During the middle ages and especially in the early modern period, when Spain conquered large parts of the world, Castile as heartland of the Iberian peninsula used to be one of the richest places on earth. Evidence to this period can still be seen in the immense architectural wealth of the region. Many town have grandiose gothic cathedrals like for example Burgos (pictures 3 and 5) or even smaller beautiful churches like the Convento de Santa Teresa de Jesús in Avila (pictures 2 and 4). Particularly impressive is the “Arco de Santa María” city gate in Burgos, built by Charles V. in the 16th century (pictures 1 and 6).
The city of Tarnów is situated in the south of Poland. Before WWI this part of the country belonged to the Austro-Hungarian empire, so the town shares many architectural features with other places in the region like a large square and pretty baroque houses.
There is a special quality to the early green of spring. The leafs seem brighter under the morning light and the colours more fresh than in later months. Everything just seems alive and thriving after the long hardships of winter.
Mallorca is well known as a tourist hotspot in the Mediterranean. But coming to the island in the middle of April right before the tourist season it turns out to be a surprisingly calm place with a lot to discover and to see at fairly nice temperatures. Some impressions from 2019.
When travelling to the island of Mallorca you certainly will have some kind of a meet and greet with its capital city – Palma de Mallorca. In the center of its old town the Gothic style cathedral is situated, which can be seen from afar and is even more stunning close up and from inside. Similar as Barcelona on the mainland there is a lot of modernismo (Spanish Jugendstil / art nouveau) style buildings to be discovered. After your sightseeing tour you can take a nap at the beach or at one of the beautiful parks of the city.