Upcoming Bucket List Adventures: Spain, France & Galapagos

This year has already been incredibly busy with my Bucket List Journey having taken me to a whopping five continents in the past eight months. There has been travels to Thailand, Hong Kong, Chile, Argentina, Tokyo, Palau, London, Kentucky, Toronto, Africa, Idaho, Louisiana and, not to mention, some major bucket list checks in my very own home of Sonoma County. Oh my.

But, it’s not over yet…

I am heading back to Spain, where I will be putting my jammy red wine obsession on hold to do a fizzy cava tour on the outskirts of Barcelona. Sounds like the perfect reason to put down the Syrah glass. Right? We will surely be tasting many of the cavas that have been rated as the 50 Best Cavas, as well as getting an education about how Spain does bubbly. It is a certainty that there will also be some tasty eating along the way. Tapas anyway?
Cava Bottles Spain
photo credit | calafellvalo

Since I will already be in Spain, why not pop over to the neighboring France to soak up all that Paris has to offer. My hubby will be meeting me for this part of the trip and the bucket list itinerary will include kissing under the Eiffel Tower, getting spooked at the Catacombs, seeing the Mona Lisa up close and learning the art of making the perfect Macarons (as well as eating a crap load of them).
Catacombs Paris
photo credit | mezzoblue
After overdosing on Macarons in Paris I will be traveling to Ecuador and then the Galapagos Islands on the Ecoventura expedition yacht. Yep, little old unrefined me will be on a yacht! I am envisioning something like all the photos circulating of Beyoncé and Jay-Z lounging around in bikinis while basking in the sun. It’s probably not going to be anything like that, but it will still be my first time in the Ecuador, first time touring the Galapagos Islands and first time on a yacht. Three birds, one stone. Bonus.
photo credit | max ruckman

That is what’s on the schedule for now, though I am sure that more unexpected opportunities will arise that I just can’t possibly say no to. A trip to tour the castles of Ireland would be nice. Hint, hint.


A Guide to Spanish Pinchos (Pintxos) + Traditional Recipes
Explore the Depths of a Cava Cave in Spain
Get a Fish Pedicure in Sitges, Spain
See a Passionate Flamenco Dance in Barcelona
Take a Paella Cooking Class in Barcelona, Spain
A Silent Photographic View of Barcelona Street Art
Feel the Magic on Barcelona’s Montjuic Hill
Take a Segway Glide Through Barcelona
See 50 Shades of Red at Barcelona’s Boqueria Market
Have a Bucket List Worthy Afternoon in Sitges, Spain
Eat The Best Tapa in Barcelona, Spain

2018-12-22T12:30:20+00:00October 17th, 2013|Categories: Ecuador, Europe, France, Galapagos, Spain, TRAVEL|


  1. Renuka October 18, 2013 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    All the best for your upcoming adventures! Enviable list!

  2. Heather October 18, 2013 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    Sounds great, chica! Enjoy some serious macaron making and eating for me 🙂

    • Annette White October 18, 2013 at 2:20 pm - Reply

      It will not be a problem popping a few macarons in my mouth for you!

  3. estherjulee October 18, 2013 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    galapagos is next on my travel list! we’re trying to go before the end of the year. just waiting on ticket prices. *crossing fingers* 🙂

  4. Heather October 19, 2013 at 6:44 pm - Reply

    Ooh, these all sound amazing! You are really packing it in this year!

    • Annette White October 20, 2013 at 2:32 pm - Reply

      I am all about taking opportunities when they present themselves, but it is getting a little crazy!

  5. Zalika October 20, 2013 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    I am so envious of u and at d same time happy for u. All the best. Hope you have awesome adventures and I am waiting for your stories…

  6. The Yum List October 20, 2013 at 9:37 pm - Reply

    Galapagos is on my list too.

  7. Nikhil October 21, 2013 at 1:54 am - Reply

    You have got one hell of a list there , girl.
    Hope you enjoy it to the core & ‘ve a total blast.
    Amazing upcoming adventures waiting for you indeed! 🙂

    • Annette White October 21, 2013 at 3:06 am - Reply

      Thanks! This year has been crazy so far and I am fortunate to have even more amazing adventures lined up. Excited!

  8. Mike | Earthdrifter October 22, 2013 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    I guess you’re not technically supposed to call ‘Cava’ Champagne but anyway, if the Champagne or Cava is of real good quality, then it should be enjoyable, and if there is tapas to accompany the bubbly, that will enhance the experience greatly.

    • Annette White October 23, 2013 at 12:08 am - Reply

      Yes, there must be delicious tapas to enhance any sort of bubbly 🙂

  9. Wow. Again, so jealous of your many, many travels! I am aching to travel but will be pinching pennies for a while. But, jealous in the best way possible–excited to hear of all your new experiences!!

    • Annette White October 29, 2013 at 12:11 am - Reply

      Thanks! I had to pinch some pennies to get to this point too. Actually, still do 🙂

  10. Camila Maria January 19, 2014 at 11:54 am - Reply

    You should definitely hit up Galicia if you want to taste amazing seafood, wine and enjoy free tapas 🙂 Also Valencia is beautiful as well, and there is the home of Paella! MMMMMMM.

    And France, I know I’ve got Annecy and the French Riviera on my list. I also need to finish exploring the Louvre!

    Never been to the Galapagos but it’s been on my list since 07!

    • Annette White January 19, 2014 at 1:18 pm - Reply

      I am always up for tasting amazing seafood!! I am looking forward to Galapagos in a month!

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