01 September 2009

spanish summer











My summer days consisted of waking early and taking a long walk on the beach. Followed by un café con leche and una tostada at a terraza overlooking the ocean. There I´d buy bread and the newspaper. Most days we would then go to the farmer´s market and buy food for lunch. (Any given day we were between 10 and 15 people.) We must have bought 5 kilos of tomatoes a day. Mostly to put in a salad or to make gazpacho. After preparing what we had bought we would then head down to the beach. We would stay until about 3:00 and then return home to finish cooking. Lunch usually lasted until 5:00. In the afternoons we would go hiking in the mountain, walk along the beach, or pop over to France. (I love saying that- don´t I sound so international?) In the evenings we would take the kids for ice cream (the best rum raisin) or have dinner with friends. Not a bad way to spend your days...

Now I´ll tell you about my days when I´m not on vacation.... juuust kidding....

48 comments:

ibb said...

It is a great plan for holidays. Love those morning walks on desert beach and then having breakfast looking at the ocean. Next year have you a little place for me???

la ninja said...

no, not bad at all.
but... no fuet con cabrales, then?

I haven't been on hols this year at all and starting to feel it but this summer's been great (weather-wise) and plan is going later in the year when everyone else is working hard and the weather starts being pants, ha!
permission to show off in october ;)

café con leche at the beach sounds just like bliss right now! (sigh)

Sam said...

Beautiful photos, as usual :-)

I remember visiting France and Greece and enjoying looooong lunches, but I'm trying to get my head around lunch 3-5 and then "afternoon" walks!

Sounds like a wonderful break.

LSULiv said...

Hi Jane! I'm a friend of Nicola's (whichname) and also spent the summer gallivanting about Europe-- it was wonderful! If you have room for one more corner viewer, I'd love to participate as well :)

laméditerraine said...

That's so a Spanish summer.
I love to lunch until 5:00 and make salads (I make the best ones you could ever taste) even though I never made a gazpacho (I buy it made)

Love wandering on the beach and tostaditas con tomate y jamón (y aceite, of course xD)
And I love you being such a spaniard xD

Millones de besos

Katy said...

Oh.... how lovely! Could you adopt me? (just joking)

likeschocolate said...

Sounds like Heaven!!!!!

Cate said...

the philosophy (and act, for that matter) of a super long lunch really appeals, jane. and, those coffees in their yellow cups? i'm there in spirit. that photo totally took me there.

Kamana said...

lunching till 5pm? popping over to france? walks along the beach? sounds heavenly.

MODsquad said...

Now that's what I call 'The Perfect Day!'

Totally enjoyed all your August photos! Can't wait for your vacation ones!

Esti said...

Now that I'm back I have to catch up on your posts. I'm sure I'll get a smile, if not a big laugh...
On another note, I'm a little dissapointed not to have run into you in my endless walks around Zarauz. I've been looking for women with pentax all summer, you know... ;)

Joyce said...

You are too funny Jane! As I was reading I was thinking if this is daily life what does she do on vacation, then I read your ending comment. LOL... OK you can see I'm one of the silly ones you could sell a piece of swamp land to. LOL... Enjoy my friend! xoxo

kim said...

it sounds like heaven! i bet you got tan and wore flip flops!

Cris Siqueira said...

jane

your summer looks THE perfect summer!!
the best thing about europe is that you can be in another country in a instant!
and there's nothing better in this world than had a great summer, with a lots of food, great walking on the beach and good company!!
i'm so glad you had such a great summer. my summer will begin soon and i hope i had time to go to the beach a lot because it will be a very hot summer this year!!

beijos!!

ps. i can't wait for corner view

Guusje said...

Sounds like heaven to me!!!!

Le blÖg d'Ötli said...

I imagine your beautiful days... so quiet !!!

I discover with you the expression "pop over to" (my english is soooo poor ;)) May be, this winter I pop over to Spain !!!

have a nice day

liza said...

