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The Patios of Córdoba

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Happy Spring, everyone! The grass is finally green, the sky is blue and there are flowers out. It’s such a lovely time of the year and if there is one place I’ve been to in Spain that celebrates this season beautifully, it’s the small town of Córdoba. Córdoba is known for its rich Islamic history and exceptionally hot summers which is how we ended up with the tradition of almost every home having an internal courtyard or patio. […]

Seeing the Alhambra (Part II)

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Leaving the Nasrid palaces, I wandered shortly around El Partal before heading to the Generalife. Walking over to the Palacio de Generalife, I realized it was a significant enough distance from the Alhambra to be completely removed from anything that went on there. This was, of course, the point anyway since it was built in the 13th century as a sort of getaway for the royals. Although the Generalife is not nearly as well-preserved or grand as the Alhambra, I loved it; especially for its gardens. It is hard to […]

Seeing the Alhambra (Part I)

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A couple hours later at 5am, my alarm went off. My roommate and I got ready quietly as to not wake up the other girls in our apartment. Half-awake but excited, we left our hostel and headed out into the sleepy town. The air was cool and the stars were still out. The main street was empty except for a few people at a nearby bus stop and the cabs searching for customers. Since it was too early […]

A Golden Evening in Granada

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I arrived in Granada via train in the late afternoon. Looking out from my cab, one of the first things I noticed about my surroundings was the change in the colour palette. While architecture in Sevilla often featured bright yellows, pinks and reds on a white background, Granada was painted in softer shades and especially, browns. Every now and then, I caught a glimpse of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada amongst the buildings which created a pleasant hill town atmosphere. […]

The Cathedral of Sevilla

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On my final day in Sevilla, I decided to start off by checking out the gothic Cathedral. It’s huge and so, it comes as no surprise that it’s the third largest Cathedral in the world. Finished in the early 1500’s, there are numerous chapels within the building and a large Main Chapel. Fun fact: it also has the tomb of explorer Christopher Columbus. The ceiling in the Sala Capitular. After walking around inside the Cathedral and […]