1 This is the Library in the Palacio de Liria, a neoclassical palace in Madrid, and the Madrid residence of the Dukes of Alba.
2 The books are in such amazing condition in this room.
3 The palace houses more than nine-thousand books, including one first-edition copy of Don Quixote.
4 This was the ceiling in the palace library.
5 Among the most safeguarded documents kept in the palace is the largest collection of handwritten manuscripts from Christopher Columbus.
6 These documents were kept protected in temperature controlled glass cases.
7 There are four floors of the palace with the ground floor containing the office, studies, the library and archives and a music room. This photo was taken in the chapel.
8 A beautiful gold-guilded ceiling in the Hall of the Grand Duke.
9 This room, with its dark, ornate furniture, is where many of the tapestries depicting war battles were hung.
10 Beautiful silver platters in the palace dining room.
11 In another corner of the dining room was this amazing red screen.
12 The palace also contained suits of armor. Some of them were hung on the walls.
13 While some were displayed on standing model forms.
14 Here was another suit of armor.
15 This is a view of the garden of Liria Palace - it is said to be the largest in Madrid.
16 Here is Carlos Fitz-James Stuart, the 19th Duke of Alba. He is the current Duke of Alba, and the Head of the House of Alba.
17 The Duke of Alba and I were able to get a quick photo.
18 Here I was with White House interior decorator, Michael Smith.
19 Michael Smith, US Ambassador to Spain, James Costos, and I on the red carpet of the Netflix presentation at the Matadero Cultural Center in Madrid.
20 There was a lot of paparazzi at the event, but they were well separated by these barricades.
21 Here I was with musician, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Reed Hastings, and Ambassador Costos.
22 A creative presentation of hors d'oeuvres - in little pull top cans.
23 Here I was sitting with actress and former model, Krysten Ritter, and Canadian actress Carrie-Anne Moss.
24 Solan de Cabras is Spain's best known mineral water - its distinctive blue bottle stands out in many prestigious restaurants and is a popular choice for sommeliers, chefs and guests.
25 A nice photo of Susan and Michael.
26 We visited the Real Fabrica de Tapices, a manufacturing plant in Madrid, Spain which was founded in 1720. This factory supplied the court with tapestries, and still produces traditional tapestries and carpets.
27 Everything was made by hand. These tapestry makers were amazing to watch.
28 Each strand of yarn so carefully woven one at a time. They use a Turkish knot technique, the same knot used when rug-making first became an art.
29 A lot of the tools used have been used for many, many years.
30 We were able to tour the loft where all the yarn is stored.
31 Look at all the shades of blue yarn.
32 There were hanks of yarn in every corner.
33 And in every color.
34 This factory is where royalty commissioned pieces that adorned their palaces and private residences. It has remained a very lucrative business for more than 300-years. This show room displays some of the finished fine tapestries.
35 Looking at this rug reminded me of one I have at Skylands, my home in Maine. I am certain it was made at this very same factory.
36 Here was another rug in the process of being made.
37 This room is where the rugs were cleaned and stored for repairs.
38 Katie Berry, myself, Michael and Ambassador Costos.
39 Following the tour of the factory, it was off to the Casa de America, also in Madrid, where I was scheduled to speak. Once we arrived, Ambassador Costos, Michael and I stopped for this photo.
40 The interview was called "Conversation on Entrepreneurship". Michael Smith conducted the interview in front of about 90 young entrepreneurs and business students. Ambassador Costos introduced us.
41 I spoke about my first book, "Entertaining", and how my business and my brand have evolved over the years.
42 I also showed the audience a copy of my November 2015 issue of Living, and talked about how important publishing has been to my business.
43 Do you know what these tiles are made of? They're made of wood. They caught my eye right away - so beautiful.
44 Next, we visited and toured Carmen Pardo-Valcarce Foundation, an institution designed to nurture the skills of individuals with intellectual disabilities, so they could lead more independent lives. These envelopes were lined by some of the people who work here.
45 Each enveloped lined perfectly straight, one at a time.
46 Here were more of the samples.
47 Some of the individuals also sorted candy. The Foundation includes a school, various workshops and garden plots.
48 This is one of the Foundation's garden plots.
49 Here was the entrance to the Carmen Pardo-Valcarce Foundation.
50 They were very kind to give me a basket of fresh vegetables and flowers. Here I was with the Foundation's Director, Almudena Martorell Cafranga.
51 On one of the first evenings of our trip, Ambassador Costos hosted a dinner in my honor at his residence. This is how the seating arrangement was planned - strips of paper with guests' names are placed on a pad that holds the strips in place.
52 Here was the dining room, set-up for about 50-guests.
53 Here was my place setting at the table.
54 On the wall was this 220-year old American Painting "Presumed Portrait of George Washington's Cook" by Gilbert Stuart. It was on lease for six months from Mount Vernon, Virginia.
55 It was a very lovely dinner - I was extremely honored.
56 A nice photo of Michael, Susan, myself and Ambassador Costos. Tomorrow, I will share more of my photos from this wonderful trip to Spain.