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Spain & portugal 9 07

  1. 1. Spain & PortugalSeptember 28 ~October 7, 2007
  2. 2. Spain &Portugal September 28 ~ October 7, 2007
  3. 3. Day 1 - Madrid
  4. 4. Hotel Europa in Puerto del Sol -View from our balcony
  5. 5. Puerto del Sol
  6. 6. House of the Post Office, Department of Security under Franco - he spoke from this balconyKilómetro Cero,Exact center of Spain
  7. 7. Living statues….and real statueswalking through Madrid
  8. 8. Museo del Jamon(Museum of Ham) at almost every street corner
  9. 9. Plaza Mayor
  10. 10. Casa de la Panaderia, theseat of the powerful bakers guild, completed in 1590
  11. 11. The Mercado de San Miguel, originallyconstructed in 1835 (closed for remodeling)
  12. 12. Pictures at Museo del Prado(before we were told to putour camera away)
  13. 13. El Greco Raphael RubensGoya(the lighter side) Rembrandt Goya (the darker side) Velazquez
  14. 14. Gardenssurroundingthe Prado
  15. 15. Almost every window anddoor in Madrid has abalcony….
  16. 16. ….many surrounded by beautiful hand painted frescos
  17. 17. Mass at the nearby Cathedral and dinner at Café Europa
  18. 18. Day 2 – We pick up our rental car at the Atocha Train Station, site of the March 2004 bombing that killed 191 people – 911 days after 9/11(We quickly learned to lookfor the “Salida” man tohelp us find our way out ofthe subways)
  19. 19. Our first stop was El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen
  20. 20. The monument is an undergroundchurch and the tomb of GeneralFrancisco Franco, topped with a 500foot stone cross which can be seen froma distance of 30 miles. Althoughsupposedly honoring all the dead in theSpanish Civil war, many Spaniards seethe site as a reminder of the years ofsuffering under a Fascist dictator. Theprisoners on the Republican side, manyof whom lost their lives in the process,were forced to quarry this huge cavernout of the rock.
  21. 21. Inside the basilica….inside the mountain
  22. 22. Next stop - SegoviaAnd another Plaza Mayor
  23. 23. Segovia is Spain and Castile at its best - twisting alleyways, the highestconcentration of Romanesque churches in all of Europe, pedestrian streetswhere no cars are allowed, all surrounded by the citys medieval wall. Onthe northwest extreme of the wall is the famous Alcázar castle whereQueen Isabel promised Columbus the financial backing he needed todiscover America. On the southeast end is the world renowned Romanaqueduct, the longest and best preserved of its kind anywhere.The tallest building in Segovia is still the16th-century Cathedral, aprominent landmark as oneapproaches from anydirection.
  24. 24. Inside the Cathedralof Segovia
  25. 25. Confessional….or phonebooth? If only these wallscould talk.
  26. 26. A walk through Segovia
  27. 27. Windows ….
  28. 28. ….and Doors
  29. 29. Juan Bravoand his friend,Juanita
  30. 30. And suddenly, youturn a corner and seethe giant Romanaqueduct, constructedalmost 2000 years ago
  31. 31. The aqueduct transports water 20 miles to the city from a spring in the nearby mountains. At its tallest, the aqueduct reaches a height of 93.5 feet. There are both single and double arches supported by pillars.
  32. 32. Views from the top
  33. 33. Back through the streets of Segovia to the other end of town…..
  34. 34. ….to the Alcázar castle, theinspiration for many Disney films
  35. 35. Back on the road to Toledo, …where you take an elevator ride up to the “old city”
  36. 36. Toledo is a just south of Madrid. It is the capital of the community ofCastile-La Mancha. It was declared a World Heritage Site byUNESCO in 1986 for its extensive cultural and monumental heritageas one of the former capitals of the Spanish Empire and place ofcoexistence of Christian, Jewish and Moorish cultures.
