S: Book 2 - Summer Vacation 2011
FC: Portugal & Spain 2011 | Nerja
1: Cities & towns we visited in Portugal & Spain June 5-24, 2011
2: Lisbon, Portugal | Views from the top floor sunroom of our B&B in an old classy area of Lisbon. Build by the grandfather of our host
4: Portugal is known for it's football and it's fado music. Fado means fate. Singers usually wear black and sing sad soulful music. This Fado Club was very expensive - complimentary appetizers were NOT complimentary!
5: 18th century Ajuda Castle in Lisbon
6: St Jeronimos Monastary
7: Monument to the Discoverers of Portugal An elevator ride to the top gave views of the river & the city
8: St Jeronimos Castle - the first pastries of Belem were made by the nuns here
9: Pastries of Belem - are delcious custard cups. Sold outside the monastary since 1837
11: From our viewpoint: St George's Castle, & the city of Lisbon
12: Oldest cathedral in Lisbon | In 1873 the first tram in Lisbon was pulled by horses. | Tram 28
13: Rossio Square in downtown Lisbon
14: Goodbye Lisbon View of the Christo Rel (statue of Christ) from our bus window. | Nothing like a cappucino in the shadow of the city's public elevator
15: Salema A sleepy fishing village on the south coast of Portugal | View of the sea from our B&B
18: Time to stop for the next cappucino??
20: Interesting bridge designs | Seville Spain | View out of our hotel window
21: Beautiful Spanish architecture seen while strolling the Barrio Santa Cruz
22: Bullring in Seville View of bullring from on top of the Giralda
26: Flamenco is a passionate cultural dance performed in Spain. We were impressed!
27: The Giralda - a magnificent cathedral. By square footage is the largest in the world. - has 34 ramps to the top - ramps wide enough for 2 horses to pass each other
28: Fantastic views of Seville from the top of the Giralda
29: Tomb of Christopher Columbus inside the Giralda | Inner courtyard of the Giralda (just came down the 34 ramps)
30: View of a white hill down as we sped by in the train on our way to Jerez & Arcos
31: A little white hill town built on a cliff | Arcos southern Spain
32: Narrow street in Arcos
33: The challenge of driving in Arcos! Even with the side mirrors turned in, the van could not get through.
34: Jerez de la Fronterra train staion above The breakfast spaces at our B&B ...note the mauve floor lanterns
35: Loved staying with David at his B&B. He visited over a glass of wine with us on the top floor patio, recommended La Blanca for tappas... & had all the candles in the floor lanterns lit when we came home
36: Ate tappas & watched families strolling by with old world charm | Jerez is one of the worlds largest producers of sherry
38: Beautiful Nerja - on the Costa del Sol on the south coast of Spain
40: Celebrating Art's 71st birthday at a little restaurant - husband cooked & wife served ....& sang with George (below)
41: Views from the roof top pool / patio of our hotel | Goodbye Nerja
42: Granada Spain - 2 hours inland from the coast - These views are from the bus window as we entered town - Note the snow on the mountain tops
43: The long uphill climb to our B&B in Granada - built in 1650. Interesting wide door with huge "peep-hole"
44: Our bedroom - Breakfast was served outside in the inner courtyard by our host Christian Most
45: Sacromonte - the gypsy area of Granada-up the hill from the center of town - Alive at night with flamenco shows & 'bargains" - watch your pocket
46: Alhambra - the greatest remaining Moorish palace in Europe - Attracts 8,000 visitors / day. - Purchased our tickets 3 months in advance
48: Situated in the foothills, Granada is full of sloped & narrow walkways & streets | Above: view of Granada from the Alhambra Below: view of Alhambra from Sacromonte
49: A small plaza very close to our B&B, where we stopped to enjoy the ambience of tappas,musicians & passerbys
50: Elevator up to our 6th floor hostel our vibrant hospitable Spanish hostess rented out rooms in her home | We couldn't believe the packed streets on Saturday night | Our hostel was situated on this busy downtown street | Madrid
51: Plaza Mayor - the heart of downtown Madrid | Mother of the bride
52: View of modern Madrid on the edge of the old city
53: George & Art were really excited to tour the REAL football stadium & Hall of Fame Rated the best team of the 20th century | Press Room
54: Loved the Chocolateria | Bullring or Plaza de Torres
56: Day trip from Madrid Toledo used to be the capital of Spain | City Gate | Attractive brick work on this hotel
57: Toledo is famous for it's marzipan sold here by the nuns, and for it's metal work - mostly knives
60: Center plaza downtown Toledo | Beautiful brickwork on the train station & tile design inside
61: Daytrip from Madrid - Segovia - famous for it's Roman Aqueduct built in 50 AD
62: Alcazar in Segovia reminded us of Disneyland
63: The beautiful Cathedral of Segovia forms the centerpiece of the town
64: Bracelona Spain | Barcelona Colon located at the harbor end of the Ramblas
66: Gaudi Park - at times felt gaudy
68: Memories of Las Ramblas | Unusual architectureof Gaudi
69: Morryssom's - our favorite place to eat for the right price!!
70: Sagrada Familia by Gaudi Construction began in 1882, & is expected to be finished in 2026 There are 3 facades to the temple- 'The Passion' (above)
71: The Passion Facade of the Sagrada Familia So expressive!!
72: Passion Facade | The Nativity Facade was the first to be completed. The Gloria Facade is under construction
73: Gaudi found inspiration in nature for many of his architectural ideas. Can you see branches or "knots" of trees in the design of the pillars
74: Beach was packed right in Barcelona | We enjoyed this quiet beach north of the city
75: Hallway at B&B | Our B&B with Kiku & Jon was walking distance to Las Ramblas. Breakfast waiting for us!
76: It was a party we will never forget! St. Joan's Day, June 24. The metro trains were packed as people converged on the beach to lite bonfires and set off firecrackers - 'everywhere'
77: Bullring - but Catalonians have banned bullfights | Goodbye Spain - Slovakia here we come! | Leaving our B&B