Exploring Spain and Costa Brava <3

Traveling Beach Girl

” I would never again be the same. This is the magic of travel. Any travel.  You leave your home secure in your own knowledge and identity, but as you travel, the world in all its richness intervenes. You meet people you could not invent; you see scenes you could not imagine. Your own world, which was so large as to consume your whole life, becomes smaller and smaller until it is only one tiny dot in space and time. You return a different person.”

( From Letters to my Son, by Kent Nerburn)

MADRID ~

… And so we begun our journey to explore Spain, Costa Brava and before the Universe intervened, the South of Spain and Morocco…

We arrived to Madrid for our stay there for three days. The weather was incredible and it was May, just barely Spring; we were so fortunate a heat wave came along…

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Cruising Pipa, Brazil

Pipa is a Magical little town situated in the largest ecological sanctuary in the State of Rio Grande do Norte. A formerly quiet fishermen’s village with cobble stone streets, breathtaking views and warm waters, Pipa got ” discovered” by surfers internationallyin the late 70’s. It’s population and cuisine is almost like a ” Little Europe”… Nowadays, it’s a Gem for surfers, kiteriders ( Pipa means ” Kite” in Portuguese), down to earth, ecological, independent travelers that enjoy Nature. As well as for Lovers seeking for the perfect romantic spot. We landed in Natal, the closes big city and took a transfer for an hour and a half into the Beautiful jungle. Our Incredible Hotel awaited. Pipa has a great selection of Pousadas and Hotels and even hostels to choose from. Make sure if you stay by the beach, that your hotel’s STAIRCASE is in good conditions!!! Ask ahead since hotels by the cliff have 200 steps to go down to the water. We saw several in awful conditions and that could really be a challenge for your stay. Pipa has several Dreamy beaches, we stayed at Praia Do Madeiro but in a full day you can actually take a walk by all the local, Beautiful beaches. Towards the North side, you’ll see incredible, breathtaking cliffs that look almost hand painted, the earth changing it’s colours before your eyes as you blink! Praia da Casimbinhas is on your way to Tibau do Sul, where Lagoa de Guarairas is. This incredible phenomenon will amaze you as a sweet water lake merges into the ocean giving place to all forms of life such as beautiful pink dolphins, camaleons, turtles, lizzards…The entire Pipa area will amaze you. Watching the sunset at Tibau do Sul is a definite must!

Walking toward the South from Praia do Madeiro, you’ll run into Praia Do Amor, Bahia dos Golfinhos ( Dolphins’ Bay) where waters are very calm, there’s less surf and you can actually spot dolphins and relax from the wind as the mountain surrounds you. Pipa is a very windy area, so come prepared, whatever that means to you! ( And thank the wind, otherwise temperatures would be waaay higher! ;-D ).

Every single day, if you hang around long enough, you’ll get to make BEST FRIENDS with the local little monkeys that come by to say hello, looking for bananas, papayas, cashews and anything you’ll offer them! They’re kind, friendly and don’t bite.

Most hotels have transfers for a few bucks;  you can schedule pick ups and drop offs and go downtown Pipa to dine, shop, enjoy fun nightlife ( downtown Pipa is well known in the area for it’s Ecological vibe, Surf and Nightlife) and walk all the way passed downtown and stumble as we did with the ” real town” where it may not be so glam or cool but it has -THE BEST- restaurants the town can offer!

Pipa will bewitch you, even upon arrival you’ll see large coconut plantations, impressive cliffs, white sand dunes, coves and precipices. All surrounded by pristine , warm turquoise waters which you’ll be able to enjoy every day sipping some coconut water straight out of the fruit, kicking back and wishing time will stay still for ever!

 

BRA BLUFFS WHITE AMAZING BRA BEACH VIEW SUNSET GOLFINHOS BRA PIPA PINK FLOWERS BRA ALLY KISSING MONKEYS BRA TIBAU PIPAS BRA ALLY BEST CLOSE UP BRA MACAKINHO CLOSE UP BANANITABRA PIPA POUSADA FLOWERSBRA PIPA FAROLITOS BOTTLES BRA BEACH BRA COQUITO SMILING BRA PIPA SIGNS BRA DUNAS RED

Spain stole my Heart …

…. Just a couple pics on the new Spain blog I’m working on. Enjoy!!

 

parc guell best detail

Parc Guell and it’s Incredible details ~ Barcelona

 

parafrugell ally n boat

Parafrugell, Costa Brava ~ Girona

Cala Pola, Costa Brava

Cala Pola, Costa Brava~ Catalunya

 

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona..." The Old and the New"
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona…” The Old and the New”

 

Castell de Tossa del Mar
Castell de Tossa del Mar
Ally walking inside the Castle's Fort, Tossa del Mar
Ally walking inside the Castle’s Fort, Tossa del Mar

Madrid

 

Madrid, Soulful and Amazing

 

Beautiful Madrid and it's Torero

 

Madrid and it’s Torero 😉

 

I come from an Artist family that has traveled the World and has lived in seven countries. I too, am an Artist as well. Born in Santa Monica, CA, I enjoy the richness of being the child of two cultures, a citizen of the World: an Argentinean Mother,a Spaniard Grandfather and a Santa Monican Dad. My itch for traveling has been a passion ever since I was a little girl, listening to my Grandparents’ travel stories, looking at their pictures, reading my Grandmother’s Travel Diaries and so…I begun my own. I hope you enjoy it!!!

“Be Happy”

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”  We can transform our lives and the lives of the people around us, right now, just as surely as turning on the lights will illuminate a room, no matter how long it has been dark”  

” Siendo mejores personas podemos transformar nuestras vidas y las de los demas a nuestro alrededor,ahora mismo, tan certeramente como que encender las luces, iluminara una habitacion no importa por cuanto tiempo ha estado oscura”

flowers and bubbles