Days 11-12: Barcelona

I was too tuckered out to write last night, so here’s a recap of the last two days. Day 11 Sandy & I have enjoyed our fairly early morning walks around the Gothic Quarter areas so we did it again. This time we stopped first at La Boqueria and had another look around. We bought…

Day 10: Barcelona

Sandy and I set out again fairly early this morning to get some breakfast. We ended up making kind of a large circle around the Gothic Quarter. We finally stopped at a little corner cafe next to the Santa Maria del Pi church called Giovanni where we had an amazing croissant and a so-so cafe…

Day 9: Barcelona

The last few days we’ve been getting going around 11 am which is when we’d get something for breakfast and a coffee. That wasn’t working too well for me since I wake up pretty early. So this morning, Sandy and I left Mom sleeping and we went to a small bakery for breakfast and coffee…

Day 8: Barcelona

We didn’t get going today until 11 am, and I was a bit ‘hangry’ by then. We went to Pasteleria Escriba and had croissants and coffee, and I felt right again. We had 12 pm tickets to tour Palau Güell, containing early work of Antoni Gaudi, and I’m here to tell you, it was stunning….

Day 7: Barcelona

Okay, I’m getting all caught up tonight! Here we go! We all woke up fairly early but still didn’t get out the door until a little after 9:30 am. We had a plan to go to the El Born neighborhood. On our way, we passed a delightful little coffee place where we all had a…

Days 5-6: Platja d’Aro and Barcelona

Day 5 We woke up in Playa de Aro, and it was raining. But it didn’t last too long. We managed to get ourselves down to the hotel breakfast around 10 am (it closed at 10:30 am). It was a buffet with meats, cheeses, breads, and some sausages and roasted tomatoes. It was very good,…

Day 2-3: Paris

So it’s been like this: We are active at the start of the day and in the evening. It’s in the afternoon hours when we’re in the hotel relaxing that I have some time to spare to update. That’s why the posts include parts of two days. Today, though, will include all of day three!…

Day 1-2 (so far): Paris

I left off around 4 pm yesterday, so let me fill you in on what else happened yesterday because it was kind of a lot! I did end up snoozing a bit, and because I was so tired, I think I hallucinated/dreamed a bit which was weird. Anyway, we got cleaned up and decided to…

Day 0-1: Los Angeles to Paris

Saturday (5/6) started at my home in LA county. I went to Starbucks with my sister, then we got the last of the travel preparations finished. At 10:30 am, our Lyft arrived, and we (me, my mom, and my sister) were off to LAX to board a flight direct to Paris. LAX is not usually…

anniversary of an ending

It’s been five years since I sat next to my dad’s hospital bed, the one that was in a weird dark corner in the ICU, and held his hand as he told me and my mom about the decision he’d made. I remember his skin – papery, delicate. He bruised easily, like a peach. He…