Wednesday, 30 July 2008
Some guy - obviously tyred. We hopped on a train to Figueres, not far from the French border, and visited the Dali Museum. Quite surreal. But you probably already knew that.
Is it Lincoln? Or is it a nude. Squint or don't llook straight at it.
Tuesday, 29 July 2008
Monday, 28 July 2008
Very few people get to see a cathedral being built in their life times. The one being built in Barcelona (it was started in the late 1800's) is amazing in its size and quite incredible in its design. The architect, Gaudi, was of the modernista school and liked the organic look. The next photo shows some of the interior columns, the association with trees is unmistakable. Overall the work is only half finished. (The 'free' internet service I am using wont let me go to Wikipedia at the moment but put 'La Sagrada Familia' into you browser and look at it. They have yet to start on the main towers so it will be a tall beast when it is finished - abt 2030.)
The bell towers - will house tubular bells.
Inside a bell tower. Two of the towers have lifts in them.
Some of the stained glass. The photo does no justice to the vibrancy of the colours.
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A Barcelona pedestrian walkway (well, it has single lane traffic down either side...) that has everything - food, paintings, caged birds, flowers, a multitude of 'living statues', con-artists (three cups & the pea tricks) , beggars and lots and lots of tourists.
Posted by Lee at 19:09
Saturday, 26 July 2008
It is hard to know where to begin with Alhambra. These are just a selection of photos. This is a skylight above some baths.
The Courtyard of the Myrtles, with reflective pool a la the Taj Mahal.
The (unfinished) palace of Carlos V (Charles V).
Some of the extensive gardens.
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The bell tower - a minaret in Moorish days - it was built by Moors up to the bell level and then the bells were added to it by the Christians. Inside it is easy climbing as it is all ramps, not stairs. That was so the Moors could ride their horses up it.
An orange tree courtyard in the cathedral.
And a crocodile. Don't ask, I don't know.
Posted by Lee at 01:00
Hercules is credited with founding many cities in Spain and Portugal (eg Seville & Lisbon).
The symbol most associated with him is two pillars, a ribbon and the words PLVS VLTRA, meaning further beyond, reflecting the exploits of the early Spanish explorers in sailing beyond the edge of the earth, as it was known.
The two pillars and the ribbon became the $ sign as it was on early Spanish currency.
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Christian style window
Part of a tapestry of the then known world.
Part of a sunken garden - bottom half of the building is Moorish, top half Christian.
Garden - lots of orange trees. Well, it is Seville...
The local art school.
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