My heart is currently set on Europe. I am desperate to go to Spain (amongst several other countries).
Since I was being lazy on New Years Day I decided to catch up on some shows. Both Booze Traveler on the Travel Channel and Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown on CNN had episodes in Spain with the mention of Granada in each one.
Granada is the capital of the province of Granada which lies in the region of Andalusia in Spain. It is at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountains and is about an hour away from the Mediterranean coast. The city is the 13th largest urban area in Spain.
The most famous structure in Granada is the Alhambra which is a Moorish citadel and palace. It is the most renowned building of Andalusian Islamic history. There is a heavy Moorish influence in the architecture of the city.
Granada is a city full of History and Culture. From some of the earliest Celtic immigrants to gypsies to the Roman invasion, all have crossed paths in Granda.
Of course, tapas are a way of life in Granada. When hanging out with friends at night, going from bar to bar ordering drinks and sampling some incredible food.
Through it all, my heart longs to wander amongst Spain.
I am obsessed with gardens.
There is something about being surrounded by natural beauty that is necessary to my everyday life. Whenever I’m feeling off or I just need to clear my head you can find me wandering about in the woods or in some garden. Not too far from my house is the Cheekwood Botanical Gardens. Although its a little pricey to get in, every once in a while it’s worth it. They have had an Andy Warhol exhibit at the art museum on the grounds. Flowers and Andy Warhol…you know I’m in.
In one portion of the exhibit, it spoke about finding beauty in the mundane. It’s the tension between the mundane and the beautiful. I want to be able to see the beauty in the everyday routines. Not only in nature and objects but in others. People can be crazy but inside each person there is something beautiful and worthwhile. I want to be more present in the moment and see those around me. I can get so caught up in my own business and nonsense that I know I miss quite a bit.
Anyways, here’s a few pics from my wanderings from the other day….
“A picture means I know where I was every minute. That’s why I take pictures. It’s a visual diary.” ― Andy Warhol
The other day I was going through some of the pictures on my computer.
Looking back at those photos brings back all kinds of wonderful memories so I thought I would share some of them.
This one is from wandering around one of my absolute favorite places in the world, the Sydney Botanical Gardens.
It was about a 30 min train ride from where I lived in the suburbs to downtown Sydney. I would try to go as often as I could and wander about the city, but when I just needed a bit of nature I would go to the gardens. In the midst of a busy and sometimes chaotic city, the gardens are place to get away from it all. It’s about 158 acres with 8,900 different types of plant species. It’s a wonderful place to wander about when you just need to see something beautiful.
I miss this city more than I can put into words. When I finally decide to put some roots down this is the one place that I would be okay to do so in. I know that one day I will return again but for now, I treasure these pictures and memories.
I’m not so sure as to why, but I really want to go to Montana.
I know that it is not some exotic location to most people but there is something about the Big Sky state that I would love to just wander around.
Maybe its the open fields, maybe its the roaming bison or quite possibly it’s the fact that you can go on a llama trek…whatever it may be, there is something about this state that draws me towards it.
To find out more on Montana and what to do, check out nationalgeographic.com/local-montana.
I know that I’ve been slacking on my Wanderlust Wednesday’s but here we go again.
The other day at work we had some guests from Portugal. Those two guys were two of the most handsome men that I have ever seen. I mean, I’ve wanted to go to Portugal anyways but after meeting those two, it was a done deal. I must go to Portugal.
Portugal is in southern Europe next to Spain. Portugal is slightly smaller in size than the state of Indiana. It is said that Portugal is like a sample of European landscapes, history and cultures. You have everything from medieval castles to beautiful beaches to mountain slopes to villages with cobblestone roads and cities that captivate your heart.
I have yet to go but Portugal has definitely moved up on my list to go!