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    Catedral de la Incarnacion Malaga

    by gwened Written Jul 18, 2014

    A nice presence near the port it was the first building I visited in Malaga back in 1990, and ever there when visiting friends now of my peña.
    This is one of the most emblematic buildings and a jewel of the renaissance style of architecture. It was built between 1528 and 1782.

    The north tower is 93 meters high, located on the left side of the main facade with the same proportions as the central side. On the third body of elevation you have four sides with a triple archery whre in the interior you find 14 bells of which the 8 main ones were done in 1784.

    The Cathedral has its own gardens and a nice patio of oranges that remind us of the old mosque.

    Open to the public from Mondays to Fridays from 10h to 18h and Saturdays from 10h to 17h, there is a 5€ charge to see the museum and Cathedral. It should be a highlight of your visit to Malaga

    Cathedral of the Incarnation of Malaga the altar chapel of Cathedral the sides architecture beautiful the side back of Cathedral
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    Catedral de Cordoba, Mezquita

    by gwened Written Jun 27, 2014

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    a huge monument to the world and more so in our days, a Cathedral born out of a mosque at Cordoba.The Cathedral of Cordoba is also known by its old name the Grand Mosque of Cordoba. It is a huge romanesque temple that become a Church ,then a mosque and then finally a Cathedral. It is one of the major monument to the Islamic architecture ,witness of the muslim presence in Spain during the 8C to 15C. She is known as the best monument done by the Omeyyades of Cordoba. It was converted into a Church in the 13C after the reconquest of the Catholic Kings Fernando III and Isabel I of Castille/Aragon/Leon etc. Later it become a Cathedral of the diocese of Cordoba in Spain.

    A bit of history I like of the huge amount on it
    The writings transmitted by Rhazes who reported that originally Muslims passed in 714 an agreement with the Visigoths of Cordoba to take half of their largest church located inside the city. When Muslims settled in Cordoba, they exproprièted the Christians Church Saint-Vincent, near the Guadalquivir River built in 584AD by the Visigoths on the site of a Roman temple dedicated to Janus. The emir Abd-Al-Rahman Ier ordered to build instead a mosque. It was extended three times on by his successors, to eventually cover 23,000 m2 and thus become the largest mosque in the world after Mecca. This mosque is not oriented towards Mecca. It stands today in the form of a vast quadrangle of about 180 meters in length 130 meters wide, with nineteen naves and more than 850 columns surmounted by capitals of different styles. The original building began in 786 by Abd al-Rahman Ier.
    awesome a must to see if only to see this in Cordoba.

    The Cathedral of Cordoba side the choir of the Cathedral the golden dome the Altar of the Cathedral Cathedral romanesque to Islamist mix
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    Torre de Oro, Sevilla

    by gwened Written Jun 27, 2014

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    the tower of gold so name because in the empire days the gold brought from the Americas were stored here alongside the Guadalquivir river.

    More on it ; Its name comes from the fact that gold brought back from America in the 16C during the races in India would have been retained. The same legend would explain the name of the Tower of Silver. Another hypothesis, it would be due to the Golden appearance which characterized it originally. The work of restoration of 2005 showed that this gloss, originally put on the account of a coating of Golden tiles, was due to a mixture of lime and press straw.

    A bit of history I like
    The last stage of the construction of the walled enclosure took place at the end of the Almohad reign with the construction of the Tower of gold in 1221. It was not part of the main maize that stood along the wall from the proper enclosure and surrounding the Alcazar passing by the Tower of the money before the joining by a coracha, a pan of perpendicular to the principal enclosure wall. Unlike most towers that were rectangular, the Tower of gold, more massive, like the other Palatine towers, has a Dodecagonale. The coracha located between the Tower of gold and silver tower was demolished in 1821. The Tower served as a prison during the middle ages

    The original tower possessed one level. The second level, dodecagonal as the first, was added at the request of the King Pedro I of Castile in the 14C. The circular skylight that forms the third level, dating from 1760, is the work of the military engineer Sebastián Van der Borcht. The tower was restored in 1900, between 1942 and 1944 for the creation of the maritime Museum, between 1991 and 1992 in the context of the universal exhibition, in 1995 and 2005.

