Summer Vacations: Day 3

During day 3, the students went to the conferences while a great part of the group and/ or families went to the adjacent city of Avila.

Ávila is a medieval city in the province of Castile-Léon in western Spain, about 70 miles northwest of Madrid. Founded in the 11th century to protect the Spanish territories from the Moors, Ávila has a magnificently well-preserved city wall, a historic cathedral, a number of Romanesque churches, and an authentic medieval atmosphere. 

 At our arrival, we stopped at Cathedral of AvilaThe Cathedral of Ávila is a Gothic church in Ávila in the south of Old CastileSpain.
 The Cathedral of Ávila is considered to be the first Gothic cathedral of Spain.
 We stumbled with a cadets graduation ceremony.
 There was lot of security, police men, and the people from this small town were looking for...


We moved fast, with guide on hand, and asking everyone for where he was.

But, sadly, when we found the place, where the prince was giving the speech for the graduation ceremony.

Everyone was gone. 

 So, we were not able to see the prince. :(

Then, we were able to enjoy the day and the enchantment from Avila city. We proceed to have lunch at this square at a local restaurant.

Then, we went to Convento de Santa Teresa.

 I had a beautiful time here, since Santa Teresa is one of my favorite historical people. I had read her biography and books several times.  I felt peace. Truly, peace at this place!

For all these reasons, the entire Old Town of Ávila has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. 

For pilgrims, the city of Ávila is important because of its association with the great mystic and reformer St. Teresa de Jesus, better known as St. Teresa of Ávila. 

Teresa was a 16th-century Carmelite nun who reformed her order, had many ecstatic visions, and wrote several books. She is the female patron saint of Spain and was the first woman to be named a Doctor of the Church. 

Ávila contains two main shrines honoring St. Teresa, along with a few more sites associated with the saint. The primary shrine is the Convento de Santa Teresa (Convent of St. Teresa), a convent contains her relics, and the second is the Monasterio de la Encarnacion, where St. Teresa lived and where her cell can be visited.

 My sons and me enjoying the views outside the Avila walls.
 The group!! We had a great time together!

 My kids were very happy playing with their swords at the top of the wall. How exciting!!!
Its main monument is the imposing Walls of Ávila (11th-14th centuries), the medieval work was started in 1090. The fenced area is of 31 hectares with a perimeter of approximately 2,516 meters, 88 blocks or semicircular towers, 2,500 merlons, paintings by 3 m. thick, an average height of 12 m. and 9 gates. It is the largest fully illuminated monument in the world.

"Nada te turbe, nada te espante.
Todo se pasa. Dios no se muda.
La paciencia todo lo alcanza.
Quien a Dios tiene, nada le falta.
Sólo Dios basta."

Thank you for letting me share, some of my personal beliefs at my personal blog. Next time, I will post something scrapbook related!! :)

Thanks again,


1 comment:

Lea said...

Great pictures! Especially the boys with the shields, can't wait to see what you create with those!!!


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