Alhambra

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We visited the great Moorish and Renaisence palace and fortress on the hill overlooking Granada. Stark Cubistic Islamic military architecture in the Alhambra fortress. Perfect for B&W architectural photography.

The buildings known as the Nazrin palaces we the homes of the Sultans and are absolutely extrordinary, apparently they are the best surviving examples of this type of architecture and decoration anywhere in the world. Because representative architecture was proscribed by religion instead artists were forced to investigate abstraction – every surface covered with organic and geometric carvings in the stucco plaster. Light, darkness, water and air all connecting in interlocking patterns burried among which is an Islamic script which says (I believe – I can’t read ancient arabic well) ‘God is the only conqueror’. To be honest it is too much to appreciate.

In the evening we went for food and then to ‘Hannigansd Irish Bar’ a detail perfect mimesis of an Irish pub in London. It was like stepping into one of those funny Umberto Eco essays about the fluidity of reality. The Guiness was very good. It was the odd little details that gave it away – the tables were too clean.

Hello Granada

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Granada. Hostel Castile 15 euro – cheapest in town. Perfect if a touch loud, up a long dark romantic staircase in a funny old appartment block right in the center of town equiped with a Spaniel called Lamb.

Windy lanes & hot sun & dodgy Morrocans trying to sell us Hash. A town with lovely clothes – I should save up all my money and come shopping here every year, unfortunately I am unable to buy a thing because I don’t want to carry any more. Good food.

Sleeping on rocks

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Moved to another campsite outside Rhonda. It was very nice, unfortunately I destroyed our food.

Rhonda looks wild – like something out of an Escher or Piranessi drawing. Ground was like rock and we slept badly.

Los Viasages

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Hills outside Cordoba. Emptyness. Pine rather than Eucalyptus. Soft needles to sleep on at an empty camp site. Toliet block reminicent of the great hall at Arakeen (see Dune).