Posts Tagged ‘spain’

So Long Barcelona, Hello Granada

April 22nd, 2008 at 4:01 pm (AST) by Jake Richter

After breakfast at the hotel – a reasonable spread – we checked out and made our way via subway and fenicular up to Mont Jouic (I probably have misspelled a bunch of things here) to visit the Fundacion Joan Miro. The Foundation is actually a museum with the world’s largest collection of works by Joan Miro, a surrealist, post-impressionist, modernist sort of artist. I have always personally seen him as an expert doodler (i.e. a person who doodles expertly, with lots of practice).

We had the portable audio tour which has been so popular at museums and exhibits everywhere of late, and got to hear more about Miro, his approach, and how individual pieces of art came to be made, all of which implies a huge amount of though and planning went into his art. But when I heard Miro describe the years of effort that had gone into drawing a solitary line on each of three canvasses I concluded he was really just a famous doodler who had gotten to the point he could sell anything her personally doodled.

Anyhow, after about three hours there – we also visited an exhibit of Chinese pop art – it was time to go. We attempted to take the Teleferique (gondola/cable car) we saw, but ended up going in a big loop (but with great views!). We finally made it back downtown, found a place for lunch, then grabbed our bags and made our way to the airport by taxi to catch a flight to Madrid, and from there to Granada (see picture above).

Tomorrow we have tickets to visit the Alhambra in Granada after which we rent a car and head into the Andalusian mountains.

 

Our Next Trip… Spain, Morocco, Portugal, England, France

April 13th, 2008 at 8:48 am (AST) by Jake Richter

We’re now in the final throes of getting ready for the next expedition of The Traveling Richters. We depart Bonaire on Friday, April 18th on a five week journey which will take us to Spain and then Morocco.

We start in Spain in Barcelona for several days (which including meeting up with our friend Martin and his father), then fly to Granada to see the Alhambra. We then rent a car, drive south to the mountains of Andalusia to stay at villas managed by Peter, an old friend from Bonaire. We’ll use his place as a base to visit Gibraltar for a day, and then when we leave, go via Ronda to then spend several days in Sevilla before flying south.

In Morocco we join up with a group as part of a Lindblad Expeditions tour which includes academic lectures on culture, history, and sociology, as well as hands on work with a National Geographic photographer.

After a few days in Marrakech and the Atlas mountains visiting with Berber tribes, we board the National Geographic Endeavour in Safi, visit Kenitra and some historical sites there, and then head up to spend three days learning about Portugal (including the making of port wine) and then visit the largest and most revered cathedral and third most visited Christian pilgrimage site at Santiago de Compostella.

Then, after a couple of days at sea, we will go to Mont St. Michel off the northern coast of France, then Sark in the Channel Islands the next day, before finally arriving in England. After a private tour with the curator of the HMS Victory, we spend three days in London. On the night of May 13th, we take part in a BonaireTalk mini-meet in Surrey – if you’re in the London area that night and want to join us, drop a note on BonaireTalk.

On May 15th, courtesy of the TGV high speed train and the Chunnel, we head to Paris to finish off our trip with non-stop tours of museums, galleries, and restaurants. Our friends Martin and Angela will join us over the weekend we’re there as well.

And, assuming flights all work out, we’ll be back home sometime on May 23rd!

The itinerary, by date, is here.