Monthly Archives: November 2012

Next Travel Stop – Seville – Eating and Shopping!

We sadly left Salamanca for our next travel stop, Seville. For some amazing sight-seeing, eating and shopping! Luckily, we loved it as much as Salamanca. Even though it rained most of the time we were there, we managed to find a few things to keep us busy, check out some amazing architecture and eat some fantastic food!

I really wanted to go to Seville. Even though you hear a lot about pick-pockets and things, never once did we feel unsafe. Maybe it was the rain or just the simple fact that we travel with a bit of sense about us. Either way, we wandered around Seville for two days, loving every minute of it!

Large Bulls dot the Countryside - Seville - October 2012

Large Bulls dot the Countryside – Seville – October 2012

You know you have reached the southern part of Spain when you start seeing HUGE metal bulls along the road.

Moorish Influence - Seville - October 2012

Moorish Influence – Seville – October 2012

Seville Spain - October 2012

Spanish Architecture – Seville – October 2012

 

Moorish and Spanish Influence - Seville - October 2012

Moorish and Spanish Influence – Seville – October 2012

The Architecture: I love that sometimes the architecture is classic Spanish, sometimes Moorish and sometimes a mix of both! Thank goodness when the Spanish people ran the Moorish/Islamic people out of Spain they embraced or modified the building rather than destroy them. The best Moorish influence we saw on the architecture was in Seville and Granada. I’m sure there are plenty other little places that are lovely…we’ll have to see those next time.

The Divine Iberico Jamon - Seville - October 2012

The Divine Iberico Jamon – Seville – October 2012

Boccarones / White Anchovey - Seville - October 2012

Boccarones / White anchovy at Cafe Tomate – Seville – October 2012

The Food: By this time we were getting to the point where we had a plate of Boccarones / Fried White anchovy and some divine Iberico Jamon at least once a day. I was pretty sure I was going to gain a few kilos eating the food. It was all so simple, fresh and tasty. And too hard to resist! The Iberico Jamon is from a black-hooved free range pig that feeds on acorns. To be called Iberico it has to be raised and aged (up to 4 years) on the Iberian peninsula. Sometimes the best legs can sell for as much as 3000 Euro! We never ate any that was near that expensive but it was always sublime, so I can only imagine how amazing the expensive stuff would be. Cafe Tomate, where these photos were taken, turned out to be our favourite little spot to eat. The food was fantastic and so inexpensive, plus it was close to all the sight-seeing without being too touristy.

Contemplating a Shoe purchase - Seville - October 2012

Contemplating a Shoe purchase – Seville – October 2012

What I bought in Seville - October 2012

What I bought in Seville – October 2012

The Shopping: I could hardly resist lusting after all the amazing boots and shoes. The Fashion Mister caught me contemplating the great pair of black ankle boots with the studs. As much as I love the look, I am sure I would ruin them driving. What I did purchase were 3 pair of patterned tights from a shop called Calzedonia. I had been looking at them in every city and finally decided to buy them. Then from Sfera (a reference from my friend at Crocs are Awful), I purchased the light-weight oxblood wrap cardigan with the leather patches and trim and the cute little nude coloured lace-up oxfords. My thinking is that I can wear the cardigan and the shoes now in Australia even if I’ll have to wait to wear the tights. The scarf was actually purchased in Madrid but I put it in with this photo because the colours work (and I have a lot to show you from Madrid).

Seville turned out to be a great travel stop. The eating, shopping and sight-seeing were fantastic!

Tomorrow I’ll share with you photos from the Cathedral, which was why I really wanted to go to Seville.

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Street Style – Salamanca Spain

Although the street style in Salamanca Spain was similar to that in Barcelona, because it is further south and a little warmer (typically) it seemed just a little more relaxed. And where Barcelona was like other major cities around the world, heavily dressed in black, it seemed in Salamanca brown was the colour to be wearing.

All of these photos were taken while we sat at the Plaza Mayor having a drink and some peppers. If you are in one of these photos and want to be removed please email me. You have been included because I think you look great and wanted to share your style!

