Passion for Spain

Adventure, Europe, Poetry, Spain
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Break dancing in Puerto del Sol\

Passion

In Puerto del Sol, Madrid

The wild break dancer

Spinning

On his back

His shoulder

Lithe

Strong

Passion for the night

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Passion

The dancer

In the Flamenco Cave

The flashing of the legs

The swirling of the skirts

The staccato beating of the feet

Hard on the floor

Driving the beating of the heart

The Dance of Passion

Looking forward to visiting Spain again to indulge the passion

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Impressions of Spain 3 – Alhambra

Adventure, art, Europe, history, photography, Spain, travel
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Alhambra

Sitting below the Sierra Nevada and above the fertile plane of Granada

is The Red

Alhambra

The site chosen by the Romans for a fort

Bought to its glory by the Moors as Christian Europe languished in its Dark Ages

Magnificent architecture

 

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Summer House at Alhambra

 

 

Mosaics

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Gardens

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Bought into flourish by the Nasrid Sultans over 700 years

Then occupied by Ferdinand and Isabella

Driving Islam out or Spain and establishing themselves as the Catholic Kings

In the Palace, Isabella signed the orders for Columbus to sail in search of the Americas

The dawn of the Golden Age

 

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Alhambra Palace

The centre of old Granada

Overlooking the Albacain, the Arab quarter

 

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The Albacain from Alhambra

 

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Plaza Aliatar at night in the Albacain

 

 

Ransacked by Napoleon’s troops in 1882

Alhambra still stands magnificent even though losing its former glory.

Impressions of Spain 2 – Cadiz

Adventure, history, Poetry, Spain, travel

Cadiz

Old City

3000 years old

Inhabited by

Phoenicians

Romans

Goths

Moors

Through to

the Spanish “Golden Years”

 

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Walls of Old Cadiz

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Castillo de San Sebastian

 

Flourishing

Gold and other trade from the Americas

Trading through its port

Building a flourishing city

Grand Cathedral

 

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Cadiz Cathedral

 

 

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Henry Moore’s Reclining Woman beside the Cadiz Cathedral

Filled with the silver and gold

flowing from the Americas

 

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Silver alter in a Cathedral chapel

Now a coastal tourist city

Port of ferries, cruise and cargo ships

old town and new

new ways and old

The wonderful passion of spain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Impressions of Spain 1 – the Spanish

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I saw the Dutch as having a stoic inner strength as a result of the battle the with external forces.

The Spanish temperament is shaped by the battle with their own wild passion.

Separatists in the Basque country and Catalonia seeking their own expression.

Civil ways

Anarchists

Communists

Capitalists

Living in the shadow of Spain’s “Glory Years”.

 

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Parade on Hispanic Day dressed as in the “Glory Days” in Plaza Del Sol

“Glory Years” that spread Spanish culture to the Americas, Africa and distant corner so the world.

Especially in the Americas where the Hispanic culture is still strong.

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So the passionate Spaniards celebrate with parades of national days and saint days.

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FIESTA DE LA VIRGEN DEL ROSARIO CORONADA

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With a 100 or more buglers and drummers leading the parade of the patron saint of Cadiz

But in many ways the flamenco dance captures the raw passionate energy of Spain

The wild swing or the body

The rapid fire stamping of the feet

The dancer lost in the raw energy of the moment

The wild expression of the inner passion.

 

 

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Flamenco dancer

 

Catalonia and the Pyrenees – part 2 the villages

Adventure, history, Motorbikes, photography, Spain, travel
  1. Parked outside the 12th century airbnb near Olot that was home for a couple of nights

The mountains of Catalonia are home to beautiful villages dating back to medieval times.

Villages built across Clifford tops

Castelifollit de la Rocca

Santa Pau

Still with ancient paths and trails through the forest

Bridge on the old trail from the village of Beguda to Olot

Ancient churches

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Villages that have stood millennia

Holding in their stony edifaces the history of Catalonia

The tale goes that James the 1st carried a golden shield when invading Catalonia

He was killed in battle

As he died his fingers dragged down shield leaving four bloodied stripes

The Catalonia flag four red stripes on a gold background.

The red star signifies support Catalonia independence by a socialist

The might breva parked in the old stable at the airbnb at Olot

Ps.

Thanks Judith and Juan for being wonderful hosts and Juan for sharing the tale of the Catalan flag.

Catalonia and the Pyrenees – part 1

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The roads here are made for riding

Coastal roads along the Cote Vermeille and the Costa Breva

Tight turns windswept by the katabatic winds rushing down from the mountains testing the riders skill

It’s about twisty mountain roads in the Pirineos Orientals on the rooftop of Spanish Catalonia

Across the Spanish rooftop from La Molina

In about the winding deep gorges Pyrenees Catalanes

Leafy gorges

Tight rocky gorges

Roads for riding

In Catalonia

Independence for Catalonia

A touch of surreal 

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This whole trip is a touch surreal

48 Moto Guzzi motorcycles shipped in containers from Melbourne

Then to Mandello De Lario to celebrate the marques 95th birthday before fanning out over Europe.

So the Salvador Dali museum in Figueres added a further element to surreal adventure.

Dali museum exterior

The breadth and scale of the masters work is astonishing

With a truly surreal understanding of perspective

The installation enormous in scale, imagination and perspective.

Mae West bedroom

The Mae West Bedroom installation for example. Each piece a artistic form

Then when viewed through a lens it is transformed into a new singular piece.

The installation in the central.gallery breathtaking in both scale and detail.

His work at the museum includes work in many media drawings painting in classical and surrealist styles, the installations, sculpture, still and moving picture.

Then the jewelry

Audacious and exquisite

And as surreal an anything else I was in Catalunya