Pueblo Blancos

Built around the 3rd to 2nd century BC by the Romans, the Pueblo Blancos of Andalusia are spectacular whitewashed towns and villages that dot the steep slopes of the mountains of Andalusia between the Atlantic in the west and the Mediterranean extending eastward. Each town is characterized by their Roman wall ruins dating back to the 2nd century BC, […]

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Horse carriage along the Plaza de Espana in Seville, Spain

The Grinch who stole Photography

  It was Christmas Eve in Seville. A smattering of tourists were soaking in the last few hours before the city essentially shut down for the biggest family day of the year. As he dropped us at Plaza Espana, our young Italian cab driver warned us – “In another two hours, you won’t get a taxi […]

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Fog-breathing Fire-Dragon

Just then they came in sight of thirty or forty windmills that rise from that plain. Don Quixote said to his squire, “… Do you see over yonder, friend Sancho, thirty or forty hulking giants? I intend to do battle with them and slay them …” “What giants?” asked Sancho Panza, “Those over there are not […]

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Cafe Madrid

  El Paseo – or the post-dinner walk. A centuries old Spanish tradition, being morphed and expanded in scope into what is now commonly known as Tapas bar hopping. But it was more than that. It was a way for Spaniards to walk out and socialize, especially in the long summer months. It was a way for […]

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El Albaicin

The view of the Alhambra from Albayzin in Granada with the snow-capped Sierra Nevada looming in the backdrop is one of the most magical sights of Andalusia, Spain. Granada, with the Alhambra, was the last stronghold of the 700 year long Moorish (Muslim) rule of Spain that finally ended the same year Columbus sailed from […]

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Cast Iron and Glass

  Outdoor markets started getting converted to permanent housing made out of cast iron starting around the 1850s through the early 1920s, like the Burroughs Market in London which was built between 1851-1860 with additions all the way through 1932. The Mercado de San Miguel in Madrid, Spain, was built in 1916, and though not […]

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