    It houses since 24 June 1944 a maritime museum that has a collection of engravings, photographs, letters, models, navigational instruments and historical documents on 633 m2. Four hundred pieces come from the Museo Naval in Madrid. The Museum stresses the importance of the history of Seville and the importance of the river to the city.
    the museum has admission of 3€ with schedules as Mondays to Fridays from 9h30 to 18h45 ; weekends from 10h30 to 18h45 , and closed on all Holidays.

    Torre de Oro, Tower of Gold
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    Plaza de España, Sevilla

    by gwened Written Jun 27, 2014

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    This is a must to visit while in Sevilla so much around it and the parque Maria Luisa. i will give you a taste some history, you come and see it.
    It has been designed for the ibero-American exhibition in 1929, and inaugurated by his Majesty the King Alphonse XIII of Spain. Thousand men were involved in its construction. Work began in 1914 ended in 1928. It was the most expensive construction of the exhibition.

    It lies northeast of the María Luisa Park and is bordered West by avenue of Isabel la Catolica, to the North by the Avenida de Portugal and on the East by the Calle Nicolas Alperiz. It covers an area of 50,000 m², including 19,000 m² for the Palace and 31 000 m² for the square itself and channels. They have a total length of 515 meters.

    One of the most decorated ceramic spanning channels, the place forms a semicircle of 200 meters in diameter, symbolizing the friendship of Spain to its former colonies. She looks in the direction of the Guadalquivir, representing the path to the Atlantic Ocean and America. A unique building along its rounded side. At the center of the square there is a fountain. Between the center and the Palace flow channels, in a semicircle also. Four bridges span representing the four ancient kingdoms of Spain.

    The Palace and two of its bridges; It is a single building of impressive size along the semicircle of the place. It consists of a central building and two wings. In each of the two wings is integrated a secondary building and each of the two ends of the Palace rises a tower of 80 meters. The five buildings are interconnected by imposing covered galleries. It is built in brick, marble and is decorated with painted ceramics. His style is a mix Renaissance, Gothic and mudejar. Along its walls are a series of benches and ornaments of painted ceramics (tiles) representative, alphabetically, 48 of the 50 provinces of Spain (missing the autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla). Each province has its map, the coat of arms of its capital and mosaics telling points of their history.

    The Palace presents, in addition, many bas-reliefs. Among them are six windows of renaissance style, the arms of the city of Seville, 24 Eagles with the arms of her Majesty Charles V, 48 medallions containing the bust of illustrious Spaniards (one above each province) and 3 meter four statues flanking the two small arrows of the central building.

    Awesome , a must to stroll here with the family as the locals do.

    the palace at Plaza de Espa��a from lake to palace building
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    Plaza de Toros la Maestranza,Sevilla

    by gwened Written Jun 27, 2014

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    As much as it may be not suitable for all, it is nevertheless an intricate part of the history of Sevilla, Andalucia and Spain, the bullfights or corridas. the Maestranza in Sevilla is one of the two tops with Madrid Monumental that are a must to see and undertand.

    the plaza all began in 1730 with a bit of history I like. The plaza de toros de Sevilla or the bullsfight arena is owned by the Real Maestranza de Caballería, (Royal cavalry of mastery) which a corporation found by gentlemen belonging to old noble families that does several activities of benefit to the city and preserve the building as well as showcase the taurino bullfight art. The big brother of it is the King of Spain, that is represented in the corporation by the lieutenant of the big brother in the board of directors.