Street Style - Salamanca - October 2012

Street Style – Salamanca – October 2012

Street Style - Brown - Salamanca - October 2012

Street Style – Brown – Salamanca – October 2012

 

Street Style - Salamanca - October 2012

Street Style – Salamanca – October 2012

Street Style: Obviously brown was a common theme. As were , boots, tights, scarves, nipped in waists and a general sense of looking fabulous! All of these fantastic women have pulled together a relaxed yet chic look. The fantastic use of tights inspired me and eventually I could no longer resist and had to buy a few pair of tights, which I will share with you when talking about Seville.

It’s really hard to think I looked pretty good on our day in Salamanca when the local ladies look so fantastic!

Scarf Street Style - Salamanca - October 2012

Scarf Street Style – Salamanca – October 2012

Street Style Scarf - Salamanca - October 2012

Street Style Scarf – Salamanca – October 2012

More Street Style: Okay, so these ladies are wearing black but how could I not take their pictures? They look fantastic and I love how they have accessorised with the mandatory scarf! Love the tough of bright colour the lime green scarf brings to the first look. It’s simple and casual but has a little personality about it. I loved the way the second lady had her scarf tied about her shoulders. There she was, a mature-aged woman, looking totally chic and perfectly comfortable in who she is, scarf around her shoulders and trench thrown over her arm. I hope to some day have that confidence. Maybe it comes with age…which means I should just about be there.

In fact, I found this lady kind of inspiring and have looked at her photo a couple of times since returning home as a reminder to be myself and to not be afraid to embrace my style.

Great Street Style - Salamanca - October 2012

Great Street Style – Salamanca – October 2012

My Favourite Street Style Look: This gorgeous woman had my favourite street style look. Talk about style and a relaxed chic, she had it! Love the skinny black pants tucked into the big chunky biker-style boots, topped off with a taupe blouse and the black, white and taupe coloured jacket. Finished off with a brown leather bag and over-sized sunnies, she looked like a model or an actress on a day off. Definitely worthy of a girl crush just because her sense of style is so good.

There you have it. We spent only 24 hours in Salamanca and I loved it so much I have given you 4 posts about it! Next we are on to Seville/Sevilla.

What do you think of the street style in Salamanca Spain? Loving it? Or not?


Salamanca Spain by Night

As promised yesterday, I want to share some pictures of Salamanca Spain by night. There is something even more amazing about the old architecture when they light it up at night. We basically, spent the evening hours wandering around the same places we had been during the day but seeing it completely differently.

The Roman Bridge at Night - Salamanca - October 2012

The Roman Bridge at Night – Salamanca – October 2012

The Roman Bridge at Night: I love this view across the old roman bridge and to the cathedral. I had thought it lovely during the day but simply beautiful by night. Imagine, this was the view from our hotel. Totally fantastic!

Cathedral at Night - Salamanca - October 2012

Cathedral at Night – Salamanca – October 2012

Cathedral at Night - Salamanca - October 2012

Cathedral at Night – Salamanca – October 2012

The Cathedral at Night: It’s hard to imagine how big this cathedral was as this is only part of it but when I had been touring around it during the day it made me think of the book “Pillars of the Earth“. The fact that these HUGE and amazing buildings were built in a time when they didn’t have the conveniences that we have now and that so much was put into making them beautiful was sometimes overwhelming.

Archway into the Plaza Mayor - Salamanca - October 2012

Archway into the Plaza Mayor – Salamanca – October 2012

Plaza Mayor by Night - Salamanca - October 2012

Plaza Mayor by Night – Salamanca – October 2012

Plaza Mayor by Night: You can see how spectacular the Plaza Mayor looked all lit up for the night. It was stunning! I loved how the lighting high-lighted the architecture and the fact that you could enjoy it as much in the evening as you could during the day.

We loved Salamanca and when we get back to Spain, we will definitely spend more than 24 hours there. If you are planning a trip to Spain, you should really get to Salamanca. We never did make it to the Art Deco Museum!

