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 #31 · Posted: 10 Apr 2016 19:14 
Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain 2015.
The world famous Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial (El Escorial for short), a World Heritage Site that was the political centre of the Spanish empire under King Philip II.
Originally commissioned as mausoleum for his father Charles V, when building completed in 1584 the grounds included a basilica-church, monastery, royal household and library.
The pantheon contains the remains of Phillip II and those of his parents, Charles V and the Empress Isabel of Portugal.
Straight building, but pictures was bent by panorama effect.


Royal Library.

Borrowed from internet - Pictures was not allowed inside. We went down 10m underground to visit the tombs of King and Queen and royal family, and it was impressive.

 #32 · Posted: 10 Apr 2016 18:24 
Madrid, Spain 2015.

The Royal Palace (Palacio Real in Spanish) is not the official residence of his Majesty the King of Spain, but rather where state ceremonies,
official banquets and other state functions take place. The origin of the palace dates back to the ninth century when the Muslim kingdom of
Toledo built a defense that was later used by the kings of Castile, who, during the 16th century, built the former Alcázar castle.

This photo was borrowed from internet for better view.

Kings of Spain in history.

Museo Del Prado is one of the world's premier art galleries. The more than 7000 paintings held in the Museo del Prado’s collection (although only around 1500 are currently on display)
are like a window onto the historical vagaries of the Spanish soul, at once grand and imperious in the royal paintings of Velázquez, darkly tumultuous in Las pinturas
negras (The Black Paintings) of Goya, and outward looking with sophisticated works of art from all across Europe.

We met a huge mass rally in front of Prado, and the rally was for woman rights in Spain.

Plaza de España (Spanish for Square of Spain) is a large square, and popular tourist destination, located in central Madrid, Spain.
Don't miss the famous Don Quixote and Sancho statues, located close to the Metro stop in Plaza de Espana.

In the middle of the busy Plaza de la Independencia stands one of Madrid's best known landmarks: the Puerta de Alcalá or Alcala Gate.

The monumental Cibeles Fountain has become a Madrid icon. Located in the heart of the city, it shows Cybele, the Greek goddess of fertility and nature holding a sceptre and a key
while being pulled by two lions on a chariot. The pull of the wild lions symbolize the power of nature or of the goddess.

 #33 · Posted: 10 Apr 2016 17:51 
Madrid, Spain 2015.

The Puerta del Sol (Spanish for "Gate of the Sun") is one of the best known and busiest places in Madrid. This is the centre (Km 0) of the radial network of Spanish roads.
The square also contains the famous clock whose bells mark the traditional eating of the Twelve Grapes and the beginning of a new year. The New Year's celebration has been
broadcast live on national television since December 31, 1962.
We was in Madrid in the weekend, and took bus to Sol, and bus fare was only $E2.00. It was very crowded and fun.

The most famous symbol of Madrid: a 20 ton statue of a bear eating fruits from a tree. The official name of the statue is 'El Oso y El Madroño'. According to legend
the original name of the city was "Ursaria" ("land of bears" in Latin), due to the high number of these animals that were found in the adjacent forests, which
together with the arbutus ("madroño" in Spanish), have been the emblem or symbol (The Bear and the Strawberry Tree) of the city from the Middle Ages.
This is Madrid iconic symbol, and it's a must taking picture location in Madrid, don't miss it.

Then go to Mercado de San Miguel for food.

Ham is staple food and everywhere in Spain.

 #34 · Posted: 31 Mar 2016 23:12 
Tangier, Moroco 2015.
Tangier is an Moroccan city, mix of north Africa, Spain, Portugal and France. It is located in northern Morocco,and was
under joint international control until 1956. Tangier is separated from Spain by the 20 miles of the Strait of Gibraltar.

This ferry took us across the Strait of Gibraltar.

Market was very much like any Asian markets, and we spent few hours here on the way to Madrid.

These long heavy sticks were looked more like weapons than using for grilling.

if you like cherimoya like us, it's very cheap here.

 #35 · Posted: 19 Mar 2016 23:56 
Gibraltar 2015.
The Rock of Gibraltar is a monolithic limestone promontory located in the British overseas territory of Gibraltar,
off the southwestern tip of Europe on the Iberian Peninsula.
The Rock of Gibraltar was one of the Pillars of Hercules and was known to the Romans as Mons Calpe, the other pillar
being Mons Abyla or Jebel Musa on the African side of the Strait. In ancient times, the two points marked the limit
to the known world, a myth originally fostered by the Greeks and the Phoenicians.

Main Square.

Since Gibraltar is at the entrance of the Mediterranean, one of its main businesses is shipping. Here you can see many ships moving in the Iberian Peninsula.

Very crowded main street.

The Ibrahim-al-Ibrahim Mosque, also known as the King Fahd bin Abdulaziz al-Saud Mosque was a gift from King Fahd of Saudi Arabia.

St. Michael's Cave or Old St. Michael's Cave is the name given to a network of limestone caves. It is the most visited of the more than 150
caves found inside the Rock of Gibraltar, receiving almost 1,000,000 visitors a year.

