Notre Dame de la Guarde, Marseille

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Notre Dame de la Guarde sits atop a hill overlooking the old port of Marseille. You can’t miss it when you strolling around the shops and restaurants. When we visited we decided to take the walking tour route (i think we walked 10,000 miles on this trip). It’s a long walk up a hill through residential areas. It’s a great walk – just long… and steep. The cathedral is filled with artwork representing all sorts of ships and sailboats. There are also different models of all types of boats hanging from the ceiling by strings. It’s a unique cathedral to visit and a great view of the city and surrounding Mediterranean. I’m going to go ahead and recommend finding a bus or car to take you up there… Did i mention it’s a long, steep walk?

Calanques, Marseille

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If anyone were ever to ask me what they should do if they visit Marseille, one of the first things I would suggest is to take a boat ride through the Calanques. My sister recommended it to me and I was not disappoint. If you are like me and weren’t quite sure what the word ‘Calanque’ meant, they are steep cliff inlets, typically made of limestone as you can see from the photos above. It was the most pleasant day we spent in Marseille for me being that hanging out on the water is my happy place. Not to mention the ‘naturalist beach’ (nude beach) we drove by and the boat of French boys that mooned us as they sped by. An exciting time, indeed.

La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

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There really are no words for a place like this. But I’ll try to say a few đŸ™‚ La Sagrada Familia is a cathedral over a hundred years in the making. Started in the late 1800s, you can see all the touches from the initial architect, Gaudi, but you can also see all the other hands of architects that have touched this amazing building. It’s awe inspiring, jaw dropping and just plan beautiful. The detail on the outer structure is something that you could sit and stare at for days and find something new every hour. The light pouring in through the giant stained glass windows was my favorite part. It’s a must see for anyone visiting Barcelona. MUST.

The Getty Center, Los Angeles

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Last fall we visited daddyPrimate‘s sister and her family. It was a great trip minus my anxiousness with a newly mobile tiny one. For one of our outings we ventured the highways of LA to see the Getty Center. The view of LA was fantastic and the grounds were so beautifully manicured. We didn’t venture too much into the museums because I was having a hanger attack and couldn’t quite manage a baby around breakables. But just the views were enough for the trip. Unfortunately these are most of the images I took on this vacation. Guess toting baby, baby paraphernalia AND the camera was a bit much for me. That last photo, though, is dear to my heart and I am so happy we have it.

Grand Canyon, Arizona

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This past Thanksgiving we traveled to Flagstaff, AZ to spend the holiday with my father, stepmother, sister and her family. One of the reasons we chose this location was its proximity to the Grand Canyon. I had never seen it and I wanted to set my little eyes on this natural wonder. And that we did. On one beautiful but cold and windy day we drove the 1.5 hours from our rental. Oh boy, it was just amazing. It felt special to take Hayden there, even though she won’t remember, I can tell her how she practiced her walking on the trails above the canyon. How cool is that?

Breakdancers in Barcelona

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I love dance. It’s always seemed like this magical thing that I’ve never been very talented at. Always thought I could do it if I just tried… but never really tried. I love watching it on TV, going to shows and have always admired dancers. So when we were walking though the plaza in front of the Barcelona Cathedral on our way for a stroll through the gothic district and bumped into a group of breakdancers who were about to start, I made Charlie stop. And proceeded to take about 200 pictures. They were talented and funny, they made my heart happy.

Catedral de Santa MarĂ­a la Real de la Almudena

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One of our first stops on the honeymoon travel extravaganza was this cathedral in Madrid. We were pretty stoked to visit some old European cathedrals, even though I don’t assign myself to a certain religion I do find buildings and objects created in their name fascinating. Cathedrals have always been a place of awe for me. The structures themselves, the sculptures, statues, and the feelings within the walls are something that I enjoy investigating. Turns out this cathedral isn’t that old. It was started in the late 1880s and wasn’t finished until 1993. The name comes from a legend of a hidden image of the Virgin Mary in the walls of the city that helped to retake the city from the Moors in the 15th century. The cathedral is filled with so much to look at, I would definitely recommend a stop.

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