we left pradoluengo early this morning. it was a bit emotional for me to leave my cousins. the night before we had spent some quality time together chatting about the history of the house & my abuelo. my tio pancho told me that before he ever met my tia dori, he had fixed my father’s crib. i thought that was the coolest. love that man & especially love small towns. especially pradoluengo.
on our way to pamplona, we stopped to take photos in front of the majestic sunflower fields. they are truly my favorite thing about road trips to spain. ok – i may embarrass myself by saying this but i didn’t realize that the sunflowers actually moved to wherever the sun was. did you?
<<<how we got some awesome shots! ;) thanks papa!>>>
getting to pamplona was easy but getting to our hotel proved to be a bit difficult. also, did you know men hate to ask for directions? haha. we circled a street a couple of times & i was ignored a couple of times. then we finally found a parking garage & walked to the most amazing hotel i have ever stayed in, gran hotel la perla.
we got there & as i started to get annoyed thinking we had to go back to the car to retrieve our items, they offered to go get our car & move it closer for us. then, they got our bags & placed them in our room while we went out to enjoy the city. they also gave us chocolate boxes. ok, i love them so much!
my dad has two friends who live in pamplona. they are the coolest since they just got back from a 9 month tour in the US. they have seen more in my country than i have! i need to start planning a cross country road trip. anyone interested?
they showed us around this incredible city that i seriously feel i wouldn’t mind calling home one day. this city is way more than the location of the “running of the bulls” that you see on tv. it’s gorgeous & has some amazing history!
here are some of my fave photos from our day there!
<<<where the runners pray before the bulls go after them!>>>
<<<the starting point for the running of the bulls>>>
<<<amazing & addicting>>>
<<<the plaza where benji danced to spanish music>>>
<<<view from our balcony>>>
<<<the best tapa i ever had on my trip. on a piece of bread, zucchini, goat cheese, marmalade & jamon>>>
edit: i was so tired i forgot to properly end this post! this was by far the most surprising city of the whole trip. the city is sooo charming & i recommend you stop in for a bit when in espana. next stop, logrono! stay tuned ;)