S: Spain Vacation : Madrid & Barcelona: 2011
BC: Rahul & Meena Shukla 38 Quail Run, Warren, NJ 07059 Shukla100@Gmail.com
FC: Memories: A Vacation to Remember | Madrid & Barcelona September 23 - October 3, 2011
2: Famous Gran Via street: Madrid
4: Indian Restaurant, minutes from hotel | Human Statues
5: Prado Museum The Prado Museum is renowned as being the largest art gallery in the world. It features one of the world's finest collections of European art, from the 12th century to the early 19th century. It has display of works by the great European masters such as Velázquez, Goya, Raphael, Rubens, and Bosch, is housed in an 18th-century Neo-Classical building that opened as a museum in 1819.
7: Edificio Telefonica – Walking along Gran via one of the finest architectural creations – It was the 1st sky scrapper of Madrid Built 1926-1929. Now a home to Telefonica communications group | Metropolis Building- It is an office building- It was constructed between 1907 and 1911 after a design by the French architects Jules and Raymond Février.
8: Flamenco is a genre of music, song and dance from the Spanish region of Andalusia, noted for its energetic, staccato style
9: A fine Italian Restaurant with great service
11: Royal Palace The Palacio Real de Madrid is the official residence of the King of Spain in the city of Madrid. The Royal Palace is one of the largest palaces in Europe. It has more than 2000 luxuriously decorated rooms. Soon after the Royal Fortress burned down on Christmas Eve of 1734. Construction of the new palace started in 1938 based on a design by the Italian architect Juan Bautista Sachetti. 26 Years and three kings later, the huge palace, covering an area of 135,000 sq.meter was completed.
14: Cathedral De la Almudena- is a first Catholic cathedral in Madrid after the city became the capital of Spain.
15: Plaza de Oriente
16: Another great Italian Restaurant- Pasta Nostra Pizza Nostra
18: Gran Via : The lively street is one of the city's most important shopping areas. It also contains a large number of hotels and large movie theaters. But what makes this street so special it is the architectural design of many of the large buildings.
20: Reina Sofia The museum was officially inaugurated on September 10, 1992 and is named for Queen Sofia of Spain. The museum is mainly dedicated to Spanish modern art. Highlights of the museum include excellent collections of Spain's two greatest 20th century masters, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí . Certainly the most famous masterpiece in the museum is Picasso's painting Guernica.
22: Atocha Railway Station
24: The Sabatini Gardens - are part of the Royal Palace in Madrid, Spain, were opened to the public by King Juan Carlos I in 1978. The bushes and trees are all arranged and pruned in a geometrical shape.
25: At Mestizo: The best Mexican Restaurant in the world!!!
27: Our Hotel in Madrid
28: A day-trip to Toledo World Heritage City Toledo was once the capital city of Spain, and it still retains the atmosphere and aura which are characteristic of so many European capital cities. Toledo is a magic place, probably one of the most spectacular cities in the world. The buildings and winding streets contained within the old city walls hold hundreds of years of history, and the River Tajo which runs alongside the city walls adds to its charm and beauty.
32: Westin Palace Hotel The Westin Palace is located in the heart of Madrid. Facing the spectacular Neptune Fountain, This Belle Époque landmark, built in 1912, was conceived by King Alfonso XIII, It's known for its spectacular stained glass dome and proximity to the Prado, Thyssen and Reina Sofia museums Celebrities and royalty frequent this monument of elegance... this is considered one of the finest luxury hotels in the city
34: Then- we take a train to Barcelona:
35: Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. The city combines modern and historic architecture in a unique way.The modernist movement of which Gaudi was the most prominent exponent left its mark on the city with magnificent buildings like the Sagrada Familia,Casa Mil and Casa Batlló.
36: Work follows Rahul- even in Barcelona
38: Palau Nacional(National Palace) - The central pavilion was built on the north flank of the Montjuc Hill as the main pavilion for the World Exhibition of 1929. The palace was to be demolished after the end of the exhibition, but instead it was preserved and in 1934, it became home to the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya . Its collection includes Roman, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque art as well as 19th and 20th century works of art | National Palace: Home of National Art Museum of Catalonia.
44: Barcelona Olympic Stadium - The Barcelona Olympic stadium (Estadi Olimpic) was the venue for the 1992 Olympic Games that ran from July 26 to August 21 of that year. Today the Barcelona Olympic stadium is open to visitors to see where all the action was. It can accommodate 65 000 people
45: Castle de Montjuc The forbidding Castell de Montjuc dominates the southeastern heights of Montjuc and enjoys commanding views over the Mediterranean. It dates, in its present form, to the late 17th and 18th centuries. For most of its dark history, it has been used to watch over the city and as a political prison and killing ground
50: Barcelona Cathedral, In the center of Barri Gotic (the Gothic District) is the city’s Gothic cathedral and seat of the Archbishop of Barcelona. The cathedral was constructed throughout the 13th to 15th centuries, but it would last until the early 20th century before the cathedral was fully completed
51: La Sagrada Familia- A Giant Temple designed by the master architect Antonio Gaudi. This building has been under construction since 1882 and they've still got another 30 to 80 years (depending on funding and resources) to go before it will be finished.
52: We find another great Italian Restaurant in Spain!
56: One of the most exclusive hotels of Barcelona, El Palace is a five star hotel, centrally located and near the Gothic Quarter, Las Ramblas and other famous landmarks. | Our Hotel- El Palace
59: Park Guell The park contains amazing stone structures, stunning tiling and fascinating buildings. Park Guell also has a small house in the park in which Gaudi lived in at one stage. The house has now been converted into a museum and contains interesting furniture also designed by Gaudi.
60: Palácio dos Marqueses da Fronteira
61: La Ramblas is the most famous street in Barcelona. The wide boulevard connects the Playa de Catalunya, a busy square, with the Columbus Monument and the city's waterfront.
63: Another one of our favorite restaurants- Fratelli
64: High Speed AVE Train: Back to Madrid: AVE travels at up to 290 km/hr (180 miles/hr).
66: Retiro Park, Madrid The Buen Retiro Park is the largest magnificent park of the city of Madrid, Spain. The park belonged to the Spanish Monarchy until the late 19th century, when it became a public park. It is filled with beautiful sculpture and monuments, galleries, a peaceful lake and host to a variety of events. The park is entirely surrounded by the present-day city.
71: Back at Pasta Nostra Pizza Nostra
72: Room With a View One more day at the same Palace Hotel in Madrid Meena's charm gets us a room with a great view!
73: All Good Things Must Come to An End! Back on Jet Airways to NJ