My mom and dad gave us the best Christmas gift ever last year. They gave our family a week long vacation to Barcelona, Spain. What better gift than the gift of memories. It was truly an amazing experience.
La Boqueria Market
Gaudi's Park Guell
Catedral de Barcelona
City of Zaragoza
Spanish wine country
Gaudi's Sagrada Familia (This was definitely on the bucket list)
View from where we stayed
I love my family!
Josh and I had been wanting to take a trip to Europe with just the two of us. We had the Cliffs in Ireland on our bucket list and thought this would be a good starter Euro trip for the two of us, since it is an English speaking country. We talked and prayed and decided this would be a good time to go, immediately following the Spain trip. Instead of a round trip ticket from Spain, my parents let us fly back to Dallas out of Ireland. What a blessing! Again we wouldn't have been able to take this trip if we had to pay for all the airfare.
The Cliffs of Moher (another bucket list check)
The view from our room in Connemara
Touring the Guinness Factory in Dublin
We loved the stark contrast going from Spain to Ireland. They were so different in every aspect...climate, experiences, food, language, architecture. After Ireland, we assumed that our travel for the year had ended and were beyond pleased with the experiences 2012 had afforded us. We were wrong. My brother moved to California in July for a year of work. We wanted to visit him, but really didn't know when it was going to happen. Everyone in the family had already visited him come October. We knew that he wasn't going to be able to make it home for Thanksgiving, so decided to bring Thanksgiving to him. Oh and did I mention he lives in Northern Cali...just a short drive from Napa, San Francisco and Santa Cruz.
V Sattui, Napa Valley
Boardwalk in Santa Cruz
We loved his rooftop view.
Sea Lions at Pier 39
Ghiradelli Square, San Fran
Our rooftop Thanksgiving
Sitting on top of this roof, we had absolutely no idea that in a few short weeks, Josh would have the opportunity to fly to Germany on a work trip and I would get to follow behind him a few days later.. Wow! God is good!
What better time to be in Bavaria than Decemeber...
Christkindlmarkt at the Marienplatz (town square) in Munich
Gluhwein is a hot mulled wine and Lebkuchen is gingerbread
Enjoying a toasty sip of Gluhwein
View of Munich
Christmas ornaments from the market
From our train ride in the Bavarian Alps
Lots of snow!
Loved this town!
Neuschwanstein castle...this is what the Disney castle is based on.
(Checking the bucket list again)
I am floored when I think of 2012 and all the memories that were made. I am excited and hopeful about 2013 and what is in store...although it probably won't include travel.