To Spain and Back Again: Saturday Snapshots 25 & 26

Hey, everyone! So I’m finally back from my epic 10-day French/Spanish road trip… and I’m utterly exhausted.

It all started when my lovely mother and delightful little sister, Bee, came all the way to Paris to visit me! From there we made our way down the French Atlantic coast by car, all the way to Spanish Basque country. I’m already missing them but I’m so happy we had the chance to take the trip of a lifetime together.

So without further ado, what is your favorite photo from my trip? Vote in the comments!

Photo A
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Though my mom has been to Europe a number of times, it was my little sis’ first trip across the pond! I loved showing her all of my favorite things in Paris, from pastries to boutique shops.

Photo B

While attending to my sister’s request to see the lock bridge (apparently the Kardashians’ have a lock there, gag) we spotted a beautiful bride and her beau being photographed! It felt very special to come across such a sweet moment.

Photo C
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My most spontaneous decision recently? To drive several hours out of the way to lay my eyes on the Chateau de Chambord, one of the Loire Valley’s most beautiful (and certainly largest) chateaus. And what’s a trip with your sister if you can’t take self-indulgent, staged photos of one another?

Photo D
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After our road trip stop, we made our way to La Rochelle and Ile de Re. On Ile de Re, France’s most adorable island, we spotted lots of little harbors, ponies and wildflowers. Post soon!

Photo E

Is there anything more beautiful than San Sebastian harbor at sunset? Probably not. Returning to my beloved Spain (for my sixth time!) was nothing less than blissful.

Photo F

And finally, some colorful fishing boats in San Sebastian.

Which photo was your favorite?

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Ashley is an American travel blogger and freelance writer who moved to Paris at 21, traveled the world for a year and now lives in Denver. She's usually in pursuit of skiing, languages and perfectly ripe cheese. Her writing has been featured in National Geographic, Viator and Jetstar Australia.
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    • I did! I also went to Biarritz which I absolutely loved… post soon!

  1. All the pictures are so beautiful! My favorite is Photo C, though, just because it brings up memories of my own visit to the Chateau de Chambord – it’s such an amazingly beautiful place, but seeing it in the fog makes it look even more magical. I love the whole Loire valley because it’s literally one beautiful castle after another.

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    • I loved the Chateau de Chambord too! Unfortunately it was the only chateau of the Loire I got to see… I guess I’ll just have to go back!

    • It was seriously amazing having them here! I miss them already. And thanks for the compliment :)

  2. I loved the photo of Kristi, the wedding picture, and the Sunset and Boats–all so beautiful.


    • Dear Gamma, I’m glad you liked them! Also I tried calling last night but you were out, I’ll call again this week. Love, Ashley

  3. Ashley, these are so gorgeous! Probably B, C or D would be my fave!

  4. I love all of these photos! I’m traveling to France in July, I can’t wait to visit some of the places you blog about so well! If I had to choose, I’d say photo E is my favorite. I love the lighting and the contrast of the gray and yellow. Cheers!
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  5. Oh your trip looked just perfect. I am dying to go to San Sebastian. My plan is to shoot up there after I finish walking the Camino de Santiago this summer. Any tips? Place to stay there?

    • I’ll have a post up soon about San Sebastian but I loved where I stayed- Hospedaje Donostia. It was an amazing B&B run by a charming, multilingual woman…. plus the B&B was centrally located!

  6. I think if you want to see the romantic spain you need to sleep in spanish castles. You will feel like a princess of medieval times.

    • I would love to sleep in a Spanish castle! :)

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