Espahotel Gran Vía
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... Guernica". The backdrop of this painting is Spain's Civil War which pitted the democratically elected Second Republican government against Franco's fascists and an event that would shock the world. In Ausgust 1937, a typical market day in the Basque town of Guernica, villagers were thronging the main square. It was here that Hitler, with the consent of Franco, decided to test out his new saturation bombing technique. The air raid levelled the town causing death and mass ...
... to see Sofia museum (Picasso etc). Following a few hours of absorbing art we had tapas and then headed to the Royal Palace - made two more new friends on way - Howard and John (Ireland). A quick farewell drink with them before we had a 'posh' dinner (11 pm - sort of normal here!). Then farewelled Sofia and Homero who were heading to Paris. I headed of to Toledo the next day - more fabulous buildings and history demonstrating the mix of Muslim, Jewish and Catholic ...
... at Plaza de Espans, evening spying the Gran Via exit. It was about 1600.
Stumbled across 64 GranVia and hit a buzzer to access the front door. The reception was on the 8th floor but my room on the 5th floor. I have three keys: one for the man door on the street, one for the 5th floor area and one for the room [the latter yet to be mastered].
A wake up shower and hallelujah, my charger is working. Down to the Plaza de Espans to try to find Julia Travel, my ...
Today I'm leaving Barcelona, and I really enjoyed my first Spanish city. My favourite thing was the Modernisme with my favourite two of these sites being the Sagrada and Casa Batllo. Most of the food I had was amazing. I need to learn how to pick places to eat more confidently. Pinotxos were perfect for a single traveller as it meant I could try a few different things. I clearly loved the markets because I was there every 5 seconds. I will definitely be back, and hopefully soon!
... to appreciate the effort and skill required (plus a steady hand). We were almost overwhelmed at the scale of the entire place and bailed after a few hours of jaw-dropped wandering guided by an audio guide offering insights into selected works. Many works provide an almost photo-like historical reference of the important events of the times or of earlier periods e.g. many works focus on the New Testament stories and I wondered how the artists of the times were able to ...