PHOTOS - Spain
November 2007
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Day Ten - Fly Home

Day Nine - Madrid & Toledo

The Puerta del Sol


The Plaza Mayor


Casa de la Panaderia (formerly housed the Baker's Guild)


Built by Philip III


These cloistered nuns will sell you sweets with a ring of the bell


The Palacio Real


The Royal Palace of Spain


Open to the public when the king is not at home


And apparently under construction

Day Nine in Madrid & Toledo

Day Eight - Madrid & Valley of the Fallen (El Escorial)

The Victory Arch


The drive out to the Valley of the Fallen


Closer to El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen


We continue up the hill


Real Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial


Built by Philip II


It is a monastery with a small palace inside


Philip II wanted a home for himself


And a palace for God


And Jacki was there


The Valley of the Fallen


The burial place of forty thousand victims of Spain's civil war


Commissioned by Franco and consecrated as a church


The Pieta over the door


Franco is buried here


The view of Madrid from the Valley of the Fallen


The Cross at the Valley of the Fallen


And Kaila was there too

Day Eight - Madrid

Day Seven - Madrid

The Atocha train station in Madrid


The Prado Musuem in Madrid


Francisco Goya


Sunset in Madrid


The Gran Colon Hotel


Lobby


The dressing room


The seating area in the room


The sleeping part of the room

Day Seven - Madrid

Day Six - Seville (Shopping & Alcazar)

The Plaza Nueva in Seville


Yummy Sweets


The Alcazar in Sevilla


Bottle Tree filled with water just in case


The royal residence is under restoration(big surprise)


The crest of Cristobal Colon (Columbus)


King Ferdinand overthrew the Moors


He took the Alcazar as his new Palace


The dome


The Royal Succession of Spain in portraits


The Mudejar stayed to rebuild the Alcazar


Paying their due rather than leaving Spain


Mudejar were Muslims working for Christians


The Courtyard


Homage to the Sevilla orange crop


Tapestries in the Alcazar


Gardens of the Alcazar


More Garden


The wall above the garden


Reflecting Pools


Jacki is the Ansel Adams of Moorish gardens


Ask us to show you the painting of this wall we bought from a local artist

Day Six - Seville

Day Five - Jerez de la Frontera

On the train to Jerez


Watching Spain go by


Beautiful Train Station


Andulusian Equestrian Art Center


Traditional wardrobe


Bodega Sandeman


The bottom is the solera and the other rows are the criadera


Each year the wine moves down a row


Only one third of the solera is bottled annually


Tasting with tapas ends the tour


The hat is the sherry of Spain and the cape is the Port of Portugal


Jacki has a new friend


Awfully narrow for 50 MPH

Day Five - Jerez de la Frontera
Day Four - Seville

The Hotel Giralda in Seville


The hotel entrance


There is no elevator


Cozy Room


The Cathedral


The Giralda Tower


The largest and highest Cathedral in Spain


The largest gothic building in the world


Horno de San Buenaventura


Just about anything you could want to eat


Carving the Jamon Iberico


There is plenty more where that came from


And they even have dessert


A visit to the Cathedral


Apparently all of Spain is under construction


Or so it seems


This place is amazing


The Altar


Trying to get the full scope


The Choir Loft


The back of the choir loft


Where most regular services are held


One fourth of the pipe organ


The tomb of Christopher Columbus


The Cathedral garden


The Giralda Tower from the garden


The Plaza in front of the Cathedral


The Palace of Archbishop on the Plaza


The walk back to our hotel


The Tower at night


The Cathedral at night


The Plaza at night


Serving the finest tapas since 1934

Day Four - Seville

Day Three - Barcelona

The Temple of the Sagrada Familia (Holy Family)


Jesus keeps an eye on construction


Started in 1882


125 years and still under construction


The doors were designed to look like books


Detail on the doors


Gaudi was the architect until his death in 1941


Beautiful stained glass all over the building


Expected to be completed by 2030


Parts on the ground waiting to go up


Again, Jesus supervises construction


Mosaic is classic Gaudi style


Gold inlay on the ceiling


Kaila stops to rest


Jacki thinks the whole thing is fascinating


Kaila just thinks it's really gaudy (Gaudi)


Quite a difference between the older and newer construction


One of Gaudi's original models restored (see the little man at the bottom? Note the scale of this project)


Model workshop


Gaudi's studio on the grounds


Palau Guell (more of Gaudi's work in downtown Barcelona)


This lampost was Gaudi's first public work (quite a difference!)


