Magnificent Mallorca

Posted on October 13, 2014

Autumn had started on mainland Spain, so we decided to chase summer and hop on over to Mallorca. We stayed in the capital city, Palma, with its charming old town, gigantic castles and Arab architecture.

Each day, we drove out to a different part of the island to check out the diversity of beachs. Sóller and Port de Sóller are beautiful villages in the northern mountains of Mallorca. We enjoyed exploring the Saturday market, watching the historic train pass through town and playing on the beach.

Photos here capture our time at these remarkable beaches dotted along the hundreds of kilometers of Mediterranean coast: Es Trenç, Cala Llombards, Cala Formentor, Playa de Muro, Port d’Andratx and Portal Vells. We’re still a little in shock at how gorgeous this place is… We might just have to come back…

Costa Brava beauties

Posted on October 12, 2014

The drive from Barcelona down to Jávea was a beautiful one, hugging the Spanish coast and overlooking the Mediterranean at times. We arrived at Carlos & Sandra’s stunning home overlooking Mount Montgo, excited for our visit with their lovely family.

Our five days with them were so special. We got to know the sweetly affectionate Sofia & Poppy – both of whom taught us some Valenciana, which they are picking up so quickly in school. Each day, the 6 of us set out to explore a different part of the region – the old town of Dénia, the charming campos of Jávea, the waterfront at Moraira and a big hike through the olive fields & mountains of Tarbena. Lunch was always the big meal of the day, and we developed a healthy obsession with conejo, paella, arroz al horno and of course, Spanish wine.

The week went by too quickly, but we’re hopeful we get to see more of these four in the coming month as we prepare to spend even more time in Spain. Thanks to Carlos, Sandra, Sofia & Poppy – we love you guys!

Brooklyn to Berlin to….Barcelona!

Posted on September 26, 2014

We’ve moved south! After over 3 months in Germany, we’ve headed south to Spain and our first stop is Barcelona. This beautiful city is captivating with its medieval architecture, cobblestone walkways and stunning beachside location. We’ve been walking everywhere, exploring the Gaudi buildings, sauntering along the Mediterranean and getting lost in the Gothic quarter. The food is fantastic and the weather has been warm (maybe we’ll try to chase summer a bit longer?!). More to come from our time in this beautiful country…our road trip down the coast to Valencia is next!

Beautiful Bavaria – a day at the Tegernsee

Posted on September 23, 2014

A week in Bavaria wouldn’t be complete without a road trip out to the Tegernsee. This cozy, idyllic, beautiful lake is situated only an hour outside Munich, and together with Frank, we made a day of sightseeing the countryside. Walking along the water, gorging ourselves with wholesome German food and then hiking it off in the mountains surrounding the lake made for one of our favorite days in Southern Germany.

Oktoberfest

Posted on September 21, 2014

It was the first weekend of Oktoberfest, so we suited up in Bavarian garb, headed over to Wiesn and joined the throngs of people in the revelry. Melissa wore my mother’s traditional hat & jacket (they’re 60 years old and still in beautiful condition) and Frank’s Lederhosen were a big hit in the Bräurosl tent.

Over 7 million liters of beer are consumed during the festival, and we were happy to contribute to that with a few big Maß of our own. Traditional Bavarian foods like Hendl, Schweinebraten, Brezen, Knödel, Kartoffelsalat and Weisswurst are everywhere, so we had no choice but to eat our way through the festival as well.

First days in München

Posted on September 21, 2014

We’ve started our one week adventure in München for Oktoberfest with our favorite road tripping friend, Frank. In our first days here, we’ve spent a lot of time walking along the Isar River, admiring traditional Bavarian outfits and making our way through the gorgeous old town and its historic squares. Frank walked us through the Englischer Garten, which quickly became our favorite spot for people watching, lounging in the grass and soaking up the late summer sun.

One of the cool things we saw while in the Garten is ice brook surfing (Eisbach) in the Isar. The river forms a powerful current where surfers queue up for their chance to ride the meter-high wave. The water is shallow and cold, but the spot was still filled with adventurous sporty types lining up to practice on their boards. It was pretty cool & unexpected to see river surfing in the middle of this beautiful city.

Mini excursion to Potsdam

Posted on September 7, 2014

Christian & Alexandra loaned us their adorable Mini and planned a ‘Mini Adventure Cozy Place Outside Berlin-Wannsee-Caputh Trip” for Thomas & me. Each step of the day was planned out – complete with a hand drawn map illustrated by their 6-year old son Ben. It included notes on where to sink our toes in the sand, where to find a cup of coffee with the perfect Seeblick and finally, which castles were best to visit.

With our cute wheels, we headed west out of Berlin. We walked around Heilandskirche first and then made our way to Cecilienhof Park. The weather was beautiful, so we sat in the park with a picnic, napped, found a warm spot for swimming in the Heileger See and then poked around the castle. We were then off to Sanssouci, another lavish castle with magnificent gardens. After a quick stop in Altstadt Potsdam for Kaffee und Kuchen, we watched the fairy go back & forth in Caputh over a delicious dinner.

It was a wonderful day of sightseeing as our time in Berlin was coming to an end. Many thanks to Christian & Alexandra for planning out such a sweet trip for us!

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