Fun Nail Friday [Nails Abroad!]

Happy Friday!

This week’s Nails Abroad takes us to the heartbeat of Spain’s finances (no comment on whether that’s a good or bad thing) – MADRID.

We found Madrid to be a beautiful, walkable city. The buildings were phenomenal and old, which is pretty much what we’ve come to expect from anywhere in Europe. Something else that made Madrid great was the abundance of places to stop and stuff your face with cured meat. Like Museo del Jamon.

The thing we were most excited about seeing in Madrid was in the Reina Sofia Museum. We learned about Picasso’s “Guernica” painting a few months before the trip, and when the meaning was explained to us, we were rendered speechless.

Starting from the right, is a woman screaming because her house is up in flames. Below her is another woman dragging herself through the streets with an injured leg. To the left is a horse with a dagger in its side, trampling a man. Above the man is a woman holding her baby and screaming to the heavens. Above that, a bull, the symbol of Spain, looks over it all, confused. Uh………if that doesn’t sum up the senseless bombing of this northern Spain town, I don’t know WHAT does!

I’m obviously no Picasso (literally)!

Here are some happier pictures of Madrid.

Chocolateria San Gines – Madrid’s favorite churro con chocolate!

Delicious cured pig legs everywhere!

Strolling through the city at dusk

Xoxo!

Fun Nail Friday [Nails Abroad]!

Happy Friday!

Our second stop in Spain took us to Sevilla, the capitol city of Andalusia. We heard so many good things about this place, so we just had to check it out.  Stepping off the plane and onto the tarmac in Sevilla was amazing. There was a dry wind and it looked like we were in the middle of the desert. It was a nice change from the gloomy weather in Barcelona.

We stayed in a charming little apartment just a few cobblestone alleyways away from La Giralda Cathedral, which we quickly discovered was one of the only things to really “do” in Sevilla. Haha! Well, four days of strolling, eating and drinking can’t be all that bad, right? We also stayed in a quirky apartment in the Macarena district, which is the birthplace of THAT song.

I thought Sevilla was beautiful, but we definitely could have shaved a few days off our stay here (and added it back to Barcelona)! The intricate Moorish designs and architecture were so different from anything we’ve ever seen. La Giralda was a sight to behold and walking through Barrio Santa Cruz’s “kissing lanes” during sunset was definitely something to write home about!

During a flamenco show at La Carboneria, we met some new Bosnian friends who convinced us to travel to Granada for a day trip to see the stunning Alhambra moorish castle and the final resting place of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. So just a few hours later, we hopped on a train at dawn and headed 3 hours out into the countryside! What a great suggestion. Small but beautiful, Granada offered some of the best sights and eats of the entire trip. See for yourself!

Oh you know, just goofing around in an active bull ring.

So beautiful. So old!

Lunch. Typical.

 

View of the Alhambra from Mirador de San Nicholas

Take me back!

 

Fun Nail Friday [Nails Abroad]!

Happy Friday!

Here begins my Nails Abroad miniseries! Inspired by the countries and cities I visited in Europe, I wanted to do some nail looks to pay tribute to these lovely places that I already miss! A lot!

First, my fiance and I flew into Barcelona, Spain. It was pouring, but eventually it cleared up and we realized we were in one of the most vibrant, beautiful cities in the world. Barcelona was full of incredible sights, delicious food, and some of the nicest people we’ve met.

Pictured above: Parc Guell & Sagrada Familia cathedral

I can’t properly express how AWESOME Barcelona is, and how amazing Spain is in general. If you’ve never been, make it your first stop next time you hop across the pond.

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