The Azores – Beautiful volcanic islands lying mid- Atlantic. Note the black and white buildings (whitewash & volcanic rock) as well as the lush scenery. We visited the Furnas area with it’s hot springs and had a lunch cooked by burying the pot and using thermal heat. Tony’s restaurant in Furnas serves this traditional food of the Azores.
Mercat Santa Caterina is one of several markets found throughout Barcelona. This one is located in the old part of the city. It is not near as well known as the Boqueria, which is located on the famous Ramblas – but is much less ‘touristy’ with a local feel and flare.
The Palau de la Musica de Cataluyna is certainly a terrific example of the Modernista architectural style that so typifies Barcelona. The style – and certainly the Palau – uses nature themes – trees, leaves, flowers, animals – as the basis. It is also known for avoiding straight lines and the use of smashed ceramic tiles. The architect of this building was Lluís Domènech i Montaner.
Stiges – Gay Capital of Europe – I’m sure half the world knows about Stiges – but I’m in the other half. Nice seaside community – with lots of clubs for the GLBT group. We spent much of our time here in a local bar/Tapas joint drinking sangria and eating wonderful tapas.