  37. 37. More doors &shop windows
  38. 38. Day 3 – back in Madrid
  39. 39. The Cathedraland the Royal Palace
  40. 40. Inside the Palace
  41. 41. Gardens of Sabatinioutside the Palace
  42. 42. Centro de Arte Reina Sofía – with works by Pablo Picasso,Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí and others (but again, no pictures allowed) Guernica is a painting by Pablo Picasso, depicting the Nazi German bombing of Guernica, Spain on April 26, 1937 during the Spanish Civil War
  43. 43. At 7:30 PM we fly to Lisbonand taxi up a long and windingcobblestone road to HotelAlbergaria Senhora Do Monte Not only is it a charming little room full of Portuguese tile….
  44. 44. …..the view off the balcony is breathtaking!The castle to left, the lights of Lisbon, and theChristo Rei statue glowing from across the river
  45. 45. The same view at 8 AM Day 4
  46. 46. We take the long walk down to the seaport,though streetcars are the traditional form oftransportation in Lisbon
  47. 47. The city isknown for itshand-painted tile
  48. 48. We catch the bus to Belém, where manyPortuguese explorers sailed off todiscover new worlds
  49. 49. The Monument to theDiscoveries, with Prince Henrythe Navigator at the helm
  50. 50. The Tower of BelémThe lights from the tower were thelast sign of land the sailors sawbefore reaching the new world
  51. 51. Jerónimos Monastery
  52. 52. The Cloisters, with anamazing assortment of…..
  53. 53. …Gargoyles
  54. 54. Back to town to visit Castle São Jorge
  55. 55. The iron Elevadorde Santa Justa,connecting theBairro Alto,(downtown) toChiado (uptown),was built in 1902
  56. 56. Or you can ride thethe Elevador daGlória, as most ofthe locals do
  57. 57. The statue ofLisbon’s favoritepoet, FernandoPessoa, sitting athis favorite café, thefamous Café ABrasileira
  58. 58. Goodbye and “good luck” from ournew Portuguese friends
  59. 59. Day 5 - We fly to Barcelona at 10 AM and take the bus to the creepy Hostel L’Antic EspaiWe ring the bell, are admitted inside, thenclimb the ancient stairway to be allowed in
  60. 60. ….to the very lavish hotel lobby,decorated in the style known asCatalonian modernisme
  61. 61. The hotel is in the Eixample area of the city, with a balcony overlooking the Grand VíaWe take a walk downthe Ramblas….
  62. 62. ….where even the streetlights areGaudí inspired
  63. 63. Plaça de Catalunya
  64. 64. The Umbrella House
  65. 65. The Mercat de Sant Josep
  66. 66. Thumbs up from Juan atthe famous Pinotxo Bar
  67. 67. By the time we reach the harbor, rain was on the horizon
  68. 68. So we decided to visit the Barcelona Maritime Museum, located insidethe medieval building that served as the Royal Shipyards until 1935
  69. 69. Dinner in a bar just off thePlaça de Catalunya and off toour spooky hotel for the night
  70. 70. Day 6 –Breakfast at theCafé Zurich inPlaça de Catalunya
  71. 71. At 11, we meet in Plaça Reial to go on the Fat Tire Bicycle Tour
  72. 72. Park de la Ciudadella in the Barri GoticFlamenco dancerspracticing in the gazebo
  73. 73. The Barcelona Bullring
  74. 74. La Sagrada Família (in Catalan, “The Holy Family”) is a massive RomanCatholic basilica. Antoni Gaudí designed and started construction in1882 and worked on the project for over 40 years.
  75. 75. The building was designed to be built over 200 years, and with nogovernment funds….only public donations. When asked aboutthe long construction period, Gaudí is said to have joked, “Myclient is not in a hurry.”
