For Columbus Day weekend we decided, what better way to celebrate than to go visit where Columbus lived for awhile and see replicas of his boats (the nina, pinta and santa maria). Two hours away from us is a town called La Rabida, Spain, it is right on the portugal/spain border and there is a monastery there and this is where Columbus stayed between 1491-1492 waiting for financial backing from the Catholic Monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella, for his voyage to the New World. What I didn't realize is that he brought his son, Diego, with him, who I think was around16 or so, and they lived here at the monastery coming up with their plans to sail.
I have to admit, I was fascinated. I remember learning all about Columbus and everyone knows, "in 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue," but to actually see where he lived, walk where he walked, and planned and see the boats he went on--it was unreal to see such history. Anyways, here are some pictures from our trip!
|Posing with the Columbus statue|
|They had all these really cool paintings depicting Columbus' life and voyage|
|More cool artwork--it was like art and a sculpture--looks better in person|
|The monastery was heavily influenced by the moorish architecture|
|The room of the monks-where they ate and prayed and Columbus also did.|
|Original papers with Columbus' signature--FASCINATING!|
|Is that Columbus--no just Ethan!|
|Inside one of the ships|
|Playing with the turtles|
|Kids and I with the three ships behind us!|
|Giant King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella|
|Ouch! Kailey is getting her hand eaten!!|
What can I say, we had an amazing time and we are so fortunate to see where so many historical events took place--hopefully the kids will remember all these places we are taking them, if not we are taking LOTS of pictures!!!