It seems like ages ago now, but in mid-December, A. and I spent 10 days in Lisbon, Madrid, and Barcelona.
Here are the highlights:
I finally saw much-loved works of art that I'd only ever seen pictures of: Hieronymous Bosch's The Garden of Earthly Delights, Rogier van der Weyden's The Descent from the Cross, Albrecht Dürer's Self-Portrait and Fra Angelico's The Annunciation. And I discovered new works to love at the Gulbenkian in Lisbon and the museums in Madrid.
All three cities, especially Barcelona, were extremely vegan-friendly. We ate very well.
And my sweet tooth was well-satisfied in Barcelona.
In Barcelona, we toured the Palau de la Música Catalana, built between 1905 and 1908 by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner (who also designed the interiors of our hotel). Every surface is covered in Art Nouveau decoration.
I was very impressed with all of the museums and architectural sites in Barcelona. The labels, audio-guides, overall interpretation, and contextual materials were extremely well done. Even the museum shops were filled with tempting, high-quality products.
Joining Not Dead Yet Style's Visible Monday get-together as I was certainly visible on my holiday in my short skirt, gold tights and red boots. In Lisbon and Madrid, women my age conservatively dressed in camel, navy, and brown scowled at my legs. Thankfully, there was no scowling in Barcelona.
I leave you with this little guy.