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Seville, the capital of Andalucía

Seville, the capital of Andalucía

Christopher Columbus, that legendary explorer who discovered the “New World” of the Americas in 1492, is celebrated in Seville. His voyages were supported by Spain’s Catholic Monarchs and Seville became the trading centre through which much of the wealth from the colonies flowed. So Seville is not some provincial backwater but one of the most beautiful cities of Europe. There is nothing modest about the place. At its centre is the Cathedral of Seville, the largest … Read entire article »

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The drama that is Ronda, Spain

The drama that is Ronda, Spain

I did Ronda on a day trip from Seville, catching a bus early in the morning and returning late afternoon. I was not interested in spending the night there because I was haunted by images of revolutionaries being thrown off the cliffs as described in Earnest Hemingway’s novel on the Spanish Civil War, For Whom the Bells Toll. It’s not that he said it was Ronda but that’s what one hears. Hemingway did write though … Read entire article »

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Alhambra, Granada’s palace-city, Spain

Alhambra, Granada’s palace-city, Spain

The Alhambra is a palace/fortress in Spain that was built by the Moorish monarchs between 1238 and 1358. Alhambra in Arabic means ‘the red one’ and it sits on Sabika Hill, the highest and largest of three hills to the north of the city of Granada. As a hint of how impressive the Alhambra is, let me quote Alexandre Dumas, author of The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo, who declared: “God made the … Read entire article »

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Generalife Garden, Granada, Spain

Generalife Garden, Granada, Spain

There’s an estate outside the walls of the palace-city of Alhambra that was built around the end of the 13th century and today is reputed to have the oldest garden in all of Europe. It’s called Generalife, meaning ‘market garden’ or the ‘estate of the architect’. It was built to contain several market gardens and for the raising of livestock. It was also a place for the owners to go when they wanted to relax. … Read entire article »

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Córdoba and its Mezquita, Spain

Córdoba and its Mezquita, Spain

Córdoba, in the Andalusia region of southern Spain, is best known for its Great Mosque—”Mezquita” in Spanish—that also happens to be a Great Cathedral. Or more accurately, a mosque that turned into a cathedral. Tourists would probably flock here even without the Mezquita. They’d come to walk the streets of the Old Town and they’d probably get lost in the maze of white-walls dotted with pots of coloured flowers and get turned around in the … Read entire article »

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Gardens of the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, Córdoba

Gardens of the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, Córdoba

The Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, also known as the Alcázar of Córdoba, is a royal castle located in historic Córdoba next to the Guadalquivir River and near the Grand Mosque or Mezquita. Construction of the castle began in 1328 for the use of the Christian Kings when they stayed in Córdoba. The gardens were added when the Town Council purchased the property in the mid-1900s. The gardens are surrounded by the castle’s massive walls … Read entire article »

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Spain and Morocco: Two continents, two countries, two weeks

Spain and Morocco: Two continents, two countries, two weeks

Stephanie Jack and her boyfriend had two weeks vacation, the last week of January and the first week of February. Her boyfriend was working in Europe and Stephanie, a Canadian, had never travelled in Spain and thought it would be one of the warmest European destinations at that time of year. Combining Spain and Morocco—just a short ferry ride away—seemed a perfect fit.   Many people who visit Spain tend to go to Barcelona and Madrid … Read entire article »

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Spiritual Journeys

Spiritual Journeys

Editorial: A pilgrimage is described as a journey to a site that has special spiritual powers or significance. The person who makes the journey is called a pilgrim. India is known for its pilgrimage sites and Hindus are encouraged to visit them during their lifetime. One Christian pilgrimage is the shrine of the Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico and the most important Muslim pilgrimage is, of course, to Mecca. For those of us who are not … Read entire article »

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Walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostela

Walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostela

Jessica Sunter walked this famous 780 km pilgrimage route, starting in France and reaching Santiago de Compostela 40 days later. She walked every step of the way. Question: What is the Camino de Santiago de Compostela? Answer: In English it is known as The Way of St James and it’s a collection of old pilgrimage routes found in Europe with the final destination being Santiago de Compostela in northwest Spain. Pilgrims have been walking the Camino de … Read entire article »

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