Congratulations to everyone who qualified for the Senior Leadership Retreat to Spain in September. We are counting down the days until we get to celebrate YOU and your accomplishments in Madrid and Barcelona as we visit the architecture of Gaudi, taste tapas and stroll the cobblestone streets of medieval cities.
Know before you go!
We have so much in store for you on this trip-of-a-lifetime. Below, we share some of the highlights of your trip along with some interesting facts about each site. Plan on dressing in comfortable attire and walking shoes.
The Royal Palace in Madrid
- Called Palacio Real in Spanish, this building was once the official residence of Juan Carlos, the King of Spain. Today it is used to entertain foreign leaders.
- The interior has 3, 418 rooms and just under 1.5 million square feet of floor space, making it Europe’s largest palace based on floor area.
- Inside you’ll see priceless art, paintings, frescoes, watches, porcelain and many other treasures including the world’s only complete Stradivarius sting quintet.
- This medieval city is relatively small and can be crossed in 45 minutes, so you are never too far from the center.
- You might want to purchase gold and black enamel work by local artisans or a conquistador sword, something they are well-known for. In fact, the most famous Hollywood weapons (from Gladiator, Lord of the Rings) are from Toledo.
- The Cathedral of Toledo is the second richest temple in the world after Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
- El Greco’s masterpiece, “The Burial of the Count of Orgaz”, has never left the walls of Parish Church of Santo Tomé.
- Figueres has a museum that honors the one-time local Salvador Dali, who is also buried there.
- Visit the Eiffel Bridge that Gustave Eiffel built before he started the famous building in Paris.
- Visit the Arabic baths, Banya Arabs, which date back to the 13th Century when the Moors had long been banished from the city.
- Walk across the 9th Century Carolingian and 15th Century walls gives breathtaking views of Girona’s old town and the surrounding mountains.
La Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona
- Means Church of the Holy Family
- A UNESCO World Heritage Site with 2 million visitors per year.
- The three entrances represent the birth, death and glory of Jesus: The Nativity Façade, The Death Façade and the Glory Façade.
- Antonio Gaudi, not the original architect but devoted the last 40 years of his life to working on the Cathedral, is buried in the Sagrada Familia crypt.
- Construction on the church is predicted to be finished by 2026; when it is finished, there will be 18 towers symbolizing the 12 apostles, the 4 Evangelists, Mary and Jesus.
See you in Spain! A perfect blend of ancient and modern awaits you! Please note that temperatures in September average 87-75 degrees F.
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