Day Thirteen – Final Day in Spain

Today was our final day in Spain! It was so hard to believe that our two week tour had come to an end, but we all had a phenomenal last day! It was a free-structured day meaning all tour participants had the option to spend the day at Mar Bella Beach, which was only a short distance from our hotel, tour the inside and towers of La Sagrada Familia, or explore Barcelona’s Gothic

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Day Twelve – Barcelona

We woke up bright and early today to visit Park Güell, a park created by the famous architect, Antonio Gaudí. This beautiful park is filled with colorful tiles of different shapes, sizes and designs. Gaudí’s inspiration for the park sparked during a naturalist phase he had in which he used organic and natural shapes to create art. For example, instead of completely removing a fallen tree from the scenery, he would create a structure

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Day Ten – Barcelona

This morning we departed for Barcelona! The time just flew by on this five hour bus ride, and we made it to the city in no time. Once we arrived, we stopped at the Plaza de Catalunya for lunch. The Plaza de Catalunya is the equivalent of New York’s Times Square; it’s packed with tourists and souvenir shops!

After lunch, we took a short walk to the Palau de la Música Catalana; Barcelona’s

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Day Nine – Valencia

Today we spent the day visiting Valencia’s most important buildings and shopping areas. In the morning, we drove around the city to get a general view of the area before getting off the buses and going deeper into the sights. First, we stopped at the Ciudad de Las Artes y Las Ciencias, the Aquarium and the Opera House. The buildings were constructed in such unique shapes, leaving the interpretation up to the viewer.

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Day Eight – From Granada to Valencia

Departing from Granada, we drove six hours, plus several rest stops, to Valencia today. We were able to catch up on some much needed sleep. At one of the rest stops, there was a souvenir shop that many of us took advantage of and purchased gifts for our families.

When we arrived in Valencia, we checked into the hotel, settled down for dinner, and then headed to our rooms for the

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Day Seven – La Colegiata de Antequera

Hoy vosotros manejamos a la ciudad de Málaga. Aunque sólo pasamos un corto tiempo allí, fue una ciudad muy bonita. Málaga es cerca del mar asi que puedes ver el mar Mediterráneo. Algunas personas montó una rueda de la fortuna para ver la ciudad desde el cielo.

Málaga es el lugar de nacimiento de la artista famosa, Picasso. Hay un museo de su pinturas en el pueblo con turistas lined up afuera de

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Day Six – Auditorio Villa de Salobreña José Martín Recuerda

After spending a very long day at the Alhambra and performing at the Festival Internacional de Música y Danza De Granada, the tour orchestra and choir took a day off. We were given free time to roam around Granada in groups to shop, eat and explore! Some ventured off to a cathedral near the hotel while others experienced a tapas lunch in the heart of the city.

A tradition Granada has at tapas

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Day Five – Auditorio Manuel de Falla

Although we had to wake up at 6:30am, our visit to the Alhambra in Granada started off with a bang. We drove a short distance to the Moorish-style complex of palaces and gardens built by the Moors between the 9th and 14th centuries. Decades later, the Catholic Spanish monarchs made additions to the space to make the look of the structures fit with the time period. The palaces sprawl on a hill above

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Day Four – Toledo

As we drove into Toledo in the morning, we were able to get a panoramic view of the beautiful city. The houses are situated on high ground, and the region is very mountainous and picturesque. One of the first views we were able to see as we drove into the city was the Tagus River. The river flows in between the mountains, and a castle can be seen in the distance.

We were

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Day Three – Segovia and Medina de Rioseco

Today we traveled out of Madrid and into the town of Segovia to visit the Alcázar de Segovia and Roman Aqueduct. As we walked through the castle, our tour guides explained to us the history behind each decade of kings and queens in Segovia. We saw different rooms inside the castle such as the armory, the king and queen’s bedroom, and the dining room. The Roman Aqueduct was a large structure and although

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Day Two – Korsakov and Flamenco

The MYO tour musicians and singers started off the day with a morning rehearsal at the Centro Cultural Sanchinarro. A group of Spanish children were in the same building for a camp, and they were serenaded by the choir as they rehearsed their concert repertoire.

After the rehearsal, we rode the tour buses into the heart of Madrid for a short walking tour. On the walk, we visited the Casa Museo de Lope

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Day One – Madrid

After a long overnight flight to Madrid, the tour orchestra, choir, chaperones and shadow tour participants boarded two coach buses for a panoramic tour of the city.

The first stop on the bus tour was el Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, a sports stadium owned by Madrid’s very own Real Madrid football club. Built in 1947, the stadium can hold up to 81,044 spectators.

Next, we visited la Plaza de Toros, a beautiful revival Moorish

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Spain Tour Preparation!

Hello and welcome to the MYO Spain Tour blog! Our names are Emma Iadanza and Laura Vega, two violinists from the MYO Spain Tour Orchestra, and we will be running the blog throughout our journey to Spain. This will be Emma’s second MYO Tour.

This past week, the MYO Tour Orchestra and Choir were busy preparing exuberant repertoires fit for the large concert halls they will be performing at in Spain next week.

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