Mariah + Ben

explored coeur d’alene, idaho for this sweet engagement. i was so excited to do a session here, it’s the perfect amount of woodsy but also right along the lake.  there were little beaches all throughout the trail where people can jump into the lake.  I asked if they wanted to jump in at the end of their shoot and they were totally down for it (which was awesome!!) I will definitely be shooting at this location again!

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Barcelona, Spain

Day 1

as usual, when we got into Barcelona we went to the market to grab some snack for the next few days and then found a place to grab dinner.  it surprised me that pizza is just as popular in Spain as it is in the U.S. as we were constantly running into pizza restaurants.  so we ate pizza and continued to walk around when we came across the Barcelona Cathedral and the Gothic Quarter.

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Day 2

we had decided that we were going to see all of Antonio Gaudi artwork.  he is extremely popular in Barcelona for all of his artwork (one of which was across from where we were staying) but we really wanted to see La Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, and Casa Batillo.  Turns out, you have to buy tickets online ahead of time because all the tickets sell out within a few hours of opening.  We were able to get into Casa Batillo, which is Gaudi’s house.

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La Sagrada Familia

A chapel that is still being built…and he started in 1882!!! Just look at the details!

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Casa Batillo

This was the house he designed and lived in. This was the only thing we actually got to go into and tour.  He was a very interesting artist…

Day 3

we spent the morning on a train to Montserrat, a monastery in the mountains of Spain.  we rode on a little cable car that took us all the way up to the mountain.  we were able to hike around, look at a few museums and go inside the monastery.

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we spent the rest of our time in Barcelona on the beach.  there were so many cute little shops and restaurants and the water was so warm!!  I could definitely live in Barcelona for the rest of my life and be content (:

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Lisbon, Portugal

Day 1

We flew into Lisbon early, so we had to spend a few hours at the airport since we couldn’t check into our Airbnb until 12:30.  On our way to our Airbnb, we learned that driving in Lisbon is CRAZY! It probably didn’t help that we had the worst taxi driver, but the people are always honking at each other, they drive fast, and all on tiny streets that are going up or down a hill.

We spent a lot of time this day walking around (mostly trying to find a grocery store) which gave us a nice view of the part of town we were staying in.  We finished the night eating at Popolo, which served as a bakery during the day and a pizza & burger restaurant at night.

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Day 2

We learned quickly that Lisbon doesn’t have great public transportation.  We spent a lot of time walking on tile and cobblestone roads.  This day, we decided to walk around the tourist parts of Lisbon.L3L4L6L7L8

Rua Augusta & Praca do Comercio

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My favorite part of Lisbon we visited was Carmo Convent; a church built in 1389 and was known as one of the most beautiful churches in Portugal but was damaged in an earthquake in 1755.  Most of the church doesn’t have roof, and there are archaeological artifacts throughout the whole church.

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Day 3

We took a 1 hour train ride to Cascais Beach which was popular that day.  It was different than other beaches I’d been too…You know the ones that the sandy beach stretches for miles….this beach had 2 small beaches that were packed with people.  We found ourselves a spot in the corner and just dipped our toes in because the water was freezing! But this little beach town was adorable!

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Afterwards we went to the best restaurant we went to the whole trip…Pistola y Corazon…which was a Mexican restaurant NOT Portuguese.  The atmosphere was something I had never experienced before and the food was TO DIE FOR!!!

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Day 4

We took a train to Tower Belem and climbed all 92 stairs to the top (which was easy since our Airbnb was at the top of 4 flights of STEEP stairs…it was like climbing a ladder). And went to a market for lunch.

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We ended our last night in Lisbon with drinks on the top of a hotel to watch the sunset, and eating dinner at Pistola y Corazon again!

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Madrid, Spain

This summer, my fiancé spent the first 5 weeks in Almansa, Spain for a pre-med fellowship through Atlantis Project.  Afterwards, he traveled back to Madrid and I met up with him to adventure through Spain and Portugal.

DAY 1

I flew out of Boise, Idaho the morning of July 9, 2016 and due to some flight changes, I didn’t arrive to Madrid till 8 pm on July 10.  I took a taxi to our Airbnb, changed, and we ate at a little Italian restaurant (our host suggested it), and went to bed because I was so exhausted.

DAY 2

We headed straight to the center of Madrid and just started walking around.  Roberto had spent a few days here at the beginning of his fellowship so knew where some of the places we wanted to check out were.

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Plaza Meyor: filled with little stores, restaurants, musicians, and people trying to sell you selfie sticks and fake jersey’s.

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Mercado de San Miguel: if you ever go to Madrid, you will eat here probably everyday.  It’s filled with tapas, drinks, desserts, and fresh fruits and vegetables (I mean look at how perfect that fruit is!) AND everything is super cheap (only $4-$7 per tapa).

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We ended the night seeing the most beautiful rooftop view of Madrid at Circulo de Bellas Artes and churros & chocolate at San Gines.

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DAY 3

We spent most of the day walking around Parque de El Retiro.  This park was huge and had a surprise around every corner.  Filled with statues, ponds, gardens, fountains, and my favorite…the crystal palace.

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We ended our last night finding the Real Madrid Soccer Stadium for Roberto, eating tapas, drinking wine and packing to head to Portugal.