    The origins of it really goes back to the conquest of Sevilla by king Fernando III El Santo (the Saint) in 1248. The chevaliers who accompany the king formed a cofradia or brotherhood of calvary that is the roots of what we have today as the Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla.

    you have the schedules and the possibility to purchase in advance here
    https://www.lamaestranza.es/venta_carteles.asp

    another local site in English where you can purchase in advance
    http://www.entradas-toros-sevilla.com/Bullfight_Tickets_Sevilla.htm

    and the boutique for purchases even online is here
    https://www.plazadetorostienda.es/es/

    the arena La Maestranza main door of la Maestranza
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    Cathedral of Sevilla

    by gwened Written Jun 27, 2014

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    A magnificent Cathedral and a must see while in Sevilla; it was built between 1402 and the 16C whreabouts.Gothic style with its belltower call the Giralda ( a women figurine on the very top, also a symbol of Havana). It was an ole moorish minaret from the grand mosque of the Almohade sultanate that was at the current site of the Cathedral.

    It is one of the largest Catholic cathedrals of the world - given the fact that the Rome Basilica is not a cathedral - and the largest in Spain. In comparison, It measures 132 meters long - what is lesser than the cathedrals of Cologne (144,58 meters) and Amiens (145 meters) - and 83 meters wide; the vaults of the central nave amounted to 42 meters, a height comparable to that of the cathedrals of Cologne (43 meters) and Amiens (42 meters), but lower than that of the cathedrals of Milan, Palma and Beauvais (48.5 meters). It has about 30 side chapels!!

    inmense, magnificent, beautiful ,I can go on so much to tell not good at these long narrative. some bits and you must come to see it.

    Inside, with the longest nave of Spain, is decorated in lavish way, with profusion of gold. In the main body of the building stands the choir, which occupies the centre of the nave.

    It opens in the Capilla Mayor, which is dominated by the colossal Gothic altarpiece comprising 45 carved panels depicting scenes from the life of christ. This masterpiece of unique and truly extraordinary of the sculptor Pierre Dancart is the book of a lifetime: it is the largest and richest of the world altar painting and one of the most sumptuous pieces of carved Gothic art.

    The Cathedral of Seville also has a large collection of pieces of jewelry, painted tables and statues, as well as the tomb of Christopher Colombus. The wood is mahogany from Cuba.

    Cathedral of Sevilla right side with the minaret Giralda the front of Christopher Colombus tomb the side of Christopher Columbus tomb Giralda well shown old minaret tower
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    Real iglesia de San Antonio,Aranjuez

    by gwened Written Jun 17, 2014

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    The royal church of St Anthony at Aranjuez is a work of art that must be visited fully. As well as been a very nice royal town of Spain. Another dig out from my vault.

    The Catholic parrish is here
    http://www.diocesisgetafe.es/index.php/diocesis/parroquias?pid=65&sid=90:San-Antonio

    The Church of San Antonio de Aranjuez is a temple of baroque design. king Fernando VI ordered the construction of a chapel dedicated to San Antonio de Padua, on the South side of the main square which gives access to the actual site that should replace the Oratory of times of Felipe IV of Spain. This Chapel would serve the people and the monarchy. It began to be built in 1752 and its author was Santiago Bonavia. Carlos III of Spain sent to expand the Chapel, incorporating a large piece with gable roof.

    It is a wonderful church that must be visited with its description brief as follows:
    The temple consists of a central plant of circular geometric outwardly embraced by an arcaded Gallery five semi-circular arches decorated with Tuscan pilasters and bleachers, as auction facade facing South from the square of the same name. The body of the Church is structured at the same time in height by two levels of balustrade of stonework, one as top of the Gallery's access forming a first Terrace level, emphasizing its central main axis a frontispiece and corners four slender pinnacles with pyramidal shape, while another level of balustrade, as a crowning of the cylindrical central body is topped in its centre by a shield with the Royal arms also in stonework and elongated following the pace of the drop panels balustrade . Above this level, the cover of the central body is formed by a spherical dome window system of clamping and cylindrical central lantern of important dimensions topped by a dome window shape of onion and central Pinnacle.

    Galleries of arches that bind through arcades this chapel with the Casa de Infantes on one side and on the other with Knights and trades, houses were built after dying Bonavia in 1767 being greater than the Real Jaime Marquet . The construction is of brick factory, except in hollows and cornices which Colmenar stone and lead covers.

