June 20-July 4, 2011

The purpose of this course is to study the cultures and the art of Spain and Portugal in the cities of Madrid, Toledo, Salamanca, Oporto, and Lisboa. The two Iberian nations have a rich legacy of art, architecture, museums, historical sights, language, each with their own cultural expressions. But most of all they constitute two European, vibrant cultures in which the historical merge with the contemporary. We will visit the most significant museums and study supreme works of art, in their originals, in the five cities to attempt to procure a more substantial understanding of art in its cultural context than it is possible to achieve from textbooks only. The course thus serves the dual purposes of academic study and international education. With a daily itinerary focusing on the experience of artworks in their originals (from the Middle Ages onwards), students will also continuously gain competence in negotiating historical cities of foreign cultures. Course requirements: This is a graded course. Preparatory meetings during spring semester 2011; research paper and travel journal. No Spanish or Portuguese language requirement. Open to all WSU students.

Required readings:
- A guide book to Spain and Portugal such as: Rick Steves' Portugal by Rick Steves; Rick Steves' Spain 2010 with map by Rick Steves (Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing); Portugal (Country Guide) by Kate Armstrong (Publisher: Lonely Planet); The Rough Guide to Portugal by John Fisher (Publisher: Rough Guides; 13 edition; April 19, 2010); The Rough Guide to Spain by Jules Brown (Publisher: Rough Guides); Lonely Planet Country Guide Spain (Lonely Planet Spain) by Damien Simonis. Or similar up-to-date guidebooks.
- Other texts (academic journal articles) handled by the instructor.



Day 1 Monday, June 20 Departure Seattle

Day 2 Tuesday, June 21 Arrival Madrid. City walking tour. Plaza Mayor, Palacio Real, Catedral

Day 3 Wednesday, June 22 Templo de Debod, Museo de America, Museo Cerralbo

Day 4 Thursday, June 23 Museo del Prado, Museo Reina Sofia, Museo

Day 5 Friday, June 24 Bus to Salamanca. City walking tour. Plaza Mayor, Puente Romano

Day 6 Saturday, June 25 Museo Art Nouveau y Art Decó, Convento de Las Duenas, Iglesia de San Esteban

Day 7 Sunday, June 26 Museo Taurino, Catedral Vieja y Nueva

Day 8 Monday, June 27 Bus to Porto. City walking tour. Cais da Ribeira

Day 9 Tuesday, June 28 Se do Porto, São Francisco Church, Soares dos Reis

Day 10 Wednesday, June 29 Vino Porto, Cais de Gaia

Day 11 Thursday, June 30 Train to Lisboa. City walking tour. Santa Maria Maior de Lisboa, Campo Pequeno?

Day 12 Friday, July 1 Torre de Belem, Monasteiro de Jeronimos, Museu
de Archeologico, Museu de Arte Popular

Day 13 Saturday, July 2 Excursion to Sintra and Cascais, the beach

Day 14 Sunday, July 3 Se, Castelo de Sao Jorge. Farewell dinner.

Day 15 Monday, July 4 Departure Lisboa, arrival Seattle
Hotel MEDIODIA. Plaza del Emperador Carlos V número 8 - 28012 Madrid, Spain
T. (+34) 91 527 30 60 http://www.mediodiahotel.com/
Phone (+34) 91 541 28 00 (+34) 91 541 28 00 / Fax (+34) 91 541 69 23
Hotel Silken Rona-Dalba, Plaza San Juan Bautista, 12 Salamanca 37002 – España
T. +34 923 263 232 / F. +34 923 215 457 / http://www.hoteles-silken.com/hotel-rona-dalba-salamanca/
Hotel Eurostars Das Artes RUA DO ROSARIO, 160-164, Porto, Portugal
Tel:222071250 http://www.eurostarshotels.com/en/eurostars-das-artes.html
Pensão Londres, Dom Pedro V, 53, Lisboa, 1250 Portugal Ph. 213462203

Carrie, Danielle, Monica, Eli, Maggie, Meredith and Jesse in the Lisbon Metro.

Monica, Danielle, Carrie and Jesse in Porto's Cafe Majestic.

Eli and Meredith enjoying high tea at Cafe Majestic.

Procession in Toledo.

At the 2000 year old Roman bridge in Salamanca.

Porto at the Douro River.

Tasting the refined port.

Ready for the train to Lisbon.

Street performance in Lisbon: how the heck did he do that!?

Bullfight night at Campo Pequeno in Lisbon.

Narrow escape.


The best 3-Euro elevator ride in town!

The monument to discovery outside Lisbon.

Jesse admiring medieval cathedral construction at the Monestary of St. Jeronimos.

Best meal: fried sardines!

Outside Museu Gulbenkian in Lisbon.


(Photos by KA)