Spain

Catedral de Santa María la Real de la Almudena, Madrid

Santa María la Real de la Almudena is Madrid’s Catholic Cathedral; as such, the cathedra (or seat) of the Archbishop of Madrid is here. Its construction started in the late...

Gran Vía, Madrid

I took Renfe train from Ávila. When I arrived in Madrid, I walked on Gran Vía, Madrid’s upscale shopping street. In New York, that would be 5th Avenue; in London,...

Aeropuerto de Madrid-Barajas

It was difficult not to fall in love with Madrid’s Barajas Airport the moment I got off the plane. I won’t be surprised if Barajas is voted as the world’s...

Casa Batlló, Barcelona

Antoni Gaudí remains alive in many places in Barcelona. This is one of his masterpieces. It’s called Casa Batlló, as it was Josep Batlló who hired Gaudí to design his...

Catedral de la Santa Cruz y Santa Eulalia, Barcelona

This is an older church, not to be confused with Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Família, which is an unfinished and newer church called a basilica (i.e., not a cathedral). This cathedral...

Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, Barcelona

I was shopping for cheese on my last night in Spain. I decided to go to Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, as Carrefour Hypermarket is in the Plaza. When I...

La Basilica de la Sagrada Família, Barcelona

La Basilica de la Sagrada Família was designed by the famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. Although the construction started in 1882, the basilica is still incomplete. So I didn’t complain...

Santa María de Montserrat

There were so many things to see in Barcelona. I’m not religious, but I felt the need to take an hour-trip from the city centre to the mountains of Montserrat...

La Moreneta

This statue of the Madonna & Child is made of wood and was carved in the 1100s. It is called “La Moreneta” because of its dark color. I took this...

La Barceloneta, Spain

On my last day in Barcelona, I was joined by an old friend who flew all the way from Korea to Europe. We each rented a bicycle and cycled around...

Ciudad de Ávila

Address: 05001 Ávila‎, Ávila, Spain. 80 miles (130 km) west from Madrid-Barajas Airport. I was coming from Segovia, so I took a bus to Ávila, which was about 40 miles...

Muralla de Ávila

Address: 05001 Ávila‎, Ávila, Spain. 80 miles (130 km) west from Madrid-Barajas Airport. I was coming from Segovia, so I took a bus to Ávila, which was about 40 miles...

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