Showing posts with label Travel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Travel. Show all posts

Sunday, June 23, 2024

POTD: My Name is Ozymandias


"My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!"

—Percy Bysshe Shelley
From 2023 09 18 Volubilis

Today's photo-of-the-day is from Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage archaeological site in Morocco. Volubilis, "founded in the 3rd century B.C., became an important outpost of the Roman Empire and was graced with many fine buildings. Extensive remains of these survive in the archaeological site, located in a fertile agricultural area."

A bonus photo of the Queen of Queens is after the jump.

Saturday, June 22, 2024

POTD: Colors Bright and Faded


"Modern gaze meets past,
Overlooking ancient ruins,
Visitor ponders."

—h/t ChatGPT
From 2023 09 18 Volubilis

Today's photo-of-the-day is from Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage archaeological site in Morocco. Volubilis, "founded in the 3rd century B.C., became an important outpost of the Roman Empire and was graced with many fine buildings. Extensive remains of these survive in the archaeological site, located in a fertile agricultural area."

This building is modern and overlooks the ruins of Volubilis, which were behind me as I took this photo. It's said that many ancient buildings and sculptures were painted in colors that have worn away long ago. No one is saying that a visitor in Roman times might have seen Volubilis similarly painted, but modern visitors are permitted to imagine anyway.

A bonus photo is after the jump.

Sunday, June 16, 2024

POTD: Martyr's Cemetery


"Rabat's ancient stones,
Beside the vast, tranquil sea,
Eternal, serene."

—h/t ChatGPT
From 2023 09 17 Rabat

Today's photo-of-the-day is from Rabat, Morocco. It shows Sidi Al Khattab Cemetery, also called Martyr's Cemetery. It is located next to the thousand-year-old Kasbah of Rabat. I haven't been able to find much information about the cemetery online, but visually it's incomprehensibly large and stunningly beautiful as it overlooks the ocean. As I age and contemplate being much closer to death than birth, I find myself irresistably drawn to such scenes.

Saturday, June 15, 2024

POTD: Kasbah of the Oudaias


"Ancient walls embrace,
Kasbah of the Oudaias,
Heritage preserved."

—h/t ChatGPT
From 2023 09 17 Rabat

Today's photo-of-the-day is from the Kasbah of the Oudaias in Rabat, Morocco. Dating to the 10th century, "it is located on a hill at the mouth of the Bou Regreg opposite Salé, and adjacent to the Medina quarter of Rabat. It is listed, along with other sites in Rabat, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site."

Bonus photos are after the jump.

Sunday, June 9, 2024

POTD: Mausoleum of Mohammed V


"King’s legacy lives
In each deliberate craft,
Mausoleum's grace."

—h/t ChatGPT
From 2023 09 17 Rabat

Today's photo-of-the-day is from Mausoleum of Mohammed V in Rabat, Morocco. The king died in 1961. Construction was completed in 1971. "The rich materials, as well as the deliberate use of historical crafts and motifs, is meant to not only pay tribute to Mohammed V but also to evoke his own efforts to encourage traditional craftsmanship as a means of promote a sense of Moroccan identity."

Bonus photos are after the jump.

Saturday, June 8, 2024

POTD: Mercado de San Miguel


"Colors, scents, and sounds
Merge in historic Madrid.
Gastronomic bliss."

—h/t ChatGPT
From 2023 09 16 Madrid

Today's photo-of-the-day is from Mercado de San Miguel in Madrid, Spain. "Located in the center of historic Madrid and with more than 10 million visitors a year, the Mercado de San Miguel is the gastronomic temple of the city of Madrid, the contemporary essence of all corners of Spanish gastronomy."

Sunday, June 2, 2024

POTD: Catedral del Mazapan


"Gleaming sugar shrine,
Kids outside are unimpressed.
Toledo still grand."

—h/t ChatGPT
From 2023 09 15 Toledo

Today's photo-of-the-day is from Toledo, Spain. The photo shows kids hanging around outside a marzipan store which is named after a prized display in the store: a model cathedral made out of marzipan. Unimpressed is the vibe I get from the kids. Your own mileage may vary. But Toledo itself is undeniably a great city.

Sunday, May 26, 2024

POTD: View of Toledo


"Grade school memory
of El Greco's Toledo.
Homage through my lens."

—h/t ChatGPT
From 2023 09 15 Toledo

Today's photo-of-the-day is of Toledo, Spain. It's my homage to a famous painting that I first became aware of when I took a Spanish language course in grade school. The painting is El Greco's haunting "View of Toledo" owned by the Metropolitan Museum of New York.

El Greco's painting is after the jump.

Saturday, May 25, 2024

POTD: Almonacid Castle

"Time's relentless march,
Leaves marks on every stone.
Almonacid's pride."

—h/t ChatGPT

From 2023 09 15 Toledo

Today's photo-of-the-day is of Almonacid Castle in central Spain, south of Toledo. It dates back to the 9th century. As far as I can determine, it is unoccupied. Wikipedia says it is available for sale for "one euro cent to anyone who undertakes to completely restore it." It's a majestic opportunity.

Saturday, May 18, 2024

POTD: Olives Everywhere. And Bull.

"Olive groves extend
All across central Spain's land,
Liquid gold abounds."


—h/t ChatGPT
From 2023 09 15 Toledo

Today's photo-of-the-day is from central Spain, where olive groves are everywhere. We've already covered this agricultural fact in our photo-of-the-day near Seville in southern Spain, but the country is the world's largest exporter of olive oil. In 2022, 43% of the world's exports came from Spain. And that's no bull.

A bonus photo is after the jump.

