Saturday, January 12, 2008

Sevilla

Ah Seville.... The capital of Andalusia and the most populated city in the region as well. It's a wonderful place, it's just too big for a visit that only a couple of days long.




Ok... that's me in my red underwear proving to the world that I was wearing red underwear on the last day of the year which is tradition in Spain and signifies good luck.






The plaza de España

Flamenco






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Mezquita

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mezquita





Córdoba

Hello one and all... Well, the second stop on our tour of Andalusia was Córdoba. This was also a Moorish stronghold during their reign in the Iberian Peninsula. Here are a few pics...
Here's my mom in her "Club Shmitz," T-shirt...






The Alahmbra

So... my mom and I were fortunate enough to obtain tickets to go to the Alahmbra. I'm sure I could tell you all about it but I'd rather copy and paste from another website... so here it is, all from http://www.alhambra.org:

The History of the Alhambra is linked with the geographical place where it is located: Granada. On a rocky hill that is difficult to access, on the banks of the River Darro, protected by mountains and surrounded by woods, among the oldest quarters in the city, the Alhambra rises up like an imposing castle with reddish tones in its ramparts that prevent the outside world from seeing the delicate beauty they enclose.

Originally designed as a military area, the Alhambra became the residence of royalty and of the court of Granada in the middle of the thirteenth century, after the establishment of the Nasrid kingdom and the construction of the first palace, by the founder king Mohammed ibn Yusuf ben Nasr, better known as Alhamar.

Throughout the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, the fortress became a citadel with high ramparts and defensive towers, which house two main areas: the military area, or Alcazaba, the barracks of the royal guard, and the medina or court city, the location of the famous Nasrid Palaces and the remains of the houses of noblemen and plebeians who lived there. The Charles V Palace (which was built after the city was taken by the Catholic Monarchs in 1492) is also in the medina.

The complex of monuments also has an independent palace opposite the Alhambra, surrounded by orchards and gardens, which was where the Granadine kings relaxed: the Generalife.




More of Granada

The first stop on our whirlwind Andalusian tour was Granada. Here are a few photos of the town from atop the many hills that overlook this beautiful mountain city.



More of Almeria

Here are a couple more photos of Almería with my mom and aunt.

Two sisters by the sea...


El paseo marítimo


Shopping at the rambla...