Travel Diary Spain pt.2

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The Royal Palace of Madrid:

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I have no idea what this is but it’s located just across the palace
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This is the royal palace.
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This is what it looks like inside the royal palace. But visitors aren’t allowed to take pictures of the rooms so that was pretty disappointing.

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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.

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Gasparini room

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Monistrol de Montserrat:

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Mine was the yellow one in the middle

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Looks like Christmas came early 🙂
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The black Madonna right in the middle of the altar.
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Outside view of the place.

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I spot a cross
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Long way down…

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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.

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Sagrada De Familia:

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Still in construction.

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                                                     And saving the best for last…

Camp Nou:

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panoramic view

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The Black Madonna where the players pray before every match.
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Stadium seat view

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…

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A virtual hug from the man himself. *Squeals

xx

Disclaimer:

(Gasparini room image courtesy of loveisspeed. Messi picture taken from Google.)

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