Sweets since 1947


Churros con chocolate


Don't bother me I'm eating

Day Three - Barcelona

Day Two - Barcelona

El Corte Ingles Department Store


Fresh Fish at the Supermarket in the basement.


Cheese, Pleese!


I think I'll have Chicken.


Journey Down La Rambla


Kaila Thinks We Need A Bunny!


Yes, We took our own picture. It's pretty good too!


The Famous La Boqueria Market


The fish is fresh.


The most popular shellfish in the place.


The Most Amazing Produce!


Juan has been here every day for over 50 years.


One ham in front of another.


Taller de Tapas (Tapas Workshop)


Tapas at Taller de Tapas!


Liquid Gold (Olive Oil)


Kaila spends Jacki's 401K on Olive Oil.

Day One - Barcelona
We departed 3 hours late due aircraft problems and arrived three hours late at about 10:30pm. There is a story we'll tell when we get home!


Entrance of Hotel Amister, Barcelona


Another view of entrance


Lounge at Hotel Amister


View of Art Exhibit in inner core of Hotel


Our room at Hotel Amister


The room at Amister


Bedroom at Hotel Amister


Bedroom and office (see laptop and TV)


A lighter view


View from our window


View from our window


Placa de Catalunya


Placa de Catalunya (Reversed)


Please just let me shop!

START TRIP to Spain - November 2007

ITINERARY
FLIGHT GOING
AIR - WEDNESDAY - November 7
Air France Flight: 67
Leaving: Los Angeles, CA - Los Angeles Intl 9:15 PM
Arriving: Paris - Charles De Gaulle Intl 5:00 PM 08NOV
Seat: 47A, 47B
Aircraft: Boeing 777-300ER

AIR - THURSDAY - November 8
Air France Flight: 2048
Leaving: Paris - Charles De Gaulle Intl 5:55 PM
Arriving: Barcelona - Barcelona 7:35 PM

Barcelona

Hotel November 8-11
Hotel Sercotel Ámister
ADDRESS: Avenida Roma, 93-95
CITY: Barcelona
TELEPHONE: +34-933633468
FAX: +34-933631865

Sevilla
Barcelona - Sevilla, Sunday, November 11, 2007
JK6606 (operated by Spanair S.A.)
Sunday, November 11, 2007 11:05, Barcelona, Spain (Barcelona, Terminal B)
Sunday, November 11, 2007 12:30, Sevilla, Spain (Seville)

Hotel November 11-14
Hotel YH Giralda
ADDRESS: Abades, 30
CITY: Sevilla
TELEPHONE: +34-954228324
FAX: +34-954227019

Train #9619 9am to Madrid

Madrid
Hotel Ayre Gran Hotel Colón
ADDRESS: Pez Volador 1-11
CITY: Madrid
TELEPHONE: +34-91-4009900
FAX: +34-91-5730809

Flight - Returning

AIR - SATURDAY - November 17
Air France Flight: 2101
Leaving: Madrid - Barajas 7:15 AM
Arriving: Paris - Charles De Gaulle Intl9:20 AM

AIR - SATURDAY - November 17
Air France Flight: 62
Leaving: Paris - Charles De Gaulle Intl 10:15 AM
Arriving: Los Angeles, CA - Los Angeles Intl 12:50 PM
Seat: 41A, 41B
Aircraft: Boeing 777-200

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