9.17.2018

667. Day 15 of 28 | Pisa and Lucca

Lucca
The next day, we were in Pisa. I guess the main reason Pisa was on our itinerary was because it was the closest "big" city to Cinque Terre, our next destination. We only spent a day in Pisa. It's a pretty quiet city and there isn't much else to do besides seeing the Leaning Tower. Since Lucca was a quick half hour train ride away, we decided to go there for the evening. I LOVED Lucca! It's a very charming and cozy little town. I really liked the atmosphere there. (The photo above is from Lucca by the way)

Italy food
Lunch in Pisa. I ordered an "Aperol" which tasted like orange cough syrup. I never had it before (only aperol spritz) and didn't know that it was alcoholic..the effects of that hit me pretty hard hahah.

Pisa Italy
After lunch we continued on our walk to the Leaning Tower

Pisa Italy
The gelato shop on the left corner here is very popular. It was my favourite gelato from the whole trip!

Lucca
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Lucca Italy
Then we went to Lucca..

fat cat
Piazza dell'Anfiteatro Lucca
The city center of Lucca is walled-in and filled with narrow alleyways and cobblestone streets. We wandered around a bit then reached Piazza dell'Anfiteatro which was the coolest "square" I've ever seen as it's actually completely round like an oval. The area was filled with restaurants. We had dinner here, then gelato, before heading back to our hotel in Pisa. I really love Tuscany. Would love to go back and explore more of the countrysides someday.

Piazza dell'Anfiteatro
Piazza dell'Anfiteatro
Lucca

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9.13.2018

666. Day 13 & 14 of 28 | Malta: Valletta and Mdina

Cockneys Restaurant
After a few days in Barcelona, we went to Malta! Unfortunately due to the scheduling of flights we were only able to be there for 1 day. We arrived late at night, had a late dinner and slept, then had the next day to explore..after the second night we had an early morning flight to Italy already. It was my first time in Malta and I really loved it. Really wish we could have had an extra day or two there to explore the rest of the island. I really like the style of the buildings and everything.

Hugos Malta
Our hotel there was a really cool design boutique hotel called Hugos.

Malta view
Malta
Walking around Valletta. All the buildings were very old.

Malta
Malta
Malta
Malta
Malta
Mdina
Mdina is the former capital city of Malta. It's a fortified village also known as the Silent City. I really liked wandering the quiet narrow streets here.

fresh seafood
For lunch we ate at a restaurant named Cockney's (first pic). We had freshly caught sea bass.

Malta postcard
Malta beach
Hugos Boutique Hotel
In the evening, we had dinner at the hotel lobby and sat there to work for a few hours. Then we went out to a nearby bar (our hotel is pretty centrally situated for nightlife) for a few drinks.

Hugos Boutique Hotel

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9.03.2018

665. Day 12 of 28 | Park Guell and Sagrada Familia

Park Guell
On our third and final full day in Barcelona, we visited Park Guell and Sagrada Familia. We were pretty late with booking the tickets and both attractions were fully sold out on all time slots for our first couple of days there. Luckily we managed to get them for our final day though. I think we've also been pretty lucky this whole trip so far in terms of the weather (even though I would prefer it to be a few degrees cooler). Barcelona's weather forecast had thunderstorms for each day we were there but it ended up being sunny and no rain throughout. Park Guell was really cool. The houses look like gingerbread houses. Then we went to Sagrada Familia which had amazing views from the top, and a long walk down a narrow spiral staircase which was a fun experience. After that, we had lunch then a long walk around the city to La Rambla. Then back to our hotel for a break, before going out at night to a nightclub called Opium.

breakfast Le Pain Quotidien
Barcelona architecture
Barcelona architecture
Park Guell
Sagrada Familia
Sagrada Familia
Sagrada Familia staircase
view from Sagrada Familia
Barcelona paella tapas sangria
puppy
drinks
Opium Barcelona
palm trees
Barcelona beach
leftbanked despacito

& after Barcelona, we headed to Malta...

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