Tag: spain

Travel

Granada Photo Journal

Granada may be world famous for its magnificent UNESCO World Heritage site, the Alhambra, but this fascinating city has so much more to offer. A stroll up hill from the city center and the Granada Cathedral will take you through the ancient Muslim quarter known as the Albayzin with its narrow lanes and palaces.

The historic Realejo, Granada’s former Jewish district, is also a must see with its hipster hangouts where I was lucky enough to find a delicious vegan restaurant. Granada is home to more than 80,000 university students so the city is always buzzing with activity.

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Granada Video Journal

GRANADA, the last kingdom of the Moors in southern Spain, is a treasure trove of historic architecture. The apex of any visit to the city are the marvelously detailed palaces of the Alhambra, which were built on a hill overlooking the city center. While I personally didn’t find the buildings comprising the Alhambra to be any more beautiful than those of the Alcazar in Seville, the Alhambra’s setting in a magical forest high above the city is what makes it truly special.
Granada Photo Journal coming soon…

peace~henry

Travel

Cordoba Photo Journal

For those of you who prefer to slowly savor each image, here’s an alternative to the video journal.

Cordoba, Spain is known as the city of three cultures. At the height of its power, Cordoba was a great center of commerce and education and was the largest city in Western Europe. The population was made up of people from many regions who practiced Islam, Christianity and Judaism.

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Performing Arts

Video Short: Flamenco!

 

The Andalusian region of southern Spain is home to one of the world’s most passionate styles of music and dance–flamenco! Though it’s specific origins are still being debated, musicologists trace its roots to eighteenth century Andalusia, a region whose culture by this time had been colored by diverse migrations of Castilian, Gypsy, Jewish and Muslim peoples. Today, flamenco can be heard, seen in clubs and on street corners in every major city of Andalusia.
I could write more about my love for this fascinating art form, but in this case words are insufficient in expressing emotions. Flamenco is best experienced by our hearts and souls. It gets under your skin and makes your spine tingle, and before you realize it your body is moving to the beat of the music. So, turn up the volume and maximize the view, or just close your eyes and listen to the hypnotic rhythms and feel the passion of one of our planet’s most culturally rich areas!

Enjoy and peace~henry