Barcelona, Madrid and
Hanging Out in Barcelona
We really came unprepared. Barcelona was sort of a last minute idea and we had no plans or thoughts about what we would see. We knew that Barcelona was famous for art and architecture, the awe-inspiring Sagrada Família and others designed by Antoni Gaudí. This is a beautiful city with a calm and siesta sort of vibe. We arrived Saturday afternoon in a quiet part of the city in the Sant Gervasi Galvany area. The next day, Sunday as everything was closed allowed us time to just slow down and explore the city.
While in Barcelona we attempted to find "the best Paella" but a comedy of errors brought us to a sweet and seedy cafe for frozen pizza and microwaved Paella - still Paella in Barcelona nonetheless.
Meeting up with Nana & Papa
An early morning departure for the 8 hour bus journey to Madrid. Usual travel adventures of taking the right train to the wrong place in sourcing out our new home. The next day we met up with Nana and Papa for some well needed family time . We explored Madrid as a group, hanging out in the market streets with amazing buskers and quaint shops. This included a must do visit to San Gines for Chocolate and Chirros and a tapas and beer night at a local spot broadcasting the iconic Madrid football team in action.
Spain With The Baker Clan
We headed as a group to La Azohía where we met up with Aunty Wendy and “Grizzly John”, Uncle Kevin, Auntie Ali and Cousin Thomas. Cousins Paige and Luke with Amy were there for a few days and we were reunited with our Croatia counter part – Uncle Colin. We spent days in La Azohía catching up on a bit of school interspersed with family diners, beach bar evenings, epic wave jumping, local hikes and morning desert walks with Sassie
Morning Walks With Sassy
School days began with a morning walk in the desert with Sassy and Caroline to the Monks house and pomegranate tree. Caroline was amazing and volunteered as Grace’s tutor – a welcome helping hand in the homeschooling “adventure”
We made multiple trips to the Tower, one included convincing Amy and Luke that exercise was indeed a positive, with a champagne toast at the top to celebrate this.
Amazing family diners at home and at local restaurants. We finally discovered the elusive “Best Paella in Spain” which as it turns out is Auntie Wendy’s Paella – with Jack as sous chef.
We spent some great days relaxing at the beach and the kids enjoyed some fantastic wave jumping.
Piñatas and Halloween Parties
Thomas acted as foreman in the creation of piñata pumpkins as we prepared to host a Halloween celebration, which as with all piñata parties provided some great laughs
A Night Of Live Jazz and Dance
Auntie Wendy organized tickets for all to attend a local charity evening of live Jazz – Grace and her dad tore up the dance floor and we discovered that Papa Doug has some pretty amazing moves.
We spent a day quading just outside Murcia – the scenery was breath taking, the roads harrowing – such a great day.
The Guns - Bateria de Castillitos
These impressive guns were built to prevent enemy ships entering the bay and attack the important port at Cartagena -The guns could fire a one-ton projectile over 35 miles. They were actually only ever fired once once in action (April 1937) during the Spanish Civil War by the Republican Forces against Franco’s Nationalist fleet.