Hope you enjoyed Salamanca Spain by night as much as we did!

 


What I Wore – Salamanca, Spain

As I mentioned yesterday, the sun was shining on us in Salamanca. So I decided to take advantage of the weather and modify what I wore while there. After all, you may remember that I had predominately packed warm weather clothes so now was the perfect time to actually wear some it!

Standing outside the Cathedral - Salamanca - October 2012

Standing outside the Cathedral – Salamanca – October 2012

What I Wore: So in looking at the pictures, it’s probably not the most flattering look. However, it was really comfortable so that won out on the day. I purchased the shirt from an op/thrift shop for about $4. It’s blue and white stripes, made of t-shirt material and has a cute little ruffle around the neckline and down the front. I thought the ruffle detail might distract from the tummy roll…but it obviously doesn’t! Anyway, I matched it up with my red cotton pants which I had cuffed to look more casual and the neutral coloured ballet flats. I kept accessories minimal, silver earrings and bracelet and my big white watch.

Normally, I would have been carrying my big red bag but most of the time I would just hand the Fashion Mister some money and my credit card (in case the urge to shop overwhelmed me) and I just carried the camera. It certainly made life easier for taking pictures and walking through crowds.

Sitting in Plaza Mayor - Salamanca - October 2012

Sitting in Plaza Mayor – Salamanca – October 2012

A beautiful glass of wine on a beautiful day in Salamanca

A beautiful glass of wine on a beautiful day in Salamanca

A Glorious Day: The weather was so fantastic, we decided to stop in the Plaza Mayor or some lunch, and the mandatory liquid refreshment. By now I knew that in the red wines I preferred a Tempranillo (which we have in Australia and I already love – though the Spanish ones are particularly good) and in white, a Verdejo (or as we also know it in Australia Verdello). Food and wine are so inexpensive in Spain, a glass of wine usually cost about 2-2.5 euro and it isn’t a 100ml serve like you get in Australia, but a full glass!

Another common item, and one of my favourites, on many menus were the grilled picillo peppers (pimento). They are very mild and kind of small, tossed on the grill with a bit of olive oil and salt and served up. I would order them every time I saw them on the menu. On this day we also had some crusty bred rubbed with fresh tomato and a tiny bowl of olives. It was all perfect as we sat in the plaza people watching and enjoying the sunshine.

Nighttime in Plaza Mayor - Salamanca - October 2012

Nighttime in Plaza Mayor – Salamanca – October 2012

Come the Night: The weather stayed pleasant but cooled off, so I just added my new hooded cardigan for our walk back into town. There were even more people in the Plaza Mayor in the evening than there had been during the day and it really felt like the place was buzzing. There were a bunch of book vendors set up in the middle, with young and old chatting and buying books.

Tomorrow, I will share a few more night shots of Salamanca but for now, that is what I wore in Salamanca Spain.

Cheers,

Laura


Next Travel Stop – Salamanca, Spain

Our next travel stop was Salamanca Spain. Originally, we knew that from San Sebastian we wanted to head south and get to Seville. If we had done that drive it would have taken all day, so we had decided before the trip to stop in Salamanca. We really didn’t know anything about it other than there was a bridge over the river that had been built by the Romans (and that would be kind of cool to see), they had an Art Deco Museum (so it would give us something to do with our time), and we had been to the Salamanca Market in Hobart (so there was kind of connection to home?).

It turned out to be one of our best stops! Maybe because we didn’t have any preconceived ideas about it, but I wish we would have had more than the one night stay.

The Roman Bridge - Salamanca - October 2012

The Roman Bridge – Salamanca – October 2012

The Roman Bridge: The Fashion Mister had booked us into a hotel that was at one end of the old roman bridge which gave us a great view of the old city and the MASSIVE cathedral. Because we had gotten there about mid-day we had plenty of opportunity to explore and to make it even better we actually had blue skies!

