Spain has to be one of my favourite places in the world to visit. I see, to love everything about it – the food, the music, the architecture, the people. There is just so much to do and see and so much diversity. So much, in fact, that I am already planning for my next visit; which, unfortunately will not be until 2015. But I leave a piece of me heart there each time I go. Here are some of my highlights of four places: Malaga, Madrid, Toledo and, of course, Barcelona.
In Malaga, I spent a lot of time wandering through the fortress that overlooks the city and port, visiting the cathedral and wandering through the park that runs along the port.
Madrid is filled with people and music. I there were two impromptu drumming performances that I stumbled upon while wandering through the city. I was also there the night FC Barcelona was playing for the Euro Cup final – and I got the watch the game with a group of people sitting in the kitchen of a restaurant (before I headed back to Barcelona to celebrate the win in the streets!). I also spent a lovely Sunday in Retiro Park and meet more musicians. I do love Latin music!
Toledo is another walled city with a magnificent cathedral, marzipan and winding streets.
And then, of course, there is walking down Las Ramblas in in Barcelona.
For me, Spain is filled with life – and life cannot get better than this!
Just like cities, there seems to be one palace that many are compared to — Versailles. It may be the sheer size of the palace, or the ornate gardens. Whatever it is, all palaces seem to be compared to Versailles for one reason or another. By why should palaces be compared to another – each one has some that makes it unique and and reflects the locale. Here are some of my favourite palaces.
I started my Sunday in Madrid at the Prado Museum. I wanted to get there early so that I could miss lines and maybe some of the crowds. Having a Madrid Card helped as I could go directly to the entrance without any lines or hassles!
I also decided not to focus on seeing the “best of the Prado” but just to wander and experience the museum. Did I miss any of the highlights of this massive museum? I do not think so — but does it really matter? This was my time to journey and just experience the art my way. I was moved by Albrecht Durer’s self portrait and r by seeing a copy of the Mona Lisa (one that has been determined to have been done by a student of di Vinci), and then there are the amazing Goyas and Velazquezes etc … I wandered for several hours just drinking it all in. It took my breath away!
But after being indoors for the morning, it was time to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. I kept my “wandering” mood as I visited the Royal Botanical Gardens, which are next to the museum.
I decided to spend the rest of my day the may many people from Madrid do on a Sunday afternoon — I headed over to Retiro Park. As soon as I walked in, I found the special garden that was planted to remember the victims of the March 11, 2004 train station bombing. It is called the Bosque del Recuerdo.
Continuing through the park, I had to see the only Plaza in the world dedicated to the Fallen Angel, El Angel Caido. It is also a great place to watch people and skaters.
Then I wandered to the Christel Palace …
And from here .. I just enjoyed the park. People on the lake, to musicians, puppeteers, psychics … and just people out for a great day.