STATUS QUOtes — 20190821

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“You can never tell from the door what’s behind a door.” — Richard Castle

“I hate to complain…No one is without difficulties, whether in high or low life, and every person knows best where their own shoe pinches.” — Abigail Adams

“Until we know the assumptions in which we are drenched, we cannot know ourselves.” — Adrienne Rich

“You don’t pay taxes – they take taxes.” — Chris Rock

 

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The Alhambra Palace and Fortress – Granada, Spain

The Alhambra Palace and Fortress – Granada, Spain

NOTE: The Alhambra Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is magnificent and I do not use that word lightly! There is much to see and admire and I can only offer a scattering of treasures that await visitors. The picture essay below is not comprehensive, but serves as an overview and perhaps introduction to this ancient building and grounds.

One reason many tourists visit Granada, perhaps the main reason, is to tour the Alhambra Palace. Its name is dervied from the red colors of its walls from the Arabic language (The Red One). This majestic structure is strategically set with a view of the entire city. The castle dates back to the 9th century as it evolved from a fortress into a palace using the remains of the Roman fortifications as a starting point.

The primary tourist entrance to the Alhambra is through the Wine Gate which is one of the oldest parts of the palace. There is speculation that this name was caused by a misnomer, Bib al-jamra, i.e. Wine Gate with its intended name, Bib al-hamra – meaning Red Gate.** Notice the white stone with a key in the panel above the arch. The key symbolizes the opening of knowledge or special pathways in Islamic cultures.

**(source: http://alhambra-guide.com/wine-gate/)


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The grounds are something to behold. The numerous garden areas are surrounded by finely manicured shrubs and trees.


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The Nasrid Palace contained the royal quarters comprising the core of the Alhambra. The exquisite detail in the architecture defies belief considering the materials and tools of the day.


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The picture above is the Dome of the Hall of the Abencerrajes (knights) that is comprised of exquisitely detailed plaster work. Reminiscent of some of the formations found in caves, these too are sometimes referred to as stalactites.

Another stunning example of the artistry used to create these domes is in the Hall of the Two Sisters (below) leading to the family living quarters.


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Located in the Lindaraja belvedere is an intricate double arched window. The view of the courtyard is framed by the window with the attractive mosaic patterned walls surrounding it.


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Onlookers appreciate the details and colors in this series of arches.


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The patio of the lions is the site of one of the most popular attractions. Twelve lions spray water into a marble catch basin surrounding the main fountain. Some researchers have noted that the courtyard facades are more in the style of a Christian cloister rather than the typical Muslim style.


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There are many interesting features and areas to see and it is difficult to appreciate all of them. This fountain in the courtyard of the Lindaraja was well-placed among the trees and plantings and can be viewed from several vantage points.


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After touring the palace rooms, we headed outside to the gardens. On the way, we passed several other structures and fortifications.


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Before arriving at the main gardens, we walked past a terraced garden (below) with a view of the Iglesia del Santa Maria de la Alhambra (Church of Saint Mary) tower.


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The wall surrounding the fortress had a road that ran along the inside for use as a defensive moat during attacks. It was large enough for horses and riders.


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The Generalife Gardens (translates to Garden of the Architect) are built upon the Cerro del Sol (Hill of the Sun) next to the palace. A large pathway led to the more formal displays.


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One of the most beautiful presentations is the Court of the Myrtles. The garden courtyard is named after the myrtle bushes which contrast well with the white marble walkways along the sides. The pond reflects the Torre de Comares (Comares Tower) which is key to the striking composition.


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Some doorways leading to the courtyard have complex carvings and should be admired for their craftmanship.


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There is another less formal, but perhaps more colorful, garden inelegantly named the Patio de la Acequia (Patio of the Irrigation Ditch).


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The white second story was added by the Christians when the structure was under their rule and is less detailed and rather bland.

Along the walls, roses were espaliered to great effect alongside large wooden doors.


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This rose plays well against the stone wall and stands in contrast to the foreground floral display.


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From the hillside overlooking the fortress, the views are breathtaking.


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The elevated hillside of the Generalife gardens allow tourists to look out over city of Granada’s Albaycin district which has a strong Muslim influence.


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Another interesting picture of the hillside surrounding the fortress.


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As we returned to the palace proper, we passed a roof garden with a backdrop of mature cypress trees.


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This was a very full day which will remain in our memories and forever provide wonderment.


