Schmetterlinghaus

Viena
Viena
Viena
Viena

After visiting the National Library we headed to the butterfly house – tropical weather sounded very good to us with the low temperatures we were having. The art noveau building  contain around 400 butterflies – but if you are expecting to be surrounded by them, you’ll be disappointed because it is not gonna be the case.

Also, I’d wish they wouldn’t allow the entrance to so many people because sometimes it was difficult to walk – not to mention taking a picture.
Anyway, it is a really nice place and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a little break – just make sure not to arrive in the rush hour.

Österreichische Nationalbibliothek

viena
viena
Viena
Viena
Viena
biblio

Visiting the National Library was one of  the highlights of our trip to Vienna. Emperor Charles VI (1685 – 1740) ordered the construction of this building that would be his Court Library. The frescoes from the ceiling were finished in 1730, which present worldly and war themes, as well as allegorical representations of Heaven.

Today the library hosts 200,000 books that date from 1501 till 1850, amazing right?

Vienna

viena
viena
Viena
Viena
Viena
Viena
Viena
Viena
Viena
Viena
Viena
Viena

It has become some kind of tradition for us to start the year visiting a new place, and this time it was Vienna, a place I have wanted to visited since forever.

Even though it was literally freezing and snowing, we had a lovely time. I think there’s something special about visiting this kind of cities in winter. The light and the city feels so different in a good way. The only bad thing is that the sun sets so early that days are really short. I would love to return in summer because I believe it has to be even more beautiful!

During our first day we went to the Opera and saw Die Fledermaus and even though we don’t speak german, it was really nice we could read the subtitles in english in a little screen.  On day two, we wandered around, went to Stadpark , to Belverdere Palace and to the National library as well.

We had a tragic moment while in Stadpark, when my camera stopped working and the lenses were unable to focus – I even cried because I had no other camera or lenses. Somehow my camera revived and worked until the last day. When we got back home I tried another lenses and the camera still works so it is quite official that my fixed lenses have died. At least I was able to return with pictures of our trip, right?

Dray Martina

dray martina
dray martina
dray martina
dray martina
dray martina

Now that holidays are over and I’m back to reality, I wanted to share some pics I took one november night when I had dinner with some friends at Dray Martina.  I have already been there a year ago, but this time we tried something different. To share, pad-thai mussels, which really surprised me (I’m not a mussel fan but I decided to give it a go) and then I tried the butterfish with tomato and vegetables with was really tasty. On a side note, I have also tried their carrot cake and if you are a fan like me you can’t miss it.

So! If you happen to be in Madrid, and looking forward having dinner in a beautiful restaurant with tasty dishes, don’t hesitate to go to Dray Martina.

Hayedo de Montejo

Hayedo de Montejo
Hayedo de Montejo
Hayedo de Montejo
Hayedo de Montejo
Hayedo de Montejo
Hayedo de Montejo
Hayedo de Montejo

The weekend before Christmas we visited the Hayedo de Montejo, a beech forest. The entrance is pretty restricted so you need a pass to visit (I had booked with 3 months in advance!). It would have been more beautiful to visit when the trees still had leaves, but it was interesting too and the weather was cold but nice.
Next time I hope to be able to visit during late october or early november.

Bye 2014

Wow! is 2014 already over? Many things have happened this year, I’m wondering what 2015 holds for me? Time for some sum up photos!

JANUARY
We always like to start the year making a trip, so this year we went to Florence and Pisa! We ate our weight in pizza, enjoyed the national beer, climbed the Duomo, visited the botanical garden of Pisa where I made friends with a cat, climbed the Pisa tower and  were amazed with the Birth of Venus.
Apart from that we ate too many croissants and carrot cakes and spent one weekend with my boyfriend’s family who came to Madrid to visit.
firenze
pisa
pisa
La mimé
finde madrid familia Santi

FEBRUARY
February started with a business trip to Hamburg and I was lucky enough to have a few free hours – after all, what’s the point of traveling somewhere else if you can’t see anything?
We also went to the countryside and had fun cuddling the baby goats.
hamburgo
hamburgo
finde campo
finde de campo

MARCH
The almond-trees have blossomed so we decided to visit again the Quinta de los Molinos (the weather was nicer than last year). We spent a weekend in Sigüenza and went to the countryside with the dogs.
quinta de los molinos
quinta de los molinos
sigüenza
osos campo

APRIL
Finally Easter arrived and we decided to make a road trip to the Alentejo Area, where we visited Elvas, Vila Viçosa, Castelo de Vide, Estremoz and Marvao. Portugal is a gem, every village that we visited was full of beauty. The weather was pretty nice too and I’m really looking forward returning soon. Apart from that we visited the Geominero museum which holds a great collection of minerals and that preserves the original decoration as well.
Elvas, Portugal
Vila Viçosa
Estremoz
Castelo de Vide
Marvao
museo geominero
museo geominero

