Love Affair Travels ~ Madrid & Barcelona

It’s safe to say I’m completely smitten with Spain. From the food and wine, to the architecture and culture, this leg of the trip had me swooning.

Having already been to Madrid and done the touristy stuff, it was great to experience it as a local. My aunt lives in the heart of Madrid, so we could just walk out her front door and wander. We would go to the market, dine al fresco at the local tapas bars, do a little (or in my case, a lot of) shopping, and just explore. It’s how a vacation should be: eat, drink, relax.

Barcelona, on the other hand, was a bit more go-go-go. We were only there for a short time, and there’s a lot to see! The culture, history, and architecture is just incredible. As someone who lives in a concrete jungle of modern skyscrapers, I really enjoyed seeing the centuries old designs. One regret? We didn’t spend NEARLY enough time by the beach — so Barcelona, you can bet I’ll be back…

Love Affair Travels :: Madrid

Gorgeous facades of the homes in Madrid. And I thought the Upper East Side was adorable…

Love Affair Travels :: Madrid

Metropolis Building :: Just an example of the beautiful buildings in Madrid.

Love Affair Travels :: Madrid

Plaza Mayor :: Madrid’s famous central square. Dating back to the middle ages, the square was used as a marketplace, and for festivities, bull fights, royal coronations and executions.

Love Affair Travels :: Madrid

Royal Palace of Madrid ::  The official residence of the Spanish Royal Family, but is only used for state ceremonies.

Love Affair Travels :: Madrid

One of the gorgeous iron gate entrances to Retiro Park in Madrid.

Love Affair Travels :: Barcelona

Casa Batllo :: One of the many architectural wonders designed by Gaudi in Barcelona.

Love Affair Travels :: Barcelona

The facade of Sagrada Familia :: A breathtaking unfinished church, designed by Gaudi in Barcelona.

Love Affair Travels :: Barcelona

Inside Sagrada Familia

Love Affair Travels :: Barcelona

The Barcelona Cathedral

Love Affair Travels :: Barcelona

The entrance to the Barcelona Cathedral

Love Affair Travels :: Barcelona

Inside the astonishing cathedral

Love Affair Travels :: Barcelona

Barceloneta Beach

Love Affair Travels :: Barcelona

One of Barcelona’s  picture-perfect harbors

Love Affair Travels :: Barcelona

Spain, you are such a beautiful slice of this world. We can’t wait to see you again…

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Outfit One :: Dress (Zara)
Outfit Two :: Top (Zara), Shorts (H&M)
Outfit Three :: Dress (Zara)

2 Comments

  • Reply August 25, 2014

    KristiB

    Great blog:))) Looks like so much fun!!!

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    • Reply August 25, 2014

      Elena Michelle

      Thanks Kristi! It was such a great trip — I recommend making it to Spain at some point in your life!! Thanks for stopping by… XO

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