We fell in love with the land of sangria, pintxos and espadrilles. Reunited with my parents in Barcelona, we enjoyed late evening dinners and everything fresh at the La Boquiera – squeezed juices in every fruit combo imaginable and grilled baby octopus at the neighboring market stall. City views from our hotel rooftop and the Montjuic gondolas were breathtaking but we were even more mesmerized by La Sagrada Familia (those colors!) Following Barcelona, we drove cross country to the Basque region, spending a few nights in San Sebastian. A gastronomic playground, we had a blast bar hopping and devouring as many pintxos (tapas) as we could. The town also has a lot of eye candy, centered around two gorgeous beaches with lookouts worth the trek.

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