Spanish Day Trip- Girona, Pals & Costa Brava

After being in Barcelona, Spain for a few weeks I was anxious to explore some surrounding areas outside the city. A friend suggested Girona, a medieval town about an hour from Barcelona, and I also came across Costa Brava and its beautiful beaches. During more research I landed on a small group tour company who actually takes you to BOTH in one day! Plus a tiny medieval town in between the two called Pals. I signed up right away and was so excited to spend the day exploring these new places. And best of all… I didn’t have to plan a THING!

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GIRONA

The first stop in Girona was a city rich in history with influences from multiple cultures. Our guide gave us a introduction to the city’s history while walking through the streets, and we were then given alone time to explore on our own. I made sure to hike up to the gardens on top of the hill where there were multiple towers looking over the beautiful city and green hills in the distance.

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PALS

Next up was a tiny town called Pals. It is known for the rice it produces there, and most of the dishes with rice in the surrounding areas have rice from this town. We strolled around the streets and admired the countryside that was very reminiscent of Tuscany, Italy.

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Playa Calella De Palafrugell, Costa Brava

My favorite was definitely saved for last! Playa Calella De Palafrugell is a part of Costa Brava, and the views were stunning. The water was crystal clear, and the blue sea was a gorgeous contrast against the bright white city. Our group divided off for lunch where we enjoyed a few drinks with a perfect view. I was set on getting in the water, had been wearing my bikini all day under my clothes. So despite the fact that it was freezing water, I dove right in.

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My Barcelona adventure is almost over on the blog! Next up is the wine and tapas tour to wrap up my first month abroad in such an artsy and vibrant city.

 

Eurotripping & Down Under

I was hoping to share these plans sooner but the past month has been a whirlwind of out-of-town weekends, selling and giving away most of my things, packing up the important ones, saying goodbye to the first apartment I’ve rented on my own without a roommate, and becoming homeless. O, not to mention I’ve officially started my own business during this crazy time so needless to say… I’ve been a little slow getting back to the blog! I am SO excited to share with you my rough itinerary for the next few months, and even more excited to be leaving for Europe in less than 60 days. Is this real life?!

JUNE– Barcelona, Spain- entire month

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JUNE– Lisbon, Portugalweekend away

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JULY– Biarritz, France- week long vaca (with a real cute Aussie)

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JULY– London, England- week long stay

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JULY– Amsterdam, Netherlands- week long stay

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AUGUST– Rome, Italy- entire month

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AUGUST– Venice, Italy- weekend away

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AUGUST– Split, Croatia- weekend away

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SEPTEMBER– Australia– 2 weeks

So I have something to admit… I do in fact have a return ticket. I know I know… last blog post I mentioned not having one, but now I do and couldn’t be more happy about it. Turns out this Aussie guy is taking me home with him to Australia in September, so I will be returning to the States for maybe a week before flying to the completely other side of the globe. Goal #1- explore this beautiful place my boyfriend is from and meet some pretty important people in his life. Goal #2- See a baby Joey in a pouch.

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OCTOBER– Undecided

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NOVEMBERUndecided

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I need your help!

After Australia I will be back in Europe for 2 months to wrap up 2016, and I need your help deciding where to go! Do I want to soak up the culture of my O’Grady side in Ireland, sip wine in cafes in France, or wander the streets of Prague? The possibilities are endless and I’d love to hear about some of your favorite place around Europe.

Leave a comment and let’s figure this out!