STATUS QUOtes — 20190228

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“I am still encouraged to go on. I wouldn’t know where else to go.” — E. B. White

“Evil never goes unpunished, Monsieur. But the punishment is sometimes secret.” — Agatha Christie

“It’s faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes life worth living.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes

“The only way of catching a train I ever discovered is to miss the train before.” — G.K. Chesterton

 

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STATUS QUOte Picture Quote – 20190227

Today’s STATUS QUOte Picture Quote

We don't buy things with money. We buy them with hours from our lives.

We don’t buy things with money. We buy them with hours from our lives.

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STATUS QUOtes — 20190227

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“When Your Why Is clear, Your How becomes easy.” — Unknown

“Anyone can be an idealist. Anyone can be a cynic. The hard part lies somewhere in the middle i.e. being human.” — Hugh Macleod

“Learning to fly is not pretty but flying is.” — Satya Nadella

“She said I was afraid of success, which may in fact be true, because I have a feeling that fulfilling my potential would really cut into my sittin’ around time.” — Maria Bamford

 

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Seville, Spain – First Impressions

In Seville, the Alfonso XIII hotel would be our home for the next several days. This historic and handsome building was refurbished in 2012 in the Andalusian style. It is stately and beautiful.

This photo shows a portion of the gallery which frames the courtyard square.


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One of the first things we like to do whenever we arrive in a new city is to “drop our bags” and take a walk around the town. This gives us a lay of the land, so to speak, and an idea of what we might like to investigate during our visit.

As we walked in and around the area near the hotel, we came across architectural accents and gardens that drew our attention.

This fountain and street lamp combination at the Square of the Virgin of the Kings (Plaza Virgen de los Reyes) seemed to be a popular resting or meetup place and hub for points of interest.


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There were so many fascinating buildings in the central area of Seville, that it was hard to capture all of them.

Bordering the Plaza Virgen de los Reyes is the Archbishop’s Palace which has served as the residence of episcopal bishops and other dignitaries. You can probably spend weeks visiting all of the historic buildings in this area of Seville. For now, however, you can read more about the history of the Palace HERE

Horse drawn carriage rides are available at the square outside the archdiocese seen here in front of a statue of the Madonna and child.


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Although the sun was lending only a bit of light and shade covered most of the wall, the facade of the Convent of the Encarnación with a ceramic depiction of the Virgin Mary against gold tones was impressive. It is located near the Square of the Virgin of the Kings.


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Coming from the modern western world, the older styles and colors of many buildings easily caught my eye.


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The Seville Town Hall is situated around the Plaza del Triunfo which hosted a statue commemorating the confirmation that Mary was born “free of original sin” and serves as a centerpiece for a local celebratory feast. It is sometimes mistakenly called the Monument of the Immaculate Conception.


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As we walked around the vicinity of Alfonso XIII hotel, we took some sneak peaks at places we were scheduled to visit on other days. This was our fist view of the entrance to the Alcazar.


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Christopher Columbus (Christobel Colon) has a strong connection to Seville which was the port from which he and his sailors set forth to the New World more than half a century ago. There are references to, and reminders of Columbus all around town such as the Columbus monument in the Murillo Gardens (below).


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It seems that I am getting a bit ahead of myself regarding Christobel Colon; more about him “later!” The gardens have beautiful wide paths and many plants, fountains, etc. to view during a leisurely stroll.


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One of the items we noted on our list of things to visit was the Hospital de los Venerables. Once a hospice for priests, it now serves as a museum for a select group of paintings and other historic and artistic elements. Time did not permit us to go inside, but many note that this is a “must see” if you visit Seville.


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The beautiful buildings, many with ornate balconies, served as architectural exclamation points punctuating the surrounding avenues.


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Towering above most of the streets around the center of town were aspects of the Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Sevilla). There is no wonder about this as it is the world’s largest Gothic Cathedral according to several sources. Below is a quick look at the Giralda or bell tower.


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We returned to the hotel to freshen up before heading out for a quick bite on our own. While walking along some of the nearby side streets, we came across San Marco, a rather romantic Italian restaurant where we enjoyed a nice dinner and a toast to the town.


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On the return to our accommodations, we enjoyed a night time view of the famed Giralda of the Catedral de Sevilla.


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After our busy initial day in Seville, we were eager to get some rest to be fresh for our next foray.


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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

 

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STATUS QUOtes — 20190226

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“A burnt finger remembers the fire.” — Alice Walker

“Like the Buddha and Jesus, who knew they couldn’t control our lives, but could infuse lives with their selves, we have been graced with a few people.” — Anne Lamott

“People will generally accept facts as truth only if the facts agree with what they already believe.” — Andy Rooney

“Chopsticks are one of the reasons the Chinese never invented custard.” — Spike Milligan

 

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SignEdge: Western Attitude

Living in the N. Phoenix area, we still have many people who love their horses and a fair number who have maintained that “cowboy attitude.” Last week I attended the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show sponsored by the Arabian Horse Association of Arizona.

I had no idea of what to expect. I had never been to a horse show before. For someone not involved with horses, although I do like them, the array of vendors proved almost as fascinating.

Many things stood out as I walked the aisles, but I particularly liked some of the signs and this one seemed to exude that old west cowboy attitude.




“Due to the high cost of ammunition, we will no longer fire a warning shot.”

 
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STATUS QUOtes — 20190225

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“Never let the things money can buy, rob you of the things money can’t buy.” — Adrian Rogers

“All the interests of my reason, speculative as well as practical, combine in the three following questions: 1. What can I know? 2. What ought I to do? 3. What may I hope?” — Immanuel Kant

“Once in a while you can get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.” — Robert Hunter

“Every frozen yogurt store feels like you’re hanging out inside a Japanese girl’s backpack.” — Damien Fahey

 

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STATUS QUOtes — 20190224

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“Criticizing another’s garden doesn’t keep the weeds out of your own.” — Unknown

“The person who knows one thing and does it better than anyone else, even if it only be the art of raising lentils, receives the crown he merits. If he raises all his energy to that end, he is a benefactor of mankind and its rewarded as such.” — Og Mandino

“Time, which changes people, does not alter the image we have retained of them. ” — Marcel Proust

“Can you buy an entire chess set in a pawn shop?” — Steven Wright

 

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STATUS QUOtes — 20190223

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“When we’re forced to do something, suddenly the time is there.” — Jen Sincero

“The single most important distinction in life…is to distinguish between an opportunity to be seized and a temptation to be resisted.” — Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

“Traditional thinkers say, ‘If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.’ But breakthrough thinkers say, ‘Fix it before it breaks.'” — Gerald Nadier

“Recently, someone asked me if I believed in astrology. He seemed somewhat puzzled when I explained that the reason I don’t is that I’m a Gemini.” — Raymond Smullyan

 

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Hail to the Desert – Rare Winter Weather

This has been a very cold and unusual February for our North Phoenix area. We have had many inches of rain and today, during a storm, hail and sleet covered the ground. The saguaro cactus and desert plants did not “know what hit them.” In our nearly dozen years in this location this is only the second time we have had hail or snow on the ground.

You can see the hail coming down in the two pictures of the yard. The size and density of the pellets are most clearly visible in the shot of the darker landscape rocks


Hail in the Sonoran Desert landscape


Hail in the Sonoran Desert landscape rocks


Hail in the Sonoran Desert landscape

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