S: FATHER'S DAY 2012
FC: My Spanish Adventure 2012
1: Getting in the air! | Leaving Houston, Paris bound and on to Barcelona!
2: June 12, 2012 Barcelona was our first destination once we arrived in Spain. After checking into our hotel, we got to go to Las Ramblas and check out one, if not the, most famous streets in Barcelona. It was great! | 60 meter "Colom" statue was built at the site where Columbus returned to Spain after his first voyage to the Americas. | Las Ramblas had many human statues. This lady was painted as an angel. I think she was one of my favorites of the whole trip.
3: Las Ramblas | Boqueria Market is the largest market in Europe
4: Gracia i Park Güell
5: Lots of olive trees!
7: Sagrada Familia In late 1883 the diocesan architect Francisco de Paula del Villar commissioned Gaudí to design the church, a task that did not stop until Gaudi's death in 1926. Since then, several architects have continued the work following the original idea of Gaudí.
8: The structures in the park were designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí and built in the years 1900 to 1914.This park was meant to be a restful location that allowed the public to take in the natural beauty around them. There was also an original plan to build a luxurious neighborhood where the park now stands. Ultimately, only two houses were built, neither designed by Gaudí. One was intended to be a show house, but on being completed in 1904 was put up for sale, and as no buyers came forward, Gaudí, at Güell's suggestion, bought it with his savings and moved in with his family and his father in 1906.This house, where Gaudí lived from 1906 to 1926, was built by Francesc Berenguer in 1904. | Gaudí worked a great deal with mosaics
10: Welcome to Valencia!
12: The Oceanografic Valencia
13: Best aquarium EVER!!
14: Alhambra | Granada | The fortress
17: The palace & gardens
19: The city (medina)
20: The baths
21: Muslim meets Christian
25: View from one of the open-air passage ways | Beautiful windows & doors
27: Columbus' tomb in the cathedral of Seville is guarded by four statues of kings representing the Kingdoms of Castile, Leon, Aragon, and Navarre
28: Costa del Sol! | Going to Morocco! | Approaching the coast of Africa | View of the ocean along the Moroccan coast
29: Morocco | All buildings along the coast are required by law to be painted blue & white | I rode a camel!
30: Morocco | Preparing for the arrival of the king later in the month | A scrumptious couscous lunch in a Moroccan restaurant
31: Morocco | We got to see a demonstration of local weaving practices. The rugs were beautiful--and HEAVY!!
32: Morocco | Anne, dressed like a Moroccan farmer | Where you go to get what you need... | So many threads!
33: Morocco | You have to have something nice when you're getting married! | Goat cheese made daily | Lots of eggs! | Got chickens?
35: Seville Cathedral
36: In July 1401 it was decided to build a new temple, as the ancient Muslim mosque that once stood on the site was in bad shape after a 1356 earthquake. Following the Reconquista, it was agreed that the new church should be a testament to the strength of the Roman Catholic Church as well as the prestige that had been brought to Seville. Construction began in 1402; it continued until 1506. Church workers gave half their salaries to pay for architects, builders and other expenses. Five years after construction ended, in 1511, the dome collapsed and work on the cathedral re-commenced. The dome again collapsed in 1888, and work was still being performed on the dome until at least 1903.The 1888 collapse occurred due to an earthquake and resulted in the destruction of "every precious object below" the dome at that time.
37: The tower above used to be the mosque minaret
38: LOVE, TESSA, MICHAEL AND ADRIAN | 2 0 1 | Oh, yes...35 fun-filled ramps leading up to the bell tower
39: Almohad architectural style | I love Gothic architecture!
40: Looking down from the bell tower | Stairs leading down from the tower
41: Madrid | Bull Stadium | Another human statue
42: Plaza Mayor | Not so human statue! | Approaching the plaza
43: BEST MEMORIES | Madrid...where it all begins | Even Mickey likes Spain!
45: Royal Palace of Madrid | Garden outside the palace
46: Getting ready to tour the palace
47: April 10, 2012 | These two buildings face each other, separated by a huge square. | This flag will be raised if the king is in residence.
48: Home Sweet Home! | 4 am in the airport in Madrid | Going home!
49: The picture I had hoped to get while in Spain. | Cordoba