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Read previous posts about our adventures traveling in Portugal and Spain:

Portugal – Alfama District, Lisbon Part 1

Portugal – Alfama District, Lisbon Part 2

Portugal – Lisbon Streets & Garden

Lisbon Portugal – The Belem and Tejo River District

Sintra Portugal – National Palace and Quaint Streets

Portugal – Seaside Resort of Cascais

Portugal – Lisbon’s Edward VII Park

Lisbon, Portugal – Walking the Avenue to the Rossio District

Lisbon, Portugal – Unique Gift Shop

Portugal – Evora’s Capela dos Ossos

Portugal – Historic Evora

Merida, Spain – Ancient Roman Ruins

Seville, Spain – First Impressions

Seville, Spain – The Alcazar

Seville, Spain – Around Town (Sights along the streets)r

Jerez, Spain – Horses and Sherry

Gibraltar – More than the Rock

Marbella Along the Mediterranean

Bridging the Gorge – Amazing Ronda, Spain

Romantic and Fabled Granada, Spain

 

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STATUS QUOtes — 20190820

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“Things go away to return, brightened for the passage.” — A. R. Ammons

“Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate for a moment to prefer the latter.” — Thomas Jefferson

“His silence on the subject was a fence I wasn’t supposed to cross. But I’d shoved past no-trespassing signs before.” — Mary Karr

“I don’t deserve any credit for turning the other cheek as my tongue is always in it.” — Flannery O’Connor

 

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STATUS QUOtes — 20190819

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“To finish first you must first finish.” — Rick Mears, Race car driver

“Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.” — Saint Augustine

“The pleasure of doing a thing in the same way at the same time every day, and savoring it, should be noted.” — Arnold Bennett

“It’s not what you are that counts, it’s what they think you are.” — Andy Warhol

 

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STATUS QUOtes — 20190818

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“We always pay dearly for chasing after what is cheap.” — Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

“If you enjoyed making a thing, and you’re proud of the thing you made, that’s enough. Not everyone is going to like it, and that’s okay.” — Wil Wheaton

“Each of us is full of too many wheels, screws and valves to permit us to judge one another on a first impression or by two or three external signs.” — Anton Chekhov

“If it’s the Psychic Network why do they need a phone number?” — Robin Williams

 

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STATUS QUOtes — 20190817

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“Where there are no tigers, a wildcat is very self-important.” — Korean proverb

“What is objectionable, what is dangerous, about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents.” — Robert Kennedy

“I can’t abandon the person I used to be, so I carry her.” — Unknown

“The first time you buy a house you see how pretty the paint is and buy it. The second time you look to see if the basement has termites. It’s the same with men.” — Lupe Velez

 

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STATUS QUOtes — 20190816

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“Don’t criticize what you can’t understand.” — Bob Dylan

“Forgive the person who confesses his fault because it is already half redressed.” — Vikrant Parsai

“If you went to your closet today, would you pull out the same outfit you wore 10 or 15 years ago? You wear feelings and faith differently as well.” — Amy Grant

“I’m half-Irish, half-Dutch, and I was born in Belgium. If I was a dog, I’d be in a hell of a mess!” — Audrey Hepburn

 

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STATUS QUOtes — 20190815

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 
“Water at a distance does not put out a fire near at hand.” — Stefano Guazzo

“I don’t know where my road is going, but I know that I walk better when I hold your hand.” — Alfred de Musset

“Sometimes you just have to put on lip gloss and pretend to be psyched.” — Mindy Kaling

“The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.” — Julia Child

 

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STATUS QUOtes — 20190814

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“It’s like 10,000 spoons, when all you need is a knife.” — Alanis Morissette

“Only a few people are interested in what you have to say, but that’s all right. You don’t tell the quality of a master by the size of his crowds, remember.” — Richard Bach

“It is only our bad temper that we put down to being tired or worried or hungry; we put our good temper down to ourselves.” — C. S. Lewis

“Bill Gates is a very rich man today… and do you want to know why?… the answer is one word: versions.” — Dave Barry

 

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Vide – Ohs: Headis??? Soccer Ball Ping Pong

OK, they got me on this one. I had never heard of this “sport,” but apparently there are enthusiasts around the globe. Headis was founded in 2006 as a combination of table tennis and soccer. The name is derived from a combination of head plus tennis, i.e. Headis. Read more about it HERE!

The video below is less than a minute long, but it will provide viewers with a sense and “thrill” of the game.

Another group from Germany has produced a Headis video with the ten best plays of the …AHEM… Headis World Championship 2015 in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

Who knew? The Internet is really something!

 

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