Spain in May

Inside Sagrada Familia

Inside Sagrada Familia

Normally, vacations seem to fly by, but the two weeks we spent in Spain felt like a good, long holiday. We savoured every day, filled up on castles, cathedrals and tapas and enjoyed almost perfect weather. We had six days in Barcelona, then one day each in Valencia, Cordoba, Granada, Seville, Madrid, Girona. We finished off with one day in Lyon, France and two days in Vevey, Switzerland.

Olive Vendor at La Boqueria, Barcelona

Olive Vendor at La Boqueria, Barcelona

A few observations of note: Facecloths, hair conditioner and tissues are not standard issue in the vast majority of Spanish hotels; both dotted and solid lines on roads in Spain are only suggestions; your Spanish driver will NOT scrape the mirrors off the side of the car going down lanes that would challenge a bicyclist.

Gaudi Apt in Barcelona

Gaudi Apt in Barcelona

I didn’t write a word through the whole trip, though I did spend a few hours the first few days updating files with retailers and distributors for the May 30 release of Penance. The break from all writerly things was just what I needed.

Here are a few pics from our visit. (Seems I can’t take a straight picture to save my life–it’s a good thing there’s a program to fix that!)

L'hemisferic, Valencia

L’hemisferic, Valencia

Overhead Heat Relief, Cordoba

Overhead Heat Relief, Cordoba

Festival de Patios, Cordoba

Festival de Patios, Cordoba

Gardens at Alhambria, Granada

Gardens at Alhambria, Granada

Hemingway Hangout, Madrid

Hemingway Hangout, Madrid

Girona countryside

Girona countryside

In Lyon

In Lyon

Dinner in Vevey

Dinner in Vevey

Terraced Vineyards, Vevey

Terraced Vineyards, Vevey

Chateau de Gruyere

Chateau de Gruyere

Lots of Gruyere

Lots of Gruyere

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About JP McLean

Author of The Gift Legacy, a contemporary thriller with a twist of fantasy that will leave you believing the impossible and wary of the night sky…
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23 Responses to Spain in May

  1. Bianca Bowers says:

    Looks so fabulous, JP. You must be feeling supercharged to start writing again 😊

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  2. Karen says:

    You apparently had a fab and inspiring trip – Spain is always worth a visit. Happy writing, JP! 🙂

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  3. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Glad you enjoyed your trip Jo-Anne and I understand the complexities of Spanish driving only too well..

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  4. Jaye says:

    Chateau de Gruyere!!!

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  5. Awesome photos! Love the pots on the wall. What a great place to recharge.

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  6. Sigh. Spain has been on my list for a long time. These are wonderful pictures. Don’t know if I’d get into a vehicle while there though. 😀

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  7. Inese Poga Art Gallery says:

    I’m glad for you: that’s a fantastic trip. Nice to see these wonderful pictures. I love all Europe, every country has very unique places to visit, and there is soooo much of history, art and music.

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  8. Wendi says:

    Lovely, JP! I can’t wait to go and visit my friends in Altea!!

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  9. Diana Stevan says:

    Enjoyed your photos. I can’t take a straight photo either. Never realized that until I used one of those programs too. I bet it was nice to take a break from the writing.

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  10. Sounds like a fabulous holiday. Now that you’re refreshed, I’m sure you’re chomping at the bit to be writing again.

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  11. olganm says:

    I’m pleased you had a good time. Your pictures look excellent. I can’t take one to save my life. 🙂

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