The Royal Palace of Madrid:
The Royal Palace of Madrid was the highlight of day 3. It was much smaller than what I was anticipating, but it was quite enjoyable. And each room in the palace has different interior designs and it was so hard to pick a favorite! Everything was just so unbelievably stunning! But if I really, really had to choose, it would be Gasparini room. Why? Baroque, silk with gold and silver embroidery that’s why. Fun fact, this room was not done until after 14 years of Charles III’s death.
Monistrol de Montserrat:
On day 4, I also went to the Basilica of our Lady of the Pillar in Zaragoza, Spain. This is where apostle James went to preach the gospel. The story goes as when James thought that he failed in preaching the gospel so he prayed for directions in the Ebro river. Suddenly Mary appeared from the river, standing on top of a pillar and surrounded by angels. She assured James that the people will be converted and that he has nothing to worry about. Virgin Mary gave him the pillar as a symbol and a wooden image of herself. Supposedly, the wooden image is a statue of 39cm tall which rests on a column of Jasper and located in the Basilica. And surprisingly, the image isn’t noticeable to just anyone. I had to try multiple times until I could see the reflection of Virgin Mary herself. Anyway, I didn’t take a picture of it so I thought I should just write it down. Apologies.
Sagrada De Familia:
And saving the best for last…
Just a regular fan but this was quite surreal! The feeling was epic! I was hysterically screaming inside the whole time. My cheeks hurt from smiling so much. So to those of you who made it this far…
(Gasparini room image courtesy of loveisspeed. Messi picture taken from Google.)