EUROPE IN SPRING
Now that the busiest month of my life is over, I can finally start to get excited about all the things happening in May. I will be hitting the road again very soon and I have a full month of travel on the books. I haven’t been anywhere since New Years, and I am desperately in need of a change of pace.
The first stop on my little adventure is Washington DC. It will be my first visit to our nation’s capital, and I will be there a little less than four days. Instead of taking a three-leg (or more) flight from New Orleans to Europe, I figured I could stop in DC for a few days and spread out my flights. It makes travel days much more manageable, and I get to explore a new city. There are so many great attractions to visit in the District; it will be hard to narrow it down to fit into only a few days. At the top of my list is the Library of Congress, The Textile Museum, International Spy Museum and seeing the city in all of its springtime glory.
From there I head to Portugal for two weeks. I’m spending a week in Lisbon followed by a week traveling north to Porto, making a few stops along the way. I’m hoping for days filled with colorful towns, natural beauty, and friendly people, and I will settle for nothing less. My expectations are unnaturally high, and I hope it doesn’t leave me disappointed. I can't help getting overly excited. Every time I see a photo of painted tile I lose it. I wonder what the shipping costs would be to send back a crate?
Following Porto, I am going to Madrid for a week. I debated back and forth about where to go in Spain, and at the last minute decided on Madrid. I needed my last stop to be fairly close to Porto with an international airport to fly home from and Madrid seemed to fit the bill. It also has a few interesting day trips…I’m thinking Toledo and Segovia. I still need to book a room in the city, and do more research before I fly out this weekend. On short trips, I like to have everything planned before I leave. It allows me to concentrate on exploring new places instead of looking for lodging. It also gives me a little bit more time to work as well.
If anyone has suggestions or tips on any of these places please let me know. To give you an idea of my interests…I’m into architecture, art, local crafts, and have the palette of a 5 year old. To follow along while I’m traveling, check out my Instagram where I’ll be posting daily.