    Super and nice just wandering found it, and glad found the pictures to write a tip here.The site is in Spanish but the official tourist office you can translate online.

    Church of San Antonio and parvis the side of church San Antonio arriving church San Antonio
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    San Lorenzo de El Escorial

    by gwened Updated Jun 17, 2014

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    This is a sumptuous monument not to be missed, its the neocropolis of most of the Kings/Queens of Spain, and built by order of Felipe II.
    It is located in the locality of San Lorenzo near Madrid and with direct public transport access as well as car which how I always reach it. Even had a flat tire there once lol!

    It is open October to March from 10h to 18h. April to September from 10h to 19h
    bus terminal in town is at Calle Juan de Toledo, 3 coming from Madrid by Autobuses Herranz.

    This building, one of the main Renaissance monuments of Spain, was erected in the last third of the 16C, on the slope of Monte Abantos, 1,028 m above sea level. It is an original project of Juan Bautista de Toledo, which was completed after his death, by Juan de Herrera, who imposed a new architectural style, named after its last name. It occupies an area of 33.327 m² and featuring 16 courtyards, 88 fountains, 13 oratories, 15 Cloisters, 86 staircases, 9 towers, 1,200 doors and 2,673 windows. Its main facade has a length of 207 meters. Among the most outstanding parts of the building, are the Pantheon of Kings, the Royal Basilica and the Royal Library. Since the 16C, the monastery of el Escorial has been described as the eighth wonder of the world INDEED!

    San Lorenzo de el Escorial monastery the library of monastery the gallery of battles at monastery Entrance to the monastery from town the library building at the monastery
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    Barcelona

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Jun 5, 2014

    The fiercely indepent catalan capital ... my favourite places and sights are

    - Barrio Gotico
    - Cathedral
    - Guell Parc
    - Casa Battlo and Casa Mila by Gaudi
    - Church Sagrada Familia
    - harbour area (Port Vell) and Columbus monument
    - Las Ramblas
    - Boqueria Monument
    - Maritime Museum
    - Nou Camp Stadium

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    The Alhambra of Granada

    by gwened Written May 4, 2014

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    much written on it, it is a marval of our world, a must to see over and over again I have been blessed to see when a Young boy, and to come back many times. I am not good at long narratives to describe it fully you need to be a very good writer,and maybe still wont cover it all. i was just there last December with local friends of many years,and from a thread discussion decide its time I put up a tip here. It is the most visited place in Spain!

    It is here as part of the Nazari kingdom ,and the name Alhambra come from the old Arab as a "RED FORTRESS" . To entered it you come to the central road, if it goes up by the Puerta de las Granadas( door or gate of the granades), nowadays pedestrian, reaches the Palace of Carlos v walk you can reach the door or gate of Justice (previously the Bab Axarea, the gate or door of the Esplanade, and it never was given justice) that is from the time of Yusuf I in 1348.

    the road continous and flows in a square called Plaza de los Aljibes, being on top of a series of wells. To the right is the gate or door of wine( de los vinos), is one of the oldest buildings, being attributed its construction at the time of the Sultan Muhammand III (1302-1309), the decoration of the façade or West facade corresponds to the period end of the 13C or early 14C, and the facade of levante is from 1367, and communicates the Alcazaba with the area of palaces (the two most famous and best preserved are the Palace of Comares and the Palacio de los Leones). Behind the gate/door of the wine(de los vinos), leaving on the right the Palace of Carlos V, you access the area of the palaces.

    When the Catholic monarchs, Isabel and Fernando, conquered the Kingdom of Granada, expelled the King of Granada, Boabdil, who was sad to have lost what he called "paradise on Earth". And when it was going cried in front of her mother looking back away, toward his Granada, and she told him: cry like a woman, what you did not know to defend as a man. On the way to the coast of Granada, there is a mountain pass called "El Suspiro del Moro" ( the sigh of the moors), name which was obtained from this legend, since from this point can be seen all over the city and the Alhambra in the distance, and from where it is assumed that Boabdil stopped to admire his lost Kingdom and could not help but cry.

