The Wandering Scot

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Badajoz

The Spanish fortress city of Badajoz was taken by the British in 1812 after a bloody siege, as featured in Sharpe's Company.
Plaza Alta, Badajoz, Spain 2017
Plaza Alta
"Scare-Dogs Tower", Badajoz, Spain 2017
"Scare-Dogs Tower"
"Scare-Dogs Tower", Badajoz, Spain 2017
"Scare-Dogs Tower"
Archaeological Museum, Badajoz, Spain 2017
Archaeological Museum
Alcazaba, Badajoz, Spain 2017
Alcazaba
Monument to 1811-12 Siege of Badajoz, Spain 2017
Monument to 1811-12 Siege of Badajoz
City Hall, Badajoz, Spain 2017
City Hall
CNT (Anarchists) Political Posters, Badajoz, Spain 2017
CNT (Anarchists) Political Posters

Merida

Merida, as Emerita Augusta, was the prosperous capital of the Roman province of Lusitania.
"Arch of Trajan", Merida, Spain 2017
"Arch of Trajan"
Charming "Temple of Diana", Merida, Spain 2017
Charming "Temple of Diana"
Roman Amphitheatre (8 BC), Merida, Spain 2017
Roman Amphitheatre (8 BC)
Amphitheatre entry tunnel, Merida, Spain 2017
Amphitheatre entry tunnel
Roman Theatre (15 BC), Merida, Spain 2017
Roman Theatre (15 BC)
Roman Theatre, Merida, Spain 2017
Roman Theatre
Roman Bridge (25 BC, much rebuilt), Merida, Spain 2017
Roman Bridge (25 BC, much rebuilt)
Roman Bridge, Merida, Spain 2017
Roman Bridge
Roman Circus (boring), Merida, Spain 2017
Roman Circus (boring)
Roman aqueduct (from train), Merida, Spain 2017
Roman aqueduct (from train)
Roman Aqueduct, Merida, Spain 2017
Roman Aqueduct

Merida: Museo Nacional de Arte Romano

Merida's Roman Art Museum includes some very striking pieces.
A very grand modern museum building., Merida, Spain 2017
A very grand modern museum building.
From portico of Merida Forum, 1st c AD, Spain 2017
From portico of Merida Forum, 1st c AD
Augustus as Supreme Pontiff, 1st c AD, Merida, Spain 2017
Augustus as Supreme Pontiff, 1st c AD
Tiberius (?), 1st c AD, Merida, Spain 2017
Tiberius (?), 1st c AD
Genius of the Colony, 1st-2nd c AD, Merida, Spain 2017
Genius of the Colony, 1st-2nd c AD
1st c AD statue, Merida, Spain 2017
1st c AD statue
Portrait of a man, 1st c AD, Merida, Spain 2017
Portrait of a man, 1st c AD
Portrait of a man, 1st c AD, Merida, Spain 2017
Portrait of a man, 1st c AD
"Genius of the Senate" (?), 2nd c AD, Merida, Spain 2017
"Genius of the Senate" (?), 2nd c AD
Mural from Roman Amphitheater, Merida, Spain 2017
Mural from Roman Amphitheater
4th c AD Roman mosaic, Merida, Spain 2017
4th c AD Roman mosaic
Curious Roman dice, Merida, Spain 2017
Curious Roman dice

Madrid

Royal Palace, Madrid, Spain 2017
Royal Palace
Royal Palace, Madrid, Spain 2017
Royal Palace
Catedral de la Almudena, Madrid, Spain 2017
Catedral de la Almudena
Plaça Mayor, Madrid, Spain 2017
Plaça Mayor
Plaça Mayor, Madrid, Spain 2017
Plaça Mayor
Plaça Puerta del Sol, Madrid, Spain 2017
Plaça Puerta del Sol
Spanish Parliament (Cortes), Madrid, Spain 2017
Spanish Parliament (Cortes)
Dali: "The Enigma  of Hitler" (1939) Centro de Arte R, Madrid, Spain 2017
Dali: "The Enigma of Hitler" (1939)
Centro de Arte Reina Sofia

National Archaeological Museum

Bronze Bull, 5th-3rd c BC, Madrid, Spain 2017
Bronze Bull, 5th-3rd c BC
Roman mine pump Used to spray cold water onto heated rocks, Madrid, Spain 2017
Roman mine pump
Used to spray cold water onto heated rocks
Bronze head of a Magistrate, 1st c AD, Madrid, Spain 2017
Bronze head of a Magistrate, 1st c AD
Inverted sundial, 1st c AD Light shining through hole indicates, Madrid, Spain 2017
Inverted sundial, 1st c AD
Light shining through hole indicates time below
Gladiator fights - with referees!, Madrid, Spain 2017
Gladiator fights - with referees!
Bronze water tap, 1st-2nd c AD, Madrid, Spain 2017
Bronze water tap, 1st-2nd c AD

