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Tarifa part 2

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Watching the wind surfers was so nice and relaxing.


And there is a cool sand dune nearby to see.


A really chill place and a great vibe!

I think it is known as the windy capitol of Europe… hence all the wind power generators!

As a family we voted that this was our favourite spot in Andalucía Spain.

~Lisa

Tarifa part 1

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The nicest beach we saw in southern Spain!

The sand was so clean and soft and my boys loved playing in the waves.

~Lisa

Gibraltar part 2

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We drove all the way to the tip of Gibraltar and had an outstanding view!

So strange how this cloud is almost always looming over the rock … a local told me that it is a good thing as it keeps the toxic crap from the refineries in Algeciras away.

Also kids got a kick out of the fact that we drove across a airport runway to drive into Gibraltar.

If you are in southern Spain I highly recommend a day trip here! Kids will love it!

~Lisa

Gibraltar part 1

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We took a day trip to Gibraltar and it was amazing.

One of our highlights of our trip to Spain. ( although Gibraltar is not in Spain)

We went on a boat ride to see wild and free dolphins. Most amazing experience! It was so amazing there were so many of them and they all looked so happy. They surrounded the boat and followed us out to open sea. Apparently they love doing this , it is fun and it is a lazy way for them to get around as they catch the current of the boat. It was a very choppy day so hard to get good pictures but I was so emotional seeing so many of them … and so many babies with their moms… the males apparently stay out in open waters more. We tried looking for whales but we were not that lucky that day. Maybe next time!

~Lisa

Happy Birthday Montreal!

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Happy 375th Birthday Montreal!

~Lisa

florence… gelato

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What better treat to enjoy while walking around Florence then a gelato!

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I highly recommend a stop at ‘Edoardo gelato biologico’ (not only is it organic ice cream… but it has VEGAN options too!!!) it is near il duomo.

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and this concludes my Florence posts 🙂

if you missed the others find them here:

Florence, Piazzale MichelangeloPiazza della Signoria, Il Duomo

If you go I would love to hear what you liked and disliked about Florence :)

~Lisa

Florence…il duomo

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Please see my post on Florence here 🙂 and my 1st and 2nd top places to visit

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Lastly, you can’t go to Florence and not visit the famous “Il Duomo di Firenze” (Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore) … my kids were blown away with the size of it and the ceiling inside is incredible. The ceiling was painted between 1572 and 1579 by Giorgio Vasari and Frederico Zuccari. I could have stared at it for hours, the detail is magnificent!

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I tried to capture different angles of it … but it is so big … difficult to do !

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~Lisa

Florence…Piazza della Signoria

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Please see my first post about Florence here 🙂  and my 1st favourite place to see here 🙂

My 2nd favourite is…

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Piazza della Signoria and Piazzale degli Uffizi and the area around it

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It is amazing… full of incredible sculptures / statues that my kids thought were incredible.

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my oldest was so excited as he recognized so many of the names on the sculptures.

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~Lisa

Florence…Piazzale Michelangelo

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Please see my first post about Florence here 🙂

My number 1 favorite place was …

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Piazzale Michelangelo, not to be missed!!!

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The view is spectacular!

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You have probably seen it in pictures … try to go before sunset and catch the sunset there … breathtaking!

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~Lisa

Florence

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Florence…

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I really want to say that I loved florence and I want to say it is gorgeous and stunning and stop there … but Florence is a tourist destination and I really dislike touristy spots.

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I took the kids there as I had never been and honestly was curious to see what all the hype was about.

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I went in October thinking there would be not many tourists. I was wrong … there were a lot of tourists. Also there were too many street vendors selling stuff like selfie sticks and constantly asking people to buy one :/

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I also found the local store owners in the historical area of florence rather rude; regardless if I spoke english to them, and they thought I was from another country; or, spoke Italian, and they thought I lived somewhere in Italy; I got the same impression.

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Having said that… the availability of organic food in Florence was nice. We rented a nice airbnb which was literally a 90 second walk from an awesome organic food store (where they were really nice). And it took us about 15 minutes to get to the center of florence by tram; so that was really nice as cars are not allowed to enter the historical center. The kids and I really liked the tram, it was really simple to take, fast and I felt really safe.

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Those are love locks in the picture above. People put them there as an eternal symbol of their love. They are never supposed to be taken down. I didn’t see too many around Florence but just a few here and there 🙂 

Putting aside the tourists and the rude store owners; Florence is really nice to visit. And if you like art; even the slightest bit; then it is the city to see!

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Stay tuned for my top 3 places in florence that my kids and myself really enjoyed in my next posts 🙂

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The covered bridge (pictured above)  is called “Ponte Vecchio”. It looks lovely from far. We walked through it thinking there was going to be some cafes (bars) somewhere nice to sit or something else, but we were stunned to see it was full of jewelry stores along it on both sides. There must have been 40 or 50 of them it seemed like.  I question how they can possibly stay in business when all the competition is right there  :/

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~Lisa