Monday, August 12: Ailsa’s Travel Theme (Where’s my backpack?) for this week is architecture. I’ve been having a bit of a hard time with this one because it’s such a broad theme. As a matter of fact, I would say my entire trip through Spain and Portugal this summer was about the architecture (and the food!), so you could look at my entire travelogue to see some amazing architecture. For this challenge, I’m going to limit myself to three places, four photos. These are some of my favorites, but are of course not all-inclusive!
Thursday, August 8: I didn’t get to many natural places during my trip to Spain and Portugal this summer, but in the few places I did go, I found some wildflowers that I thought were pretty crazy-looking. I also found a wild bird here and there, and some wild street art in Lisbon. So for Ailsa’s travel theme this week, just under the wire, here are some pictures. (Where’s my backpack? Travel Theme: Wild)
Friday, July 26: This week, Ailsa of Where’s my backpack? challenges us to come up with something sweet. She asks us to: Whisper a sweet nothing and send it my way.
On my trip through Spain and Portugal, I sampled delectable sweets all along the way. I have a few extra bulges around my waist as a result. Here’s to you, Ailsa, some sweet nothings coming your way.
The Mercat de la Boqueria in Barcelona is a colorful feast of sweets: fruit juices, fruits, and candies galore.
One sweet treat that beckons from nearly every street in Spain and Portugal is gelato. I tried to sample as much as I could. 🙂 This gelato cart was on the street in Tavira, Portugal. Jo of restlessjo and I were in search of fig and almond gelato, which she raves about. Sadly for me, though this cart usually sells Jo’s favorite flavor, they are out of it on this night.
Toledo, Spain is famous for its marzipan. Of course, I had to sample some.
A churro, sometimes referred to as a Spanish doughnut, is a fried-dough pastry-based snack. It is normally eaten for breakfast dipped in hot chocolate or cafe con leche. It’s delicious!
And finally, one of Portugal’s great culinary wonders is the cinnamon-dusted pastel de nata (custard tart), with its flaky crust and creamy center. I tasted lots of these throughout Portugal, but this one was at Cafe Pielas In Sintra.
I have to say that some of the best sweets to be found are in Europe! 🙂