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spanish snow day

spanish snow day

Typically winters in Madrid are pretty mild.  One decent jacket is usually enough to get you through, and we've found anything else is hardly necessary aside for the occasional cold snap here and there.  We've never had snow during our three winters here, save for a few flurries one day last year, but this week that all changed. 

nîmes, france

nîmes, france

On the last day of our French road trip, we made two stops on our way back to Toulouse, where it all began almost two weeks earlier, and where we flew back to Madrid late that evening.  We drove from our Airbnb to Nîmes, now a good-sized city of about 150,000 people, but thousands of years ago, it was one of the most important cities in Roman Gaul, and today it still has the monuments to prove it.  

barcelona, spain

barcelona, spain

After not having visited Barcelona (while living in Spain) long enough for it to get embarrassing, we finally made it there!  It was getting to the point where at least two people said something to me along the lines of, "You know, Barcelona is somewhere you really should visit...it's kind of a big deal to Spain...and the world...it would be a shame to miss out seeing how close you are in Madrid...etc etc," and other people just raised their eyebrows and thought it when we told them how long we'd been here AND hadn't made it to B-Town.  So, like I mentioned in our Zaragoza post (see it here!), we snagged some fancy Black Friday train deals and made our way to Madrid's more-visited, more-laidback stepsister, Barcelona.