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Snapshots from Seville

  Snapshots from Seville, Spain

We found ourselves with a few days off in Spain after our Dom Pérignon experience in Barcelona so we asked around where would be a great place to visit outside a big city. Everyone said Seville. Typically before we travel to a new place I do extensive research on the town, best places to stay, eat, activities, cultural norms but I didn’t have time in this instance, we just hopped on a plane and let discovery find us. 

First thing I did was find a beautiful boutique hotel, Corral del Rey. We had breakfast every morning on the terrace overlooking Seville and it’s skyline dotted with steeples. We discovered Iberian ham, the world’s largest gothic cathedral where Christopher Columbus is buried, where they filmed Star Wars, where they filmed Game of Thrones (OBSESSED), and that Spain has hands down the best food in the world… and sangria. We also learned that Spaniards don’t do mornings and love to eat dinner around 9 or 10pm. And finally, we found Spain to be very affordable which is always fun for travel. 

One of the things that makes travel magical is opening yourself up to new experiences, sights and sounds which you could never have anticipated, and become immediately enchanted with. Walking around a small city under a canopy of orange tress was as intoxicating as getting lost in the small narrow hallway walls that wind you around town in a magical maze of wonder. Once, one of our walks led us by AIRE baths, the concept of a Roman bathhouse reopened in Roman ruins and a 16th century mansion. Imagine floating in a candle lit room between ancient walls from the first century AD and then going in a hot tub on the roof of the mansion overlooking Seville to the sound of church bells ringing. 

Favorite places:  Alcázar of Seville *pre-buy your tickets with your hotel so you don’t have to wait in a crazy long line and go when they open so you’ll have the place to yourself*|| Cathedral of Seville || Mamarracha *this place was SO GOOD we went twice for dinner and have cried about missing it ever since* || Corral del Rey || Aire de Sevilla || Mercado Lonja del Barranco *to eat, drink, people watch and dance*

Here are some snapshots from Seville…

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Snapshots from Barcelona

  Snapshots from Barcelona, Spain

It has been 15 years since first visited Barcelona yet my memories of fondness for this city never faded. I was thrilled to see the city new through adult eyes and with all the wonderful personal recommendations brought to me through social media (thank you guys for that!).

Of course we did the classics: coffee at 4 Gats, many paella and sangria moments, the Picasso Museum, Sagrada Familia, Park Güell (cover photo & magical wonderland), people watching walking along Las Ramblas, drinks at El Nacional, lunch at Big Fish, dinner at Tapas 24, Saboc (their menu is arranged by temperature!) and my favorite meal which was at Entrepanes Diaz (where we simply let the waiter bring us all the house specials until we were too full to continue).

Though I did not have a lot of free time, I greatly enjoyed when I was walking the city and I look forward to coming back again to continue my discovery of all that is Barcelona. See below for some snapshots of my favorite moments and links to the places I loved most! 

Below~ Paella and sangria beach side at El Gallito

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Palihouse

Palihouse in Santa Monica, California

While out in California shooting the NYDJ experience we took up residence at Palihouse in Santa Monica. This charming, historic 1927 boutique beach lodge was the perfect home away from home. Every morning we had fresh squeezed orange juice on the terrace and did work emails cozied up by the fire. One of the main reasons I chose this hotel, aside from my deep love for historic properties, was it’s location. The beach, third street promenade, farmer’s market and Santa Monica pier were all walkable. Many times we borrowed the hotel’s bikes to cruise up and down the beach or pop over to Venice for dinner. Our room was more like an apartment than traditional hotel room — we had a living area, two walk in closets and a kitchen which made the extended stay very relaxing.

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Casa Claridge

A stay at the Casa Claridge Hotel on Miami Beach durning Art Basel

Our creative crew went down to Miami during Art Basel and took up residence on Miami Beach’s Casa Claridge Hotel. Built in the 1930s originally as El Paraiso Apartments, the now very small and intimate hotel is a playful mix of historic Spanish architecture and Miami’s modern art scene. All around the hotel you’ll find collaborations with mid-career Miami based artists, part of a program called ELEVATE that Alan Faena, the hotel’s owner and visionary behind the Faena Art District, which the hotel is a part of, created to promote engaging the public in art and its creation.

My favorite part of the hotel was the “living room”, the common area under a sun filled atrium in the center of the building all the rooms face. Here is where you could relax and read the paper, get inspiration from any of the hundreds of art books lining the walls around you, or finish your evening with a cocktail on the cozy couches with old friends and new acquaintances. We loved this room so much, Kelly & I used it for a shoot!

As I sit here in New York on this winter day I love looking back at these sun filled images and remembering the afternoons in the sand and nights of Casa Claridge magic….

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