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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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Cordoba, Spain

Cordoba is full of history and bursting with the traditional Southern Spanish culture. The Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba is the main highlight, and for good reason. The combination of Muslim and Christian architecture is gorgeous and tells an amazing history. Cordoba has an unexplainable charm and is a romantic city to explore.  The small idling streets with whitewashed homes are beautiful to explore.  When you visit Spain be sure to take at least a day trip to explore Cordoba.

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Ciutadella Parc

Parc de la Ciutadella is a place for all of Barcelona to come, enjoy the sunlight and be themselves. You’ll see people painting in the park, relaxing with their loved ones and forming drum circles. At the top of the park you’ll see an Arc de Triomf, constructed for the 1888 World Fair.

It’s a great place to people watch on Sunday afternoons. Since nothing is open in the city, people tend to crowd toward the park. Be sure to visit when you’re in Barcelona to get a real feel for the city’s people.

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Chicago, IL

My most recent trip to Chicago was prompted by my Uncle’s wedding, which was absolutely spectacular! Visiting Chicago with the entire family was great fun and I have a few recommendations. Take the Chicago river boat architectural tour. You’ll learn so much Chicagoe history and it really helped to reinforce some concepts I learned in architecture school. The tours are fun and family freindly, everyone is sure to have a great time! I may have learned more on that boat tour than I did in architecture school! 

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Millennium Park is very cool to walk through. It’s full of odd modern art that you can look at and try to figure out what it could possibly mean. The giant bean, called “Cloud Gate” is the most popular landmark in the Millennium Park. Be sure to stand under here and take a funny picture. Also grab a beef sandwich at Al’s! 

 

 

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San Diego, CA

San Diego is America’s finest city mainly because that’s where I was born and raised! The list of gorgeous spots in San Diego are endless. I discover new amazing spots each time I’m there! The Mexican food can change your life and the farmers markets can’t be missed. Ocean beach is the best beach and a stroll down the pier is essential for each visit. Order a burger to go from Hodad’s on Newport and eat it in the sand, this will ensure a perfect Californian experience.

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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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