As you look at all the cathedrals in Spain, and compare it ...
Flamenco isn’t hard to describe. If you speak Spanish. There’s a word ...
We’ve been to Granada a few times in our short lives, but ...
The Mezquita, or Mosque of Córdoba, is one of the real wonders ...
Of course the first thing you notice as you approach Ávila, Spain ...
As you look at all the cathedrals in Spain, and compare it to this one, the Cathedral of Granada certainly sticks out. It’s not Gothic or Romanesque like all the others, you see. And that’s because it was built so much later. Because Granada was the last city to be captured from the Moors, and […]
Flamenco isn’t hard to describe. If you speak Spanish. There’s a word for it–duende. It doesn’t really translate into English. I suppose if you had to try just one word, you could maybe use soul. But that would fall short. Duende is soul, but also grace, and unbridled emotion, and undisputed authenticity. It has unmistakable […]
We’ve been to Granada a few times in our short lives, but never for more than a couple of days, and never to spend much time with the Christian monuments. I mean, the Alhambra is here, which is arguably the most beautiful palace in the world. But this time we’re here for almost a week, […]
The Mezquita, or Mosque of Córdoba, is one of the real wonders of Spain. Along with the Alhambra of Granada and the Alcazar of Sevilla, it makes up the trifecta of Moorish architecture left over from when the Muslims controlled the Iberian peninsula. Regrettably, after the Reconquest of Córdoba by the Christian forces, the Christians […]
I may have found the one person who doesn’t appreciate longboat river cruising along the Rhone and Saone rivers in France. He was fishing from shore. Or rather, his rods and lines were resting on a chair while he chatted with a buddy. Our Viking cruise ship, drafting about seven feet in the small Saone […]
Of course the first thing you notice as you approach Ávila, Spain is the walls. They’re pretty hard to miss. The entire idea of Ávila seems bound up in the walls. The old city is completely surrounded by 2.7 kilometers (1.7 miles) of the stone and concrete walls. Their average height is 12 meters (39 […]
I shot about 100 photos in the Cathedral of Ávila but I ended up with this one shot across the apse at a lone crucifix on the wall as my favorite. Normally, my go-to shot in a cathedral is from the back, wide angle, up the center aisle to the altar, with plenty of arches […]
Arles, France is a lovely city for many reasons. Perhaps the best is that Vincent Van Gogh lived there for a year near the end of his career and painted some of his most famous works there. There’s a self guided walking tour you can take through Arles which will take you to all the […]
We spent several days in the Priorat region of Spain last month, and other than drinking the fine wines that Priorat produces, we also managed to look out the window of the Buil & Gine Vineyard guest rooms where we were staying and admire the view. It’s under the hot sun and in the very […]
As part of our Viking river cruise, we stopped for one day in Lyon, France. We skipped the organized tour in favor of walking around the old city ourselves. And we found ourselves loving this charming place so much, we immediately booked two more days in Lyon after the cruise ended. As is typical for […]