Toledo | Spain Travel Diary, Day 1

TOLEDOPROMO TOLEDO1 TOLEDO5 TOLEDO7 TOLEDO8 TOLEDO6 TOLEDO4 TOLEDO9 TOLEDO11 TOLEDO3 TOLEDO2Hola! I’ve made it to Spain, and I’ve got to say that so far…it’s beautiful. Although jet lag is holding strong there have been very few still moments since we landed. Today we toured the centuries-old city of Toledo. While most travel blogs I read didn’t so much recommend this sweet little town, I beg to differ. Toledo was very charming and full of history. If you’re an art fan (especially one of El Greco) then this is a stop you’ve got to make.

The architectural influence of the Moors/Muslim’s could be seen from road to roof; my favorite was within the ornate, geometric decoration of the historic synagogue (once possibly planned to be a mosque). Many of the resident’s balconies were dotted with fresh flowers and greenery galore; I could probably have spent all day just meandering around the side streets, inhaling the aromas of cooking paella and stopping to admire the sharp, shiny souvenirs that are specific to Toledo.

My final answer on whether or not you should take the trip? Yes. Just take a couple of hours. I think you’ll be charmed, too.


Madrid post coming soon + heading to Segovia/Burgos tomorrow.

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Te Hablo luego!




LA Photo Diary: Santa Monica Beach


I don’t know that seeing the ocean will ever get old. Since I was little, the majesty of the thing was pretty evident. Even when I’m not near the ocean I’m swept away by it; on Friday nights you can often find me swaddled like a nun in the orange afghan in my living room watching any number of ocean documentaries with the most wide eyes you have ever seen. You could probably play a drinking game for every time I say, “CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT?”

I can’t make this stuff up, folks. It’s real. It’s my cross to bear. I am a fangirl of the ocean.

Anyway, the Pacific is beautiful. Cold, but beautiful. Santa Monica was only about a 25 minute drive from the hotel so it was the beach town we chose to visit (twice). The charm of the bright colored buildings and the pier is the same as it is in pictures. The quaint shops and breath taking look out points definitely would keep me coming back.

Next time I’d like to explore more of Venice Beach (as the only taste I got of it was a delicious cup of coffee from Intelligentsia) and Malibu. In fact, a California road trip is something I am 100% ready to dedicate to. Who’s with me?

More photos tomorrow! Speak to you soon,