I haven’t written about any of my travels in 2018 yet, and I’m not going to give excuses, but I’m here to try to catch up 🙂 In January, Nico and I were back in Europe after spending the holidays bouncing around New York and Texas. It was a ton of traveling to be able to see all our family and friends, and we were looking forward to a week to ourselves in Spain.
Day 1 – Cordoba & Carmona
Nico and I had met up a childhood friend of his and his wife and spent New Year’s in Madrid with them. On January 2nd, we drove down to Carmona with a super quick stop through Cordoba as we were already running late.
Cordoba definitely deserved more than the roughly 1 hour stop we took. It’s full of beautiful gardens with mixed Roman, Islamic, and Christian architecture. We were able to walk by the Roman bridge, see the outside of the Mosque Cathedral, and the inside of the Jardines del Alcázar all while surrounded by fragrant orange trees.
At the end of our 5 hour drive from Madrid was Carmona. It’s a small fortressed town built atop a ridge outside of Sevilla where we stayed in a beautiful hotel from the 1500s. There’s a lovely town center where we had the most delicious spinach and chickpea tapas.
Day 2 – Sevilla
After a cozy night in Carmona, we spent the next two days in Sevilla. I must say, with the highest praise, that Sevilla is like the Austin of Spain 😉 Not only because it was the warmest and sunniest part of our trip, but mostly because it’s a student heavy city with a lively and colorful feel to it. There were cute hipster cafes and tapas bars in the area by the Metropol Parasol that just made me want to live there. Aaand that’s the main thing that reminded me of Austin, but I could have also been a little home sick.