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Fatima

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Marian apparitions in Fatima, Portugal and I'm so so thankful we were able to whip up a last-minute trip to the shrine while spending a weekend in Lisbon. 

Claire Came to Visit!

Claire, my wonderful sister-in-law, came to visit the week after Thanksgiving and we had such a blast introducing her to England! It's been so long since I've seen my siblings or siblings-in-law, and it was so nice to spend a week with Claire. We visited York, the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Birmingham, and London.

Visiting Salisbury and Winchester

The county of Wiltshire lays southwest of London and is full of ancient barrows, weird stone circles like Stonehenge and Avebury, ancient cathedrals, stately homes, and lots of small waterways packed with trout. Last month we spent a Saturday in Salisbury, stayed in Stockbridge at a cute dog-friendly inn, and fell in love with Winchester on Sunday.

Spain Part IV: Seville

Happy Thanksgiving week everyone! It's about time I finish up the Spain posts. Lotssssss of pictures from Seville so let's dig in. Seville is much larger than Avila or Toledo and we walked a ton over our three day stay. We saw and ate quite a bit. Here are three highlights and some recommendations:

Spain Part III: Toledo

Toledo is known as the city of three cultures thanks to the history of Muslim, Jewish, and Christian coexistence (and rivalry). The churches, synagogues, and Mudejar architecture are gorgeous and the city is very well cared for. It is larger than Ávila with more to see and do, very hilly, and very walkable. The Spanish painter El Greco lived here and his pieces pepper the churches and museums. If you're a fan of his this is a great city to visit. 

Spain Part II: Ávila

Ávila is a tiny town only an hour or so from Madrid that was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. Famous for its towering medieval stone walls, 12th century cathedral, and ties to St. Teresa of Ávila, this was a wonderful place to stay for a night. After massive amounts of walking and exploring in Madrid, I was immediately charmed by the size of the city and solitude of the surrounding countryside.

Spain Roadtrip Part I: Madrid

Madrid is super walkable and we had no trouble covering the central area in two days. Highlights include the Royal Palace with its ornate interior and numerous chandeliers, chocolate con churros at San Gines, beautiful parks, and free entry to world famous art museums!