Layers Upon Layers

Cordoba, Spain Decemeber 28, 2015 A long time ago in 750 AD, the Umayyuds were overthrown in distant Damascus by a rival clan called the Abbasids. But one of the surviving nobles fled to Spain and soon after established himself as an independent emir of Al Andalus. His name was Abd ar Rahman I and … More Layers Upon Layers

Alhambra

Granada, Spain December 24, 2015 The white-washed sprawl of Albaicin staggers up along the slopes and above it all is the brooding red-stoned hulk of the Alhambra. Built by the Nasrid emirate, it is a sprawling complex of a palace and fortress. At sunrise and sunset when it appears to glow, it is easy to … More Alhambra

Garnata Al Yahud

Granada, Spain December 22, 2015 The area surrounding present day Granada is said to have been populated since 5500 BC and was certainly on the map of ancient Rome. Known as Elibyrge in ancient times, by the first century AD it had become known as a Roman municipality called Illiberri. But its rise to fame … More Garnata Al Yahud

Malaga Moments

Malaga, Spain December 18th, 2015 Arriving late in the evening in Malaga, I had been a little apprehensive about walking into the city center but I need not have worried. The streets were busy including families with small children and women pushing baby strollers.  Even better was the friendly help I received when asking for directions including a couple … More Malaga Moments