Living the High Life in Costa Brava

If there was ever a day in my life where I felt like I was living the high life, it was today.  Basically everything I did could fit into the category of “high life”.  And, after just a couple days here in Costa Brava, I’m actually starting to expect it.

The vlog today kind of leans into the idea a bit, so be sure to watch it below.  And, I’ll lay out a bit about what I got up to in text and photos below as well.

Hot Air Balloons Over The Pyrenees Mountains

I’ve never been up in a hot air balloon.  I know, with all the adventures I’ve had, and all the travel things I’ve done over the years, it’s almost a little bit surprising I’ve never done this.  But, by the time we popped off the ground, I could see why it’s such a special experience. You are literally just floating there above the earth.

For most of the journey, we were up above the clouds between 1500 and 1900m.  It’s a wild feeling just floating there. You look down and see these views you normally only see from an airplane, and then realize there’s no windows, and nothing holding you back. It’s wild.

Hot Air Balloon, Costa Brava

During take off on the balloon.

Hot Air Balloon, Costa Brava

The travel bloggers enjoying the views.

Hot Air Balloon, Costa Brava

Look out below!

Hot Air Balloon, Costa Brava

Foggy morning.

Eating at The World’s Second Best Restaurant

After our trip above the clouds, our “high life” day took a turn from the literally to the proverbial.  We headed to El Celler de Can Roca for lunch; a place that has been ranked as the 2nd best restaurant on earth.  It’s pretty incredible, and a place that you need to reserve at least a year in advance to get a table.

The food was definitely interesting, and a flavour journey of luxury edibles I normally don’t indulge in.  It was an experience, for sure.

It always amazes me the swings in lifestyle I have in this career of mine.  A week ago I was sleeping in the back of a car in Wal-Mart parking lots across America to save money, and today I’m eating at the 2nd best restaurant in the world.

Celler de Can Roca

Seafood dish at Celler de Can Roca

Out and About in Girona

To continue on the “high life” mantra of this post, I definitely was starting to feel a bit high by the time we got done a walking tour in Girona.  I didn’t sleep for 2 days due to jet lag, and then the past couple nights I’ve been working so hard that I’m probably running on about 12 hours total sleep the past 4 nights.

Still, Girona is way too cool a city to stay strapped to a hotel room.  I had to go out and photograph it.

This was my second visit to Girona – although I never photographed it the first time – and I love it.  It’s one of those cities I could probably live in. There’s great food, friendly people, and a lot to photograph.

Girona, Spain

Such a great city for photography

Girona, Spain

Blue hour in Girona, Costa Brava

Girona, Spain

These buildings are awesome.

What’s Next

This #EuroFoodTrip project has been amazing, and I’m pretty sure that’ll continue.  Tomorrow, we make our way back to Barcelona and catch a flight to Emilia Romagna for the second half of this food and travel trip.  I’m looking forward to all the pasta and wine. And, maybe I’ll get some sleep along the way – but, probably not.

Author: Brendan van Son

Author: I am a travel writer and photographer from Alberta, Canada. Over my years as a travel photographer, I have visited 6 of the 7 continents and more countries than I have any desire to count. If you want to improve your skills, be sure to check out my travel photography channel on Youtube . Also, check out my profile on . to learn a little bit more about me and my work.

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  1. Brilliant post, Brendan! It was very nice to learn a few previously unknown facts. Thanks for sharing! I look forward to reading more posts like these! Cheers

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