Well, I promised to share with the pictures of my recent trip to Europe. Unfortunately, since I took so many I’ve decided to break the photos into five different slide shows representing the five countries that I visited (Spain, France, Monaco, Italy, and the Vatican City).
The first leg of my trip included four days in Madrid and Barcelona. Unfortunately, I ended up in Spain during the first really bad snow storm in twelve years. It completely stopped traffic and even closed the border!
While in Madrid, I visited the Royal Palace, El Nuevo Mercardo, and the Prado Museum. Madrid was surprisingly modern and easy to navigate. I loved the fact that in quite a few subway stations, trains and street corners were street performers. My favorite was this dreadlocked guy from Brazil playing the bongos. He was so good people were actually dancing in the station.
After leaving Madrid, we stopped through Zaragoza for lunch then headed to Barcelona. Ah, Barcelona. I really liked Madrid but there was something magical and vibrant about Barcelona a major city nestled on the coast of Spain. I loved its funky, eclectic atmosphere inspired by its famous architectural history compliments of Modernist (Art Nouveau) follower Antoni Gaudi.
Check back for France & Monaco!