Sunday, May 12, 2024

POTD: The Alhambra

"Granada's treasure,
Alhambra's timeless allure,
Echoes of glory."


—h/t ChatGPT
From 2023 09 14 Granada

Today's photo-of-the-day is from the Alhambra in Granada, Spain. It's not just a monument or a building. It's a fortress and a palace and a whole world unto itself. Begun in 1238, "it is one of the most famous monuments of Islamic architecture and one of the best-preserved palaces of the historic Islamic world, in addition to containing notable examples of Spanish Renaissance architecture."

A bonus photo is after the jump.

Saturday, May 11, 2024

POTD: The Bishop's Opening

"Cathedral backdrop,
Father and son deep in thought,
Chess pieces in hand."


—h/t ChatGPT
From 2023 09 14 Granada

This photo was taken on the steps of Granada Cathedral in Granada, Spain. It features an unidentified father and son playing chess. A chess beginner's maxim is "develop knights before bishops" but when you are playing literally on the steps of a cathedral, such maxims maybe can be ignored.

A bonus photo is after the jump.

Sunday, May 5, 2024

POTD: Our Love is Here to Stay

"In time the Rockies may crumble,
Gibraltar may tumble,
they’re only made of clay.
But our love is here to stay."


— Ira Gershwin
From 2023 09 13 Gibraltar

Today's photo-of-the-day was taken at the border between Spain and the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar.

A bonus photo is after the jump.

Saturday, May 4, 2024

POTD: This Sceptred Isle

"Do photos deceive?
Would calling England from here
Require long distance?"


—h/t ChatGPT
From 2023 09 13 Gibraltar

Where was this photo taken? You might say, obviously somewhere in England. Even the title of this article, a famous phrase from Shakespeare's Richard II, seems to say so. But the photo was not taken in England, unless that is, you consider the British Overseas Territories to be as much a part of England as the Lake District or the Cotswalds. Which, of course, is what the English believe. The Spanish have other ideas. Anyway, this photo-of-the-day was taken in Gibraltar.

A bonus photo is after the jump.

Sunday, April 28, 2024

POTD: A Well-Read Man

"In Málaga's heart,
stop for coffee and the news,
Spanish elegance."


—h/t ChatGPT
From 2023 09 12 Costa del Sol

Today's photo-of-the-day is from Calle Marqués de Larios in Málaga, Spain. Wikipedia describes it as "the most expensive street to live on in Málaga, and the eleventh most expensive to live on in all of Spain." To sit and read the paper, however, costs only a small tip.

A bonus photo is after the jump.

Saturday, April 27, 2024

POTD: A Picasso Museum in the City of his Birth

"In Málaga, Spain,
Picasso's legacy lives
in tapestry's weaves."

—h/t ChatGPT

From 2023 09 12 Costa del Sol

Today's photo-of-the-day is from the Picasso Museum in Málaga, Spain, the city of Picasso's birth. The museum is only 200 meters from where Picasso was born. It now houses 285 works donated by members of Picasso's family.

In a surprise to me, the work photographed here is not a Picasso painting, but a wool tapestry by Jacqueline Dürrbach made in 1958 after an original Picasso painting, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, from 1907. That painting is housed in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Picasso has been reported to have described the tapestry as better than his original painting.

Sunday, April 21, 2024

POTD: Olive Oil Extra Virgin

"From Seville's palaces
To Ronda's forbidding cliffs,
Extra virgin bliss."

—h/t ChatGPT

From 2023 09 11 Ronda

Today's photo-of-the-day is from the countryside between Seville and Ronda, Spain. It shows some of Spain's countless olive groves. Spain is the world's largest exporter of olive oil. In 2022, 43% of the world's exports came from Spain.

Saturday, April 20, 2024

POTD: Ronda's Plaza de Toros

"Plaza de Toros,
Bullfighting's historic ring,
Hemingway's retreat."


—h/t ChatGPT
From 2023 09 11 Ronda

Today's photo-of-the-day is from Ronda, Spain.

"The city of Ronda is home to the Real Maestranza de Caballería, the oldest and most noble order of horsemanship in Spain since 1485."

The Plaza de toros de Ronda is claimed to be the oldest bullfighting ring in Spain.

"American artists Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles spent many summers in Ronda as part-time residents of Ronda's old-town quarter called La Ciudad. Both wrote about Ronda's beauty and famous bullfighting traditions."

A bonus photo is after the jump.

Sunday, April 14, 2024

POTD: Ronda, You Look So Fine

"Perched on cliff's edge high,
Ronda's beauty spans the sky,
River far below."

—h/t ChatGPT

From 2023 09 11 Ronda

Today's photo-of-the-day is from Ronda, Spain. "Ronda is known for its cliffside location and a deep canyon that carries the Guadalevín River."

Saturday, April 13, 2024

POTD: Toro de Osborne

"Osborne's black bull reigns
On Spanish roads, silent guard,
Cultural icon."

—h/t ChatGPT

From 2023 09 10 Cordoba

Today's photo-of-the-day is of a highway billboard, the Osborne bull, "a black silhouetted image of a bull in semi-profile...As of July 2022 there are 92 of them installed on hilltops and along roadways throughout much of Spain", as tall as 46 ft. Their history is a fascinating example of bureaucracy at work. Created in 1955 for an advertising campaign, the bulls grew on people and became the symbol of the company, and eventually, the nation. When a 1962 roadside beautification law outlawed billboards within 20 meters of the roadway, the bulls were moved back and enlarged. When a 1974 law banned billboards within 50 meters of roadways, the bulls moved again. A 1994 law targeted the bulls yet again, threatening their removal altogether. This time, the Spanish Supreme Court ruled that the bulls could remain, as they had "aesthetic or cultural significance."