    You have several building all with its own story. The first that comes to mind is the Alcazaba,the military zone, then Nazari palaces like mentioned above, Palacio de los Leones and Palacio de Comares. You have the Mexuar ,this was a prayer area, back in a small room that serve as a chapel where you can enjoy views of the Albaicin and oriented differently from the wall to meet the religious function. Follow here with the Patio del Mexuar or also known as Cuarto Dorado; its was done for the residency of Isabel of Portugal but never lived it.

    You continue on to the Sala de la Barca, you see it from the North Gallery of the Patio de los Arrayanes and through a pointed arch of muqarnas, so called since it has rich plasterwork with the Nasrid coat and within it, the word «Blessing», which in Arabic is "Baraca", and the Castilians heard as "Boat"; go on to the Torre de Comares, Salón de Comares or Salón de los Embajadores.

    Then the Sala de los Mocàrabes, It is named by the muqarnas dome covering it. Today's is from the 17C. Walls with plaster, religious inscriptions and the coat of arms of the Nasrid dynasty. Patio de los Leones began in 1377, around a fountain you see 12 lions imposing sculptures.
    Hall of the Abencerrajes. this room was the bedroom of sultan. Private room as there is no exterior Windows.
    The Kings room, it occupies all the eastern side of the courtyard. Called thus by the paint that covers the vault of the central room. It is the longest harem room, divided into 3 equal quarters and two small that could be fitted, by its location and lack of lighting.
    The Hall of the two sisters muqarnas Vault. Depart from the Patio de los Leones on the side opposite the Hall of the Abencerrages. You pass an original door of inlaid wood, one of the most beautiful in the Palace, currently conserved at the Museo de la Alhambra.

    Room of the mullioned windows and mirador de Daraxa or Lindaraja; at the bottom of the previous room is the balcony of Lin-give-Aixa. He gave to the Valley of the river Darro and the city looked in the distance. The construction of the Pavilion of Charles V now interrupts the view, that built the garden of Lindaraja, Italian, Renaissance fountain and Arab marble Cup

    The Emperor room, are the six apartments, which were built during the reign of Carlos I, between 1528 and 1537 and that set up the patio of Lindaraja, sideways and the Patio of the gate or puerta, towards the other. Room of the Emperor, built for King Carlos while traveling on in Granada, on their wedding trip. In the room next to this there is a marble plaque in memory of the writer Washington Irving, who lived in this part of the site, while he wrote his tales of the Alhambra, in 1829.

    The Peinador de la Reina, Arab Tower called of Abul-Hachach, used by the sultan for recreation and meditation. After the Christian conquest it was reformed. The top floor could serve as a real toilet and it could have been used by the Queen Isabel de Farnesio. Its structure has Roman influences by the presence of the viewpoint with arcaded Gallery and its decoration pictorica.

    Courtyard gate or the Cypress , this courtyard is accessed from the last of the bedrooms of Carlos V, its construction dates from the times of Carlos V, to build rooms for the emperor. The Partal.
    It owes its name to the Arab voice that means portico, and refers to the remains of the residence of the Sultan Yusuf III, the northernmost of the Nasrid palaces. The jewel of the Arab House. The bathroom for the Muslim is a religious obligation. The construction is a copy of the Roman baths. They have 3 rooms: Palace of Charles V, south facade of the Palace of Carlos V, designed by Pedro Machuca. Its name comes from that was made to residence of the Emperor Charles, although there is no record that never came to dwell in it. It is located next to the Nasrid Palace of Comares, and represents a sharp contrast to the Islamic architecture of the rest of the enclosure.

    Convent of San Francisco, it is the current Parador de Turismo. It was Al-Andalus noble House. After the conquest was donated to the Franciscans being the first convent of Granada. Dry or high Alhambra District of the Andalusian people and nobles. Ruins of the Palace of the Abencerrages. Water tower, where enters the Royal Acequia enclosure.

