February 9, 2020

Cordoba Mezquita Cathedral

By Glenn

The highlight of Cordoba is the Mosque-Cathedral Monument. It is a unique experience. When the Spanish conquered the city, they converted the mosque into a church. In 1523 a cathedral was built into the mosque. 20,000 person could worship in the mosque. the Moorish city itself was more populated and luxurious in Paris.

The video below provides an orientation and perspective. A visitor enters into a forest of columns which support the grand arches. The Cathedral explodes upward toward the sky. After the video, you will find still shots of the Mezquita Cathedral

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February 2, 2020

Sevilla 2019

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Sevilla is Spain’s second most elegant city. Nothing tops Barcelona. Our apartment was among the tiny streets of the old city and a 5 minute walk to the Cathedral and @Royal Alcázar of Seville.

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January 31, 2020

Tarifa/Tangier/Gibraltar

By Glenn

Leaving Ronda we stop at the Pileta Paleolithic Cave Paintings at Benaojan. These painting were original 40,000 year old drawings. (No photography allowed inside.)

We then made our way to Tarifa, a southern Spanish port city. It is about 1 hour west of Gibraltar. We used it as a base for Gibraltar and Tangier. These two day trips meant we traveled to 4 countries this summer. The drive to Gibraltar was easy. After parking in Spain we crossed the border on foot and took a cable car up to the top. The walk back down showed the natural beauty of “The Rock” as well as its use as a fortress.

The next day we took a ferry ride across the Straight to Tangier. Thanks to a great tip from Ron and Gene Briggs, we purchased a “cultural guide” which brought use to the key sites. It also included a local meal.

Back in Tarifa, we relaxed at the beach and watched the sun set over the Atlantic.

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January 27, 2020

Donald's Stench

By Glenn

Let me speak for a moment in language that Donald and his supporters can understand.

You can only sweep shit under the rug for so long. We still can smell it on you.

Said one White House aide: “If Bolton says stuff that implicates, say Mick Mulvaney or Mike Pompeo, then calls for them will intensify.”

Donlad used American taxes to buy foreign interference in our elections.

January 26, 2020

Ronda Ratatouille

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Spanish pimentos are amazing. Vibrant Color. Sweet taste. A few simple ingredients transform into a great meal.

January 26, 2020

Ronda, Spain 2019

By Glenn

The day started off well in Nerja. We woke, having packed the night before, and walked to the bus stop. We had an hour and enjoyed a coffee and croissant in the same park we ate our first lunch. The bus ride along the coast was picturesque. Arriving in Malaga we made a seem less transition from bus to car.

The rental agent convinced me to upgrade the car. I had ordered a small one. She wanted me to have an Audi with a nice price tag. I declined but accepted a Nissan with GPS. After our early drive, we decided GPS, rather than google maps alone, was the way to go. I had imagined a Nissan sedan, but no, it was about as big as a Ford Explorer. Ugggghh, but onward.

Once in Ronda, the fun began. The new city had a series of one way streets. We quickly found ourselves going away from the old town. I pulled into a parking lot to get oriented. After sorting out a new route, I discovered that I didn’t know how to put it into reverse. It was a 6 speed with the reverse on the left rather than the right. Nothing I could do would put it into reverse. Luckily, Jackie knows “google” is your friend. We were moving again.

This time we navigated correctly toward our apartment overlooking the valley. We even crossed the New Bridge. It was mass confusion with cars, scooters and pedestrians all sharing the same space. Jackie was diligently trying to navigate and said turn here. Ahhh, no. I had to go forward. I found a spot to turn around, using my newly learned reverse feature and put us right next to the apartment. I was exhausted.

We enjoyed our sandwiches with the best view in the city.

After getting settled, headed away from the crowds and down to the Arabian Baths. Besides it partial reconstruction, it had a good video explaining how the baths functioned.

On the way back up, we saw the Muslim bridge, the Old Bridge and the New Bridge. At the top the TI agent told us about our grocery options. In the Carrefour Express we found enough for our two nights in Ronda.

First up: ratatouille.

After dinner we watched France crush South Korea in the first have of the World Cup opener. At Mitemp we walked to see the New Bridge at night. It was impressive. Returning to the apartment, we finished the World Cup match and slept soundly.

January 20, 2020

An Actor Walked Away from a Character He Has Played Since Birth

By Glenn

For those having a hard time understanding the Kardashian 1.0 drama, AKA British Royal Family “divorce”, let me try. 

The Royal Family is a business, which owns property.  A long time ago the property started as a simple estate in Normandy.  To defend that estate the Duke had a private army.  When the House next door, England, became vacant, William the Bastard decided to expand and to add a second House.  Each of these Houses came with land and armies.  In other words, the government of England was the private property of the Crown just like real estate, roads and armies.

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January 13, 2020

Pierna de Cordero Lechal, Nerja

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Nerja 2019
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Lamb is another product more often found in an European grocery than one in the USA. This leg of lamb provided a nice center piece to our supper. The Nerja apartment had a true oven which made roasting it much easier. The trick with a European oven is to set the timer as well as the temperature. Without the timer, the oven will not turn on.