S: SUMMER 2011
BC: DESIGNED BY KIMI
1: ESPAN~A | Our arrival : 17th July 2011 We land & drive to Campllong, Girona. Everyone from everywhere flies into Barcelona on 22nd. Hasika & Aarna arrive on 23rd from Singapore. We stay in Campllong from 17th - 21st & join the gang on 22nd in Barcelona.
4: EXPLORING BARCELONA | 1. BARRI GOTIC 2. MUSEU d'HISTORIA de la CIUTAT 3. SAGRADA FAMILIA 4. PUEBLO ESPAN~OL 5. THE MAGIC FOUNTAIN OF MONTJUIC 6. LAS RAMBLAS
5: 2011 SPAIN
6: Travelling | byFOOT | BARCELONA SIGHTS MAP
7: a | From Iberian to Roman and Visigoth times, an underground city.An account of Roman life better seen than anywhere in Italy. Part of the Barri Gotic...Museu d'Historia de la Ciutat. | Buildings dating back to medieval times and the remains of an ancient Roman city. | Day one | PUEBLO ESPAN~OL | ...to The Spanish Village | fm BARRI GOTIC... | Small Spanish Village, replicating houses from all over Spain. Has many local crafts shops. Venue for the famous Flamenco Show at Tablao de Carmen. www.poble-espanyol.com
8: Photographic Opportunity! Watch the Birdie! | THE MAGIC FOUNTAIN OF MONTJUIC | Day 2 or 3 | SAGRADA FAMILIA | Designed by master architect Antonio Gaudi, it has been under construction since 1882 and has another 30 - 80 years to go before completion!!
9: BARCELONA LAS RAMBLAS | LAS RAMBLAS is the central Boulevard which cuts through the heart of the city. Reminiscent of the Champs Elysees, its lined with shops and cafes. BEWARE the caricaturists!! | an artist's rendition | The real picture! (P.S. The old lady may or may not be there!)
10: ANDALUCIA means 'COSTA DEL SOL' or literally 'coast of the sun'. Once you travel inland a little, you find the 'Pueblo Blancos' (white villages) clinging onto the stunning mountain sides. These villages have changed v. little since Andalucia was freed from Moorish control. Many castles in the region pay tribute to their past. | You can drive past fields of sunflowers and orchards of olive and cork trees and orange and lemon trees, before settling down in one of the village bars for some local food and drink. Seville, Cadiz and Granada offer a vibrant experience
11: ACCOMODATION IN MALAGA 31st july - 7th august La Era is located in Casarabonela, a “White Village” of Andalucia, just 42km from Málaga, capital of the Costa del Sol and home to the new Picasso museum. The area surrounding Casarabonela is known as ' Sierra de las Nieves' named Biosphere Reserve by Unesco. Granada - 135 kms. Sevilla - 220 kms. Marbella - 70 kms. | Time to chill
12: The old Muslim castle, known as the Gibralfaro sits on a ridge that overlooks the city of Malaga. At the bottom of this ridge is the Alcazaba, the younger Muslim palace-fortress. A long rampart connecting the two castles. The Alcazaba was constructed in 1057 by Badis, a taifa ruler.
13: Just outside the Alcazaba in Malaga are the ruins of a Roman theater. Its restoration is problematic because the Moors used Roman blocks from here to help build the Alcazaba.
14: The Plaza de Espana This is as close as you can get to Planet Naboo! It was George Lucas' inspiration in Star Wars! | House of Lebrija The only place where you can walk on real Roman mosaics. Palace dates back to 1400 AD. Horse carriages take you everywhere so no cars needed. | It is a day trip from Malaga. Its a magical city and in Andalucia. We can see the city in a horse carriage! Or walk through vibrant ancient streets and imagine we are in an old Spanish village. | From Malaga to Seville (Home of Flamenco) | SEVILLE
15: Granada | THE MAGICAL ALHAMBRA Located at the foothills of Sierra Nevada. | Built by Moorish rulers between the 13th and 14th century. It is architecture at its most magnificent and steeped in history. Resided in by moorish (islamic) rulers, it was conquered by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella in the 15th century for they could'nt resist its beauty either. We stop here for now till we decide no. of days here.