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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.      

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Granada City Tour

Thursday we had a lazy morning (J has a little cold) and traveled by bus (no direct rail line) to the city of Granada, arriving around 5:30. We will spend 3 nights in the city. K&K ventured out while J rested and brought back shawarma to the pitiful one and it was delicious! Plus it came with fresh cut fries …

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Cordoba’s Alcazar

After leaving the Mezquita in Cordoba we took a short walk to the St. Raphael statue (the city’s patron saint) with had a nice fountain at the base and was close to the Roman bridge, with it’s multiply arches, it spans the Rio Guadalquivir. It has been destroyed and rebuilt several times but the original Roman footings are still in …

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Cordoba’s Mosque

On Wednesday we took a 45 minute high speed train ride to the city of Cordoba. Our first stop was the awe inspiring Mezquita. The mosque dates back 12 centuries, building started in 785 and major additions were done in the 10th century. Then the Christians came, destroyed part of the mosque and plunked a cathederal down in the center. …

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Seville’s Alcazar

We had to race through the alcazar since the lines were extremely long and slow because someone was shooting a movie there. Apparently they didn’t care we had come to visit. So in a total of an hour we explored the alcazar as best we could until we were escorted out by the alcazar museum athoritah. The alcazar (fortress) was …

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Home of Columbus – Seville Cathedral

After a seemingly long long wait in the blazing 75 degree sun, we entered the Seville Cathedral. It is a very impressive church.  Large vaulted ceiling supported by immense pillars of stone.  Stained glass is viewable at all the mini chapels, but being Spanish gothic, not nearly as light and airy as some of the other cathedrals  we’ve seen.  Of …

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Maria Luisa Park & Plaza de Espana

Today was our first full day in Seville. We had a lovely breakfast buffet in the hotel and set off to walk all the major sites in one day. The weather was lovely, the high was 75 degrees today. We were a bit early for the 11:00 opening of the cathedral (see the next post) so we hiked over to …

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Seville: Now this is vacation!

Well after editing K’s post I thought I would add a few more pictures and a note. Now don’t get me wrong, Madrid is a nice city with its own charms and the weather was not typical but it was cold like it snowed cold), wet and much like any major north-ish European city with its office blocks etc.   …