MAY
During May we returned to the countryside to see how much the goats have grown (look at february picture and you’ll see the difference) and to our surprise the were baby cats!! so, so, so cute !
We visited the Archeological museum which has been closed during 6 years and really liked it, but we must return when there is less people, it was really overcrowded.
We went to the Capricho garden as well which was, as expected, full of people. In my opinion this garden is much more interesting during fall.
And during the long weekend of May we returned to Cáceres and visited Guadalupe.
I haven’t mentioned it before, but I also had my LASIK surgery. Everything went really well (I was terrified) and could finally forget about my glasses (I couldn’t wear contact lenses too long anymore as my eyes got so tired). It is amazing to be able to see in HD (just kidding). As of today my vision is great, I only suffer from dry eyes from time to time and luckily I see perfect at nighttime (no halos or reduced vision). Best decision ever.
campo
campo
campo
Guadalupe
Guadalupe
museo arqueologico madrid
museo arqueologico madrid
parque del capricho

JUNE
I turned 28 and we celebrated having lunch at Bon Vivant & CO and going to the Thyssen Museum. Apart from that, we took some days off and went to Chipiona, Cádiz. It was so nice to do nothing but reading a good book, going to the beach and eating at the chiringuito – I’m still dreaming of the huevas aliñás.
Chipiona
Chipiona
Bon Vivant & CO

JULY
During this month Marga & Oscar got married in Santander. They were really lucky with the weather (two days before it was raining cats and dogs and I was freaking out as I was going to wear a backless dress – so nice I didn’t need to think about a plan B).
Apart from that we tried a new restaurant called Le Cocó and went to the Thyssen Museum to see the “Mitos del Pop” collection, had breakfast looking at the Puerta de Alcalá and enjoyed the Retiro without people one early morning.
I also attended a party organized by Google where I had a lovely braid done.
Boda Marga y Óscar
Boda Marga y Óscar
Le Cocó
thyssen - mitos del pop
Merienda City Experts
Merienda City Experts
Retiro
Harina

AUGUST
Finally holidays! This year we were traveling to three different countries and four different cities in 14 days. We flew to Copenhagen, then took another plane to Prague and from there we went to Dresden by train. Berlin was our last destination where we went by train too and then back to Madrid. It was an incredible trip, but very exhausting at some points, so the next time we will make sure we have a few days just to do nothing.
Copenhagen - Tivoli
Copenhage
Copenhage
Praha
Praha
Praha
Praha
Praha
Dresden
Berlin
Berlin
Postdam

SEPTEMBER
Holidays were over and I had to return to work. My beautiful friend Sandra got married and we had such a lovely time. The rest of the month was quite slow because I had a car crash (a car hit me) and my neck was injured. I spent some days off work and then had to go to the physio every day. So during the weekends we didn’t do much apart from eating out a couple of days as I wasn’t feeling at my best.
boda Sandra y Rafa en finca Miralcampo
Manzana Mahou
Manzana Mahou
Manzana Mahou
Campo

OCTOBER
We finally found a flat and signed a contract! We celebrated with burgers and spent most of the weekends at ikea, hence the lack of photos.
La Vaca Picada

NOVEMBER
We finally moved together and it was more difficult than we had imagined. An Ikea cupboard is fun, the whole flat – not so much.
Apart from that we went to the countryside, had dinner with some friends and went to a party Google organized, where I had this fake tattoo that says “A tope con el chotis”  – which basically means I am a big fan of chotis, a famous dance and music very typical in Madrid.
Sunday at the countryside
Sunday at the countryside
Cena chicas Dray Martina
Fiesta de la inspiración - Google City Experts

DECEMBER
There was a long weekend at the beginning of the month so we went to Cáceres to spend some days with my boyfriend’s family. I also visited Trujillo with a friend.
Back in Madrid, the christmas lights were already set, so we went to see them a monday afternoon ( during the weekends the city centre is jam-packed).
We also visited the Hayedo de Montejo, a beech forest, which is pretty special and therefore you need a pass to visit it. It is extremely difficult to get one (as the number of visitors is limited I had booked with 3 months in advance). I believe it would have been more beautiful to have visited when the trees still had leaves, but it was interesting nonetheless. Hope next year I’ll have more luck and will be able to visit during late october or early november.
Trujillo
Trujillo
Madrid en Navidad
Madrid en Navidad
Hayedo de Montejo

In short, this year has been really good, full of trips, changes and cute animals. I hope 2015 is just as good as the year we are leaving behind!

2013, 2012