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Photo: Magnificent coastal views near Pescadero, CA. January 2014.

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Barcelona

We spent a pleasant five days in beautiful and very special Barcelona. Unfortunately crippled by tourism run amok, the proud Catalans still retain their traditions and beautiful language.  We of course loved the Sagrada Familia and the Picasso museum, after that tour we even had a snack (wine) at the famous 4 Cats with some American friends.  From there we ambled up the Rambla to the Plaça de Catalunya discussing the events in Charlottesville, VA, where a human decided to use a vehicle as a murder weapon against innocent people protesting injustice and racism.  Only two days later a human being decided to terrorize beautiful Barcelona in the same way.  We still celebrate Barcelona and wish the city and its people well in recovery from tourism and terrorism.  We also wish them all the best in their upcoming referendum.

Mezquita: Level 3 

More photos from the Mezquita. We should also mention the cathedral was built/dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, hence the many shrines featuring her. 

Mezquita: Level 1

Hello again! We’re back online and ready to share our adventures with you. 

In Córdoba, we visited the “Mezquita” (a.k.a. The Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba), a former mosque (786-1236) with a Catholic cathedral built inside of it (1236-present). 

We have too many photos to share from this experience – they won’t upload in one shot.  Our next posts will be continue taking you through all the levels of the magnificent Mezquita…

Granada

Granada is often described as the dark, brooding and mysterious sibling of Sevilla – and we agree. We visited the Palacio de los Olvidados, a surprising museum which preserves Jewish culture and also features a collection of Inquisition torture devices. Have a morbid day!

“Here the beers are colder than the heart of your ex”
A monument in honor of journalists who have died doing their job – reporting the truth.

The infamous Iron Maiden
Masks of Shame – forced upon people who spoke out against the Catholic Church and women accused of witchcraft.
The Brazen Bull (or Bronze Bull) – step inside and get locked in, then the coals are heated until you perish. Sounds like Wall Street to me!
The Alhambra watching over Granada.

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