It’s been quite a while since I have posted anything about anything on here! But I’m back with some shots that hopefully get you smelling the delicious coffee being roasted here by Four Letter Word Roastery in Chicago.
You should definitely check out The Plant facility in the Back of the Yards if you get the chance. It houses a bunch of different local small food businesses that also come together and hold a weekly farmer’s market. It is such a rad space!
While our entire trip was a vacation, Nerja and Frigiliana really felt like a retreat. It was where we stopped driving for a couple of days and just say pool side or ocean side, ate food, and walked. Oh yeah, I guess we kind of did that other stuff everywhere else :)
In the past, Jason and I had gone on beach vacations together and I would always get so bored after sitting on the beach after a couple of hours, itching to see what else was near us that we came so far to see. On this trip, we both agreed that stopping halfway to do the beach thing was a great break, but also that 2 days felt like enough for both of us and that we were ready to see more things after that. It was cool to see our travel “styles” mold together a bit after this trip in what we enjoyed doing.
Below are photos starting with the most adorable little bed and breakfast, owned by a couple in Nerja. The entire home had 6 suites I believe, and each one was decorated by the owners. They were such great people and made us feel so welcome there. For the curious, Nerja is a small coastal town that is part of a cluster of towns known as the “Costa Del Sol.” You would typically get here by flying into Malaga, a city also on the coast. For us, it was the halfway point in our road trip, arriving from Granada (a 2.5 hour drive) before Malaga, and then Ronda.
The photos after Nerja and our B&B are of Frigiliana, the most picture perfect Andalusian town. Andalusia is the overall region that we had done all of our traveling in Spain in. Our B&B host even told us that if you ever see a post card from Southern Spain with white cobble stone walk ways, white stucco, and blue doors, you can bet it was taken in Frigiliana. I can see why. I could have spent all day taking photos there, everything was #omgadorable. It was nice that you could walk the entirety of the town in a couple of hours, or drag it out and spend a whole day there. Sorry, not sorry for the overload of blue door photos.
For some reason, I thought that Granada was a much bigger city than Sevilla (the city we arrived in and stayed on our first night). This might be because there was a really popular study abroad program for Granada back in college and every semester about 100 people went on it. It turns out that Granada is actually a quaint size for a city at 230K. And it also turns out that I quite like cities this size. It was the perfect size to wander around in for a couple days, with no plans in particular except to see the Alhambra. If you plan on visiting Granada, make sure you book your Alhambra tickets in advance as they only allow a certain number of visitors per day and they usually hit that number!
We literally spent our two days here walking, eating, walking, drinking coffee, and eating some more. It was perfect.
Also, since Granada is so small, you can’t really miss it, but make sure you spend some time walking through the Albayzin. That’s the area in these photos with the really narrow cobble streets that goes higher in altitude. So quaint and pretty!