Spain. The last time I visited was in high school, with my sophomore Spanish class. The purpose of the trip was educational, in theory: our chaperone, Mr. Svoboda, marched a dozen of us around to museums, to various palaces, and into situations where we were supposed to practice the subjunctive tense.
What I remember most about the trip: our sneaking out of the hotel to go to night clubs; Spanish boys with motor scooters, and being introduced to sangria on the Plaza Mayor at midnight. (I don’t think Mr. Svoboda ever wanted to chaperone again.)
I wonder if this summer’s trip will be as exciting? I need your help planning the itinerary. First stop: Barcelona, where I’ll be looking for under-the-radar design trends, and then onto….well, where do you think I should go? Bilbao? Costa Brava? Madrid?
Everyone has a Spain story. I’d love to hear about your favorite places to eat, stay, visit, and shop. Would you spend two weeks in Barcelona? Or would you use the city as a first stop and then drive across Spain? Would you stay in paradores? What do you think about Madrid at the height of the summer tourist seasonâ€”yea or nay?
I’ll report back about all the places I visitâ€”Julie has already given me her list of shops and restaurants and other design-worthy destinations to start the itineraryâ€”and I especially want to visit gardens and food markets and your tucked-away favorites. I want to take some good walks and to see places that I’ve never heard about.
What’s your favorite spot in Spain?
Above: The chef’s garden at the Hotel Omm in Barcelona.
Above: A side street in Barcelona via Fbcbn.
Above: In Barcelona, Whotells rents stylish, utilitarian apartments furnished by Muji. For more information, see Hotels & Lodging: Whotells in Barcelona.
Above: A bookstore tucked away in a side chapel of the Barcelona Cathedral. For more, see Shopper’s Diary: La Formiga d’Or in Barcelona.
What else should I add to the itinerary?
For more summer vacation ideas, see Top 10 Great Places to Travel This Summer.