S: Spain and Italy 2012 - Volume 1
BC: To Be Continued in Milan....
FC: May 30 - June 6, 2012 | Pamplona
1: THE MOUNTAIN TEMPLE, WAT ARAT | November 7th | May 30th - Barcelona La Rambla and Placa Catalyana
2: The natural BEAUTY of southern Thailand was stunning. | May 31 More La Rambla
3: La Bouqueria
4: Above: Tapas in Placa Reial, Arc de Triomf, and a typical street park Below: Torre Agbar, side street in El Raval, Placa Tetuan
5: THE MOUNTAIN TEMPLE, WAT ARAT | November 8 | La Sagrada Familia: Construction began in 1882
6: In 1883 Antoni Gaudí was commissioned to carry on the work, a task which he did not abandon until his death in 1926. Since then different architects have continued the work after his original idea. When the church is finished, it will have 18 towers: 12 dedicated to the apostles, 4 to the evangelists, one to Jesus and one to Mary.
9: Pamplona - June 1 | Above: Ayuntamiento ( 18th Century Town Hall)
10: Encierra Statue & Bull Ring
11: Running of the Bulls Museum
12: On the road to the Pyrenees | The Camino de Santiago, or The Way of St. James is the pilgrimage route to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain, where tradition has it that the remains of the apostle Saint James are buried. The Way of St. James has existed for over a thousand years. It was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages during medieval times, together with Rome and Jerusalem, and a pilgrimage route on which a plenary indulgence could be earned. The Spanish consider the Pyrenees a starting point. A common starting point near the French border is Roncesvalles. The scallop shell, often found on the shores in Galicia, has long been the symbol of the Camino de Santiago. Over the centuries the scallop shell has taken on mythical, metaphorical and practical meanings, even if its relevance may actually derive from the desire of pilgrims to take home a souvenir.
13: Camino De Santiago Signposts and Pilgrims
16: June 25, 1944: Dad and crew were taken here to 'Garate's House', where the Spanish Army was using the basement as a pharmacy. Dad: "We stopped in a small village and were escorted into a small building." According to the villagers, the owner Francisco Garate could speak English, and helped as interpreter. | Below: Pedro was 9 years old, and remembers the soldiers
17: Dad: "We were led across the street to a roadhouse, where an attractive young lady welcomed us. She spoke French, and with my meager high school French, we managed nicely." This woman was probably Elisa Gonzalez, 24 at the time. "I can remember it well... The young flyers were taken to my restaurant. I talked to them in French..." ( This information from research by Marie-Esther Etcharren)
18: Above: Building used in a scene with Martin Sheen in "The Way" | The town of Mezkiritz
19: Crash Site is in the hills behind the chapel on the hill | 7 of the crew parachuted to land in the hill of Espinal (left) or Otegui field (below)
21: Crash Site
22: More Pamplona | More Pamplona
23: June 3 Barcelona Magic Fountain of Montjuic
24: Placa Espanya, and Sacred Heart Church on hill in distance | Above: and below right: Palau Nacional Below: Las Arenas (1914 Bullring converted to shopping mall)
25: Passeig de Gracia is one of the major avenues in Barcelona and one of its most important shopping and business areas, containing several of the city's most celebrated pieces of architecture.
26: Casa Amatller | Casa Batlló built in 1877 and remodeled in the years 1904–1906. The local name for the building is Casa dels ossos (House of Bones), as it has a visceral, skeletal organic quality.
30: Another Gaudi building: Casa Mila
31: Gaudi planned and directed the construction of Park Guell from 1900 to 1914 for Eusebi Guell for a residential park intended for sixty single- family residences. The project, however, was unsuccessful and the park became city property in 1923. Though never fully completed, it still remains one of Gaudi's most colorful and playful works
34: Our hotel room, with a B&W mural of Park Guell
35: La Rambla Street Artists
36: June 5 Picasso Museum Barcelona Zoo