FROM The man in the front seat / March 31, 2014

Montserrat & the black madonna (Barcelona)

Located north-west of Barcelona is the incredible Montserrat (serrated mountain), a 1236m (4055ft) mountain, a truly unique rock formation that for centuries has shaped by wind, rain and frost. Situated at 725m (2390ft) is the spectacular Abadia de Monserrat (Abbey of Monserrat), the most important shrine in Catalunya with nearly all Catalans making the journey there at least once in their lives . The natural beauty of the area is breathtaking, accessed by an incredible journey up the mountain to where on a clear day you can see as far […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / March 30, 2014

City of Arts and Sciences (Valencia)

Situated in the old Turia riverbed, which was drained and re-routed when it flooded in 1957, is the massive 350,000m² City of Arts and Sciences. More than 4 million people pass through each, a figure that in Spain is only surpassed by the Prado Museum in Madrid. Designed by architects Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candala, the project was begun in July 1991 and the last component, The Queen Sofia Palace of the Arts (El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia), opened on October 8 2005. The Buildings L’Hemisferic Was the […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / March 7, 2014

Parc Güell (Barcelona)

Located about 4km from the city centre, Park Guell is one of a series of creations by the Catalan architect Antonio Gaudi. History The project started in 1900 when Count Eusebi Güell bought a tree covered hillside in the Gracia District and hired Gaudi to create a miniature garden city of houses for the wealthy. The site was called Muntanya Pelada (Bare Mountain) due to the fact that it had little vegetation with a few trees and was extremely rocky. The site however did already have a large country house […]

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