A Hot Day in the narrow Streets of Seville

It was a hot day in Seville, in the high 30’s and heading for 40c.  It is then that you understand and appreciate the high and narrow streets that help to provide a little shade and cool. 

A complete contrast to the tourist hotspots of this gloriously colourful and spectacular Andalusian City…

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17th September

(C) David Oakes 2020

Wordless Wednesday…. A Favourite Place

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Spain….  Alhambra of the Moors, Granada

Couldn’t resist revisiting Alhambra of the Moors with its many Palaces.  Today we visit the Generalife Palace and the Patio of the Irrigation Ditch.  We all know the vital need for water, bringer of life.  But here at Alhambra I discovered the ingenious use of  moving water to provide cooling…. not dissimilar to A/C  in buildings today.  Sometimes it is just a simple fountain or spring, in the middle of a courtyard, with the water evaporating on the hot stone floors.

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Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

26th August

(C) David Oakes 2020

Not the Sunny Side of the Street….

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Plaza de San Juan de Dios in Cadiz, with a back drop of the rather grand Municipal Offices was certainly  a very ‘hot spot’ on our visit.  So it is not surprising that the crowds gathered in the shade.

Note the crowd in the far left.  Despite the heat, which even in the shade was hovering just above 37c,  a Flamenco Dancer and Singer was entertaining a large audience.  Nor was in just a 5 minute gig….  Sweat and passion for over an hour.

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It was a great day in Cadiz,  we didn’t want to leave –  apart from the grandeur of the City, its Streets ,  its twin Water Fronts,  Cafes and open spaces, it was unexpected moments, as above, that made it special and added some real Spanish flavour.

We would like to get back to Cadiz….. I do wonder if we will.

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Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

21st August

(C) David Oakes 2020

Wordless Wednesday…. Another Favourite Place

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Location:-  Charles V Palace, The Palaces of Alhambra,  Granada of the Moors, Spain

Sometimes a Favourite place remains in ones memory even if the chances of a return visit are perhaps slim.  Alhambra is one such place.  It is perhaps the complexity of Alhambra as well as is beauty that makes it a special memory.  The reality is that Alhambra is not just one ‘place’ but a collection of Palaces of different ages from the days when the Moors where the dominant power.  Many of the Palaces follow a styled theme, each different, but still a recognisable style.

On most tours of the vast estate of  Palaces, The Palace of Charles V is one of the first you enter.  It is very deferent to all the other you will experience on your tour.  Although different it sets a scene of the size and detail of things to come.  It will also give you a taste of the crowds of visitors who you will share these special places with.  Enjoy and be prepared to be overwhelmed by the experience.

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CV19 is going to be with us for  a long time, so if we ever want to explore once again…

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Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

 

12th August

(C) David Oakes 2020