Author Archives | Brian

Girona, City of Gardens (and Stairs)

Girona Collegiate Church of Sant Feliu Spire

It’s easy to see why the Catalonian city of Girona has endured 25 sieges and fallen to enemy forces on seven different occasions. It’s a place you really do want all for yourself. And on our first night in town, we had exactly that.

The day-trippers had all gone for the day. Girona is just an hour’s train ride from Barcelona, making it a quick-hit destination for many. They were mostly leaving just as we arrived. 

Read More…

Aspirational Travel Photo

Moonshot

“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, 
Or what’s a heaven for?” 

- Robert Browning

Unusual Parishioners

Geese at Barcelona Cathedral

For the past five centuries, the Barcelona Cathedral has housed an unusual guest within its cloisters. As a matter of tradition, the church maintains a gaggle of 13 geese in honor of Barcelona’s patron saint Eulalia, who according to legend died at the age of 13 after enduring 13 different tortures at the hands of roman soldiers. 

Basílica de la Virgen de los Desamparados

Basílica de la Virgen de los Desamparados, Valencia

Dome of Valencia’s Basilica of the Virgin of the Helpless

A Day in Valencia, Spain

Valencia Spain

Of all the places we visited in Spain, Valencia bore the greatest similarity to an American city – albeit one with a distinct European accent. Its wide, often bustling, avenues lined with an array of modernly functional buildings could easily drop into someplace like San Diego and feel right at home. After nearly a month of continuously touring the Iberian Peninsula, we were understandably happy for this dose of familiarity, regardless how tenuous.

Read More…

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 7,866 other followers

%d bloggers like this: