A Wanderer’s First Experiences in Madrid, Spain

I love to wander when I visit new places. Rather than having my eyes on a map, I just start to walk and take in everything in my new settings with my whole… Continue reading

The Rainbows of Traveling

Where do you see rainbows the most? I’m starting to learn that I see them the most when I am traveling. Even a family member, my tita Amalia who I’m named after, recently… Continue reading

Thanks for a Great 2013 Blog Year!

Even after a couple of years now of travel blogging, I have to admit that I still feel pretty new to it all. I take from this the excitement of learning and that… Continue reading

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    We visited the Royal Palace of Aranjuez for the first time the other night. It was sunset and the gardens had such a wonderful feel - we transported back in time and could imagine members of the Spanish royal family strolling among the beauty of nature and architecture. It felt like their presence is still there and that they were with us. 
Our friend and local Spaniard Jordi told us some of the history. It was the summer palace where the royalty would go for a couple months during the summer season. What a getaway! Now it's a museum inside and its outdoor gardens can be enjoyed for free. 
#history #livinginSpain #travelingLifestyle #travel #nature #gardens #architecture #aranjuez #palaces #summerinspain Last night was our last night in Oviedo for a while. We've loved our time here and consider it one of our favorite cities in Spain. Now it's time to move on with the August travels! 
#summerinspain #livinginspain #travelingcouple #travelinglifestyle #asturias #travel #churches #architecture #history Perfect, cozy rainy day to do some travel writing while on the road this month. This tiny village of Tuna is in a lush, green valley of the area of Tineo in Asturias, Spain. It means a lot to me because my Spanish ancestors came from here and their name left its mark here, even into today. It's a special place to many people, for its tranquility and splendid nature, it's resonating energy of ancient history and heroic people, and the simple beauties of life that quietly flourish here - bright green apples, round pears, juicy red tomatoes, fragrant wild mint, every color of flowers draping windows, fields and stone walls, and even more in the soft, gentle details. A glorious place to rejuvenate. 
#travelinglifestyle #tunaVillage #asturias #tineo #peaceandquiet #rainydays #takingtime #slowpace #relax #beStill #livinginspain #summerinSpain #AugustHolidays #offthebeatenpath 'Charangas' - that's what these awesome bands are called that go around playing in the streets during fiesta - and this one is great here in Tineo during their festival de San Roque that is all week. It's kind like a battle of the bands sometimes too, with a couple of them near each other and their songs clashing. Sounds and looks like their having a great time and so is everyone else. Recognize the song? 
#livinginspain #summerinspain #Tineo #Asturias #Spain #happySong #travel #behappy #music #cheerup #festivals #fiestas #festivalSanRoque #sanroque #travelinglifestyle @spain @turismoasturias @asturias_ig Enjoying a luxurious, comfy stay in the Palacio de Meras in Tineo. It's one of those great hidden secrets we love discovering when traveling and even in the August high-season, the price is amazing for its caliber of quality. I first visited years ago in 2010 and have been wanting to come back. Notice the stone trim and benches in the windows; touches like this are all throughout the hotel and its inner-patio is beautiful as well. We'll show more throughout our stay so follow and stay tuned! 
#luxuryhotel #asturias #tineo #travelinglifestyle #travelingcouple #palaces #palacios #history #historic #restorations #summerinspain #livinginspain #expats #hotels @spain @turismoasturias Vermouth Solera anyone? Been eager to get back to fave place La Paloma in Oviedo, Asturias to enjoy some of the best around. We're not talking just Martini here...this is the herbally, yummy-goodness of homemade Vermouth (or Vermut in some places) that is like drinking a dream. Had it before? Well, get over to Asturias to make sure you do! 
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