  76. 76. Our ride then takes us out tothe harbor, with Montjuïc inthe distance
  77. 77. We end the bike tour with lunch atan outdoor bar on the beach inBarceloneta
  78. 78. Back to foot travel, we walk throughthe Old City seeking out the sites inthe book, Shadow of the Wind, byCarlos Ruiz Zafón
  79. 79. We lose our way and find ourselves on Manzana de la Discordia (Block of Discord)Casa Batlió, designed by AntoniGaudí and Casa Amatller,designed by Puig i Cadafalch
  80. 80. After a short rain, we walk over to Casa MilàCasa Milà, or La Pedrera, is the largest civil building designed by Gaudí. Itwas constructed between 1906 and 1910. It was Gaudis last work beforedevoting himself to the construction of the Sagrada Família.
  81. 81. They say the roof is closedbecause of rain, but wesneak up anyway….wellworth the risk of gettingreprimanded!
  82. 82. View from the top –Sagrada Família inthe distance
  83. 83. Goudí designed so much more than buildings Art in the parks,Paving tiles lamp posts Wall tiles, doorFurniture knobs, coat hooks
  84. 84. The hanging chain sculpture….….with its mirror image,was the inspiration for one ofGaudí’s buildings
  85. 85. We walk back to our hotelseeing glimpses of Gaudí’sgenius throughout the city
  86. 86. Day 7 – We rent a car to drive to Montserrat and TarragonaAfter a shortdetour, we seewhat we’relooking forhigh in themountainswest ofBarcelona
  87. 87. The funicular takes us up themountain to the Benedictineabbey, Santa María deMontserrat (“jagged rock”)
  88. 88. View from the top of the mountain
  89. 89. Inside the monastery
  90. 90. We wait in line to see the black virgin and touch the “royal orb” she isholding through the glass enclosure
  91. 91. Back on the road to Tarragona, a city located inthe south of Catalunya by the Mediterranean Sea
  92. 92. Augustus wintered at “Tarraco” in the earlyfirst century, and many Roman ruins remain
  93. 93. And newdiscoveriesevery day
  94. 94. After dinner overlooking thesea and ruins, we get back inthe car to find a place tospread Uncle Nick’s ashes…in the Mediterranean as herequested
  95. 95. We find a beautiful beach with a rocky point at the end – other than acouple of surfers, the only other visitor was an older gentleman with hisdog….that looked remarkably like Uncle Nick’s dog, Sparky
  96. 96. As it begins to sprinkle, wesay a prayer and send UncleNick on his way to Greece
  97. 97. As we begin to walk away, the gentleman asks in Catalonian what we were doingHe nods and smiles knowingly as we try to explain in our broken Spanish
  98. 98. And as we drive back to Barcelona, the rain stops and the cloudsseparate as if to open the gates of Heaven
  99. 99. Day 8 – our last day in BarcelonaA walk through the city and a climb to Montjuïc Plaça de España
  100. 100. Montjuïc is a broad shallow hill overlooking the harbor southeast of the citycentre. It was the site of several fortifications, the latest of which, the Castellde Montjuïc, remains today. The fortress dates from the 17th century. In 1842the garrison (loyal to the Madrid government) shelled parts of the city followingdisturbances. It served as a prison, often holding political prisoners, until thetime of General Franco. The castle was the site of numerous executions. The Palau Nacional houses the Museu Nacional dArt de Catalunya
  101. 101. Castell de Montjuïc
  102. 102. Views from the top –the harbor and theOlympic Stadium
  103. 103. Views from cable car going down
  104. 104. Back home along the Ramblas
  105. 105. Goodbye to Barcelona….and the spooky Hotel L’Antic Espai
  106. 106. A bus ride to the airportfor our flight to Madrid
  107. 107. Back in Madrid, we go toPlaza Mayor for dinner,where we step into thefamous La Torre del Oro –a shrine to the toreadores
  108. 108. Mass at the Cathedral, then entertainmentin the Plaza for our last night in España
  109. 109. Spain &Portugal September 28 ~ October 7, 2007
  110. 110. Spain & PortugalSeptember 28 ~October 7, 2007