Monday, April 27, 2015

More to Manson

In Central Washington, just past the city of Chelan, lays the village of Manson.  Located on the middle of the northern side of Lake Chelan, Manson is a community full of enthusiastic residents, over 300 days of sunshine, and a calming atmosphere nestled between the lake and the mountains.  

Home to 15 wineries, a brewery, and seven parks, it's an area that will make you feel like you stepped back to a simpler time.
Manson is close to mountain activities/ Echo Valley, and it's the perfect area for boating, bicycling, hiking, or a fun helicopter tour (more on that in a future post!).  This village also boasts more lakeside area than Chelan!  

^ Manson Bay Park, which we walked to each morning with our coffees!  Serenity!
Our favorite park was Willow Point, where we ran around through the park and the beach area, taking in the break taking views around us!

Mia hates water, but even she couldn't resist a swim (OK, maybe the ducks had some influence on that!)
One of Manson's fun-filled festivals is the Apple Blossom Festival, which is on May 8th & 9th this year.  See all the events here!

We also visited Wapato Point Cellars to get our wine fix in!  The wine from the Lake Chelan region is our favorite in the whole world!!  
The great thing about Manson is that a lot of wineries are within walking distance from downtown (or in downtown themselves!  We were able to walk to four wineries from our hotel, Mountain View Lodge (more about that in an upcoming post!).  
Look at that view!
They had a huge backyard area with swings and games!

Mia took solace from the sun under the bean bag toss!

What are you waiting for?  Get yourself to Manson and enjoy a nice relaxing lakeside weekend!

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Barcelona Cathedral

One last post about Barcelona before I move on and show you our fun times in Seville!

The Barcelona Cathedral (Catedral de la Santa Cruz y Santa Eulalia) was located only a few blocks from our AirBNB.  This 14th century building was covered with a neo-Gothic facade in the 19th century.  

Barcelona is such a beautiful and unique city!  The architecture isn't just beautiful, it's different than what you see every day, thanks to Gaudi.  Barcelona also captures the idea of a full functioning city that's right on the beach.  Best of all, their metro system rocks!!

Catch up with the rest of our trip to Spain below!

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Futbol in Spain

Being huge soccer fans (OK, just Tim, but I like it much more than all the other sports!), we had to visit the futbol stadiums for the two biggest soccer teams in Spain!
Camp Nou is home to FC Barcelona, or the Blaugrana, as they're sometimes called due 
to their iconic red and blue jerseys. With a capacity of 99,354, it is the largest soccer stadium in Europe. 
During Franco's time as dictator of Spain, FC Barcelona became a symbol of Catalan identity. Franco's favorite team was arch rival Real Madrid so every Barca victory was seen as an act of defiance and Camp Nou became a place where people could express their displeasure with the regime without fear of being prosecuted.  The team adopted the motto "més que un club" which translates to "more than a club." Barcelona's best player is Lionel Messi, who has won 4 world player of the year awards, which is more then anyone in history. Tim likes to say he is better at soccer then anyone else in the world is at anything.
The tour includes a visit through the team's museum as well as  a walk through the stadium.  As you can see, they win lots and lots of trophies! 

We were laughing at their simple locker rooms- these champs don't get anything too fancy!

And of course, the red and blue seats!

Fast forwarding to the last day of our trip, there's Madrid's stadium, Estadio Santiago Bernabéu.
Real Madrid is the most valuable sports team in the world.  "Real"  is the Spanish word for "Royal" and it was bestowed upon the team in 1920 by the King of Spain.  Last season they  won their tenth European Championship, the biggest prize in professional soccer. That's 5 more championships then the next most successful team.  Real Madrid's best player is the reigning world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo.

*Thanks Tim for help writing this post!*

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