Monday, November 12, 2007

Spain : Cheaper Than Hotel

Mom and Dad have been talking about going for their second honeymoon. So they have been asking us the children for suggestions to where is the best place to spend their second honeymoon and we all unanimously agreed that Spain would be the place to go.

As Dad was surfing the net for the best hotels in Spain, he discovered that Torre de Bujaco is a must place to go. This tower was built during the Almohad era, in the twelfth century, taking advantage of a Roman fortification. Su historia está ligada a la de la ciudad cacereña. Its history is linked to that of the city cacereña. Cuenta la leyenda que el caudillo almohade Abu Yacub Yusub, de quien deriva el nombre de Bujaco, asedió en esta torre, durante seis meses, a los últimos residentes de los Fratres de Cáceres que defendían el baluarte allá por el año 1173, y degollaron a cuantos la defendían, entre ellos a 40 caballeros de la Orden. According to legend, the warlord Almohad Abu Yacub Yusub, who derives its name from Bujaco, besieged in this tower for six months, the last residents of the Fratres Cáceres defending the bastion back in the year 1173, and slaughtered all those who defended, including 40 knights of the Order. Los Fratres, mitad monjes, mitad soldados, fueron el germen de la Orden de Santiago, fundada posteriormente. The Fratres, half monks, half soldiers, were the seeds of the Order of Santiago, founded later.

Another place that Dad discovered is Muralla de Avila or the Wall Avila. It is a fence surrounding the military Romanesque old town of Avila, of the eponymous province, in the autonomous community of Castilla y Leon in Spain. En la actualidad, el casco antiguo, la muralla y las iglesias situadas extramuros son Patrimonio de la Humanidad .At present, the old city wall and churches are located outside a World Heritage Site.

Mom also has a few places that she wants to visit in Spain. She wants to go to Barcelona to visit the Sagrada Familia. Sagrada Família (Catalan, 'The Holy Family') is a massive Roman Catholic basilica under construction in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Construction began in 1882 and its formal title is Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família. Antoni Gaudí worked on the project for over 40 years, devoting the last 15 years of his life entirely to this endeavour. On the subject of the extremely long construction period, Gaudí is said to have joked, "My client is not in a hurry." After Gaudí's death in 1926, work continued under the direction of Domènech Sugranyes until interrupted by the Spanish Civil War in 1935.

She had also listed down hotels in barcelona for Dad to choose.

Then Mom wants to visit the Mercat de la Boqueria, or simply La Boqueria. It is a large public market, with an entrance from La Rambla in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, not far from the Liceu, Barcelona's opera house. The market has a very diverse selection of goods. I have a feeling Mom is going to enjoy shopping here!

I suggested that they should go to Barri Gótic, the old town district known as the Gothic Quarter for the treasure house of Gothic monuments found there, occupies what was formerly an ancient fortified Roman village. It is the site of both historic monuments and modern institutions. Our itinerary begins at the Plaça Nova with its twin semicircular towers of the well-preserved Roman walls. Taking Avinguda de la Catedral, we arrive at the Pla de la Seu with its steps leading up to the Cathedral, a Gothic structure dating from the 14th and 15th centuries with a 19th century neogothic façade. The cloister, the ogival ribbed vaults, the pulpit and choir stalls are the most remarkable artistic features. The Cathedral complex also comprises three medieval palaces: Cases dels Canonges, Casa del Degà, with its restored Renaissance façade, and Casa de l'Ardiaca (Archdeacon's house), the most interesting one of the three with its flamboyant Gothic architecture.

Last but not least, Mom and Dad will be visiting Madrid as their last destination for their second honeymoon. They intend to visit The Museo del Prado or the Prado Museum, a museum and ar gallery located in Madrid; the capital of Spain. It features one of the world's finest collections of European art, from the 12th century through the early 19th century, based on the former Spanish Royal Collection. Founded as a museum of paintings and sculpture, it also contains important collections of more than 5,000 drawings, 2,000 prints, 1,000 coins and medals, and almost 2,000 decorative objects and works of art. Sculpture is represented by more than 700 works and by a smaller number of sculptural fragments.

Dad is very into photography so they will be visiting the botanical gardens as well as the royal palace.

I have also suggested a few hotels in madrid that I think are very afordable for them to choose.