Cordoba and the Mezquita

Twelve views: Córdoba and the Mezquita.

A sample of 3 images below. Please view the slide show with the 12 images following this link, or visit http://molinabarrios.com/photos/cordoba-and-the-mezquita/

Mezquita-GoldenArch

Mezquita-Altar-Arch

 

Cordoba-Bridge-1

Andalucía: 7 landscapes

Andaluciacostcloud

GreenSunset

Andalucian-Sea

AndaluciaCloudBurst

Andalucia-Sunset-2

Andalucia-Sunset-1

Aldalucia-Pier

Three fields

Andalucia-greenfield

Andalucia-paintedfield

PaintedSunset

A Record of a motorcycle trip

We have just returned from a memorable motorcycle ride to Spain and Portugal.

Here some highlights of the trip: it is hard to separate the experience from witnessing it as an observer, but next year the experience will be recording the trip.

In the mean time….

Approaching Santander

Approaching Santander

Approaching Santander

Approaching Santander

A fine busy port with an attractive approach. The large buildings I believe are hotels. We did not stay long enough: one busy town is the same as the next busy town.

Puente la Hueara towards Riaño

Puente la Hueara towards Riaño

Puente la Huera leaving Picos de Europa

Puente la Huera leaving Picos de Europa

We stopped for a coffee at the door of the Natural Reserve Ponga having followed the river along side the Picos de Europa.

Riaño

Riaño

Riaño by the reservoir with the lower edge of Picos de Europa in the distance.

Medina de Rio Seco

Medina de Rio Seco

Medina de Rio Seco

Medina de Rio Seco

We stopped at Medina de Rio Seco. We rode all day along the fertile plains of Castilla y Leon: wheat and other cereals as far as the eye could see, surrounded by distant bluish  peaks.

MorningSun

A village as many others

Here’s an example of a village like hundreds on the plains of Castilla y Leon, with the morning sun as a backdrop.

Adobe house in Otero de Sariegos

Adobe house in Otero de Sariegos

An ancient aviary at Otero de Sariegos

An ancient aviary at Otero de Sariegos

A new aviary

A new aviary

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The ruins of the old village of Otero de Sariegos, houses once built in mud bricks, with the old aviaries and the new ones.

 

Mudejar and Azul tiling

Mudejar at its best

Mudejar at its best

It is an overpowering feeling to see such abundance of patterns,  yet there is order in that apparent caos.

Matador!

Un buen pase

Un buen pase

When I was very young, my uncle Cesar would take me to the ‘Corrida de Toros’, so I have a rather imaginary vision of the event.

I bought the photo above in Seville, at the door of the Maestranza, the mythical bull ring, where a few years earlier we viewed a ‘corrida’ that left me rather deflated. I did not like or understand the picador’s fierce behaviour, lancing the bull repeatedly.

What I remember of a good corrida is depicted fully in the photograph above: the courage and the elegant pose of the matador, the size and determination of the bull, its head reminiscent of  Picasso’s Tauromaquia.

Notice also the bull’s tail wrapped around the impeccable matador, the hoof and the foot are touching.

A similarity in Seville

Ecce Homo

Ecce Homo

Ecce Homo

Ecce Homo

Talking about Chris and Christianity: I say the man above, a market seller, in such a pose that it almost mimicked the image of Christ on the cross, but with a benevolent look on him.

 

Plaza España

La Plaza de España

La Plaza de España

The wide open squares of Spanish cities, reflecting the heat of the southern territory. Moorish influence everywhere.

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A modern Seville

Metropol Parasol: modern Seville

Metropol Parasol: modern Seville

Here is an example of modern Seville: Metropol Parasol.

A contrast to the old city, so traditional.

The contrast? View some examples: https://molinabarrios.wordpress.com

Seville: old and new

Mudejar at its best

Mudejar at its best

In our visit to Seville, we had the pleasure of viewing old and new elements of that southern Spanish city.

The example in this image is la Casa Pilatos, of mudejar style: A staircase to the top floor is decorated with azulejos tiling and a ceiling of Mudéjar honeycomb, made by Cristobal Sanchez.

Please view a set of very modern Seville as well as the traditional city: https://molinabarrios.wordpress.com/photos/sevilla-old-and-new/

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