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Granada, Spain

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Fun Fact: Granada means “pomegranate” or “grenade” and while I didn’t see either while I was in Granada, it was still quite the adventure. Granada is a hippie central and for that reason I loved it. It reminded me so much of my beach town at home in San Diego. There are many people called “perro-flautas” which are hippie/wanderers that have a dog (perro) and play a flute (flauta). Our teacher flirted with a few of them and bribed them with beer to tour us around the alternative side of Granada.
Darling white washed houses and traditional Spanish roofing tiles abound. The graffiti is colorful and inspiring. The vibe of the city is a positive one and it’s just so sunny! The Alhambra is breathtaking and you’ll wish you could move right into this expansive castle. Plan to spend a lot of time there as the gardens alone can take all day to explore. Granada is easily one of my favorite Spanish cities, you have to visit! 

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Parc Güell

Gaudí really went wild on this one! Parc Güell is Gaudí’s masterpiece and it now costs 8€ to enter but is completely worth it. The project was commissioned to Gaudí by Señor Güell to be a gated community for Barcelona’s wealthiest members. The park, as you will see has very few houses as the project ran out of money. It was then opened to be a public park.

The highlights of Parc Güell are two little rainbow cottages and a patio lined by curvy benches. The views over Barcelona are outstanding. Don’t miss this park!

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Casa Batlló

With a dragon shaped roof and every inch covered in rainbow tiles, this building is quite the sight! Casa Batlló is incredibly unique and you won’t ever find another building like it. It has so much character and there’s not a straight line anywhere on it. Only Gaudí could make buildings look so utterly human. Notice the columns that look like human femurs and the skull shaped balconies. It’s located on the beautiful Passeig de Gràcia.

We once walked buy during a light show and it really brought the building to life. Watch this video!

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Sagrada Família

The gorgeous Sagrada Família cannot be overlooked, no excuses.

Sagrada Família is without a doubt Barcelona’s most spectacular landmark. Construction began in 1882 and though Gaudí has died the work continues. It is planned to be finished in 2026. We will see about this tentative date as we move on Spanish time in this city. If you can only pay to see one thing in this city, this is it.

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Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Switzerland is a series of darling country towns each placed near a lake. Neuchâtel, Switzerland was especially beautiful and the photos prove it. The town has old castle ruins that were great to walk around and explore. The residential neighborhood where our friend grew up was picture perfect and a quiant place to live. Also Switzerland’s chocolate supply is enough to make me live there. Fly Swiss Air whan you can, they walk around with little chocolates throughout the flight!

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