Wow, really? Five years ago I started this blog and I’ve learned so much and I have new friends, all great things! Once again I’m sharing some of my favorite posts from the last year followed by a photo gallery from these posts.
Last year was an up and down year but it started off great with our two week adventure in Spain the highlight in March. I created no less than twelve posts about the trip. If you missed any of them, not to worry as I’m relinking them here. My first post was a quick peek into the several cities we visited. We started our trip on the southern Mediterranean coast in the town where we plan to retire, Málaga. One of our favorite spots, the alcazaba really shouldn’t be missed. If you happen to be in town on a Sunday, it is free. But it is worth the very small admission price to see this fortress from so long ago. Beautiful architecture and views of the city and the sea. We spent an afternoon touring urban art with a fellow blogger and had a nice meal at El Pimpi too. And one last one about Málaga with other things that we did and saw.
One post from our trip to Spain was completely devoted to food. Check it out, I bet you get hungry! We had one day trip from Málaga and visited the small town of Córdoba which is only an hour train ride. We enjoyed touring the mezquita, the sinagoga and even El Corte Inglés. We stopped into Spain’s largest department store on our walk back to the train station that afternoon. We had some time to kill so looked around a little before catching our train back to Málaga. I love Córdoba and can’t wait to go back.
From Málaga we headed north to another of my favorite cities: Madrid, where I spent my junior year of college. It holds a special place in my heart due to that year abroad. I fell in love with Spain then and knew I had to return. I have only one post for Madrid but it also appears in the food post, referenced in the previous paragraph. We took another day trip, this time from Madrid to Toledo. I spent many a weekend in Toledo while living in Madrid all those years ago. This town is also special to me, many happy memories, including the trip we took that Friday in March 2016. Come have a look at La Judería and one other post I created with other things we did and saw. It’s a short 30 minute ride by train from Madrid and well worth a day trip.
The last 4 days of the trip were spent in Barcelona. We seem to always cut Barcelona too short. I again felt that we didn’t have enough time to see all that I had hoped to see. But the weather had something to do with that too this time. We did have a great time in a fabulous city that I can’t wait to see again. I had posts about Sagrada Familia, the Palau de la Música Catalana and one other that includes other things that we did and saw. The Palau was another highlight of this trip. We only saw the outside in 2010 and I was determined to see that famous, gorgeous dome. If you only look at one Barcelona post, please make it that one. I can almost guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
The year had much sadness with my beloved and spunky cat Fritz dying unexpectedly then two months later my brother died. I’d rather not dwell on the sadness in this post. I’m still dealing with both losses. Grief takes a while to work through. Click on the links for more information and get the kleenex box.
It turns out that I did a lot of travelling last year. I already mentioned our trip to Spain in March. In April I went to the D.C. area for my nephew’s wedding. I also got to go to D.C. with my daughter, my sister and my nephew. We had a wonderful, quickie trip and saw many things. What a great day that was! I was so happy to travel to northern California for my brother’s wedding over Labor Day weekend. It was a perfect day and everyone had a marvelous time and love was in the air! We also got to tour Benziger Winery which is 30 minutes away the day after the wedding. Another perfect day spent with family in a most beautiful setting. One more post about another quick visit, this time to San Francisco, the city by the bay. It is as beautiful as the photos you’ve seen. We were lucky to have another warm, sunny day to walk around Fisherman’s wharf and take selfies in front of the Golden Gate Bridge. We had such fun that weekend. Memories that will last a lifetime.
As likely most of you know, we never miss the fair. And I never miss the chance to create a post about our visit. Such fun!! One other, sort of travel related post was about our visit to the now closed Bell Museum at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, the east bank campus. Their new building on the St. Paul campus is under construction and will open in 2018. What a fascinating and educational place!! I’m looking forward to visiting the new museum.
I did only a couple of restaurant reviews. I see that department is a bit lacking. I will have to remedy that and go out to eat more often this year. Ha ha! I wrote another review of Hell’s Kitchen, always a great meal and a good time. This post includes photos of the famous Schmitt music mural which is right across the street from the restaurant. One other review was of Muffuletta, a new place for us. It’s been there for a while and we finally tried it and we give it high marks. I can’t wait to go sit on their patio this summer.
Finally, a review of the seasons is in order. I love taking photos of the seasons and last year’s autumn colors were especially brilliant I thought. Take a look at this post and you’ll see what I mean. I created a spring flowers and plants as well as a summer blooms post. I had great fun photographing the four gardens that I got to tour last summer. And one last post from the cabin from last summer.
Thanks for coming along for the ride and here’s to another year of blogging! I hope you’ll enjoy a gallery of just a handful of last year’s photos.
mmmmm, churros y chocolate, Casa Aranda Málaga
Atarazanas market(Málaga) from the outside
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
Santa Maria La Blanca, Toledo
Puerta de Alacalá-Madrid
Esglesia de Santa Maria de la Mar, Barcelona
the origin of all roads in Spain-Madrid
La Mezquita, Córdoba
We’re headed for that castle(Toledo)
Alcazaba y teatro romano, Málaga
Málaga at sunset
from the alcazaba, Málaga
spring gardening: gorgeous trillium
Schmitt music mural, Minneapolis
urban art, Málaga
the reading room from the overlook(Library of Congress, D.C.)
Library of Congress, D.C.
from summer garden tour
from summer garden tour
sunset 11th Crow Wing Lake, summer 2016
Darling Fritz, I miss you.
autumn in MN
autumn, MIssissippi River
Crop art at the fair featuring Prince
Crop art: I’m so sorry Mr. Khan :(
San Francisco from the plane
attempting a selfie with Golden Gate
Golden Gate again
wine tasting at Benziger winery. so fun!!!
red wine grapes, yum.
Benziger vineyard, Glen Ellen, CA
my brother’s wedding. miss him too.
Bell Museum: view of entry from second floor
they encourage you to lift the horns to see how heavy they are(Bell Museum)
Bell Museum diorama