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Carrie & Mark's Adventures in Spain Fall 2011

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2: Arrival in Madrid | View from our first hotel - Louis XV - in Madrid. With a metro stop right outside of our door we were ready to explore...

3: Plaza Mayor / You name it - it has happened here. Bullfights, condemnation of Spanish Inquisition heretics, a major fire, and now relaxing and reading in the sunshine.

4: Plaza de la Villa / Public Square Enclosed by examples of 17th-century Madrid-style baroque architecture

6: First Spanish breakfast, and then taking in the sights on the way to the Museo del Prado

7: Bear with strawberry tree (the official symbol of Madrid) at the Plaza de la Puerta del Sol

8: Statue of famous Spanish artist Francisco Goya | A beautiful day spent inside and around the grounds of the Museo del Prado

10: Welcome to Barcelona!

11: Mercat de la Boqueria / One of the best stocked and most colorful produce markets in Europe on Barcelona's major pedestrian street, La Rambla

12: Barcelona Tapas Crawl! | La Pulperia = Yummy!

13: Basque style tapas at Sagardi. Our bill was calculated by the number of empty toothpicks on our plates - 18!!

14: The view from one of our Barcelona hotels

15: Magnificent Gothic architecture / Catedral A street violinist played in back just for us

18: La Pedrera begins our tour of Antoni Gaudi's modernist architectural marvels

19: Just another beautiful day of Spanish sunshine atop La Pedrera

20: Gaudi's designs incorporated Catalan modernisme inside and out

21: Inside a typical La Pedrera home

22: Another Gaudi masterpiece / Casa Batillo

23: Everywhere, an opportunity for art

24: Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia, described as a symphony of religious devotion

25: A quick snack before a day devouring the masterpiece

26: Exterior facades displaying stylistic evolution

27: Passion Facade

31: The forest served as an inspiration for the interior

33: Spiral staircases allow access to the towers and upper galleries / We were awarded with stunning views

34: Approaching the Mediterranean Sea at Gandia

35: We were greeted upon arrival with a rainbow, visible from our beach-front view hotel balcony

38: A delicious paella to celebrate Carrie's birthday / And a bottle of champagne sent up compliments of the hotel staff

39: The most amazing prawns and tomato puree on crisped baguette appetizers

41: Our last sunset overlooking the pier where locals fished nightly

42: Packing up in Gandia for the journey to the mountains of Cuenca | Bought this hat for 5 Euros from a vendor in a bar ... and left it on this train

43: Picturesque Cuenca sits astride a steeply sided expanse that drops precipitously on either side to the deep gorges of the Jucar and Huecar rivers

45: Yet another room with a view!

49: Dense and colorful facades of Cuenca

52: The Hanging Houses

53: Traditional dishes at one of our favorite finds, El Secreto

54: Some of our favorite pieces at the Museo de Arte Abstracto located inside one of the famed Hanging Houses

56: Good eats / Tapas can definitely make a dinner

57: Lunch just outside of our hotel upon arrival in Granada

58: The approach to the Alhambra - just up the street from our hotel

59: Iglesia de Santa Maria at the Alhambra

62: The Palace of Charles V at the Alhambra

63: Bottom Right: Statue of Mark's most-quoted writer and preservationist, Washington Irving

65: The lively, curving and beautiful streets of Granada

66: Views from our hotel balcony - spectacular!

67: Granada day 2 / Mission: acquire coveted tickets to enter the Alhambra / 6:00 AM start

74: The Alhambra's sumptuous gardens / The Generalife

78: Capping off a full day of The Alhambra with a favorite snack - King Kebab

79: First day in sunny Cordoba

80: Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos

82: Alcazar Gardens

83: Left: Royal tapestries Top: Remnants of military quarters and dungeons

84: Alcazar Mosaics

88: The iconic, Islamic arches of the Mezquita in Cordoba

89: A juxtaposition of faiths / Islam & Christianity

94: First Day in Seville / Dinner on the shared balcony

97: Real Alcazar / Residence of many generations of kings and caliphs

101: Exploring the Alcazar gardens with Mark's Washington Irving commentary

105: Goodbye Alcazar and lovely Seville

106: Ronda / the birthplace of bullfighting

109: Puente Nuevo in the background as we hike down the Tajo gorge

110: Last stop the Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid before hopping our flight back to Denver with our favorite reading - Game of Thrones

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