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The Arc de Triomphe was one of my favorite parts of the trip. The arc itself was fascinating and had small details that could be appreciated up close. If you aren’t scared of heights, I recommend climbing the stairs and going to the top to see the view of the whole city.
For those who would rather remain on the ground, at the base of the arc is the Champs Elysees, street of stores, restaurants, and cafes.
The Champs Elysees is the home to the only white McDonalds logo in the world
Last but not least is the Eiffel Tower. Whether you go visit during the day or at night, it will be an amazing sight. If you want another view of the city you can either take an elevator or the stairs to have a 360 view of the city of Paris.
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What’s not to love about Paris, from the touristy spots like the Eiffel Tower to the historical parts all around the city, Paris has it all!
The Louvre Museum is the largest and probably most famous museum in the world. Home to priceless works of art like the Mona Lisa and The Venus de Milo.
Notre Dame, a medieval cathedral containing many sculptures and stained glass that still holds mass every week. Also, right beside the famous cathedral are crypts that give some background on Notre Dame.
Look out for the many monuments and memorials all around the city!
Look out for The Seine River that runs through Paris
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Barcelona is a thriving city because of the proximity of the Mediterranean Ocean and all the things to do in the city itself, it is mostly known for its architecture and art.
First things first, a visit to “las ramblas” while in Barcelona is essential. A long strip of vendors, restaurants, cafes, shops, street performers etc. It begins with this memorial of Christopher Columbus and continues on after that.
Check out the world famous stadium, home to FC Barcelona
La Sagrada Familia is a well known Roman Catholic Church. Though I did not get to go inside because of the construction, the outside was amazing to see.
It won’t take long to realize why Barcelona is known for its architecture. You can make a day out of walking around the city and simply looking at all the intricate architecture displayed around the city
Be sure to take a visit to the beach. Arguable one of the most beautiful beaches I have visited because of the crystal clear water….just make sure you don’t make the same mistake I did and unknowingly end up in the middle of a nude beach!
Barcelona is home to the Picasso Museum and many Flamenco dancers performing everyday. Photos or videos were not permitted in either of these things, but they are definitely worth a visit.
Finding vegan food in Madrid was always easy and accessible. Most restaurants offered traditional Spaniard food from gazpacho to paella and even a variety of vegan tapas.
A small mom and pop all vegan restaurant owned by a friendly couple. They only served one menu item each day and make it on the spot. I had a sandwich and ordered a watermelon batido (watermelon and ice). Sadly the restaurant closed but its delicious batidos will live in infamy.
An all vegan restaurant that offers traditional Spaniard food. They provide a welcoming and crafty environment.
An all vegan restaurant near the Gran Via. Hear, I ordered a flower drink and gazpacho as an appetizer. For dinner, I had a plate of vegetables with a special sauce. For dessert I had a mixture of ice cream and whipped cream topped with mango flavoring. Everything I tried from this restaurant was amazing. I also thought the bathroom signs were interesting….can you tell which is which?
A daily new all vegan restaurant, but what they lack in experience they gain in their quality of food. We decided to eat fried yuca along with alioli and brava sauce along with a veggie wrap and a fruit smoothie.
An all vegan restaurant that serves healthy organic dishes. You may find a variety of traditional Spaniard food.
An all vegan restaurant only a short walk from the Temple of Debod. They offer a variety of Western food along with many drinks and desserts.
An all vegan restaurant ran by a hospitable couple. Be sure to try the chroizo con patatas and their artesian ice cream.
Madrid is a city full of unique culture and is filled with lots of history, so I wanted to share different things that I love about the city
The Royal Palace is a must see for anyone visiting Madrid
If you are a real Madrid fan, you will not be disappointed. There are fans and fan gear everywhere!
The oldest restaurant in the world “El Botin” is located in Madrid, although they do not have vegan food I had to pay this restaurant a visit because of my favorite author, Ernest Hemingway’s references to it in The Sun Also Rises.
The city itself is always awake! Other than the daily siesta, most of the locals will enjoy a casual night walking around the city or even starting their dinner or eating some tapas at 10pm. Most places don’t close until midnight
For any art lovers El Prado Museum is the place to go. Many works of art displayed by thousand year old artists can be viewed here
Street art is everywhere! Take a second to admire it
Check out Egyptian Ruins at the Temple of Debod at the local park, you won’t be disappointed
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Toledo is a famous walled city about 40miles from Madrid. It is the perfect embodiment of the Spanish culture. You will enjoy the history and culture while also being surrounded by modern restaurants and cafes.
We took a train to get to the city, and from there you can choose to take a guided tour, a taxi, or simply walk around the city
A small train that runs all throughout the city took us around the city and stopped a few times for us to take photos. Usually I prefer to explore on foot, but this is a good alternative if you are short on time or want stories and other details of the city
If you venture out on foot, you’ll have fun exploring the unique streets, or even if you take a taxi it will be interesting to see your driver barely fitting through the spaces!
Visit breathtaking cathedrals scattered all over Toledo, either admire them from the outside or you can choose to pay a small fee and visit the inside which I recommend because they are all amazing.
While in Spain, we took a day trip to Segovia. A modern city built among an ancient medieval city
After taking a train from Madrid and a bus, we were dropped off in front of the ancient city. Segovia is famous for the ancient Roman aqueduct that was built thousands of years ago and still works to this day!
I recommend spending a good portion of the day here and planning to have lunch here. While exploring the city, you may stumble upon an enormous cathedral, which is the tallest building in the city.
If you continue to venture off through the city, you will find these gates that lead to something even more impressive…
This is the Alcazar de Segovia, a castle that looks like it came straight out of a children’s fairytale book. Sadly, it was under construction so we couldn’t go inside, but the area surrounding the castle has a beautiful view of Segovia.
The Buen Retiro Park is a popular hangout place for many locals in Madrid.
The park has many water features including little row boats!
But don’t worry, If you don’t like the water, you can stick to the paths in the park and enjoy the scenary.
While you’re walking you may come across a crystal castle!
There’s even a museum inside. Go inside, take some photos, and enjoy the view!
In the summer of 2016, my parents and I took a backpacking trip to Spain. Whenever I visit Spain it’s always special to me because I used to live there as a little girl. It feels like home and as if I had never left. On our trip we visited Madrid, Toledo, Segovia, and Barcelona. After about 10 days, we went to Paris to finish off our trip.
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