Adios, Españia

We arrived home on the evening of Wednesday, November 9. Overall it was a great trip. Stephanie’s command of basic Spanish was a great help to us. The people were friendly and helpful, and the services, like the museums, the trains, and the airport, were efficient and well organized. We were able to see what … More Adios, Españia


In Spain a lot of decoration is accomplished using ceramic tiles. We saw various colored tiles at all of the sites we visited and throughout the cities. We present a selection here, in no particular order. Some are from the older sites that we visited, such as the Alcázar in Seville. Others are more recent, … More Tiles


Dining in Spain is connected with the overall pace of daily life. Breakfast is coffee, fruit juice, and a light pastry or a bocadillo (sandwich) of cured ham on a small baguette. Lunch is the main meal of the day, and it is served between 2 and 4 pm. After lunch, most shops and restaurants … More Food

Barcelona: Reprise

On Tuesday, November 8 we visited the Picasso museum. Everyone knows about Picasso, or thinks they do. We were impressed by his early work and his imaginative adoption of many styles and media throughout his career. Anyone who thinks Picasso couldn’t draw needs to check out his early work. Even in his teen years he … More Barcelona: Reprise

Madrid to Barcelona

On Monday, November 7 we returned to Barcelona by train. As we left our apartment in Madrid, we saw this bread truck parked on the street. The Madrid train station had this great plant-filled atrium. On our arrival in Spain we stayed in a luxury Barcelona hotel (the luxury accommodations came with the air fare). … More Madrid to Barcelona

Madrid: Day 2

Sunday, November 6 was an unstructured day for us. For an art lover, a visit to El Prado is like a kid going to Disneyland. We needed a day to process the previous day’s El Prado visit. We walked around central Madrid to get a feel for what big city Spanish life is like. We … More Madrid: Day 2

Madrid: Day 1

On Saturday, November 5 we ventured out to visit El Prado, one of the world’s great art museums. El Prado houses wonderful collections of works from the 12th to the 19th centuries. We saw original masterpieces by Fra Angelico, Bosch, El Greco, Caravaggio, Rubens, Titian, Velázquez, Goya, and others. All of the paintings were beautifully … More Madrid: Day 1