Pond Jumpers: Spain

Archive for August, 2010

Celebrating our 5th Anniversary, Part 1: The Guggenheim in Bilbao

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

Time sneaks up on you like a windshield on a bug. – John Lithgow This quote seems to summarize so much of life for me — and I know every year I will feel more that way. Jay and I celebrated our wedding anniversary last weekend with a short trip to Santander and Bilbao. I can’t believe we have already been

Day Trip to El Escorial and Silla de Felipe II

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Two Saturdays ago we made our second attempt at a day trip to El Escorial. It was worth the wait. The morning weather was sunny and 70°F — perfect for a hike. And it was a festival weekend in the town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, which meant free entry into El Escorial and a $20 savings for us. After an hour bus ride into the Sierra de Guadarrama mountains outside of Madrid we arrived in the small

Parks and Gardens in Madrid

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

Madrid proudly boasts more trees per capita than any other capital in the world. Only Tokyo has more trees, and they have three times the population. This fact makes Madrid a great place for me since I love city parks. I love the contrast; being surrounded by large buildings and bustling life one minute and then being lost in the middle of lush green trees, grass and flowers the next minute. And the