Bilbao, Spain and the Guggenheim

May 23rd, 2012|Spain|

Bilbao is the proud home to the GuggenheimArt Museum, a modern Frank Gehry creation,covered in titanium plates that curve to resemblefish scales.  No straight walls anywhere!"Puppy" is one of the art sculptures.  Cute!Oh, mercy.  The [...]

Figueres, home of weird and wonderful Dali

May 20th, 2012|Spain|

Salvador Dali (1904-1989), the father of surrealist art.  Unreal, unpredictable imaginary worlds.  Dali was famousin his lifetime, extremely rare for anartist.  He planned every aspect ofthis funhouse of a "museum" and isburied in a crypt here.The "Rainy Cadillac" in [...]

La Rambla, Barcelona

May 19th, 2012|Spain|

Lovely candy - anyone for some fried eggs?The most artistically presented seafood markets!Those long clam things were so fresh they werestill moving.La Rambla has also been known to be a biton the seedy side - [...]

Gaudi Casas in Barcelona

May 19th, 2012|Spain|

A mosaic half buried in the rooftop,like the tail of a dragon!This casa was built with an underwater theme -this photo was taken through a glass panel nearthe central atrium.  See how the tile is [...]

Gaudi, genius architect

May 19th, 2012|Spain|

Brilliant architect (1852-1926) and strong influencer of Barcelona style.  When he graduated, the dean said he was either giving this diploma to a "genius or a madman".  He shunned classical architecture to date for organic style inspired by nature. Catenary arches are a recurring theme in [...]

Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona

May 19th, 2012|Spain|

We've been to over 35 countries and seena LOT of cathedrals, but this one was thebest by far.  This is the yet to be completed model, with 18 spires (12 apostles, 4 evangelicals, one for the Virgin Mary and one spire rising 175 [...]

Barcelona Futbol!!!

May 9th, 2012|Spain|

FCB: Futbol Club Barcelona.  Everyonewas festooned with FCB wear.  Any otherfans must have been under cover!  FCB isthe dominant team by far in European futbol.Through our concierge, we bought the equivalentof someone's "season tickets" for [...]

Golfing with Sergio Garcia!

May 8th, 2012|Spain|

Golf fans know Spanish pro Sergio Garcia (purple shirt), currently ranked 18th in the world (#3 in 2008).We booked a round of golf on the fly at a littlecourse north of Barcelona that we found on Google.  Club de [...]

Vibrant Valencia, Spain

May 7th, 2012|Spain|

1:40 AM in Valencia on a Monday night, and the street party is still going strong - the crowd was 50 times this size, dancing flamenco, playingguitar, singing and having a ball.Now that's what I call a big paella! [...]