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Day 350 – Toledo, Spain

Posted in Spain on December 23, 2011 by jpomio

We spent our last full day in Spain by taking a daytrip to Toledo which is located just 70km south of Madrid. Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage site, was one of the former capitals of the Spanish Empire. The city is extremely charming and it boasts a GORGEOUS Cathedral (Catedral Primada). Ryan and I had a wonderful time today exploring Toledo’s rich history and charm. We will both miss Spain as it is one of our favorite European countries.

(Alcazar Museo del Ejercito)


(Catedral Primada)


(City gates and walls)


(Various scenes from Toledo)


Day 349 – Madrid, Spain

Posted in Spain on December 22, 2011 by jpomio

Today we visited Museo del Prado, an incredible art museum which is Madrid’s number one attraction. Museo del Prado features an extensive collection of EXQUISITE paintings from masters such as Velazquez, Goya, Rubens, and Titian. Ryan and I had a wonderful time admiring some of the best paintings of the Western World (we only wish we had more time there). After visiting the museum, we had the pleasure of enjoying Madrid in the evening hours when many of the buildings are beautifully lit and the Christmas spirit is on full display.

(Various scenes from Madrid in the evening hours)


Day 348 – Madrid, Spain

Posted in Spain on December 21, 2011 by jpomio

After finishing up some planning for the remained of our journey (we will be returning home on January 9th), we continued to explore Madrid. This afternoon we walked on Gran Via, one of Madrid’s main boulevards. Next we strolled to the Atocha Train Station and then took Calle Atocha to Puerta del Sol. The streets of Madrid were bustling with locals enjoying their time off from work and shopping for last minute Christmas gifts.

(Various scenes from Madrid)


Day 347 – Madrid, Spain

Posted in Spain on December 20, 2011 by jpomio

We began exploring Madrid this afternoon, one of the last Spanish cities we’ll be visiting as part of our world tour this year. Ryan and I have concluded that we absolutely LOVE Spain. Each city we have visited in Spain has impressed us and Madrid is no exception. After grabbing a delicious lunch at Mercado del San Miguel, we commenced our walking tour which took us through many beautiful parts of the city. Since Madrid is so huge, we will definitely need several days to see all of the main attractions (we just barely scratched the surface today).

(Plaza Mayor)


(Catedral Nuestra Senora de la Almudena)


(Palacio Real)


(Teatro Real)


(Parque del Buen Retiro)


(Various scenes from Madrid)


Day 346 – In transit to Madrid, Spain

Posted in Spain on December 19, 2011 by jpomio

At noon today we said goodbye to Bilbao and hopped on a bus heading to Madrid. Our five hour bus ride was extremely scenic. Northern Spain is incredibly beautiful. Upon arriving in Madrid, we got on the Metro which took us directly to our hotel. After dropping off our bags, we went out for dinner at a nearby Asian restaurant (so yummy!).


Day 345 – Bilbao, Spain

Posted in Spain on December 19, 2011 by jpomio

After the morning rain cleared, we set out to continue exploring Bilbao this afternoon. First we visited the bus station to procure our tickets for tomorrow’s journey to Madrid. Once we got that accomplished, we began sightseeing. Although we visited the Guggenheim Museum yesterday, we decided to see it again today under better light (since the sun came out this afternoon and the sky was blue). What dramatic difference lighting makes! We spent the rest of the day walking through parts of the city we did not see yesterday. Parque de Dna. Casilda Iturrizar was especially beautiful.

(Guggenheim Museum)


(Parque de Dna. Casilda Iturrizar)


(Various scenes from Bilbao)


Day 344 – Bilbao, Spain

Posted in Spain on December 17, 2011 by jpomio

Despite the cold and rainy weather today, we set out to explore Bilbao. With umbrella in tow and lots of clothing layers, we began our sightseeing adventure. Bilbao has many impressive buildings and bridges. We especially loved the very modern Guggenheim Museum (what a striking structure). The Teatro Arriaga building was also very beautiful. To keep warm, we enjoyed afternoon tea (multiple times) and occasionally ducked into stores to defrost.

(Teatro Arriaga)


(Palacio de la Diputacion Foral)


(Plaza Nueva)


(Catedral de Santiago)


(Guggenheim Museum)


(Iglesia de San Nicolas)




(Various scenes from Bilbao)