Cathedral - Salamanca - October 2012

Cathedral – Salamanca – October 2012

The Cathedral: Of course I couldn’t resist heading over the bridge and to the cathedral. While I was snapping pics the Fashion Mister noticed that there was an entrance where you could tour the upper levels of the cathedral, not just walk around inside as we had done before. He’s not a fan of heights so while I went in and up he went in search of a cool drink.

Looking over Salamanca - October 2012

Looking over Salamanca – October 2012

Views from the Cathedral - Salamanca - October 2012

Views from the Cathedral – Salamanca – October 2012

Touring the Top of the Cathedral: On this tour I was able to walk around the landing that is nearly two stories high on the inside of the cathedral as well as a number of the walkways on the outside of the building. It was amazing to be so close to  parts I have rarely seen. Outside provide great views over the area right from old town into the newer areas. This is certainly one of the parts of the trip that I will remember forever as experiencing it seemed so special.

The Plaza Mayor - Salamanca - October 2012

The Plaza Mayor – Salamanca – October 2012

The Plaza Mayor: After coming down from my roof-top excursion, I caught up with the Fashion Mister. First we both wandered around inside the cathedral, me snapping pictures and him checking out the art and all the little alcove areas. Eventually, we found our way to The Plaza Mayor. We had learned that every city either has a Plaza Mayor or a Plaza de Espana, which usually had shopping and food. This Plaza Mayor had both and all set out under the covered arch walkways. Many of the restaurants spill out into the Plaza to take advantage of the space and sun.

As it turned out, Salamanca has a good-sized university and at lunch time the plaza was buzzing with activity. We stopped for some lunch, wandered around a bit, went back to the hotel for a break and then came back out that evening.

Over the next couple of days I will share some night pictures, local street-style shots and what I wore. So stay tuned for more of travel stop – Salamanca, Spain!

 


What I Bought – San Sebastian, Spain

As mentioned yesterday, the weather forced me to go shopping but that wasn’t all of what I bought in San Sebastian, Spain. If you are a regular reader, I’m sure that doesn’t surprise you.

First I’ll share the weather related purchases and then my other, because I wanted them purchases!

What I Bought and Wore in San Sebastian Spain - October 2012

What I Bought and Wore in San Sebastian Spain – October 2012

What I Bought and Wore: First, let me say sorry for the daggy picture, it is the only one from San Sebastian that shoes the boots that I bought so I have included it. The pants, shirt and handbag had made the trip with me but because of the weather I needed something to keep my feet warmer and some kind of sweater or cardigan. I purchased the boots and the Cardigan at a little Spanish retail chain called Oysho on our first trip walking into town and changed into them immediately. They definitely ended up on high rotation during the holiday!

Oysho and Punt Roma purchases from Spain

Oysho and Punt Roma purchases from Spain

Oysho and Punt Roma Purchases: I had mentioned purchasing the pants in Barcelona. They were from Punt Roma which I gather is mostly for more mature women as the sizes are a little more generous. I really like them because they are like skinny jeans but with a fair bit more give to the material and the length is much longer so I can wear them with boots. The cardigan and boots were really reasonably priced and got tons of wear while on holiday and are sure to get much more now that they are permanent members of my wardrobe.

Bargain dress from an outlet in San Sebastian - October 2012

Bargain dress from an outlet in San Sebastian – October 2012

Orange Jacket from Outlet in San Sebastian - October 2012

Orange Jacket from Outlet in San Sebastian – October 2012

Great Buys: The dress and jacket were purchased from a little shop that had a sign out front saying “Outlet Sale”. How could I resist at least going in and having a look around? The total cost of both pieces was 32 Euro, so about $40 Australian! The dress is looks great on with its body con fit and colour blocking showing off curves in a good way. The gold braiding adds just enough glam to it that I think I am going to wear it to my step-daughters wedding in February. It’ll be warm here at that time so the dress and my navy blue satin heels will look great. The jacket is actually an imitation leather, but I love it anyway. After all, it’s orange! And for the price, I can certainly be okay with the expense if it only works for a season or two more. However, the classic cut of it will likely mean that I will get a lot more use over the years than out of other jackets. It’s perfect for adding both a bit of edge and a bit of fun to a look.

