The first time we visited the Cathedral of Toledo so many years ...
The only problem with photographing the Alhambra is imagining the view and ...
Look up at the Alhambra at night, with the moon rising above ...
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 ...
A weird RyanAir-induced layover allowed me to visit Málaga, unexpectedly. I spent one night there, my first visit to this popular town on Spain’s southern coast, and it amounted to about six hours of walking around to get a feel for the city. I found Málaga full of surprises. My expectations weren’t terribly high; […]
The first time we visited the Cathedral of Toledo so many years ago, it was only the third Gothic cathedral we’d seen. Westminster Abbey is such a jumble it’s a little hard to get your head around it. And Notre Dame in Paris is, for all its beauty, still rather simple. There’s not a lot […]
The only problem with photographing the Alhambra is imagining the view and thinking “Where do I start?” And, then, “Where do I stop?” It’s so full of intricate and beautiful decoration that there’s really no end to it, except that it’s nearly impossible to get the angles you’d really like to shoot because of all […]
It seems like we’ve been to Madrid five hundred times. We’ve probably spent that many days there and eaten in at least half that many bars and restaurants. And at least half of those were very good. There’s the Asturian place near Sol, and the calamares place in Plaza Mayor. And the octopus place at […]
Look up at the Alhambra at night, with the moon rising above it. It is a romantic vision indeed, and worth a walk up into the Albaycín neighborhood of Granada. I recommend it on a warm summer night. You sit at one of the bars at the bottom of the hill and wait for the […]
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 […]