    The seven floors Tower
    Only found 4, (under your feet). It is famous for appearing in some of the tales of the Alhambra, Washington Irving's adventures, set in it. Legend has it that Boabdil left the Palace from this place.
    The Generalife, the Yannat to el-arif in Nasrid times, is the villa with gardens used by the Muslim Kings of Granada as a place of retreat and rest. The most important part is constituted by its gardens, it was conceived as a rural village, where ornamental gardens, orchards and architecture were, in the vicinity of the Alhambra.
    Palacio del Generalife, began its construction in the 12C and 14C and it was transformed by Abu I-Walid Isma'il 'il. It is Arab-Moorish style and is located on the northern side of the Alhambra. Near the Generalife, and related to it, are different constructions of Nasrid period, as Los Albercones or water ponds, the remains of the Palace of Dar al - Arusha, La Alberca rota, and the Silla del Moro(chair of the moor).

    Simply amazing and great views all around it in the Albaicin district even from the Generalife palace and the Church of Saint Nicolas nearby.
    You have the official site in contact.upper right hand of the link you can change to English.For tickets hours, etc best from official source in English
    http://www.alhambra-patronato.es/index.php/How-to-visit-the-Alhambra/8+M5d637b1e38d/0/

    view from Albaicin to Alhambra Patio de Leones interior of Alhambra complex the gardens or patio de la Acequia gardens of Generalife
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    Andaluzia

    by solopes Updated Apr 26, 2014

    When a foreigner thinks about Spain it's Andaluzia his common reference.

    Andaluzia is the salero of "guapas sevillanas", the violence of bloody bullfights, the romantic history of Islamic times, and beaches professionally prepared and sold.

    Landscape is not at the top, but nature helps here and there to embellish a coast crowded with blond people seeking for sun. Benidorm is the forest of concrete that gathers more Portuguese, but we need not to go that far to find some natural sights and attractive spots, in the diverse coast of Andaluzia.

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    Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain

    by CherokeePWE Written Apr 24, 2014

    A Museumphile's Waking Dream
    Spain is organized into self-governing communities, from the beautiful Basque Country in the north to the sun worshippers of Costa Del Sol in the south. In its own right, Spain feasts a trove of treasures and bids a sensual carousal. Spain shares the paragon of the amazing Guggenheim museum in Bilbao where it is an architectural masterwork. Frank Gehry imagined a masterpiece in the midst of a once dilapidated warehouse abode and decrepit dock habitation, a testament to his indisputable genius. Where the question is begged whether the Guggenheim found Bilbao or Bilbao found the Guggenheim is no longer more than a moot point, a minim at best. The answer returns that they found each other and we globe-trekking sightseers are the peremptory prizewinners. For myself, a Juliet connoisseur of museums, I hereby challenge that since the 14th century a rarer jewel than the Bilbao Guggenheim has never been fashioned in this gastronomic Basque City. For us pledged “museumphiles,” it is worth the trip to the Kingdom of Spain.
    The wonderful topiary Puppy in front of the architecture beseeches a digital photograph abreast of every transient. The Guggenheim structure itself is jaw dropping with massive curvaceous titanium panels connected flawlessly with a metamorphosis of glass and stone throughout. Encircling the exterior there is an anthology of artistry. The gigantic Tulips “grow” to over six feet tall in a shiny balloon-like bouquet of deep rich colors, blown up in burnished stainless steel. The Tall Tree and the Eye are mirrored orbs cascading upwards into a symbolic tree in modern art, reflecting its surroundings, antithetically in each transparent bulb. Notwithstanding, my very favorite specimen is The Maman, a 30-foot-tall widowed spider of bronze, stainless steel, and marble. The forbidding arachnid looks like she is walking your way on her eight elongated legs; more predator than prey. Popular reverence for many of the Guggenheim’s perennial collections have forthwith catalogued them to the museum. The international exhibitions are incredible and usually housed for several months at least; portraying movements in history, renowned artist works, applied sciences meeting art, and feats, which are brilliant in their simplicity. The inside architecture is filled with natural sunlight divulging sightings of outdoor landscapes and seascapes any which way.
    The museum tranquilly recesses downtown along the Nervión River, at the same time fostering a salutation by an unmistakable Arcos Rojos, the brilliant red sculpture over the industrial, vehicular, very green La Salve Bridge, drawing near to, and distancing away from the rostrum of the Guggenheim. The beaming crimson color provides a vivid contrast against the overpass, reflecting montages off the museum’s emblem titanium, depending on the morn, noon, or nightfall. The art/theater outside of the Guggenheim chartered a memory guaranteed to last my lifetime. A beautiful long-ponytailed woman dressed in black, gallantly riding a mechanical horse led by two Roman-clad “brutes” with scowls and whips, won the day. While sashaying high in the air, the mechanical creature cranked to a standing halt. The mesmerizing seductress nimbly dismounted the metal mare, flaunted, and lured the audience for a time, only to escalade the soldered stallion once again at the ready. In traveling around the world, my sojourn to the Bilbao Guggenheim will remain an indelible avant-garde remembrance.

