Monday, October 26, 2009

5 Facts about Spain and 2 about Gibraltar

1. Madrid is the highest and greenest capital city in Europe.

2. The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao has 3 two-story high red copies of the Venus de Milo. They are made of styrofoam.

3. The temperature in Seville can be as high as 120 degrees F in summer.

4. Cervantes, Spain's premier author, died the same day as Shakespeare.

5. The Santa Maria Cathedral in Seville is the third largest in the world after St. Peter's and St. Paul's (Think Peter, Paul and Mary.)

1. The Rock of Gibraltar is not solid. It contains many caves, one of which has an auditorium used for concerts.

2. The apes of Gibraltar are not apes. They are macaque monkeys. Legend says that as long as they remain in Gibraltar, the island will belong to the British. When the monkey colony decreased, the British brought in additional animals.

Photos below: The entrance to the bull ring in Pamplona; the gardens of the Alhambra in Granada; the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.



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