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Toledo, the holy one

So that saying of “Holy Toledo” that some people exclaim when they see something cool, I presume comes from here.  Though I could easy just be making that up.  I’m sure the internet knows. Anyway we caught yet another train for a very quick trip to the city of Toledo, just south of Madrid in decidedly Don Quixote country.  Once …

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Madrid’s Retiro Park

On Monday after the MC Escher exhibit we returned to the area near our hotel and went for a long walk in the Retiro park, #2 trip advisor activity to do in Madrid. The park is very large and much if it is left to trees with structured paths but it had some amazing gathering places. The locals were out …

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M. C. Escher

We traveled from Granada to Madrid yesterday and have 3 more days in Madrid. Today we went to a totally cool temporary exhibit of MC Escher’s work. First cool thing, his full name: Maurits Cornelis Escher now that is something a guy can work with! A Dutch graphic artist, he was inspired by architecture early in his career and it grew …

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Handled

Had a early dinner at 7:30 pm. Got the biggest pitcher of sangria yet. 8:30 pm no mas.

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Gardens of the Alhambra

The Alhambra had many elaborate and beautiful gardens. We took a city minibus up to the top if a mount that the Alhambra sits but got off one stop to early but this was a happy mistake. We came across a free garden complex called Carmen de los Martires (Carmen of the Martyrs Gardens). It’s history is long and complicated but …

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Cool doors of the Alhambra

I noticed that the Alhambra has a lot of doors that you can’t open.  Who knows where they lead.  But most of them were absolutely beautiful.   And the frames around the doors were worthy of containing art.  And were often art themselves. So here are some pictures of cool door and doorways that I happened across.  Maybe a post …

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The Alhambra

We spent the day at the Alhambra today, our primary reason for visiting the city of Granada, and likely most others folks reason as well.  I must report that I got 3 of the last 5 tickets for our day.  They only let 6,600 a day inside the complex, and it made things so much better.  No giant lines or …

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The Alhambra: Upclose

  Today we spent all day at the Alhambra fortress and palace complex. It was a beautiful sunny day about 65 degrees.  Could not be more perfect.   K will post many landscape and archway shots so I thought I would post some my favorite up close pictures of the plasterwork in the Nasrid palace.