Segovia Spain

While in Madrid we decided to take a day trip to Segovia which is just a short train ride away. Once we got there we basically just wandered the small streets and followed the signs around the city to the Aqueduct, Alcázar (rumored to have inspired the castle in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty), Cathedral and Casa de los Picos House. It’s an amazing little town with the most charming paths and views of the country side. If you are ever in Madrid and have an extra day, I would definitely take the trip!

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Madrid Spain

Madrid Spain Travel Guide

Today I met up with Zander who I have not seen since the day after we got engaged two months ago! I have been traveling for almost 5 weeks now, whoa, this is such a strange and exciting time in my life! I just had two days alone in London after my travel mates Megan and Betsy headed back to Madrid for their flight home. So I’m finally feeling a little caught up and had some time to start editing my photos! I took over 400 in Madrid alone so it was super hard to narrow it down! At the beginning of the trip, we made up the word sprancing to use for our hashtag on Intagram, it loosely translates to jumping around Spain and France. So let’s start the sprancing recaps with Madrid! We stayed at this apartment near Plaza de Mayor in Puerta del Sol. The photo above is the view from our window. I’m sure I’m forgetting a few things on this list, so I’ll add as I remember.

 

Food + Drink in Madrid

Mercado de San MiguelInstagrammed
Toro Tapas (near the Royal Palace) • Instagrammed
Sidrería El TigreInstagrammed
Chocolatería San GinésInstagrammed + Blogged
Taberna La Fontanilla • Instagrammed
Restaurant Botin • Instagrammed
La Chata Restaurante
La Bahía de Extremadura • Instagrammed
Restaurante Apolo • Instagrammed
La Gloria de Montera

 

Things to do in Madrid

Royal Palace of MadridInstagrammed
Almudena CathedralInstagrammed
La Latina Neighborhood
El campo de Cebada
Calle De AlcaláInstagrammed
Parque Del Retiro • Instagrammed
Temple of Debod • Instagrammed
Day Trip to Segovia • Instagrammed + Blogged

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Chocolate and Churros

I can’t believe that the first city of my trip is already wrapped up. On Wednesday we headed from Madrid to Barcelona! I’ll be sharing Madrid photos soon but couldn’t wait to post these from a charming chocolate and churros place called Chocolatería San Ginés that was near our apartment. I’m trying to really embrace my time in Europe and not be on social media too much but you can follow along with my photos on Instagram under #cierasadventures or the group tag we are using is #sprancing!

Chocolatería San Ginés: Chocolate and Churros
Chocolatería San Ginés: Chocolate and Churros
Chocolatería San Ginés: Chocolate and Churros
Chocolatería San Ginés: Chocolate and Churros
Chocolatería San Ginés: Chocolate and Churros
Chocolatería San Ginés: Chocolate and Churros
Chocolatería San Ginés: Chocolate and Churros
Chocolatería San Ginés: Chocolate and Churros
Chocolatería San Ginés: Chocolate and Churros
Chocolatería San Ginés: Chocolate and Churros

Made In Mind April Photo Walk

For those of you who don’t know, I host a Made In Mind meet up every other month and for April we did an Intameet! The weather was absolutely perfect, it was SO gorgeous! One fun thing about New Orleans is that you can drink on the street so we met up at Tivoli and Lee for a to-go mimosas and then got to walking! We chatted and snapped photos together as we walked around the Warehouse District. Along the route, we stopped at the Before I Die wall, then HARO for some amazing sweets and coffee and ended at Bellocq for a few cocktails, yummy cheese and great conversation! It was an awesome day and I definitely want to plan another instameet soon! I was taking photos with my camera which you can see here and also with my iPhone to post to Instagram.

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Head over to Made In Mind for the full recap and more photos! Not in New Orleans but want to hold awesome events like this one? Start a Made In Mind chapter in your city! Interested in sponsoring an event? Find details here.

Creative Events I’d Like To Attend

Creative Events I'd Like To Attend

There are so many awesome creative events across the country it’s unbelievable! I see people recapping them on their blogs and I hear about them on Twitter but I always seem to be late to the game on the ones I want to attend. So in an attempt to organize the ones I want to attend, I decided to start a list (surprise, surprise) organized by month. There is no way I’ll be able to attend them all this year, probably only one or two, but here is my wish list:

Alt SLC Summer

Alt Summit just announced a second flagship conference and I want to be there! I attended Alt SLC in January 2013 and it was such an amazing time that I’d love to experience again. I’m thinking about applying to be a speaker, but so nervous!

Creative South

Creative South exposes creative and marketing professionals, business people, and students to key speakers on the subject of branding and design in the digital era. I’ve been trying to find more events in the South since it cuts down on travel cost for me and this one seems awesome!

Design Ranch

Design Ranch isn’t one of those slide-and-lecture “big conferences,” it’s about putting down your mouse, getting your hands dirty and reviving your creative spirit. They want attendees to head home with a fire in their belly and a fresh take on design that can only be achieved by unplugging and gettin’ a little dirty. I don’t know too much about this one but it seems really cool and it’s in the South, so that’s a plus! 

How Design Live

HOW Design Live is the biggest annual gathering of creative professionals, anywhere. I have been wanting to attend HOW for years now, it’ll happen one day!

Weapons of Mass Creation Fest

Weapons of Mass Creation is a young grassroots movement to inspire and enable the creative mind. They believe that good things happen when ideas and talents are shared within the community. This mentality manifests itself in the lifestyle of a Weapon of Mass Creation. A person who defies the hand they’re dealt and makes stuff happen. 

Designer Vaca

Designer Vaca is a gathering of female graphic and web designers from all over the country to dream, relax, collaborate, share experiences, and learn from each other. This intimate environment has a relaxed anti-conference feel creating space for amazing connections and beautiful relationships to take place. So bummed I didn’t go to this last year, but I had just returned home from Palm Springs and couldn’t justify the travel costs at the time.

The Yellow Conference

The Yellow Conference is a brand new event created by Joanna Waterfall. It’s a gathering for creative women who desire to ignite passion and bring goodness to the world through everyday living.

Circles

Circles is a creative conference where designers can learn from world-changing thinkers and innovators for the creative community. I attended Circles 2013 and this is another one I’d love to attend again. 

Maiedae Mixer

Maiedae Mixer is another Southern event that looks like SO much fun! This is a “Get Fancy, Get Connected” (as they like to call it) networking event for bloggers.

Do you have any events on your wish list? Do you have an event you’ve attended that you recommend?

If you can’t make it to any of these big events, you can always find smaller meet-ups in your area… and if you don’t have any around, start your own

Photo by Brooke Dennis for Alt Summit