S: Spain October, 2009
FC: A tale of toros, tapas and beer! | A Journey Through Spain
2: Hotel Agumar Plaza Mayor Puerta de Alcala Plaza de Cibeles Puerta del Sol Hotel Ritz La Mallorquina Teatro Espanol Iglesia de San Jose Plaza Canovas del Castillo Edificio Metropolis Plaza de Toros de las Ventas Torre de Oro Bar Andalu Mercado de San Miguel Cathedral de Almudena Palacio Real Plaza de Oriente Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales El Prado Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum Real Jardin Botanico | Museo de Jamon Cafe Tony La Posada de la Villa La Tavrina La Casa del Abuelo La Fragua de Vulcano – paella Cerveceria de Santa Ana Cerveceria Almanio Taberna Toscana Meson de la Guitarra La Chata Churros in Plaza del Sol Tapas on Calle San Miguel Tapas on Cave Brava | Our time in Madrid . . .
3: Madrid | Symbol of the city: bear pawing the madroño tree
4: Puerta de Alcala | Plaza de Cibeles | Palacio de Comunicaciones: headquarters of Spain's postal service | Completed in 1778, this gateway marked the city's easternmost boundary. | Built in in the late 18th century. | Corner of Calle Alcala and the Gran Via
5: One of the gates of the city during the 15th century. | Madrid's first Post Office established by King Charles III in 1760. | The center of Spain | La Mallorquina Bakery
6: Plaza Mayor, the central plaza in Madrid | Bill making friends. | La Torre de Oro Bar Andalu: Madrid's temple to bullfighting. | Phillip III | Built in 1619
7: Real Jardin Botanico de Madrid | Real Jardin Botanico de Madrid
8: An afternoon of bullfighting in Madrid! | Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas: built in 1929
10: Cathedral de Almudena
11: Construction began in 1879, but was put on hold due to the Spanish Civil War. It was completed in 1993 and inaugurated by the Pope that same year. The crypt houses the 16th century image of the Virgen de la Almudena.
12: Palacio de Real Madrid | Commissioned by King Phillip V in the 18th century.
13: Throne Room | Lions in Throne Room | Antechamber of Charles III | Bedroom of Charles III | Apartment Room of Charles III | Statue of Charles III | Gala Dining Table | Dressing Room of Queen Maria Luisa of Parma | Apartments of Charles IV | More than 2,000 rooms make up the palace.
14: The world's greatest collections of Spanish paintings are housed at the Prado. | El Prado | This museum displays Baron Thyssen's private collection. The baron was a wealthy German married to a former Miss Spain. | Thyssen -Bornemesza Museum | Madrid's Amazing Museums
15: Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales | This monastery was founded in the 16th century by King Phillip the II's sister, Joan of Hapsburg, for the nuns of the royal household. The building was originally a medieval palace. This is still a working monastery. | Door of the monastery
16: The food of Madrid!
18: Real Monasterio de San Lorenzo | El Escorial
19: This 16th century palace was built between 1563 and 1584, by Philip II. It is 650 feet long and 500 feet wide. It served the following purposes: a mausoleum for Spain's royal family, a monastery, a small palace to be used by Spain's royalty, and a school to promote the Catholic faith. | The Library | The High Alterpiece | The King's Bedchamber | Pompeian Drawing Room
20: Spain's monument to the victims of the Spanish Civil War - Guadarrama Mountains. | Valley of the Fallen | The cross was built with 220,000 tons of granite dug out from the hill beneath.
21: The remains of 50,000 people are interred behind the high altar. | The basilica is 300 yards long. | General Franco is buried here.
23: Plaza Mayor | House of a thousand beaks | Statue of Juan Bravo erected in 1921 on the 400th anniversary of his death. | Casa de Picos | Church of San Martin | Corpus Christi Convent
24: Roman Aqueduct | This aqueduct is over 2,000 years old, 2,500 feet long, 100 feet high, and has 118 arches. It functioned until the late 19th century.
26: Alcazar de Segovia
27: The Golden Age with Ferdinand and Isabella | The Gardens | Coin press | Moorish ceiling
28: The Tower of the Alcazar | The spiral staircase has a total of 152 stairs.
29: The Cathedral of Segovia | Completed in 1768, this is the last Gothic cathedral to be built in Spain. | Cloisters | High altar
30: Parador de Segovia | The specialty, cochinito! | Dig in Bill! | Breakfast
31: Our time in Segovia . . . | Plaza Mayor Church of San Martin Corpus Christi Convent Casa de Picos Plaza de San Martin Statue of San Juan Bravo Roman Aqueduct Alcazar Cathedral
32: Our Time in Toledo . . . | Cathedral Plaza Zocodover Iglesia de Santo Tome Sinagoga del Transito Puertas de Bisagra La Abadia Trebol Cafe Toledo
33: Plaza Zocodover | Even in Toledo you can find McDonald's! | Bill must have his soup! | Venison with potato and eggs. YUM!
34: Cathedral of Toledo | More than 250 years of construction!
35: El Transparente | Rose Window | Emperor's Organ | High Altar
36: Sinagoga del Transito | Built in 1361, this is a piece of Toledo's Jewish past.
37: A small chapel that is the home to El Greco's painting, The Burial of the Count of Orgaz. The painting is divided into two scenes, heaven and earth with the line of noble faces separating the two. | Painted in 1586
38: Puerta de Bisagra Antigua | This is the gate through the wall that surrounded the city. It was built in the 10th century.
