Hiking in the French Pyrenees


Dwarfed by the peaks surrounding us, we set off by car from Saint-Lary-Soulan for a day hike into the surrounding wilderness. It was late April, a perfect time to hike–with the snow from the winter steadily melting, and before the stifling heat of summer crept through the valleys of the Pyrenees.  [Read more…]

Pike Place Market at Night


While I was home last, I made a stop at my beloved Pike Place Market–one of those famous sights that’s really worth the hype and not just for tourists. After being in Spain this long, I now look at the market with new eyes, chuckling at the peeled and deveined shrimp; which in Spain is basically sacrilegious. But mostly I just daydream about living in the area, and doing the majority of my shopping there:  picking up a gorgeous $5 bouquet every week, the freshest wild salmon, and seasonal fruits and veggies.

Pike Place Market is much more than just stalls touting seafood and produce, however. There are also numerous restaurants and artisan food shops (perfect for souvenirs!), craft stalls, and an arcade downstairs featuring shops of all kinds. It’s a maze for the senses, and well worth a couple of hours shopping and exploring. As the oldest continuously operated farmer’s market in the U.S.A., we Seattleites are pretty proud of this attraction. In my opinion, Pike Place Market is the king of farmer’s markets, and I compare every market I visit in the world to it (like La Boqueria in Barcelona, this Roman market, or Madrid’s Mercado de San Miguel.)

Take a look for yourself! 

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