Thursday, September 9, 2010

On Tour in Spain - September 2010

I must apologize for my delay in posting as I am now on holiday with my 
mother and aunt in Spain.  Actually, it's more like a whirlwind tour (waking 
up at 6:30AM - 7AM every morning is not what I call not a leisure vacation...) 
In this post I wanted to just give all of you a taste of the places 
we are touring through including Cuenca, Valencia and Peniscola.

Cuenca is a gorgeous - ages old city southeast of Madrid.  It is 
famous for its' "hanging houses" as you can see above (houses 
built into a cliff so it looks as if it is hanging from the cliff.)  The
city itself is a gem and has fabulous houses and cobble stones.

These are not my own photos but I will share some 
of my own after I return from my trip. 

Here's a fantastic view of the old city of Cuenca (as with most older 
towns and cities in Spain, there is an old and a new portion to the city.)

Valencia built a series of gorgeous aquariums, museums, botanical
gardens, concert halls and more.  Stunning modern architecture.

Side by side with the old. Valencia is a very pretty city with
beaches and a port.  It was the site of America's Cup in 2007.

Peniscola is about 1.5 hours south of Barcelona (North of Valencia) and is a very 
popular Spanish seaside resort.  Many people from hotter areas of Spain such as
Seville go to Peniscola to escape the summer heat.  Peniscola is blessed with the
perfect weather for a seaside resort without it being too hot.  It comes complete 
with it's own fort which is where this image was taken from (from Google Images.)

If any of you have watched the 1961 film "El Cid" starring Charles Heston 
and Sophia Loren, it was filmed in Peniscola, Spain.  Some of the houses 
within the fort reminded me of the white washed blue window/rooves of 
the houses on Santorini (Greek Island.)

It's a wonderful place to relax on the beach and take a nice long nap.  
Definitely worth a visit.  I will try to post again soon but in case my posts
don't seem regular, it's because I'm away and will not be home for about
2 weeks. Any of you visited the places above?  

Photos from Google Images


Miss Rubio said...

Just came across your blog and I love it. Love Spain...was there last year and was head over heals. Enjoy your holiday.


LRC said...

How beautiful! I WISH I have traveled there before! I haven't had much desire to visit Spain until I saw this blog. Now I can't wait to go! :)

Francine Gardner said...

Beautiful pictures!!! I rented a house for my parents and kids for years just outside of Peniscola on the natural reserve (if you are still there, try to go along the coast on a dirt road, South of the old town). I drove 10 hours with my two sons just t0 go the the Cuenca museum as catalan artists are my favorite. i introduced my kids to the works of Barcelo, Miro, Tapies.... Enjoy your trip...I so love Spain, if in Barcelona, I hope you have time for the Gaudi romantic

priscilla said...

I was in Benicarlo in January, which is just North of Peniscola.
I don't recommend January. We had a hurricane! Hope your trip is better than that :)

RG ART & DESIGN Inspirations said...

Nice trip Karen! I am a little bit jealous... I would love to visit Spain! I will go one day. Thanks for the tips! Cuenca seen to be very interesting place.
For now, enjoy your trip a lot!

Efrat Deutsch Jewelry Design said...

Is this real? It's amazing! The old city is absolutely breath taking.

Laura Casey Interiors said...

Can't wait to see your pictures! Those hanging houses are spectacular.

Tina said...

Stunning pictures! Wouldn´t mind being there insted of here(where it´s a quite cold day plus raining!)

fashionable palette said...

These are such beautiful images! Looks like you're having an amazing time (how could you not in a place like Spain!?) I love the "hanging" houses at the cliffs.

Jürgen said...

Spain are in every season wonderfull, my mother are from spain, and i adore this country. If you like to see nature pure go to see the " Extremadura" from Spain, near Portugal.Thank you for this great pictures. I wish you a great weekend regards

design traveller said...

amazing photos!

Akuka said...


Kellie Collis said...

Wonderful pictures! Spain is a fabulous place to visit. Have a lovely day, Kellie xx

Mike said...

I love to go to the beach and have a nap. That's the best. Napping while in the sun is super good for you. I would just make sure you don't fall asleep for too long and get sun burned.

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Jay Lee said...

If you went to Spain, why did you have to steal my photo? Could you not take your own?