The summer vacations are officially here which means that the kids are on holidays for the next nine weeks, yes you did read this correctly. The big one will attend some camps but it still leaves plenty of time for me to enjoy them over the next two months. We have already fled Madrid and are spending some time in Collioure a small Catalonian village on the French side of the border that’s I have been coming to since birth. It’s time for me to catch up on the blog, to soak up the colors and inspiration, and to replenish my energy. In September I will start a new project and I am extremely happy and excited about it.
We have been spending some weekends outside of Madrid in the past months and my husband just drove us cross-country from Madrid to Collioure. Despite having spent so much time since my childhood in this area I really didn’t know Spain at all before moving to Madrid last November. To me Spain was synonymous of overbuilt shores and beaches but I really didn’t have a clue about what the country looked like on the inside. Those first trips were a real eye-opener for me: Boy I certainly never had thought about Spain being a mountainous country. Actually Spain’s median height is 700 meters above see level with the highest mountaintop reaching around 3478 meters in the Sierra Nevada in the south of the country. The landscapes we saw while crossing the country this weekend were harsh, hostile and rugged yet utterly beautiful. Some of them reminded me of Monument Valley or Bryce Canyon in the USA with desolated castles perched upon improbable hills. It certainly makes me want to explore this countryside with its rich history of art and conquests.
Ten days ago we spent the day in Segovia. Located only an hour away, northwest from Madrid, this city dating back to roman times is on the UNESCO world heritage site list. We strolled through the old city center, viewed the antic roman aqueduct, and admired the impressive castle. I fell in love with the decorated house fronts and the glow of the sand colored stone used to build most monuments.
I hope you are enjoying this little glimpse in our new Spanish life. I will share more over the coming weeks which might get you to book some tickets to discover by yourself this beautiful country. I’ll be back soon to share some of my fo to color sources for inspiration.