The Barbary macaque population in Gibraltar is the only wild monkey population in the European continent. As they are a tailless species, they are also known locally as Barbary apes or rock apes.

The Gibraltar Barbary macaques are considered by many to be the top tourist attraction in Gibraltar. Here people can get especially close to the monkeys.
They will often approach and sometimes climb onto people, as they are used to human interaction.

 #36 · Posted: 12 Mar 2016 19:42 
Alcázar of Seville, Spain 2015.
The Alcázar of Seville "Royal Alcazars of Seville", is a royal palace in Seville, Spain, originally developed by Moorish Muslim kings.
The palace is renowned as one of the most beautiful in Spain, being regarded as one of the most outstanding examples of mudéjar architecture
found on the Iberian Peninsula. The upper levels of the Alcázar are still used by the royal family as the official Seville residence and are
administered by the Patrimonio Nacional. It is the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe, and was registered in 1987 by UNESCO as a World
Heritage Site.


Wall-to-wall tiles.

Engraved wood ceiling.


 #37 · Posted: 12 Mar 2016 19:11 
The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See, better known as Seville Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Seville.
It is the largest Gothic cathedral and the third-largest church in the world. It is also the largest cathedral in the world,
as the two larger churches, the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida and St Peter's Basilica,.
It was registered in 1987 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, along with the Alcázar palace complex.

The Giralda is a bell tower of the Seville Cathedral in Seville, Spain. The Giralda was registered in 1987 as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The tower is 104.1 m in height and remains one of the most important symbols of the city, as it has been since medieval times.

 #38 · Posted: 12 Mar 2016 18:32 
Seville, Spain 2015.
Seville is the capital and largest city of the autonomous community of Andalusia, and the fourth-largest city in Spain,
situated on the plain of the River Guadalquivir. The city contains three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Alcázar palace
complex, the Cathedral and the General Archive of the Indies.

On the Guadalquivir River bank.

Triana Bridge.

The Plaza de España, in Maria Luisa Park (Parque de Maria Luisa), was built by the architect Aníbal González for the 1929 Exposición Ibero-Americana.
It is an outstanding example of Regionalist Revival Architecture, a bizarre and loftily conceived mixture of diverse historic styles, such as Art Deco
and lavishly ornamented with typical glazed tiles - Borrowed from internet for better view.

The Torre del Oro (English: "Tower of Gold") is a dodecagonal military watchtower in Seville, southern Spain, built by the Almohad dynasty in order to
control access to Seville via the Guadalquivir river. Constructed in the first third of the 13th century, the tower served as a prison during the Middle
Ages. Its name comes from the golden shine it projected on the river, due to its building materials (a mixture of mortar, lime and pressed hay).

Tourist information center.

Castillo San Jorge Market.

 #39 · Posted: 5 Mar 2016 02:01 
Toledo, Spain 2015.
Toledo is the capital of the province of Toledo and the autonomous community of Castile–La Mancha, and is known as the "Imperial City".
It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986 for its extensive cultural and monumental heritage and historical co-existence
of Christian, Muslim and Jewish cultures.

Toledo - Panorama from across the Tagus river.

City Gate - borrowed from internet for better view.

The Alcázar of Toledo is a stone fortification located in the highest part of Toledo, Spain. Once used as a Roman palace in the 3rd century.

The Puente de Alcántara is an arch bridge in Toledo, Spain, spanning the Tagus River. it was built by the Romans after they founded the city.
In the Middle Ages it was one of the few entrances of the pilgrim into the city. It was declared a national museum in 1921.

Gate on bridge which combined structures of Christians and Muslims.

The cathedral of Toledo is one of the three 13th-century High Gothic cathedrals in Spain and is considered, in the opinion of some authorities,
to be the magnum opus of the Gothic style in Spain. The spectacular incorporation of light and the structural achievements of the ambulatory
vaults are some of its more remarkable aspects. It is built with white limestone from the quarries of Olihuelas, near Toledo.

Cambrón gate, of Muslim-16th century origin.

Toledo has a history in the production of bladed weapons, which are now popular souvenirs of the city.

 #40 · Posted: 4 Mar 2016 05:05 
Costa Del Sol, Spain 2015.
Costa del Sol, "Coast of the Sun" or "Sun Coast" is a region in the south of Spain, and today the region is a tourist destination of world renown.

End of tourist season and a storm just passed, we visited "Chu`a Ba` Danh" beach.

With pleasant Mediterranean climate and California-like beach settings, we felt right at home.

and dinner at "Ghost Town" restaurant.


From here, you take short bus trip to Malaga city center to visit:
The Alcazaba is a palatial ortification in Málaga, Spain. It was built by the Hammudid dynasty in the early 11th century. This is the best-preserved alcazaba in Spain.
Adjacent to the entrance of the Alcazaba are remnants of a Roman theatre dating to the 1st century BC.

and Picasso Museum.

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