I do a lot of things right as a parent. However, there are many things I would love to do better. When I ask myself, “am I doing my very best? Am I giving my all in each moment with my family?” Honestly? My answer is “no”. I know that the thing I struggle with most is being mindful in the moment. Ugh. It can be so difficult and seemingly exhausting to be present and engaged in every moment of the day. Sometimes, I think it feels good to take on a mindless task like watching TV or scrolling through photos on Instagram. When I really reflect on these moments of my day however, I am left feeling empty. Disconnected. Alone. Unsatisfied.
Valencia, Spain is becoming more and more well-known for their delicious food, various types of cuisine, and great prices for a tasty meal. They are also adapting more and more to the gluten-free diet of many individuals who have an intolerance to gluten.
Traveling internationally with a toddler is quite different than traveling with a newborn. Honestly, I would not declare one “easier” than the other, but they are definitely different. We traveled between Spain and California when Luca was about six and eleven weeks old, as well as a few small European trips since then. You can read about my Tips for Traveling with an Newborn/Infant/Baby, here.
As children, we often take for granted the many years of love and care we received from our parents. In fact, many of their memories, of our lives, we may not even remember. The sleepless nights, the countless diaper changes, our first steps, our first words… heck, they even taught us how to use a spoon! I won’t say that I never felt grateful or that I never said “thank you” or “I appreciate you”. I did say those things. However, I haven’t always told my parents all the things I am grateful for. So, on their 40th wedding anniversary, I would like to share with them, and all of you, some of the many things I am forever thankful for.
I was recently out with a girlfriend to “grab a quick drink” after work. She was visiting and I was eager to show her around my favorite neighborhood of Valencia, Ruzafa. We met at Ubik Café, a hip, family-friendly cafe/bar/restaurant with book lined walls, friendly waitstaff, craft beers, cozy vibe, and generally busy with the buzz of friends chatting over coffee and snacks. Oh yeah, and wine for 2,50€ a glass. Sounds fun already, right?
Jávea is a gorgeous coastal town on the Mediterranean Sea. Located in the province of Alicante, it is the perfect day trip or weekend getaway from Valencia. The 1.5 hour drive takes you past many gorgeous Spanish towns, lush green hills, fields of crops, and an amazing sunrise. We love Jávea as an easy weekend getaway. One night and two days will leave you feeling rested, rejuvenated and sun-kissed.
When traveling, it is common for tourists to want to “fit in” like the locals at their destination country. Before embarking on our travels, we study up on the destination country by familiarizing ourselves with the proper clothing attire, learning a few words of the language, finding out about popular dishes, and highlighting the most famous sightseeing spots in our guidebook. However, no matter how much we learn on google, pin on Pinterest, or ask questions to others who have traveled to the country, it is inevitable that we will stand out as a tourist once we have arrived. After living in Spain for a year and a half, I have accepted the fact that I am still “an Americana living in Spain”. I am guilty of making each and every one of these mistakes and have been called out by the locals (my friends and family). With that said, I feel I am an expert on “How to Stand out as a Tourist in Spain”.
Ahhhh, Mercado Central (or Mercat Central) is so much more than a market. Located in the old town (ciutat vella) of Valencia, Spain, the mercado itself was built in the 20th century. The architecture is incredibly beautiful and the market itself continues to allure tourists and locals alike. It is hands down one of my favorite places in the city of Valencia.
This central market is not only a great stop to stock up on local fruits, vegetable, spices, and meat, but touring the mercado is an “experience”. Read below to see how we like to spend a Saturday morning experiencing the Mercado Central of Valencia, Spain!
Mmmmm crepes… although France is the country most famous for their crepes, Spain offers a variety of crêperies where one can enjoy a crepe for a meal or merienda. As someone who is intolerant to gluten, I am always searching for places to enjoy tasty treats without the gluten. Here are three places where you can enjoy a delicious crepe, sweet or salty, without the gluten!