October 30, 2017
Avila: A Weekend Getaway

Avila: A Weekend Getaway

October 30, 2017
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Sometimes you need a weekend getaway to unwind. Your mind and body will thank you. We are so busy that we fail to listen to what our bodies and minds tell us. I have a full schedule during the week and I spend most weekends doing house work or working on the blog. I barely have a moment to think "I deserve time to relax" because obligations haunt me. Earlier this month my husband and I decided to put everything aside and spent a weekend in Avila. It's a short way from Madrid, a 90 minute drive. If you are visiting Madrid, it can be a very interesting day trip. Avila is a "City of Saints and Stones", a World Heritage city famous for being the birthplace of St Teresa.avila spain travel blogger
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Patisserie in the main square. Taking home sweet treats from Avila is a must.

Avila's Old City is surrounded by magnificent city walls. It is one of the best-preserved medieval bastions in Spain. It is a deeply religious city with many churches and convents. It has attracted pilgrims to the cult of Santa Teresa de Avila for centuries.

TOP SIGHTS IN AVILA
  • The city walls: 12th-century walls stretch for 2.5km, two sections can be climbed to get spectacular views of Avila.
  • The convent of Santa Teresa: built in 1636 around the room where the saint was born in 1515, this is the epicentre of the cult surrounding Teresa.
  • The Four Posts: this place provides the best views of the city walls (especially at night). It marks the place where Santa Teresa was caught by their uncle as she tried to run away from home.
  • Basilica of San Vicente: a masterpiece of Romanesque built in the 11th century.
  • The cathedral: it was the first Gothic church in Spain.
  • Plaza del Mercado Chico: main square of the city where you'll find the City Hall.

FOOD
Large beans and veal steak are typical from Avila. The city's gastronomy is based on agricultural and cattle-farming products.
The most popular treat are the delicious yemas de Santa Teresa (egg yolk sweets). You can find them all around Avila but there's this amazing store in the main square that will make your mouth water just by looking at their window. 

WHERE TO STAY
We stayed at El Parador. If you follow the blog, you know we are big fans of this hotel chain where you get the chance to spend the night in palaces, monasteries or other Spanish historical landmarks. We even got married in one of them! The one in Avila is called Piedras Albas Palace. Our favorite spot was the garden (pictured below) where you can have your meals surrounded by little birdies while admiring the city walls... This is the life!
You can read more about these unique hotels here and here.parador de avila travel blogger
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Convent of Santa Teresa

I'm currently reading a book about Travel Photography that I bought in Australia. The book tells you that you should visit to the main spots of your destination at different times of day to see the how the light changes. It's something tricky if you are visiting a big city but this is not the case of Avila so I gave this tip a try. It was totally worth it. It's a beautiful experience to see how different everything looks. From the bright blue sky to the dreamy sunset colors...basilica san vicente avila
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Our favorite spot at El Parador.
...ending at night time, when the city is illuminated to magical effect. This also allowed me to practice my night photography skills. Carrying a tripod around can be a nuisance, but you forget all about it when you get home and see the beautiful pictures.
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The city walls seen from the Four Posts

After this weekend getaway we felt our batteries were fully charged to start a new work week. Our minds were definitely thankful for the break.
xo Cristina

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October 16, 2017
The Australia Series: Our Itinerary

The Australia Series: Our Itinerary

October 16, 2017
I've already done a couple of posts about our honeymoon (that you can read here and here), but I thought it'd be fun to show you our itinerary before continuing with more posts from Down Under. Our journey couldn't have had a wider variety of landscapes: rainforest, ocean, desert, skyline, animal sanctuary. It took us 8 flights and 15 days to see the most amazing places in Australia.

Now, grab a cup of coffee and let the signs guide you...

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australia itinerary honeymoon travel blogger

STYLE FAVORITES TO TRAVEL THIS FALL

P.S. I want to share a little Photoshop trick that will come in handy at some point in your lives. This collage took me hours to make and silly me I wasn't saving the files while working... If you are acquainted with Murphy's Law you may be able to guess what's coming next. Yes, Photoshop crashed and I thought I had lost everything. I googled "restore Photoshop files" and saw the light. There's a hidden folder in your computer called "Autorecover" and that's where all your Photoshop work is. Phew, I was saved.

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xo Cristina
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October 2, 2017
Our Wedding Album With Snappybook

Our Wedding Album With Snappybook

October 2, 2017
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There is no question that digital photography has been a huge revolution. You can see your photo as soon as you take it on the LCD screen and memory cards can store many pictures. However, we still feel the need to have our memories transeferred to reality and that's why digital albums appeared. I've been creating albums for years and when we got married we knew we were going to make our own. They are so easy and fun to make and you have all the creative power so you can make a unique creation that no one else will have.
For years my family and I have been ordering our digital albums at Snappybook. We were so happy with the first one that we've never tried another company.

HOW IT WORKS
  1. Download their software for free.
  2. Choose the type of album: number of pages, size, paper quality.
  3. Compose your album. You've got templates depending on the theme: travel, wedding, birth... but you can get a blank one like we did. You can also choose already designed page compositions or masks for your photos.
  4. Once you are happy with the album click "buy".
  5. On a few days it will be delivered home.

Easy-peasy!
UNBOXING
It's so exciting to get a parcel at your doorstep, isn't it? The joy of getting a photo album is even bigger. Even though you've designed it on your computer, it's still fun to see the outcome. These are your wedding memories, something your are going to cherish forever and that you are going to show to friends and family. The Snappybook album comes perfectly packed with several layers of protection. They do not come with a case or sleeve to keep them though. 
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snappybook album digital boda wedding
snappybook album digital boda wedding
snappybook album digital boda wedding
snappybook album digital boda wedding
snappybook album digital boda wedding
snappybook album digital boda wedding
snappybook album digital boda wedding
snappybook album digital boda wedding
OTHER PRODUCTS
Apart from digital albums Snappybook also makes:
  • Photo books
  • Photowood
  • Framed pics
  • Posters
  • PVC bubbles
  • Homeware: mugs, cushions, calendars
  • Phone cases
  • Paper copies
  • Story books
Now it's time to start working on our honeymoon album!

Have you ever designed a digital album? Share your experience on the comments below.
xo Cristina

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