On our way to Cinque Terre we ran to the leaning tower of Pisa… took a couple pics.. then ran back just in time to catch the next train to Cinque Terre. While in Cinque Terre we hiked along the coast to all 5 towns which is a 9 km stretch and takes about 4 hours. It was tough! the last part especially. Lots of stairs/hills/slopes/ledges… definitely a good work out!

Venice Preview

June 7, 2010

We were in Venice for two days and it is a BEAUTIFUL city! All the streets wind about and you’re never really sure where you are… you just follow the random signs to the different landmarks. It was one of our favourites for sure!

Barcelona Preview

June 7, 2010

hey guys! here are a couple quick pictures of some cities. The internet in Italy is AWFUL! but ah well! Here are a couple pictures of the Sagrada Familia Church in Barcelona. This church has been under construction for over 100 years because the church is so complex and huge that they don’t have enough money to finish it any faster! it is expected to be under construction for at least another 30 years!

We’ll add more pics with Barcelona when we have a chance!

Hey all, we are just finishing up with Barcelona and are updating some pictures from before.  Its been a very relaxing time here in Barcelona.  The beach has been our home for the past couple days, and we are ready to get started with Italy!

An update on what we´ve done since the previous post….we took Friday as a day of adventuring and visited two different cities outside of Madrid.  First was Toledo, the former capital of Spain.  It was very cool to see the medieval streets, churches and atmosphere.  We at lunch on top of a church overlooking the city.  Next we headed up to Segovia where we saw some 1000 year old Roman aqueducts and got to hang out in a medieval castle!  We then ate some of the local dish cuchinillo (suckling pig) mmm, and headed back to Madrid.  Ok, we will update again soon, adios!

Spanish Bullfight

May 29, 2010

Hello from Barcelona!

Here are a few pics from the bullfight we saw the other night… it definitely wasn´t what we were expecting, they do not kill the bull quickly by any means. First they tire him out by having him run at other people beside the matador and also by attacking a horse (that is protected and has a rider with a sharp edged pole that stabs the bull as it runs into the horse), it weakens the neck muscles of the bull when it tries to lift the horse and of course the guy stabbing the bull weakens it further for the matador. We saw two bulls get killed by the matador, 2 were weakened before the matador and were taken away (one of those was lame and was killed on the spot) and then the other bull we saw was way too wild and he was able to live!

The stadium we were in fit 25000 people and it was nearly full by the time it started.. since it´s bull fighting season they have a fight nearly every night … poor bulls

ok… pictures are NOT uploading on this computer, we will find an internet cafe tomorrow… or maybe monday… We hope to be lying on a beach all day tomorrow =)

Madrid!

May 26, 2010

We arrived here at 9 am this morning after an overnight train! The train wasn´t as bad as i expected, the bed was reasonably comfortable! today we went on a 3 hour tour of madrid and then went to the Prado & Reine Sophia Galleries. I thought the Prado was even better than the Louvre, although pictures were not allowed… We saw Velazquez, Goya, Caravaggio, Poussins, Rubens in the Prado &  Picasso´s Guernica along with some of Dali´s work in the Reine (which we could take pics of). The city is definitely more relaxed than Paris was and waaaay less expensive!

Enjoy the pics!

krista & brian

Au revoir Paris!

May 25, 2010

We are all done in Paris and will be in

Madrid tomorrow morning!