Here are a few of the highlights of the trip:
A surprise stop in Paris on Christmas Eve. Quick, but enough to show P Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, and to have a croissant.
Being in the Sagrada Familia on Christmas. This church is the brainchild of Barcelona's own acid-trip architect Gaudí, and has been under construction since 1882.
The crazyness of Madrid, including a fun carousel in Parque del Buen Retiro
Fireworks show in Lisbon as the year turned 2009.
And of course, the culinary highlights:
Clementines still on the tree and perfect, tiny grilled green peppers in Barcelona
The tapas trail in Madrid, including bacalao croquettes, Iberico ham, and a new culinary discovery, smoky morcilla on toast with pine nuts.
Perfectly flaky, creamy pastéis de Belém in Lisbon.
I haven't hit the stove yet, as I'm laid up with bronchitis that has been with me since before we left. Thanks to the friendly ER staff at Lankenau Hospital, I'm on the mend and will be back to producing blog-worthy goodies soon!