S: Spain 2012
FC: Dick & Jane Go to Spain
1: Thyssen Museum | Queen Sophia Museum Dali | How do we get back to the hotel? | Prado | MADRID | Picasso | Lichtenstein
2: The Valley of the Fallen, a monument built by Franco to honor the Spanish Civil War dead, the Royal Palace of Madrid & El Escorial, home to King Philip II.
3: AVILA Where the cold and rain began.
4: SEGOVIA | Boy can that dog sing!
5: All about the journey | Good times
7: Royal -Hans Christian Andersen
8: Welcome to TOLEDO!
9: Toledo has one of Europe's best Cathedrals.
10: Our bags are full. | Our tour around Toledeo began with a sight-seeing train.
11: Let the journey begin
12: Santa Cruz Museum Toledo
13: LIFE IS A JOURNEY (still in the rain)! | The rain continues in Granada! | Good times
14: Good times | GRANADA'S Cathedral and Royal Chapel, where King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella are buried. | JUNE | 2012
15: The gardens at Alhambra, the last and greatest Moorish palace in Europe.
17: Palacios Nazaries, a 14th century Moorish Palace
18: The Nazarids, one of the many diverse ethnic groups of Spanish Muslims, held together the last Moorish kingdom, which they ruled from Granada until 1492.
20: Intricate carvings and beautiful tiles adorn the walls of the palacios.
22: To reach the "Rock" from the Spanish-British border, you must cross an airport runway!
23: While we were there, RONDA celebrated the Virgin Mary's birth with a festival.
24: "To travel is to live." -Hans Christian Andersen
25: Leaving Ronda in the morning, we drove through the White Hills. It was one of the most breathtaking rides we've ever experienced. Dick was jealous of the cyclists who could make it up those inclines!
26: All about the journey | Good times
27: Dick is wondering where the cyclists are, as we stop to get gas. There's a place just for them!
28: In SEVILLA, the nightly paseo along Avenida de la Constitucion is a must. Nice cafés and great people watching!
29: A trip to the Bullfight ring and museum in Sevilla was on the "to do" list.
31: Sevilla's Cathedral, the world's largest Gothic church, contains the tomb of Christopher Columbus
32: Alcazar, a 10th century Moorish palace, is still used today by the royal family
33: A night of flamenco dancing and music (plus one "free" drink!) provided great entertainment.
34: Visit the Basilica de la Macarena to see the much-venerated Weeping Virgin
35: Sevilla's Holy Week celebrations are Spain's grandest. During the week leading up to Easter, the city is packed with pilgrims witnessing 60 processions carrying about 100 religious floats. The Basilica de la Macarena contains two of these.
36: Dick wanted to rent a bike, but instead we flew to BILBAO, where we stopped by the Guggenheim Museum
37: Having picked up another car in Bilbao, we spent a day driving through the Spanish & French Basque countryside.
38: The resort town of SAN SEBASTIAN had market day while we were there.
39: The Museum of Basque Culture taught us a lot about the Basque people and their way of life.
40: We took the funicular up Monte Igueldo so we could get a good look at Concha Bay in San Sebastian. | A funicular took us up to the top of Monte Igueldo to view Concha Bay and San Sebastian.
41: At our last stop in BARCELONA, the Hotel Continental Palacete, with 19 rooms, was "gaudy in the city of Gaudi."
42: A day of sight-seeing aboard the Madrid Bus Touristic took us to see the tallest statue of Christopher Columbus in the world, the harbor, and a second statue by Lichtenstein. The third of 3 marches we witnessed in Spain was led by pro-lifers, and we had our choice of riding in distinctive taxis or really really small cars!
43: Goudi's Sagrada Familia is a very unique Gothic church. Begun in 1883, it will not be finished for decades.
44: The architecture of Sagrada Familia has evolved over time. At heart it is a Gothic design, which was admired greatly by Gaudi. He added his own Art Nouveau/Modernisme touches. Shortly after his death in 1926, the Spanish Civil War brought a temporary halt to the construction. Today the site bristles with cranes and scaffolding, as even newer designs are included.
45: A one hour train ride plus a cable car took us to Montserrat. Legend says that medieval monks saw lights and heard songs coming from a cave there, where they found the Black Virgin statue.
47: The Picasso and City History Museums taught us about the varied styles of the artist over time and allowed us to walk through the streets of the ancient Roman city of Bacilon
48: CASA BATLLO, designed by Antoni Gaudi, has tibia-like pillars and shell-like balconies inspired by the natural forms that Gaudi knew. The | tiled, humpbacked roof line suggests a cresting dragon's back. Gaudi based the work on the legend of St. George slaying the dragon.
49: Gaudi's PARC GUELL | Beautifully tiled, winding park benches
50: On our last day in Spain, we took one last funicular up one last Mont (Tibidabo), saw one last church (right next to an amusement park), and had one final beer. Good bye Barcelona!