Holiday Pics - Part I : Espana

Trip Start Sep 12, 2009
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Trip End Oct 03, 2009


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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

pics are finally up
very slow on rogers "fastest high speed internet guaranteed"
Part II - Munich & Oktoberfest will take a bit longer
 
click on 'slideshow' in the top right hand corner
 
 
Barcelona - Montjuic
capital of catalonia and host of the 1992 olympics
castell de montjuic, olympic stadium, museu nacional d'art de catalunya, poble espanyol (artificial town centre representing each region of spain)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/londone7/sets/72157622390426285/
 
 
Barcelona - Gaudi
unique architectural sytle
Barri Gotic (old roman town), palau de la musica catalan, arc de triomf, casa calvert, casa batlio, casa mila (la pedrera), park guell, sagrada famillia (anthill cathedral)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/londone7/sets/72157622391434391/
 
 
Madrid
capital of spain
plaza mayor, outside of royal palace, egyptian temple of debod, puerta de alcala, park retiro, inside royal palace
http://www.flickr.com/photos/londone7/sets/72157622392100997/
 
 
 
Al-Andalus : Islamic Spain
 
 
Zaragoza
capital of aragon halfway between barcelona and madrid
was first a roman town ceasaraugusta
then one of the muslim kingdoms in northern spain from the 8th century
muslim palace aljaferia, basilica de pilar, other arab influenced architecture
http://www.flickr.com/photos/londone7/sets/72157622516325330/
 
 
Toledo
half an hour outside madrid by high speed train
the first capital of muslim spain from the 8th century
multifaith town and centre of intellectual study
train station, puerta de bisagra, puerta del sol, museo de los cultura visagoda (former mosque), sinagoga del transito y museo sefardi (synagogue and jewish museum), mezquita del criso de la luz (mosque) 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/londone7/sets/72157622392921125/
 
 
Seville
capital of andalucia and spains third largest city
former roman town home of trajan and hadrian
arab town from the 8th - 13th century
then became the gateway to the americas
hostal, torre del oro (arab tower), Reales Alcazares (arab palace), cathedral tower (former mosque minaret), bullfighting museum, archive of the indies, alfonso xiii hotel, plaza de espana (planet naboo in star wars), museo de artes, museo arqueologico
http://www.flickr.com/photos/londone7/sets/72157622520018444/
 
 
Cordoba
capital of roman spain
capital of muslim spain from 8th - 13th century
multi faith city and centre of learning in maths, medicine, astronomy, geometry, biology
peurto almodava gate, mezquita (3rd largest mosque in world, now converted to cathedral, forest of 1000 pillars), moroccan restuarant, hostal, synagogue, sefardi jewish house, andalusi arab house, roman bridge, calahorra tower (museum of arab life), arab baths, old minaret, archeological museum, roman temple, mosque by night, baths of the caliphate, castle of the christian monarchs, museum of torture, religious procession
http://www.flickr.com/photos/londone7/sets/72157622524932986/
 
 
Madinat Al-Zahra
administrative centre built just outside cordoba which was the seat of government, royal palace, and prime ministers residence, built in the 11th century it lasted 70 years before it was ransacke due to feuding and lay in ruins since
http://www.flickr.com/photos/londone7/sets/72157622400840259/
 
 
Granada
longest surviving muslim kingdom in spain which lasted to 1492 after the fall of seville and cordoba in the 13th century, conquered by ferdinand and isabella just before the discovery of america
cathedral housing ferdinand and isabella tombs, albacin district (old arab quarter facing the alhambra), banuelo (arab baths), alhambra (fortress and royal palace), generalife gardens (meant to resemble paradise on earth), casa de les tiros (museum) 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/londone7/sets/72157622408032625/
 
 
Gibraltar
peninsula on the tip of european continent
captured by the arabs in the 8th century and gateway into spain
then became british posession during napoleonic wars and disputed by spain since
border crossing, casemates square, main street, europa point (southernmost tip facing africa), cable car upto top, gibraltar apes, (didnt make it to WWII seige tunnels and moorish castle)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/londone7/sets/72157622408459099/
 
 
Tangers
Moroccan port city 30 minutes by ferry (if they run on time!)
a former roman town
ferry crossing, hotel room by sea, some posh hotel, porte de la kasba (entrance), petit socco (main square which was the roman town square), americal legation (turn of century embassy), musee des arts morocains et des antiquites, shopping in the kasbah 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/londone7/sets/72157622538864258/
 
 
Malaga
spanish port city, haven for british holiday makers
a former arab kingdom, home of picasso
alcazaba (arab fortress and palace), roman theatre, cathedral and town square
http://www.flickr.com/photos/londone7/sets/72157622414609371/
 
 
 
coming soon...
munich
oktoberfest
stadtmuseum
olympiapark & bmw museum
schloss nymphenburg
residenz royal palace
deutsch museum
Bayerishces Nationalmuseum
Antikensammlungen_Glyptothek_Alte Pinakothek
 
and some youtube videos

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