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    A BIT ABOUT CASARABONELA

    by LoriPori Written Mar 9, 2014

    Thursday, February 13, 2014
    Situated 48 km from Malaga in the northwestern part of the Guadalhorce Valley region, the village of CASARABONELA is 500 metres above sea level and has a population of approximately 3,000.
    The surrounding terrain is dotted with olive groves and formed terraces that yield fruits and vegetables.
    In Roman days Casarabonela was known as Castra Vinaria - Wine Castle. The winding streets in the village retain its Arabic form (pic #1)
    Of interest to see is the Church of Santiago and the Shrine to the Vera Cruz ( True Cross).
    Access routes to Casarabonela from the Costa del Sol is by the A-357 from Malaga to Ardales. From Ardales take the MA-446 and after about 12 km turn onto MA-445 which leads to Casarabonela.
    We spent the day with Henning driving in the mountains and the Guadalhorce Valley. We had coffees in a little town called Pizzara where it was market day. We had a lunch Menu at Meson La Parada (pic # 4)..
    We had a lovely sunny day and I enjoyed seeing olive trees and the almond trees were in bloss

    Meson La Parada Decorative Fountain

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    Tapas...please don't assume you can eat for free.

    by leics Updated Feb 28, 2014

    There seems to be a bit of a myth about tapas...that you can eat loads for nothing more than the price of a drink.

    I've not been to many Spanish destinations but I can tell you for 100% certain that this *is* a total and absolute myth.

    What tapas you get, and whether or not you have to pay for it, depends entirely on the individual bar/cafe. Some will give you nothing with your drink, some will just give you a few olives or nuts, some will offer you a choice of a few 'free' tapas (and sometimes the price of the drink is a bit higher, so they aren't really 'free' at all), some places have no free tapas at all but offer you a list of reasonably-priced options,l some have a more extensive and much more expensive list of tapas dishes.

    It really does vary massively. Every place I have visited so far in Spain has operated a different policy. In my (admittedly limited) experience you are far more likely to get good 'free' tapas if you visit places which are used by locals than if you visit places which are mainly or exclusively used by visitors..and certainly those places which are close to popular sights or sites.

    If you don't eat much (like me) then you may be able to make a lunch out of the 'free' tapas you get with a couple of beers, but even I couldn't make a 'free' evening meal without drinking far more than I would want to! :-)

    'Free'.......... 'Free'........ 'Free'............ 'Free' (but the beer cost 1.5 euro more) Also 'free', but the beer cost 1.5 euro more..
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    the aqueduct

    by gwened Updated Feb 3, 2014

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    a masterpiece of Roman engineering and still looks wonderful, a must to visit while in this beautiful city.
    read more at VT destination Segovia or the tourist office of Segovia
    http://www.turismodesegovia.com/

    below I have the Unesco webpage on the aqueduct. I lived in Madrid for several years and came here often, even later visited with the family,the latest are photos from the times. its a must even if just coming for Madrid to stop by here.

    the Roman Aqueduct of Segovia at the foot of the aqueduct aqueduct with fame meson candido ahead
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