Architecture

Maruecos.

Highlights of Morocco:

  • Starts and end with just being there.
  • The food: pastillas, fruits, skewers, couscous, tajin, MINT TEA!!
  • Souks.
  • Our guide was amazing and very informative.
  • My little crew.
  • Our beautiful riad.

sidenote: my sister has been obsessed with Morocco since “El Clon” which is a telenovela that came out in 2001. I remember buying the bracelets with connecting rings. ALSO, after watching the Bourne Ultimatum you’d also understand why we’ve gone where we’ve gone.

I am beyond grateful for the places we’ve gone to but Morocco was a shell shock experience and I am happy for everything we have learned from that. Hearing prayer call 5 times a day was incredible.. I am a huge fan of Homeland and those are the little details I remember from the show and to actually be able to experience it meant everything to me.

24hrs in Seville

OH SEVILLE! You broke my heart with all your beauty. First thing first shout out to our Airbnb host 1. your apartment was gorgeous! 2. thank you for setting us up and suggesting the flamenco show that we saw, for the history lessons, for caring all our luggage and for always being available for our questions.

Safe to say I loved Seville we almost didn’t leave to Madrid because we wanted to stay longer! EVERYTHING about it was incredible not to mention we found our way fairly quickly, which made us feel right at home. Everything was at our fingertips (I am sorry not sure exactly where we stayed but click on the link to get an idea). We arrived to Seville bright and early, since we were short on time, we headed out to explore walked around to check out shops, churches, places to eat, etc. My memory is a little hazy about the timeline but it happened at some point!

LOVED Alcazar my god that place and all its intricate detail. Moorish design is my absolute favorite I love everything about it, yes Granada is still on my to do list. I literally sat in a nook around the courtyard to just wrap my head around this place.

SO about that flamenco show…my sister is obsessed with Anthony Bourdain with that said his flamenco experience was something that we wanted to have. A small setting, intimate, full of story telling, thanks to our host that is exactly what we got. Seville has some of the must see flamenco dances in Spain and it did NOT disappoint. After our show we stopped by for some ice cream, sat by the steps of the church and took a breather whilst having dessert before dinner of course.

 

 

Barcelona – Spain

HELLO! 2016 has been wild and we still have 6 months to go. In  May we (my sister Karen, our cousin Sam, and my sister’s friend Jeannette) jetted off to Europe we started in Barcelona, TAPAS, TAPAS, TAPAS!! I usually google till my little chubby fingers are tired but, I did no such thing this time around. I was extremely excited to be traveling period and just wanted to “wing it”.

I think the most memorable thing about this trip was our bonding experience, we laughed SO much to me that was a beauty within itself. Not to diminish all the beauty we encountered or culture it was all there, just not afraid to pick favorites is all.

One thing we started doing during our trip was “3 things you are grateful for about this trip” I think we all realized the importance of how humbling our trip actually was.. My dad always encouraged us to travel if we could. Traveling was never my thing and I have said this before, it is one of those loves that I didn’t expect and I am obsessed with wanting to see the world and all it’s wonders that it has to offer.

ANYWAYS, enough of that! In Barcelona we stayed a block away from Sagrada Familia, FUCK! that place is ridiculous and overwhelming, the amount of detail that is going into it.. jaw dropping. The only reason I gave up on planning out Barcelona was because everything I wanted to do was too far or would take too long, it felt upsetting so winging it seemed like the best choice. I would love to go back and do everything I really wanted to do.

My favorite part about Barcelona was Gothic Quarter! We pretty much found it by luck we weren’t exactly sure where we were going and the next thing you know there we were. There was this ice cream shop that I fell in love with, everything about it’s location and the style was perfection. Another favorite moment was this man and his bubbles!! This is the most genuine moment I’ve experienced in my life (that statement may or may not be an exaggeration but fuck it.) It really made us stop an just enjoy that moment, watching him and the people and kids smiling something so simple made strangers happy.

 

Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Started the year with a LONG list of things I wanted to do, and places to see, it is safe to say  that the universe had completely different plans for my life. Rainy days, long lines, demolitions, snow etc. have prevented things from happening it is still early in the year but fuck, what a way to start. I have my BIG trip in May which I’m extremely excited about but as of right now, I hope my little trips end up happening at one point or another.

Speaking of attempts Blanca and I finally went to downtown and walked around, took a whole 2 tries. Downtown LA is best on the metro if it’s accessible to you, I left my car at one of the stations and off we were. I’d been wanting to photograph the Walt Disney Concert Hall since my friends wedding in November. The design reminds me a lot of https://sandieadventures.com/2015/06/10/antelope-canyon/ I am that person that sticks to what they know and love.

Below is what I got from this trip:

Londres Part Two.

London was absolutely stunning. We left Paris on a Sunday had an incredibly dramatic exit. Let’s just say stick together and don’t think of getting off of a train in a foreign country. Anyways, we were only there for 48hrs but they were the best 48 hrs ever. Everyone was friendly and moving oh so quickly. The first thing I did when I got there was go to Tate Modern…ended up taking two trips and still didn’t make a dent but enjoyed my time and took the time to speak to one of the photographers. London left me feeling some kind of way, mostly wanting more.

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London Eye View.

London Natural History Museum

gahhhh!!!! Ok,SO! I had been obsessing over the Natural History Museum, so much so that I purchased their book about the architecture. The exhibit was pretty cool too BUT being there in all that beauty was everything to me.

Paris Part Deux: Palace of Versailles

Versailles, Versailles, Versailles…beauty like no other.

While I was in school for interior design and during my ballet classes I learned so much about Versailles that I just hold it very dearly to my heart. I remember vividly watching the ballet documentary and them bringing up Louis XIV, ballet enthusiast.. Versailles holds my biggest passions that make me, me.

I will say it is quite overwhelming being there with the crowds and just all the detail within itself. Loved seeing that they tried doing a faux finish for some of the door moldings && was amazed by all the upholstered wall coverings. The colors for some of the rooms are so bold it and daring.

Such an amazing experience I hope you enjoy my images..

Paris Diaries Part Une.

I went to PARIS!!! My blog has been in need of some serious TLC, so here it is! It is safe to say I did NOT get enough pictures of the Eiffel Tower. Paris was absolutely stunning and everything I ate was delicious, because lets be honest food is everything(especially when really excited…might just be me).

We (my sister and I) stayed in a little flat in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, loved loved loved that little neighborhood it was everything it had everything. When you think of Paris you’re thinking of Saint- Germain, from the shops to restaurants it’s all a stroll away.

This is one of three posts about Paris, might get into detail but meh I’m still in Aw just looking at these images. Please enjoy the beauty.