Spain

  • The History and Secrets of the Castillo de los Templarios | Her Life in Ruins

    The History and Secrets of the Castillo de los Templarios

    I don’t know about you, but I am a sucker for knight lore! One of my favorite (and most well known) groups of knights were the Knights Templar, and not just because they got a major shout out in National Treasure. When thinking of the Knights Templar, your mind probably goes straight to the Crusades and hoarding treasure. What you probably don’t know, though, is that the Knights Templar was…

  • Pamplona's City Walls: Remnants of the Middle Ages | Her Life in Ruins

    Pamplona’s City Walls: Remnants of the Middle Ages

    When you think of Pamplona, the first thing that probably comes to mind is the famous Running of the Bulls (San Fermin) that takes place each July. You probably don’t know, though, that this city has one of the most sprawling and well preserved medieval fortress complexes in all of Europe! Pamplona’s City Walls stretch 5km around the Casco Viejo (Old Town) and offer breathtaking views of the newer parts…

  • One Step at a Time: My Journey on the Camino Frances | Her Life in Ruins

    One Step at a Time: My Journey on the Camino Frances

    Recently, I completed one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done: walking the Camino Frances. I walked from Saint-Jean Pied-de-Port in France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Google says it’s about 500 miles, but I didn’t focus on the length; instead, I focused on getting to the next albergue, the next village, the next tree, even the next step. I didn’t realize Santiago de Compostela was within reach…

  • Barcelona Essentials: 7 Days the Catalan Capital

    Barcelona is much more than just the inspiration for an Ed Sheeran song. The food, culture, and general vibe of the city was unlike anything I had ever experienced before. The week that I spent in Barcelona, Spain was actually life-changing for me. Now, I’m sharing that experience (and my tips for visiting) with you! Stay When we visited Barcelona, we stayed in an AirBnb. Barcelona is currently cracking down…

  • The Sagrada Familia: An Icon 137 Years in the Making

    The Sagrada Familia is one of the most recognized structures in Spain, and it hasn’t even been finished yet. Seriously! They laid the first stone in 1882 and there’s still about 7 years of construction left. Antoni Gaudí designed a ton of gorgeous, groundbreaking buildings, but the Sagrada Familia is something extra special. History Antoni Gaudí is one of the most famous architects ever, and a lot of his works…