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The Alhambra – Part II

Continuing our tour of the Alhambra, here is the second set of photos.  There is not much I can add to the already well established literary canon describing the grandeur of this historied fortress, so I will let my pictures do the explaining…

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The Alhambra – Part I

Strategically perched atop a wooded hill overlooking the medieval town of Granada, the Alhambra is, as I expected, incredible.  Its halls and courtyards, magnificent.  Its gardens and pools, idyllic.  A fortress and a palace, the Alhambra was originally constructed by an ambitious Moorish emir in the mid 13th century, and no refinement was spared.  But with the apogee of the Christian Reconquista in 1492, the Alhambra fell as the last Moorish stronghold on the peninsula, and was handed over to the royalty of Spain.  Seven hundred years of turbid history are clearly evident in the stonework and architecture of the citadel, and it was with great effort that Kacey was able to keep me moving through the numerous palaces and courtyards at a reasonable pace, my camera acting as an anchor, ever imploring me to take just one more photo of this improbable wonder.  Despite Kacey’s prodding, I still managed to take a lot of pictures, thus the fruit of my effort must necessarily be split in to two presentations…

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South from Madrid

Arriving in Madrid feels like arriving at some distant aunt’s house: a little different, a little quirky, but very homey and very comfortable, no matter if it’s your first, or thirty first visit.  In our case, we had both been here before, and we had both fallen in love with the city’s anesthetic culture and untroubled way of life.  In that way, it was a homecoming of sorts, and we wasted no time, and heeded no thought of slumber, to head out for some midnight cocktails and tapas, followed by some ungodly churros y chocolate early in the mañana- two of our favorite Madrileño traditions.

The view from our hotel room in Granada

The view from our hotel room in Granada

Sadly, Madrid was only a way station on this tour of the Old World, and we found ourselves leaving before we had ever come to rest.  We were headed south, to the coast, to the land where the histories of Africa and Spain meld like the whites of two fried eggs in a pan.  Our steed of choice to get us there: an opal colored Fiat 500, a spirited mount if there ever was one, and just the right size for a road trip through the Spanish countryside.  Granada was our first real destination in Spain, and the famous Moorish fortress, the Alhambra, the carrot that lead us there…

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