39: Puerta de Bisagra Nueva | Built in 1559 | Coat of Arms of Emperor Charles V | View from inside the gate
40: Journey from Madrid | to Sevilla! | Madrid's Atocha Train Station | Bill enjoying a Cruzcampo, Madrid's beer!
41: Las Casas de Juderia Real Alcazar Plaza del Triunfo Seville Cathedral and La Giralda Museo Baile Flamenco Patio de Banderas Calle Agua Plaza de Santa Cruz Hospital de los Venderables Torre de Oro Museo de Bellas Artes Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza Palacio de la Condesa Librija Calle Sierpes | Our time in Sevilla . . . | Barbiana Los Gallos Tomo II Fogon de Lena Hosteria de Laurel Patio San Eloy Casa Roman
42: Las Casas de la Juderia | Bill and the orange tree "Aye naranja!" | We had to travel through elaborate tunnels to get to our room.
43: We were given two beds! | Our Room . . . | The patio outside our room.
44: The Sevilla Cathedral | The largest Gothic church in the world. | 120 years of construction! | This church had my jaw on the floor!
46: Real Alcazar de Sevilla | Built in the 10th century
47: Amazing tile work and detail! | Oldest functioning palace in Europe
48: Alcazar | Gardens | Baths of Lady Maria Padilla
49: Barrio Santa Cruz | Kissing streets | Calle Agua These are the water pipes that flowed into the Alcazar. | Locals claim it is 3 degrees cooler than the rest of the city!
50: Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza | The oldest bullring in Spain!
51: Bullring official clock | Palco del Príncipe: Royal Family seats | Puerta Pricipal: Successful bullfighters exit through this door.
52: Rejoneadores Horse Stables | Bullfighter's Chapel | A Bullfighter's Prayer
53: The Bullfighting Museum
54: Palacio de la Condesa Librija | The Countess began restoring this house in 1901,and furnished it with antiques and artifacts from archaeological excavations.
55: Hospital de la Caridad | A charity hospital founded in the 17th century by a nobleman. | This house will last While they fear God And help the poor of Christ. And once entering the house of God, Greed and vanity will vanish.
56: Torro de Oro | Built in the 13th century by the Moors, this was the starting and ending point for all shipping to the New World. | Museo de Bellas Artes | Seville's religious paintings are displayed here. | Local artists sell their work outside of the museum.
57: One of the best afternoons of tapas! The seafood and rice dish was worth the wait! | Giralda Bell Tower in the background. | Calle Sierpes - where the people of Seville shop! | Bill in front of El Patio San Eloy. | Espinaca and garbanzo! So delicious!
58: A night of Flamenco at Los Gallos!
59: Maritime Museum Columbus Monument Golondrinas Cruise Las Ramblas Church of Santa Maria del Mar El Born Carrer Montcada Sagrada Familia Casa Milla Block of Discord | Cathedral of Santa Eulalia Parc Guell Montjuic Can Ros Tasca el Corral Cerveceria Vendimia Cafe del Opera Tragaluz La Boqueria | Our Time in Barcelona . . .
60: Maritime Museum | Columbus Monument | Built in 1888, the monument is 200 feet tall. | View of the harbor from the top of the monument. | View of Las Ramblas.
61: The Golondrinas Cruise
62: Ramblas | Used to be a drainage ditch along the medieval wall that defined what is now referred to as the Barri Gotic. | Las | Fountain of Canaletes | Legend says a drink from the fountain ensures your return to Barcelona one day. So I drank! | Human statues working for change!
63: La Boqueria | An experience for all of your senses! | Fresh fruit! | Aromatic spices! | Fresh eggs! | Dried fruit! | Artfully crafted candy! | Nuts! | Fresh fish! | Animal intestines! | Cow tongue! | Sheep head! | And so much more!
64: La Sagrada Familia | Antoni Gaudi designed this massive Roman Catholic church in 1882 and devoted the last years of his life working on it. At the time of his death in 1926, less than a quarter of the construction was complete. | It is projected that the church will be completed in 2026, the centennial of Gaudi's death.
65: Scenes from the Nativity Facade
66: Jesus on the column. | The Portal of the Rosary | The Church Schools
67: The way of the cross, Veronica and the death of Christ. | Facade of The Passion
68: Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia | Santa Eullia's Crypt | Fountain in the Atrium | Gothic Style Cathedral | Gargoyles adorn the roof. | Most construction took place in the 14th century. | Also known as Barcelona Cathedral
69: Casa Lleo Morera | Lluis Domenech i Montaner | Puig i Cadafalch | Antoni Gaudi | Casa Amatller | Casa Batllo | Block of Discord | 1902-1906 | 1898 | 1904-1906 | On Passeig de Gracia, you will find three of the most famous Modernista buildings in Barcelona.
70: Casa Mila | 1906 - 1910 | Gaudi's last major work before focusing on La Sagrada Familia. | A Modernist building referred to as Gaudi's melting-ice-cream building.
71: Parc Guell | This 30 acre garden was intended to be a high income housing community. | 1900-1914 | Gaudi's
72: Montjuic Hill of the Jews | Ride the funicular! | The fortress has served as a prison as well as a place of execution. | Dates back to the 17th century.
73: The Food of Barcelona! | Amazing paella! | Spanish chorizo two ways! | Churros and chocolate! | Empanadas de Poma I still crave these! | Calamari and padron peppers