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San Sebastian or Donostia

on Aug 23, 2013 in Sights | 4 comments

San Sebastian or Donostia in Basque language, is one of the most beautiful cities in Spain.  It´s not only me saying it, there are many travel reviews from around the world (New York Times, The Guardian, etc) that agree with my view.  San Sebastian is a mid-size city (close to 200k people) located in the north of Spain and close to France.  San Sebastian is the capital of the Spanish province of Gipuzkoa, which is one of the three provinces that form the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country.  Donostia has many things to offer to its visitors but what I enjoy the most is: its food, its architecture and cultural activities.  I will be going back to San Sebastian with my camera and try to capture in detail other sites and experiences of this wonderful city. The best way to get there is to travel by plain but the city airport is a bit far and few expensive daily routes connect you to...

Capricho Park

on Aug 16, 2013 in Sights | 0 comments

Capricho Park is the most romantic park in Madrid.  It is not so popular with the tourists but well-known among the locals.  Capricho (Whim or caprice in English) Park is located outside Madrid Capital; you can either get there by Subway (Metro-Stop: El Capricho) or a 15 Euros taxi drive from downtown Madrid.  Click here to get more details about the park and its history from the official tourism-site of Madrid. Capricho Park has lots of rules in order to access the premises, but this is the price we have to pay in order to preserve the beauty of the Park. The park is only open during weekends and holidays, but the good news is that it is free to enter (nothing to pay).  Food and beverages are not allowed in the park nor bicycles, balls or games.  I would not suggest this park to practice sports, on the other hand it is the perfect place to relax, take a stroll, or listen to your inner...

The Old Quarter of Segovia

on May 3, 2013 in Sights | 0 comments

A visit to the old quarter of Segovia is a must if you come to Spain.  The Roman aqueduct, the Cathedral, and the Alcázar Fortress are just a few of the World Heritage Sites that you can visit inside the old city walls.  There are so many important sites in Segovia that I would probably need more than a hundred posts to cover the entire city.  In this post in particular I tried to take some pictures in general of the main sites around the old quarter of Segovia.  Think of this post as what you can see in one quick day if you stop by Segovia. When you arrive to the main entrance of the historic quarter of Segovia you first encounter the Roman aqueduct.  It was built during the Roman Empire more than two thousand years ago.  It is a magnificent piece of engineering that until very recently it was still working and providing with water the elevated part of the city.  During the Roman...

Royal Palace of La Granja of San Ildefonso

on Jan 8, 2013 in Art, Sights | 0 comments

The Royal Palace of La Granja of San Ildefonso is probably one of the best maintained 18th century palaces in Europe. When you walk around the site, it resembles the court of Versailles and the truth is that King Philip V actually wanted these similarities. However, you can also perceive an influence from Spanish baroque and a touch of Italian decor. When you approach the royal residence through its front entrance, you see a beautiful garden with very tall trees brought from many parts of the world. When you continue to walk around the palace towards the back, you get to a large area full of gardens and fountains. I have been several times in these gardens in different seasons and I am always amazed of how beautiful they are. However, if you want to see the fountains working and many of the statues in the gardens, you have to come after the winter months (after April). I will be honest...

Lujanes Tower House

on Dec 5, 2012 in Art, Sights | 0 comments

Located at Plaza de la Villa Square you will find the Lujanes Tower House, allegedly the oldest civil registered building in Madrid.  There are stories that the Tower is actually older than what is registered in the official town books.  However, the authorized version is that the palace was originally built in the early 15th century. The Tower and the house were constructed with the influence of the Mudejar style of the time.  I personally like the combinations of the materials used for the construction: bricks, masonry and large rocks.  At this time, as I’m writing this post, only the outside of the monument is allowed for visiting.                                                    ...