My spring break-away

April 14, 2014 2014, Travel 9

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We took planes, trains, metro, buses, taxis and our own feet…

My daughter–Karen–and I along with two cousins–Mary and Katie–(also mother and daughter) spent spring break in Ireland and Spain. It was spring break for Katie since she’s a Spanish teacher in Wisconsin so it was spring break for all of us. 🙂

Katie and Karen (who lived and worked in Colombia, South America for five months) were our Spanish language translators and tour guides. The one time Mary and I split off from our daughters we ended up walking back at night to our hotel in Barcelona and nearly ended up in a riot! Luckily, we only ran into police officers and closed off roads. We did have to ask the police for directions every few blocks, but even though we didn’t know much Spanish the police were very helpful.

Our trip began the last week in March in Chicago on Saturday, March 22 when we flew overnight to Dublin on Aer Lingus. The flight on Aer Lingus was great though none of us got much sleep. I especially enjoyed the cups of tea brought around every so often.

So…we stayed in Dublin for a day and a half (not long enough–but we only had a week for the whole trip). An Irish cousin met us at the airport and took us all over Dublin. After Dublin we flew to Spain. In Spain we stayed in Valladolid and Barcelona. We made side trips to Peñafiel (a wine region north of Valladolid) and to Montserrat.

The high points of the trip (according to me):

  • Talking, laughing, sharing a wonderful trip with people who are both friends and relatives
  • Malahide Castle (near Dublin)
  • Drinking Guinness at the Guinness Factory in Dublin
  • Staying in the old part of Valladolid
  • Peñafiel and the castle above the town
  • The lamb I had for lunch in Peñafiel (the best lamb I’ve ever had)
  • Antoni Gaudi architecture in Barcelona
  • Montserrat (a monastery in the mountains near Barcelona)–the scenery and the basilica
  • Shopping in Barcelona
  • Wine and sangria we drank in honor of spring break!

A wonderful trip with amazing memories!

  • Malahide Castle & Coastal Tour!
  • A Little About Valladolid
  • Dublin airport ‘an alternative hub to Heathrow’, says Aer Lingus

9 Responses to “My spring break-away”

  1. Lark

    Sounds like you all had a fabulous time! Wonderful pictures — and I’m envious that you got to see La Sagrada Familia; the architecture seems so amazing. Also, someday I WILL go to Ireland… and Northern Ireland, to see where my Scots-Irish ancestors came from.
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    • Jan

      La Sagrada Familia is a wonderful building to see. The architecture is so different from any other church I know of.

      I want to visit Ireland again and Scotland, Wales and England too. I have Scots ancestors and some who may have been Scots-Irish, as well as English and Welsh. (Of course, I also have Scandinavian and German ancestors and who knows what else!) So more travel, I hope, LOL.
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    • Jan

      Thanks, Greg! The whole trip was wonderful…with great memories. We have lots of photos which we’ve uploaded to Shutterfly and now need to think about scrapbooks and Shutterfly books! Our family is known for taking lots of photos and making books of some sort to commemorate trips or special events…LOL.
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