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Madrid & Barcelona
Writing Places:From postcards to memoirs
Informational meeting on Monday, Feb.17 at 3:30 in room LAR 211
Join Dr. Maria-Teresa Moinette and Dr. Pamela Washington and write your way across the plains of Spain.
Along the way, you will visit royal palaces, learn to cook Spanish food with a trained chef and learn about the culture of Spain.
This course is a study tour which combines travel with lectures, readings, and structured writing classes to provide students with an intense, on-site learning experience. Students will spend two full weeks in Spain visiting various sites that are rich in history, culture, and are of literary significance to the likes of well-known authors: Ernest Hemingway, George Orwell, Gustavo Adolfo Becquer, Terry Richard Bazes, & Carmen Laforet.
Begin your journey in the capital city of Madrid. Tour neighborhoods on foot and stop at grocery store for food and other items. Visit the Royal Palace, Palace of Arms, Royal Pharmacy and Prado Museum.
From Madrid, you'll take the train to Segovia and see the Alcazar de Segovia, the Cathedral and view the working Roman Aqueduct, the EI Escorial Monastery and Palace built for Phillip II by the master architect, Juan Bautista de Toledo, in the 16th Century.
The next stop is Toledo, where you will see famous works of art by EI Greco, visit the Primate Cathedral of Saint Mary of Toledo, representing the magnum opus of the Gothic style in Spain. Experience a midnight tour of the city where stops will be made at the locations where Gustavo Adolfo Becquer wrote his famous poetry.
Back in Madrid, take a cooking class at Mano a Mano restaurant with Chef Manuel. A trip to the market to discuss the essential ingredients for making Spanish food, followed by a cooking and eating experience at the restaurant. Later that evening, a trip to the La Venicia, one of Hemingway's beloved spots that still maintains its early 20th-century atmosphere.
Visit the Reina Sofia museum to view Picasso's famous Guernica in addition to viewing the building that once served as a hospital. Lunch after museum then we will tour the Retiro park, Palacio de Cristales, and the Correos building followed by a walk down the Gran Via (Madrid's fifth avenue).
Then it's off to Barcelona, where you will visit the Picasso museum, the Dali museum, the Museo Nacional de Arte de Catalufia, the Cathedral, or the Fundacion Joan Miro.
The study tour of Madrid and Barcelona costs $3,500 and includes all transportation (including roundtrip airfare), accommodation at hotels with breakfast included, six meals, and entry to museums, castles, cathedrals, and monasteries.