Monday, February 16, 2009

barcelona, SPAIN

ben & i have been traveling around spain since friday. i brought my laptop so i could document our trip and keep a journal. i'm doing all this offline..if i get a chance, and have an internet connection, i'll post it. picture overload..but i don't want to leave anything out. i want to write about/show all the main parts of our trip. so here's a big hello to our family back home. mom & christy, you're gems! thanks so much for taking such good care of our boys. we miss you so much kaden & gavin! it's SO hard to leave you guys. but we know you're in good hands and are having fun like we are :). we'll write more soon! love you!!!!!
i had an asparagus & cheese sandwich at a restaurant we ate at. it was actually really good!... the famous gelato ice cream you can find all over europe! soooo good!... happy valentines day!we had a GREAT valentines day. i couldn't have asked for more! here we are on saturday morning waiting for the subway....we took a double decker tour bus around the city to see a lot of different sites... we were able to go to the famous, 'sagrada familia' cathedral. one of gaudi's famous works which STILL isn't finished...goes to show how much goes into these buildings and how intricate they are...us in front of it. pictures just don't show how HUGE it was!...me in front of one of the huge (and HEAVY) front doors... one of the beautiful windows inside the familia sagrada... the back side of the cathedral...it was SO detailed!... we went to a crepe/pastry shop. really yummy!... we had to try the famous 'hot chocolate' they have in spain. it was like drinking warm chocolate pudding :). it was really rich, but pretty good!... the city of barcelona was such a cool city. it was so clean, and so historic! all the buildings were just so amazing... another cool building...looking down a side street...a part of downtown barcelona...a cute little pastry shop we passed...we went to a museum on top of a large hill that overlooked the city of barcelona. here i am standing on top of the front stairs at the museum :). hehe...it was a great view. kissy, kissy..hey, it was valentines day! :)... the side of the museum... i love this picture. we'll always remember our valentines day in spain!...we drove by the olympic stadium where the 1992 olympics were held. it's a lot larger than it looks, i didn't get a very good pic. we could look in through the doors and see the inside of the stadium, it was awesome...ben bought me a valentines rose in a little shop down one of these small streets in barcelona. how sweet/romantic is that? you can't really see the streets behind me because it was dark, but they were so neat. little narrow roads with little shops everywhere. we loved walking up and down them...the famous gothic cathedral. we walked a lot this day...we wanted to see as much as we could though. we made it to the gothic cathedral just as it was getting dark so i didn't get a good picture of the outside. some of the inside pictures turned out though...here we are in front of one of the side chapels (all gold plated)...the organ!...a part of one of the walls. all of this was hand carved, amazing...here's the christopher columbus monument!...a little closer look...the entire monument was surrounded by 6 or so huge lions :)... me sitting in our hotel lobby on sunday morning, the day we left spain...after a few days in barcelona it was time to start our cruise :). we were really excited to get on and set off into the meditterenean. here i am on our ship as we we're sailing away from spain...

8 comments:

Heidi B C said...

Seriously we should start playing where in the world is Kara Allen. I hope you are having a magnificent time! I'm sure you are!

Amberly said...

You guys are always going somewhere fun! How do you do it? Is it partly for work or do you just do it for fun. I'm so jealous.

Sam & Sam Pontious said...

Seriously I agree with Heidi... Your always traveling!! I'm so jealous! Looks like an awesome trip. Have fun!

Laurie said...

WOW!! How amazing is all of that?!! How do you look so beautiful in EVERY picture....must be the hair! Just kidding!! LOVE YA GIRL!! Have fun!!

Gordon Family said...

We are glad to see the rest of the family is blogging too! It looks like a great trip.

Rob and Mary

Cori said...

Oh my gosh, you guys have all the fun. Mark and I are both SO jealous of you! Looks like you guys are having tons of fun!

Kalli said...

Looks like so much fun glad you could go on another trip you lucky dog I took a trip to the grocery store on valentines day how about that lol..no serious if the truth be told I am so jealous but happy for you guys and you look so cute in all the pictures seriously. oh and I forgot but where did you serve your mission? Was it in Spain?

Bradshaw Family said...

Thanks for the update! It looks like so much fun! Making memories...