Dreamy!! And your photos are perfect!

Kimmie said...

How wonderful!!! I have a new appreciation for the Spanish way of life by following your blog ....

caitlin said...

Wow, sounds absolutely heavenly.

Finn said...

That's a day to dream about!Friends, gatherings, providings, summer, children, sea, tomatoes.. you have captured my heart.
I wish all summers to come would be like that.

Inna said...

Long walks on the beach, hiking in the mountain, popping over to France, dinner with friends, ice cream.. Sounds like a wonderful summer!

Kate Coveny Hood said...

That sounds perfect. I would love to spend the whole summer at the beach.

trinsch said...

sounds like the best way to spent a month of summer. perfection. love the photos, especially those yellow cups. love those!

MD said...

That sounds absolutely delightful

malo said...

Sounds like the best of days. I really love all the yellows in these shots. Wonderful set up.

You asked about posting side by side. I just put two images together in photoshop and then post as one image.

The Girl in the Yellow Shoes said...

Sounds delightful! Welcome back!

Kathy said...

1. Can I come live with you?
2. I love gazpacho. When we were in Barcelona, I ate it in every restaurant we visited!!! I, too, make it frequently, but not Catalan-style.
3. I would love to be able to 'pop over' to France! Mille baci, Kathy

Bee said...

It sounds like perfection. (Rum raisin ice cream -- yum yum.) And I'm loving all of the cheery yellows in these pictures.

What is the autumn routine?

kristina k said...

this sounds absolutely blissful!!

p.s.: glad you liked munich and hope to see you in berlin sometime :) i'm on for applestrudel any time (not a beer drinker myself but i'll have a glass of wine with it if that's ok) ;-)

hugs, kristina

Sarah Alaoui said...

i am SO jealous.

Demara said...

it sounded like a great time!

Kathy said...

Well that sounds just awesome to me! I live in northern Illinois...no beach, no nice little markets...can't hop over to France either.

Joanna Jenkins said...

LVOE the shot of the empty coffee cups. You have a great eye.

xo

julochka said...

cheese, olives, empty coffee cups, those funny-shaped peaches. gorgeous, all of it.

sophie said...

a wonderful spanish summer.
When the corner view's come back ?
Bises

Kaylovesvintage said...

that looks like my kind of summer...I never been to Spain ...but now I want to go there

isabelle said...

looks like you had great time with family and friends ... a perfect summer ...

Franny said...

Jane, you are too funny! I have to get over to Spain and lunch with you before the summer is over :+)
Your life is blessed. Love your photos!...They are beautiful, thoughtful, and serene.
{{Hugs}} Franny

n a t s u m i said...

I really enjoyed your Summer photos! Looks like your had a great Summer!! I am so glad that the Fall is here but I am not ready to wear heavy coat....

Have a great day! ox

Polly said...

you know, I'm going to Cambodia and Vietnam for a three week trek soon, but still your holiday sounds absolutely perfect to me. perhaps I even prefer that. I spent amazing time climbing in High Pyrenees last year so I know how great that area is... lucky you!

Liz said...

SO not bad at all that I can't even stand it... and yes you sound ever so internationale, and somehow relaxed, funny how that goes isn't it. Sounds and looks like a totally blissful trip, salut to that!

latisha said...

your picts always have me longing for my spain days. so beautiful, so perfectly spain, so bittersweet for me.

epe said...

sounds and looks fantastic jane!

Cele said...

your summer sounds great!!!
and I love the photos!
besos!

Ida Nielsen said...

Jane, this sounds like the perfect way to spend your summer holidays. I most go to Spain (and France ;-) ) soon!!

Ps;Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog.

spudballoo said...

Sounds just PERFECT!!

B said...

It sounds fantastic! I'm even a little bit jealous...
When I was in Argentina, I loved telling everyone back home that I was going to Uruguay for the weekend... :)

alexandria said...

These photos make me happy to see. Very cheery!

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