The French’s in Espana

In May, our dear friends Amber and Ryan French packed their bags, dropped their adorable daughter, Lily, off with her grandparents in Colorado, and hopped on a plane to visit us in Spain.  It was the longest they had every been away from Lily and they missed her terribly, but we were so thankful to have them visit and to enjoy a relaxing 10 days with them!

They started with a couple of low-key days in Madrid while Kyle finished his final exams of the term and I worked – an exciting welcome, I tell you.  Fortunately we were all able to take a break and kick off their visit over the weekend by taking a trip to Ibiza – the renowned party capital of Spain that we decided to visit before the party started.  We went just as the weather warmed up, but before the multi-story clubs opened up for the summer.  Let’s just say that we were strategic and enjoyed the elderly German tourists that seemed to have the same idea we did and the next-to-empty beaches that welcomed us with open arms.

The highlight of the trip was exploring the island on our scooters.  I’d never been on a scooter before and it was the perfect opportunity – winding island roads with spectacular views and few other cars to be seen.

The beaches were unbelievably gorgeous.

We enjoyed lunches on the beach and leisurely dinners in the old town of Ibiza.

We discovered a cloudier, chillier side of Ibiza on Sunday, but made the most of it with a tour through the old, walled part of the city and checked out one last beach where Amber and I enjoyed some quality time on a quiet little dock.  Amber and I have never struggled for things to talk about and I’m consistently thankful for her patient, thoughtful friendship – This was such a nice moment and I can’t wait for many similar moments when we get home to Seattle!

Back to Madrid we went to enjoy a few more days together.  Kyle went with Amber and Ryan to check out the Reina Sofia modern art museum and it seems they enjoyed the experience…

And we went out to Cava Baja for some typical Spanish tapas with the French’s and our Madrid friends.

Amber and Ryan – thank you for visiting us in Madrid and going on a great adventure to Ibiza with us!  We love you guys and can’t wait to see you and Lily when we’re back in Seattle!




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