Stories from 2018 – 38 – Barcelona Part 2

Our next stop in Barcelona was at he climbing gym. 

The boys climbed while I read.

it was fun to see them in action.

i wanted more Gaudi but the boys were done so they kindly let me do this one on my own.

the inside of this house is breathtaking.


all the glass and light.


all the color.

i loved the blue.

i can’t even imagine living in this house.

i took thousands of photos.

loved the tiles.

this is the roof.

and one more on my way down.


the boys waited next door and had some juice + chocolate.


so here’s part two of our adventures in Barcelona. more next time πŸ™‚


Stories from 2018 is a year-long project for 2018. You can read more about my projects for 2018here.

Stories from 2018 – 35 – Barcelona Part 1

After Girona, we drove to Barcelona and quickly realized that we didn’t really want a car in Barcelona so we returned our rental the next morning. Our first trip was to Park GΓΌell. I read on the net that you didn’t need to buy the tickets to the special paid part to see all the Gaudi stuff, which was completely untrue. So that night we bought tickets and went back the next morning. I took hundreds of photos at this tiny section of the park. I will not torture you with all of them but I find Gaudi’s work to be magnificent.

The mosaics are just so so breathtaking.

and the shapes he uses are so curvy and organic.

vines.

doesn’t that take your breath away?


this lizard is quite famous.


i tried not to go overboard but I couldn’t help myself.

i just loved all of his stuff.

i mean look at this house!

and this!

even the bathrooms were pretty!

We spent a long, long time walking around before it was ok to move on. 
so here’s part one of our adventures in Barcelona. more next time πŸ™‚


Stories from 2018 is a year-long project for 2018. You can read more about my projects for 2018here.

Stories from 2018 – 35 – Girona

We drove to the last town in France, Perpignan, and took the super fast train to Girona. 

I’d seen this photo but seeing it in person was so much more beautiful.

isn’t it magnificent?

some interesting statues.

nathaniel loved this one store and spent 45 mins there


we loved the streets and noticed all the flags everywhere.


not sure if this is a real person.

i loved these stairs too! 

we could have taken the super fast train right to barcelona which would mean we’d miss this.

and this!

so i am glad we did go to Girona and see this small but beautiful town. 

And next we come to the last part of our trip, Barcelona, which was my very favorite part!


Stories from 2018 is a year-long project for 2018. You can read more about my projects for 2018here.

Stories from 2018 – 34 – Marseilles and Montpellier

After we left Aix, we drove down to Marseilles which was another seaside town. Marseilles is a fishing town and it’s so very beautiful.

I loved all the streets.

and the incredible churches.

isn’t it magnificent?

i love all the detail.

i made the whole family walk to this museum in the super hot weather just so i could get these shots.


this made me think of home.


so many many of the streets had a lot of graffiti. 

and a lot of old doors.

I took around 600 photos just in Marseilles.
and snapped this on the way out of town.

We then drove to Montpellier where our AirBnB was down this amazing, amazing street.

And the house was amazing too. It was big and fun and we ended up taking the whole day to relax.

the kids played all day while I read and Jake went climbing.

On the way out of town we passed by Carcassonne and had to capture this shot since it’s one of our favorite Board Games πŸ™‚

Next up is Barcelona, the last leg of our wonderful journey.


Stories from 2018 is a year-long project for 2018. You can read more about my projects for 2018here.

Stories from 2018 – 33 – Cannes and Aix-en-Provence

On the way back from St. Tropez, we decided to stop at Cannes. I had read that it was not as interesting and it was getting darker but we went anyway.

We were so glad we did. In fact, it turned out to be Jake’s favorite part of the trip.

we walked around the beautiful beach.

and I snapped a million photos.

we saw a ferris wheel and decided we had to get on!

it was fantastic, right at sunset.


it was very beautiful in Cannes. 


we didn’t do shopping but still went to the main street.


but the beach was so much better.

The next morning, we were on our way to Montpellier so we stopped by Aix-en-Provence, which I loved.


This city is so very beautiful and old and lovely.


Full of fountains.


and these stunning buildings.

I just loved the feel of the whole city. It was so delightful and warm.

And of course I took photos of all the windows.

this is one of my favorites.

isn’t it magnificent.

we then moved on to Marseilles but I love love loved Aix and here’s to being able to go back one day!


Stories from 2018 is a year-long project for 2018. You can read more about my projects for 2018here.

Stories from 2018 – 32 – Pisa, Nice, and St. Tropez

 

 

On the way to Forte dei Marmi, we decided to stop by Pisa since it was really closeby.

It was super cool to see the building in person so I am glad we did. 

We didn’t stay too long but it was totally fun 


Then we went to Forte dei Marmi and spent the four days with my family. After that, we drove to the edge of Italy to SanRemo and took a train to our next destination: Nice.

the views from the train were breathtaking.

and even the train garre was amazing.

we had a rental waiting for us right outside of the station. 

and we drove straight to our AirBnB, dropped off our bags and left for downtown Nice. 


the kids did a lot of reading throughout or vacation and we brought the kindles everywhere to ensure there was no whining. 


love my boys.


The next day we woke up and drove all the way to St. Tropez where we walked its lovely streets. 

and visited the butterfly museum.


and this big fort.


the views there were breathtaking, too.


and everything was cute and french and lovely.

