Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Día seis

Oh boy....what to say about Día seis...

Well...we were all crabby?

Yeah.  That pretty much sums it up.

You will notice, I am sure, that there are no pictures of café con leche in the first part of this post.

That probably explains why we were all so crabby.

We went to the market in San Vicente de la Barquerea, but it wasn't as "old world" as we were hoping, but we found some delicious veggies, and some great gifts for our loved ones back home.  I don't know...maybe if we had had our café con leche first, it would have been more to our liking. *grin*

Okay, I'll stop telling you about our bad day and let you enjoy the pictures...

When the tide is out, all of the boats sit on the ground.  It's very amusing.  We thought it would be fun to sit in one and wait for the tide to come back in...

Ben waiting...and waiting...and waiting...

Cutie pies.

YUM!!!!  Baby lettuce!  Wish I could take that home with me!
AHHHHHHHHH!!!  Me love.

Showing off the new scarf that Ben bought me a few days prior...Ben sporting his still very unruly hair. 

Ben and the little old lady working out in the park.

Cute girl, Canon camera and Aviators...oh, and the park adds some charm.

Baby love.

Lilyana was happy almost all day...she's a fun baby!

Mel enjoying the loverly park.

As I mentioned before, we went back home to rest.  All of the girls sat out in the hot Spanish sun., while Ben went to nap upstairs.. 
 I don't remember what she was saying here.

See the cup on my chaise lounge?  Yup...we made some café con leche once we got home!
 Yes...we are addicted to that drink!

Lilyana is just like her father sometimes...
Exploring new things.

"Eeeew!  Mom...rocks don't taste very good!" 
Actually, she played with the rocks for quite some time before she tried to taste one...

"I'm thinking....I'm thinking....I'm thinking...."

Once Ben woke up, he came out to lay down outside....and tried to fall asleep again.

Jessica had other plans, however...

 We headed off to Santillana del Mar where we had some fantastico Paella.
Lilyana LOVED it!

Yes...she's freezing.

Oh look...we made it to Jessica's dream museum!!!!  
(Sense the sarcasm?)
It was cold, wet, and OUTSIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Not only that...they CHARGED money to see the small yard of reproduction torture devices that they dared to call a "museum!"

Yeah...doesn't this look fun?

Okay...the old stone roads and buildings are very cool.

The town church...gorgeous!

 Another view.

Lilyana slept for a little bit in the car and her hair got all curly...so cute!

We went out for a quick bite and homemade sangria at the local place in town.  YUM!

Ben made us talk to the waiter (IN SPANISH!!!!) to order our dessert, so we insisted on eating most of it.
He's such a good sport.

 Lilyana says "Adiós!"

El día siete was MUCH better and TOTALLY made up for our "bad" day!  It was fantastico!  
So be sure to check back!

Tiffany for BLT+MJ

Monday, March 19, 2012

Día Cinco

Day Five...what a wonderful day!  Great views, good company and fantastico food!  What more can one ask for?!?!  We headed out early to see the Geysers near La Franca, but since there are no "brown signs", we were on our own...so we didn't find them.  We did however, find a beautiful place on the coast and had some fun before we met up with our dear hosts, Tinin and Paco, who treated us to an AMAZING lunch!  It was so fun, very relaxing and some of the most delicious food that I have ever had!  Afterwards, they took us along the coast and then dropped us off in San Vicente de la Barquera to see the castle and cathedral.  

Before we left, however, Lilyana needed a bath.

First time in the sink.  She found it rather....interesting and quite distressing.

After driving for a few minutes, we found a little country road that went toward the cliffs.


"We're at the CLIFFS OF INSANITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

LOVE the stone walls that you find all over Spain!

Jess and I went one way while Ben and Mel went another.  This was the view we had when we looked down.  

Taking in the beauty of the ocean.  I never get tired of it.

Melissa called us over to see what she had discovered.  After almost killing ourselves on poky rocks, we made it down to see a hole in the walls and the ocean roaring in.

There was this fun little pool that we want to go back to if we get a nice sunny day this week.

Jess was happy just holding le bebe.

Ben enjoying himself.

Feet and rocks and water.

Later on, while we were in town, Jess and I went window shopping...and couldn't resist trying on such a cute hat!

We went to a restored palace turned hotel and restaurant . Their appetizer was a little shrimp with that YUMMY thick Italian balsamic vinegar.  SO good.

My ensalada.  

Our group, with our sweet Tinin and Paco!
Check out that room!

Jess had a veggie thing...Pisto Manchego was the name of the dish.

 Mmmmm...the local fish.  They rubbed coarse sea salt into it, grilled it and then served it with a tomato sauce.  The best fish I've ever had.

We forgot to get pictures of our dessert.

Once we were done stuffing ourselves, we wandered into the front room to sit on the comfy couches and enjoy our café.  Tinin and Paco were so wonderful and answered so many of our questions! 

Paco took lots of pictures for us so that we could all be in them! 

In San Vicente de la Barquera on the ancient road.  Up on the hill there is the very old town complete with a castle and church surrounded by a HUGE stone wall. It was amazing to see so much of it still standing and being used today!  Can you imagine living inside the stone wall in one of the old stone houses with a view of the castle out your windows? 



The church on the hill.  Unfortunately, it was closed that day. :(

 We love arches.

Lilyana in the window!
Jess and Mel are loving all of this baby time!

More of the church.

Ben, Jess and I climbed up to the battlements to see the amazing view.  Mel kept the camera. ;)

Baby love!

Oh, that's right...our camera died after this shot and we accidentally left the card for our other camera at the house....so that's all from Día Cinco!  

Día seis up next!

Now...off to get some café con leche!


Tiffany for BLT+MJ