Portrait of the Day - Week 3
Portrait of the Day
Monday, June 18, 2007
We took the bus into Barcelona from our campsite along the Mediterranean and found the museu de la xocolata. We then tried to find every chocolate establishment in town, using Debbie’s list. One of these shops was in a mall in the new port area near the old statue of Christopher Columbus. That’s him pointing in the distance on the left. He reported about his first expedition to Ferdinand and Isabella in Barcelona.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
After a quick walk around Mountjuïc, the “mountain of the Jews,” we took the Metro to, and climbed up the steep hill to Gaudí’s Park Güell where a family from Northampton, MA took this photo.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
From Barcelona to Zaragosa and beyond.
Along our way we saw a sign to the monastery of Poblet where we had learned the Cistercian monks had been among the first to drink chocolate. We took the short detour and enjoyed a tour of the monastery where we took our photo. We continued on to Belchite, then to Zaragoza and beyond to a campsite somewhere not far from Calatyud… but those are stories yet to be told.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
From our campsite overlooking a beautiful valley, we drove “the long way” through that valley to Calatayud (which according to Jane Gerber in her book The Jews of Spain (p. 39) comes from the Arabic Kalaat el-Yahud (Quarter of the Jews). Though we did some grocery shopping and found some good chocolate, we saw no evidence of Jewish life ever having existed in the city.
Friday, June 22, 2007
No portrait today.
Believe it or not, I forgot to take the camera with me for our first full day of exploration in Valencia!
Saturday, June 23, 2007
We explored Valencia with our personal guide Alba Toscana, the founder of La Javurá the Jewish group in Valencia. We spent yesterday with her as well. Here we are in one of the many plazas with beautiful fountains.
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Our anniversary (#34).
We drove through Valencia’s broad avenues to Manises, a town known for its ceramic making, but everything was closed. Then around the “ring” road to Sueca where one family has been making chocolate since 1870 and has developed an interesting museum. From there we drove along the coast (often along the edge of a cliff) to Altea where we took our picture, had a long walk along the promenade and settled in for the evening.
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