We wanted to make sure to stop at Cannes on the way back so next time I’ll share a bit about our Cannes adventures along with the rest of France.


Stories from 2018 is a year-long project for 2018. You can read more about my projects for 2018here.

Stories from 2018 – 31 – Forte dei Marmi

After our day and a half in Rome, we rented a car and drove north to this little town called Forte dei Marmi where we met up with my family to celebrate my dad’s 75th birthday.

My amazing sister had done an incredible amount of work to make the day special for my dad. We call him opapa so she made custom shirts so we all had shirts that said who we were in relation to my dad.

and then the back said 75th birthday.

the three of us.

my mom and dad with all the grandkids.

she had setup games for us to play on the beach.

there was much laughing 

and joy

my parents were super game to play along.


afterwards she got us all white shirts and a whole bunch of props to take photos with.


and everyone was happy to play along.


here’s my special sister and her amazing family.


without whom none of this would be possible. She also got custom towels made, custom chocolates, hazelnuts and many other small and big touches. It was a wonderful few days with the people who are most special in my life.


Stories from 2018 is a year-long project for 2018. You can read more about my projects for 2018here.

Stories from 2018 – 30 – Rome

I figured I will share some photos from our trip, little bits at a time but these will still be photo-heavy.

Our airbnb in Rome was lovely.

not huge but clean and nice.

and right in the middle of rome.

we had only one day there so we had to see everything in one day.

i walked them to fontana di trevi first.

and then we walked slowly on the way to the Colosseum and saw things along the way.

This tower was super-meaningful to David cause he knew all about it. Trajan’s Column.

they all loved the ancient ruins everywhere in rome.


and all the mentions of SPQR.


And finally we were there.


We then went to the Pantheon.


which was magnificent.


and the Spanish Steps.


we took more than 30,000 steps in one day while in Rome. We saw so much. We went to Trastevere at night, too. 

But we didn’t get to see Vatican City and the Sistine Chapel. That will have to be saved for next time. Rome was everyone’s favorite so I imagine we will go back.


Stories from 2018 is a year-long project for 2018. You can read more about my projects for 2018here.

Stories from 2018 – 26 – Family Reunion

Last weekend, we got to visit Boston to celebrate my husband’s family reunion. There were 50+ people there which was magnificent. 

The kids got to play outside all day and did all sorts of things from playing on slides, to water slides, to making tie dye and many more opportunities to run around and explore.

It was really wonderful to see everyone together. 

I was extra lucky because my nephews were both there, too. 

So we took photos with the 4 cousins since it’s not often they are in the same location.

There was much laughter. Many long and lovely conversations. A lot of relaxation. An incredible talent show and so so much else. I am so grateful for family.


Stories from 2018 is a year-long project for 2018. You can read more about my projects for 2018here.

Stories from 2018 – 25 – Passion Project

In Nathaniel’s 3rd grade class, each kid got to pick a passion project to work on during April and May. Nathaniel decided he wanted to do his on Search Engines. He researched the history of search engines, found stats on which ones are most popular where and then we dug up the code we’d written in the udacity class we took a few years ago so he could read through and comment the whole thing.

he also interviewed one of the creators of the very first search engine: Excite! Then he put his poster together where the middle looks like search engine results. 

And finally he had to present it at school.All in all, he learned a lot about search engines and a bunch about coding. It was wonderful to see how into it he was the whole time.


Stories from 2018 is a year-long project for 2018. You can read more about my projects for 2018here.

Stories from 2018 – 24 – Backpacking in Yosemite

The week I went to Tokyo, David went back country backpacking in Yosemite with his class. He wasn’t thrilled about it.

They had to carry all of their gear on their back plus the tents and bear cans full of food.

I was worried all week, hoping he was having a good time. 

And super excited to pick him up when it was time. It turned out he had a good time. It wasn’t amazing but also not at all as bad as he worried it might be. I am so so proud of my boy. He’s growing up too fast.


Stories from 2018 is a year-long project for 2018. You can read more about my projects for 2018here.

Stories from 2018 – 23 – Tokyo

This post will be full of photos, feel free to skip. I got to go back to Tokyo for the first time after 19 years so I took tons of photos. The one above is my favorite of course. Coffee art. Isn’t it amazing?

SFO airport. Early morning. 

I went to the lounge and ate breakfast and read and worked.

love the message on my coffee.

waiting to board.

flying to seoul first.

seoul airport.

and back on the plane after an hour delay on top of my 4 hour layover.

i got to have the whole row. 

so i snapped photos out of the window

 

i usually sit on the aisle because i go to the bathroom often.

so this was a luxury.

and i made it.

love these prepackaged joys in the hotel.

in the elevator

photo from the cafeteria

more from the cafeteria

the microkitchen

on Tuesday I had a little bit of time so I met two colleagues in Shibuya and walked around a bit.

look at these amazing desserts.

don’t you want to eat them all.

i loved the art on the walls too.

subway art πŸ™‚

we walked around a lot.

saw some koi πŸ™‚

subway map

love that the one in the back is sad and the one on the left is winking

cotton candy 

shibuya

on wendesday we had a scavenger hunt. one of the items was to make a team photo.

our scavenger hunt team

one more

breakfast. the mangoes were amazing

sushi making.

my hotel room

it was a really nice hotel

and goodbye

it was long and tiring but also wonderful.


Stories from 2018 is a year-long project for 2018. You can read more about my projects for 2018here.