I’m sure over the next few months I will have opportunity to style and wear these items, so you will see more of what I bought in San Sebastian, Spain.

Do you like? Anything catch your eye? How would you style them?


Travel Adventure – San Sebastian, Spain

Our next travel adventure happened in San Sebastian, Spain. One would think after driving for nearly a week in a foreign land, on the other side of the road and using the GPS that we might be over our GPS and driving adventures.

One would be wrong!

We had programmed in our hotel and nearest parking. The Fashion Mister mentioned it was on a round-a-bout…maybe that is what freaked me out as I had already had a round-a-bout adventure at the start of trip! Actually the drive was simple and I was starting to feel like the lady voice on the GPS and I had come to some kind of understanding.

View from our Hotel - San Sebastian - October 2012

View from our Hotel – San Sebastian – October 2012

We could see by the GPS we were getting close and just down a small hill was a LARGE round-a-bout. Probably a good four lanes around, but at that moment it may as well have been 12. As we entered the round about, the GPS announced we had reached our destination! WHAT?! In the middle of the round-a-bout?! Now I knew she was crazy!

What made things worse was that there were a lot of large trees and it was raining, so it was actually difficult to see the front of the buildings. I wasn’t in a lane that would allow me to just drive around and around until we figured it out and next thing I knew we were heading out of the city on one of the highways.

So we tried again.

And again, we went around the round-a-bout without finding where to park, or even our hotel for that matter.
But this time we left the round about from a different lane and headed into a residential area thinking we might find a place to pull over. After going a couple of kilometers with no luck, I just pulled into a driveway and hoped no one came to chase us out.

On our third attempt at the round about, I spotted the entrance to the underground parking and managed to get into the proper lane. While pulling into the car park we spotted our hotel just across the street. This was looking promising. The signs in the car park (parking lot for my American friends) indicated that guests at our hotel should park on levels 2 and 3. We had done it!

As we checked in all I could think was how glad I was going to be not to drive for the next couple of days!

San Sebastian, Spain - October 2012

San Sebastian, Spain – October 2012

One of Four Statues at the bridge- San Sebastian - October 2012

One of Four Statues at the bridge San Sebastian – October 2012

San Sebastian: We were about a 2 kilometer walk into the old part of town. However, it was all flat and actually quite pleasant as the walk was along the river. Even though it was raining the temperature was about 19 C (68 F) which was well warmer than when we left home, but it did mean we needed to buy an umbrella, and I opted for a hooded cardigan and some ankle boots – which I will tell you more about tomorrow. After I was dressed appropriately we spent the next two days wandering up and down every street in the old town.

San Sebastian, Spain - October 2012

San Sebastian, Spain – October 2012

Streets of Old Town - San Sebastian - October 2012

Streets of Old Town – San Sebastian – October 2012

Old Town San Sebastian: I loved it! It didn’t matter that it was raining. The city was beautiful and filled with amazing buildings, fantastic fresh sea food in every restaurant, great wine and lovely little shops. I started our gift shopping while here. I just couldn’t resist when I found a couple of really nice leather handbags for my step-daughters.

San Sebastian - next to the sea - October 2012

San Sebastian – next to the sea – October 2012

The beach at San Sebastian - October 2012

The beach at San Sebastian – October 2012

The Sea Front:  This last photo of the promenade along the beach always had people walking along and enjoying the sea air, even in the rain. I loved San Sebastian in the autumn with the rain coming down. I may not have left had the weather been sunny because along the sea front it was just magnificent even in the rain. In fact on our last day there, I pointed out a building and announced to the Fashion Mister that was going to be where we bought our home in San Sebastian. I think he’s all for it. Just need to win the lottery and we’ll be set!

Next time I have a travel adventure in San Sebastian Spain, I will plan for it to be in the warmer weather. But then I may not ever be heard from again!


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