Avila

A striking walled city, with its very own Fortress-Cathedral.
Avila from Los Cuatro Postes, Spain 2017
Avila from Los Cuatro Postes
Plan of the mighty Fortress-Cathedral Note the apse projecting, Avila, Spain 2017
Plan of the mighty Fortress-Cathedral
Note the apse projecting through the City Walls.
Main tower of Fortress-Cathedral, Avila, Spain 2017
Main tower of Fortress-Cathedral
Gothic nave., Avila, Spain 2017
Gothic nave.
Side chapel, with Rose Window, Avila, Spain 2017
Side chapel, with Rose Window
Spectacular Romanesque vaulted ceiling, Avila, Spain 2017
Spectacular Romanesque vaulted ceiling
The projecting apse/tower., Avila, Spain 2017
The projecting apse/tower.
Protruding Tower/Apse of Fortress-Cathedral, Avila, Spain 2017
Protruding Tower/Apse of Fortress-Cathedral
Convent of Santa Teresa Build over the spot where the saint was, Avila, Spain 2017
Convent of Santa Teresa
Build over the spot where the saint was born.
Convent of Santa Teresa, Avila, Spain 2017
Convent of Santa Teresa
6 miles East of Avila, Spain 2017
6 miles East of Avila

Barcelona

Plaça de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain 2017
Plaça de Catalunya
Plaça de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain 2017
Plaça de Catalunya
La Rambla, Barcelona, Spain 2017
La Rambla
Roof of Poliorama Cinema Where Orwell was stationed in 1938, Barcelona, Spain 2017
Roof of Poliorama Cinema
Where Orwell was stationed in 1938
Iconic Dragon at former umbrella shop, Barcelona, Spain 2017
Iconic Dragon at former umbrella shop
Plaça de George Orwell, Barcelona, Spain 2017
Plaça de George Orwell
Plaça de George Orwell, Barcelona, Spain 2017
Plaça de George Orwell
Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain 2017
Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya
Columns from Temple of Augustus, 1st c, Barcelona, Spain 2017
Columns from Temple of Augustus, 1st c
Redbrick Arc de Triomf, Barcelona, Spain 2017
Redbrick Arc de Triomf
Columbus Column, Barcelona, Spain 2017
Columbus Column
Columbus, Barcelona, Spain 2017
Columbus
There was a Pokemon Go special event on Sept 16th, so I caught a Kagas, Barcelona, Spain 2017
There was a Pokemon Go special event on Sept 16th, so I caught a Kagaskhan on the way to Park Güell!

Barcelona Cathedral

Barcelona Cathedral, Spain 2017
Barcelona Cathedral

Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia is a tricky building to assess. I found the exterior far too crowded and the towers grotesquely ugly.
But the interior is stunningly impressive: soaring and spacious and exotic!
Passion Facade approach, Barcelona, Spain 2017
Passion Facade approach
Passion facade, Barcelona, Spain 2017
Passion facade
Nativity Facade, Barcelona, Spain 2017
Nativity Facade
Nativity Facade (designed by Gaudi himself), Barcelona, Spain 2017
Nativity Facade (designed by Gaudi himself)
Vast soaring interior, Barcelona, Spain 2017
Vast soaring interior
Looking up..., Barcelona, Spain 2017
Looking up...
View from Passion Facade tower, Barcelona, Spain 2017
View from Passion Facade tower

Casa Batlló

Casa Batlló, Barcelona, Spain 2017
Casa Batlló
Bone Windows, Barcelona, Spain 2017
Bone Windows
Rooftop Dragon, Barcelona, Spain 2017
Rooftop Dragon
Light Well, Barcelona, Spain 2017
Light Well
Dragon's tail, Barcelona, Spain 2017
Dragon's tail

Casa Milà aka La Pedrera

La Pedrera, Barcelona, Spain 2017
La Pedrera
Exotic chimney stacks, Barcelona, Spain 2017
Exotic chimney stacks

Park Güell

Park Güell, Barcelona, Spain 2017
Park Güell
Iconic Salmander/Dragon, Barcelona, Spain 2017
Iconic Salmander/Dragon
The obligatory selfie., Barcelona, Spain 2017
The obligatory selfie.
Totodil meets the Dragon, Barcelona, Spain 2017
Totodil meets the Dragon
Hall of Columns, Barcelona, Spain 2017
Hall of Columns

Andorra

Andorra la Vella, Spain 2017
Andorra la Vella
Dali "La noblesse du temps", Andorra, Spain 2017
Dali "La noblesse du temps"
The town is a busy Duty Free trading center, Andorra, Spain 2017
The town is a busy Duty Free trading center
New Parliament building, Andorra, Spain 2017
New Parliament building
Casa de la Vall (the old parliament building), Andorra, Spain 2017
Casa de la Vall (the old parliament building)
Casa de la Vall, Andorra, Spain 2017
Casa de la Vall
Sant Esteve church, Andorra, Spain 2017
Sant Esteve church
Sant Esteve church, Andorra, Spain 2017
Sant Esteve church

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