Monthly Archives: May 2012

Animal Encounters

Our first encounter with the Madrid “entertainers”.  No donation for this one.

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Luckily we didn’t see a real bull fight in Sevilla.

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But it was in Morocco and Gibraltar where things got crazy!

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Camels…

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Chickens…heading to slaughter! Yikes!

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Cobras in weird places!!!

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and then there is this…

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lucky for me, that wasn’t a cobra.

and then the gibraltar monkeys…

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That looks peaceful, Sharon wasn’t so lucky…

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Coming Soon!  Movie Connections.

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Toledo, Spain

The holy city of Spain – Toledo.

– A nearly impenetrable gatehouse.

The Visogoths constructed the first version of this town on the Tagus River, but the Moors captured it, and improved it.  Muslim, Jewish, and Christian faiths were all practiced here in harmony for hundreds of years.

– el Transparente – with the striking skylight.

Toledo also houses the famous Burial of Count Orgaz by El Greco. This magnificent painting hides many stories:

And one more view of the Tagus River…

I really don’t understand anything about the Damascene Steel from Toledo.

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Madrid – People Outdoors

Madrid in the center of Iberia experiences a continental climate.  The majestic city was built on 21 hills. One of the parks is called Parque del Oeste (Western Park).

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– One of the hills has the Temple of Debod brought in from Egypt in 1968.

The Spanish people of Madrid love to be outside walking through the wide plazas, pedestrian shopping centers, tree-lined walkways, parks, green spaces, and the historic plazas.  Modern Spain united in 1492 under Ferdinand and Isabella when the kingdoms of Castilla, Navarra, Leon, and Arragon joined together and the Moors were evicted from Granada.   The King moved the seat of government from Toledo to Madrid in 1764 when he started building his Palace.

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– A cortado (strong coffee) in the Plaza de Mayor with friends.  This says Madrid to me the most.

Madrid boasts incredible art and the Prado shines the most.  But the beauty of the streets and buildings stunned me…

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We tried calamari sandwiches, chocolate and churros, Jamon, and delicious desserts like this…Image

 – Pastries in the San Miguel Market next to the Plaza de Mayor in Madrid.

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Sevilla

Cozy streets of Seville

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May 6, 2012 · 6:52 pm

Spain – the man in La Mancha

“In a village of La Mancha, the name of which I have no desire to call to mind, there lived not long since one of those gentlemen that keep a lance in the lance-rack, an old buckler, a lean hack, and a greyhound for coursing.”

― Miguel de Cervantes SaavedraDon Quixote

We drove from Toledo to Granada through La Mancha.  Olive trees, steep hills, and a dusty landscape dominated the views.  Little towns dotted countryside.
Puerta Lapice
– A little church in Puerta Lapice, La Mancha 
We stopped at Restaurante Venta del Quijote to enjoy a little lunch.  I liked the Pisto and Manchego cheese.  This was Mr. Kemper’s least favorite location.
Carmen’s stories about Cervantes and the errant knight – Don Quixote – made this part of the trip exciting for this bibliophile.

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