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Our Vacation In Asturias

Hola amig@s! I'm finally posting pictures from our vacation in Asturias, where I'm originally from. It is always nice to spend time at home with my mother in Gijón. We also like to drive around the region and visit different towns and beaches. Asturias has SO much to offer -it is called 'paraíso natural' (natural paradise) for a reason. :) 

One afternoon we visited La Providencia Park. It's only a 5-minute-drive away from our house. The views are pretty remarkable as you can see. Lucía could run around like crazy and we took lots of pictures. 

During the weekend, we drove to Oviedo and met with Carla, one of my best friends who also happens to be Lucía's godmother. We had coffee at Hotel De La Reconquista, a city's landmark. The building dates back to 1752 and operated as hospice and children's home for over two centuries. Just for fun: The hotel was one of the locations featured on Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona 

Later that day, we strolled around San Francisco park, a green oasis located right in the heart of Oviedo. Lucia made a new friend ;)

When in Asturias, we always like to spend one or two nights in San Juan de Parres, a really small village close to the mountains, where my grandfather from my late dad's side was born and raised. This time was no exception. We also visited Llanes, a lovely beach town. We had lunch at El Almacén (great option if you happen to be in the area). 

After the fabulous lunch and a little walk around the small harbour, we drove to the famous Bufones de Pria. These are special rock formations across the magnificent coastline cliffs. We missed the geysers in full action. Anyway, the scenary is breathtaking. Judge by yourself.

We also visited Lastres, another lovely town by the sea. We had great seafood and Lucía played in the sand.

All in all it was lovely to go back to Asturias and visit my mother, catch up with friends and enjoy my beautiful country. Looking forward to returning soon! Thanks for reading. 

Summer Sales Picks

Happy Monday, amigos! I hope your week is off to a great start.

When it comes to sales season, there are many ways to go about it: you might have been eyeing a piece right from the beginning of the season and patiently wait until you can snag it at a fraction of the original price, you may just search for specific updates -a maxidress, a new pair of shorts...- or just go with the flow and let retailers surprise you. Regardless of what your goal is, it's always worthy to do some research and embrace the low prices to refresh your wardrobe with a few new additions. 

As for me, I'm looking now for highly versatile staples, flattering and easy to dress up and down. Here you have my picks  (all of them under 20 Euros!)

Long-sleeve tunic (Mango)
LBD (Mango)
Striped top (Massimo Dutti)
Nude blouse (Zara)
White scalloped top (H&M)
Cargo pants (Massimo Dutti)
Maxi dress (ASOS)

What are you guys getting these days? Thanks for reading! 

Have A Great Weekend (Ten Links Friday)

Another work week for the books. Any exciting plans for the weekend? We'll be watching the last four episodes of Homeland (Season 5) tonight and tomorrow. So good! We also want to squeeze a dinner date and perhaps a bike ride on Sunday. Here you have some stuff that caught my eye this week:

Next up on my reading list. I love a good, funny memoir (Cup of Jo)
Three words that make you sound pretty rude in emails (The Muse)
Caitlyn Jenner rocks H&M new campaign (The Cut)
What an adorable top! (Zara)
A glass igloo hotel room with a view (Science Alert)
Kudos to Mr. Corden (Huffington Post)
Spiced salmon burgers for the win (What's Gaby Cooking)
Jaw-dropping wood floors (Honestly WTF)
Copywriter vs. Art Director vs. Developer (Digital Synopsis)
Never gets old (Life Hack)

Have an amazing weekend, amigos and thanks for reading!  

A Weekend In Madrid

Happy hump day, amigos! As I mentioned before, we visited Madrid during our last trip to Spain. We flew from Cologne to Madrid on Friday evening and stayed with my friend Leo for the weekend. It was beyond generous, as she was about to move to a new apartment the following week. We will never forget that! Plus, she cooked for us the best veal rolls we ever ate! 

We spent the whole Saturday walking around town: Plaza Mayor, La Latina, Palacio de Oriente, Catedral de la Almudena, Teatro Real and Puerta del Sol. Clara, another friend, joined us for lunch in La Latina, a very happening area packed with 'terrazas' and bars. Leo and Clara visited me in Miami two years ago. It was so nice that they finally met Michael and Lucía

On Sunday, we explored the town on our own. Michael, Lucía and I headed to Santiago Bernabeu (the football stadio from Real Madrid) for a full tour throughout the facilities. It was quite an experience and we took fun pictures. My favorite is the one of Michael and Lucia in the press conference room. 

Once we were done with the tour, had lunch in a tapas bar right in front of the stadio and then headed home. But before that, we could stroll around El Retiro park.

Later that night, Leo's mother came to visit us. What a nice lady. We had a great dinner and talked a little bit about everything.

On Monday morning we drove up to Asturias to visit my mother. We still miss Leo and keep great memories about that weekend. But she promised she will visit us with Clara next year here in Bonn. We also need to visit Madrid more often. It's such an amazing city. 

Thanks Leo, Leo's mother and Clara for making our stay in Madrid so special.

And thank you guys for reading! 


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