Short version: 2014 was an amazing year of travel for me.
I went to four different places I’ve wanted to visit for a long time and managed a return to New York while I was at it.
New York (hello, old friend)
2014 was remarkable because I only made it to NYC once this year (not a real problem, I know). Even though I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve visited NYC, this was my first trip taking public transit to and from Laguardia, thanks to a late-2013 change to the Q70 routing. It’s now an airport limited service, connecting Laguardia to the E/F/M/R/7 trains into Manhattan.
I visited in May, when spring was in full force and it was simply splendid. However, we did have a cracker of a storm one night, which yielded this unforgettable image captured by a lucky fellow over in Brooklyn:
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When I traveled in Spain in 2011, the beer was … fine. A number of the large commercial brands I drank reminded me of the large commercial brands I avoid in North America. For Spain, lighter beers are well-suited for the climate in some areas, particularly in the heat of Andalucia. Again, they were … fine, but I wasn’t longing for them when I got home.
When I returned to Spain in 2014, it was a whole new world. A world of cerveza artesanal. And it was good.
Continue reading Beer travel in Spain (no, really!)
I’ve been to Barcelona twice, and each visit coincided with important Catalan cultural celebrations. As a Canadian who has watched a couple of significant efforts toward independence for Quebec in my lifetime, I thought I had a decent understanding of what to expect when I visited Barcelona on September 11, 2014. It turned out to be so much more than any one thing – it was a solemn celebration, a raging party and a plan for the future.
Sidebar: September 11 is La Diada Nacional de Catalunya, an important commemoration of the defeat of Catalunya during the war of Spanish succession in 1714.
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This week’s #FriFotos theme, “geometric,” was a fun one for me and I had a lot to contribute! Both Morocco and Spain are literally overflowing with examples of gorgeous structures, architecture and design that are visually stunning and technically complicated.
Barcelona, Spain: La Pedrera
It’s hard to miss any of Antoni Gaudi’s surreal masterpieces in Barcelona, but a stop at La Pedrera is mandatory (in my opinion) to see the marvelous roof with its whimsical chimneys.
My first day in Barcelona involved acclimatizing to the lovely city, mangling Catalan by mostly speaking French, and trying to stay awake until 9 pm.
Continue reading Walking off jetlag in Barcelona’s Parc de la Ciutadella