In a City called Olissipo

Lisbon, Portugal January 9, 2018 The mosaic pavements, slick storefronts, hum of traffic and rattle of streetcars may make Lisbon appear a modern European capital but it has roots that stretch far back. Arguably among the oldest cities of Europe, second only to Athens, this city has its beginnings among the Celts. The spacious natural … More In a City called Olissipo

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