GRANADA SPAIN


MIRADOR SAN NICOLAS

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The Plaza de San Nicolas is situated in Granada Old Town, known as the Albaicin.
It is possible to walk to it form the centre of the town, if you’re the energetic type.
Alternatively, you can catch one of the little transit-style buses that rattle through the old town’s narrow cobbled streets.
The plaza has a wonderful view back to the Alhambra Palace, with the Sierra Nevada mountains in the background.
There are also a number of bars and restaurants in the vicinity if you feel in need of refreshment.
When we were there there were musicians playing Spanish guitar which added to the atmosphere.
There’ll be plenty of other tourists there with you, but it is well worth the effort as you don’t get that view from anywhere else.

 ALHAMBRA

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No doubt that the Alhambra is a pearl in the heart of Andalucia. From the views over Albayzin across to the Medieval city walls hrough the beautifully-shaped windows of the Nasrid palaces to the views *of* the Alhambra from the Gerneralife, you will be spoilt for choice.

 



DOWNTOWN PLAZA NUEVA  GRANADA

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Plaza Nueva works on many levels. A beautiful linear square that runs along the Daro River. Gorgeous views on one side up the hill to the Alhambra and to the Albaicin neighborhood on the other. This is tourist central for Granada.

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MADRID SPAIN


Retiro Park, Madrid

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Located ever so close to the Prado Museum, Retiro Park reminded me of Central Park in New York. It is huge both in dimensions and things to see. The area is particularly popular on weekends when the park appears to be taken over by the residents of Madrid.

The park contains many interesting features. There is a large lake in the middle of the park for boating. There is a gorgeous building called the Crystal Palace that was built long ago. There are spots with cool grass and tall trees for relaxing. There are countless areas to walk and jog around in and be sheltered from the warm sun. There are also an extremely large number of book stalls at the edge of the park selling books of all kinds.

Retiro Park just like it was some 200 years ago when it was opened by King Phillip IV is still a place to relax and forget about the pressures of life for a few hours.

La Castellana Avenue, Madrid

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Madrid’s grand boulevard. I have so many memories of walking along it, at just about every section.

“The Paseo de la Castellana”a is a beautiful street with lots of apartment buildings and some stores .

Cibeles Square, Madrid

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One of the most beautiful places in Madrid this square is dominated by the central fountain, created in 1782 and dedicated to goddess Cibeles. Around it Cibeles palace, Bank of Spain, Buenavista palace and Linares palace compose the “living room” of real Madrid supporters, and the main meeting point for tourists.

Plaza Mayor, Madrid

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The Plaza Mayor is the central market square for Madrid, located within a rectangular plaza surrounded on all sides by buildings with balconies and windows and shops on the bottom floor.

In the center of the plaza is an equestrian statue of Philip III, who commissioned the building of the plaza. The statue was designed by the Italian sculptor Giovanni de Bologna, but was completed by his student Pietro Tacca in 1616. It used to be situated at the Casa de Campo but was moved to the Plaza Mayor in the mid-1800s.

On one of the buildings near the center of the plaza are some very beautiful paintings featuring allegories. Below these paintings is Madrid’s main tourist office.

Plaza Santa Ana, Madrid

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This is one of the great plaza’s of Madrid, located east of the Puerta del Sol. The plaza Santa Ana is where the local’s come to relax and drink and eat.

CHRISTMAS IN MADRID

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In December Christmas gets going with  open air events,street markets and concerts.

GOIKO GRILL

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Goiko Grill is one of the best burger restaurants in Madrid.

Real Madrid Football, Madrid

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Real Madrid is the main soccer team in Madrid and the sport is considered a religion!

It’s a huge stadium with seating capacity for about 80000 people.

I attended a great game Real Madrid/FC Barcelona 1/2 final Champion ‘s League.

Royal Palace, Madrid

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Madrid’s original royal palace was at the site of Retiro Park. It was where the monarchy lived when Spain ruled the world. It was where Velazquez painted his masterpieces. Its architecture featured the square corners with the pointed tops that you can still find all over Madrid. It was truly Madrileño! However, that palace tragically burned, taking with it several masterpieces by Velazquez and Rubens, among other artists.

The palace was rebuilt in the Western corner of the city and it was designed by a French architect. This is why it looks like a mini Versailles. And although it’s still gorgeous, it’s more French than Spanish looking.

PALMA MAJORCA SPAIN


Welcome to Palma de Mallorca

An Island for sunny days .

The cathedral is the anchor monument in the middle of what was the old section of the city. Mallorca is also spelled Majorca (larger city meaning) and has a long history of occupancy dating back to 6000BC.

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Mallorca Island a paradise on earth

 

Cap de Formentor

 

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  Cap de Formentor is a spectacular place, located on the northernmost point of the Balaeric Island Majorca.

The views  are amazing, you can look down the rock wall and see the Mediterranean at a few tens of meters below… quite impressive. I suggest to go there in the afternoon and stay until  evening, to catch the views during full light, dusk and dark.