Located about 100 kilometers to the north of Barcelona, about an hour by fast train, is the city of Girona. While it is a historical city in its own right with its first inhabitants around the 6th century BC, it has been made even more popular serving as one of the filming locations for the blockbuster television series, Game of Thrones. Season 6 contained a lot of footage shot in Girona. The city served as King's Landing, Old Town and Braavos. So the answer to questions 1 and 2 is Game of Thrones and Girona in Catalonia, Spain.
And I threw you a trick question about the walk of shame. The true walk of shame for Cersei took place in Dubrovnik, Croatia in Season 5. In Season 6, Margaery Tyrell was to do her Walk of Atonement on the Great Sept of Baelor before she was rescued by her father and Jamie Lannister. If you remember, Jamie rode his horse up the steps. Had Margaery walked, the people would have been crying out "Shame, shame, shame".
The steps Margaery was standing on were the steps of the Girona Cathedral. The cathedral served as the Sept of Baelor in King's Landing. If you remember, the Sept was destroyed at the end of Season 6. So the answer to the Bonus Question is the Girona Cathedral.
There are many filming locations throughout Girona including the Citadel, the outdoor theatre where Arya was to kill the actress, the steps where blind Arya was begging and many, many more. I just followed the other GOT fans or my GPS to get from one to another. ... See MoreSee Less
The Magic Fountain of Montjuic is located down the hill from the National Art Museum of Catalonia. It was constructed for the Barcelona International Exhibition in 1929. People actually thought it wouldn't work because it was so sophisticated for its time.
In the 1980s, music was added. Tonight's performance included Spanish, classical and rock music. Even in December, there were thousands of people there. Get there early and make sure you're not downwind! ... See MoreSee Less
Today the vast grasslands of the Massai Mara are featured. This is one of the largest parks in Kenya and is the most visited. It is one of the best places to see all of Africa's Big Cats (lions, leopards and cheetahs). On our safari in 2018, we were fortunate to see some of each.
Getting good pictures is all about finding the animals and having a great driver who can position the vehicle for good pictures. While I was pleased with many of my pictures of the Big Cats, I've selected one picture of each to share in this post. ... See MoreSee Less
Figueres, one hour north of Barcelona by high speed train, might not be on your "to visit" list unless you're a Salvador Dali fan. It is his birthplace and where the Dali Theatre and Museum are located. It's built in an old theatre and contains the largest collection of Dali's major works in a single location. Dali wanted people who visited his museum to "leave with the sensation of having had a theatrical dream." That it was!!!
The front of the building warms you up to what to expect. And once you get to the courtyard with the stage behind it, you know you're in for a treat. Beyond that, there are room's galore to explore! Oh, and Dali is buried in a crypt underneath the stage! All in all, it was a surreal experience!! ... See MoreSee Less
It began with a train ride from Barcelona and then continued with a cable car up through the clouds to Montserrat. There, the sun was shining with a beautiful view overlooking the cloud bank below. Located on the mountain is the Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey. The monastery was founded in the 11th century and rebuilt during the 19th and 20th centuries. It is a functioning monastery with over 70 monks.
Today was Christmas Mass with the service being in Catalonian. Singing during the service and also at the end was the Escolania, Montserrat's Boys' Choir, which has been in existence since the 14th century. There are more than 50 boys ranging in age from 9 to 14 in the choir. ... See MoreSee Less
Today is Christmas and this interesting calendar features the Grotto of the Nativity located in Bethlehem. The Church of the Nativity is one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world. The church was built by Constantine the Great around 330 AD on the site that was traditionally considered to be the birthplace of Jesus. In the grotto of the church, a 14 point star commemorates the birthplace.
Pablo Picasso. A name that is recognized even if one isn't into art. Picasso spent his early years in Barcelona before moving to France. Family and friends in Barcelona helped Picasso keep a close link to the city until his death in 1973.
If you visit any major gallery throughout the world, you will most likely see some works by Picasso. But the Picasso Museum in Barcelona contains one of the most extensive collections by the 20th-century Spanish artist. Even some of his early works were on display including "Science and Charity" which helped boost his presence in the art community. But in his analysis of Diego Velazquez's "Las Meninas", you'll see art that is more recognizable as being that of Pablo Picasso.
It was definitely an interesting collection to learn more about Picasso who is regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. ... See MoreSee Less
The Sagrada Familia is a minor basilica in Barcelona. While construction started in 1882, the church has never been completed. The chief architect, Antoni Gaudi, spent 46 years of his life building it. When he died in 1926, about 15 - 25% of the church was completed. Work was interrupted by the Spanish Civil War from 1936 - 1939, but has been ongoing since 1940. It is scheduled for completion in 2026, the 100th year of Gaudi's death.
There is so much to write about this church. I hope to do that later, but here are some pictures to show you the uniqueness and the beauty of this building. The "wow factor" for me today was pegged at a 10!!! ... See MoreSee Less
The National Art Museum of Catalonia sits on Montjuic hill overlooking Plaza Espanya and Barcelona. The building dates back to 1929 with the museum opening in 1934. The museum is well known for its collection of Romanesque mural paintings that are primarily from the 11th,12th and 13th centuries. Many of these works were originally in churches throughout Old Catalonia. ... See MoreSee Less
Today is the Winter Solstice. It's the shortest day of the year for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. Stonehenge, is Britain's famous Neolithic site. It has been a place of worship and celebration for thousands of years at the time of the Winter Solstice as they watch the sun rise between the standing stones. Archeologists believe the site was constructed from 3,000 to 2,000 BC.
Due to the Winter Solstice, Stonehenge has probably been busier today than normal. I opted to see Stonehenge on a "normal" day which we did in 2017. ... See MoreSee Less