On a Walktober 2015

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Robin (Breezes at Dawn) celebrates October by proclaiming Walktober. Her posts typically feature her wonderful photos of nature, but Walktober invites others to lead a walk. I’ve participated the previous two years featuring a walk in my now-old neighborhood (2013) and a walk in my town (2014). I even turned other photos from my 2013 walk into another post featuring seeds from ornamental grasses.

Robin is a gracious host and a long-time visitor here, so Walktober has been on my mind, especially because I was out of the country during the first half of the month … but while on a tour, the setting for my Walktober became clear.

Welcome to Alhambra, a palace and fortress complex in Granada, Spain (southern Spain in the Andalusia region. Granada is 90-minute drive inland from the port of Malaga.)
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The Moors ruled most of Spain for over 700 years, and constructed Alhambra as a small fortress in 889. In the 13th century, a Moorish emir expanded the fortress into a walled town containing a palace. Towers looked over the city of Granada below.
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At its peak, over 2000 people lived within the walls. Moorish poets described it as “a pearl set in emeralds”. Although Napoleon’s forced leveled many of the homes, their foundations and passageways remain.
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Not only did Alhambra include a palace and homes, gardens filled with fountains brought peace to the complex.
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The Moors viewed water as precious, so they constructed various pools of water that was gathered by an elaborate water-collection system and stored in a reservoir.
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Overall craftsmanship (especially in the Moors’ palace) is impeccable as numerous designs catch one’s eyes – ornate stucco, scalloped designs, beautiful tiles, various colors, and more.

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After the conquest of Granada by the Catholic forces of King Ferdinand II of Aragon and Queen Isabella I of Castile (1492), Christians rulers used the Alhambra, and eventually built The Palace of Charles V with Alhambra’s walls (1527).
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Some consider Alhambra to be the greatest of the Moorish palaces in Europe. Today, Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of Spain’s major tourist attractions. Its website includes an interactive map, photo gallery, history, and more.

Thanks for walking along – and consider taking other walks.

Robin’s Walktober 2015 with pingbacks to other walks
My 2014 Walk
My 2013 Walk
My 2013 Seeds Walk

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78 thoughts on “On a Walktober 2015

  1. Wow.. Frank, that was some October Walk. Loved taking a stroll with you, Such beauty, and the workmanship that went into those buildings, even the streets, wonderful.. And the gardens are superb.. Many thanks for sharing.. I so enjoyed walking among each image 🙂 and learning History along the journey ..
    Blessings Sue x

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  2. Fantastic walk, Frank, and quite unexpected! I didn’t realize you’ve been traveling (my bad, I haven’t been keeping up lately). I very much enjoyed this. The Alhambra is one of those places I’ve always wanted to see and now I have, through you. Thank you. 🙂

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    • Robin,
      Glad the walk surprised you. I didn’t announce I was travelling, only mentioned it on my return. Go back two posts and you will see a map of our journey. Hope you make it there because it’s a visual feast! …. and thanks for organizing Walktober.

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  3. Frank, this is an A-One post! What a wonderful walk. Your pics, where you placed them and the text is all perfect. I feel a real sense of being there.
    Of great importance is how the Moors embraced water.
    Certainly, you had a wonderful, enriching holiday!

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  4. Beautiful and fascinating. I remember it from my childhood, it is one of the places that remain locked firmly in my imagination and on my bucket list. Can you imagine, growing up in this unimaginable beauty, with what would be considered enlightened educational opportunities and then being forced at a young age to leave it all behind to marry and live out your life in drafty, cold and wet palaces.

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  5. Beautiful, Frank. I was born in Alhambra…Alhambra, California, though. 🙂 Your photos are just beautiful and definitely illustrate why there has always been a mystique about this beautiful fortress. A fabulous place to walk and explore.

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    • Debra,
      Since you were born in Alhambra, you have to get there. Oh the stories you could weave! There’s definitely a mystique feeling there … but more of a feel of a town rather than a fortress. You would love it!

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    • Dawn,
      Exotic is a great descriptor. Interestingly, we first saw the gardens … then the general quarters … but the tour guide carried the way with stories … then the palaces .. WOW! Thanks for coming along!

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  8. Wow, what a wonderful tour you’ve shared with us, Frank. The beauty of the palace at Alhambra is legendary and your photos reveal why. The gardens were lovely, and that arched walkway looks like it was made of a huge rosemary hedge? Thanks for sharing your walk with us!

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    • Eliza,
      Alhambra was a visual overload … yes, wonderful gardens, … then the intrigue of the quarters area … and then the where the Moors leader resided … now that was a huge wow! … Thanks for walking along.

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  10. It’s always enjoyable to walk through the beauty of architectural splendor. The gardens and foliage filled with flowers seem magical. Beautiful walk … thank you for taking me along. The air was rejuvenating. You’re so generous to share this with us.
    My Dad never got to got o Granada. It was a place he always talked about. My sister was a singer. He had her learn the song so she could sing it to him. Here’s Placido …!!!
    Isadora 😎

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    • Isadora,
      This place was over-the-top wonderful. Simply so much. Given the altitude and the cool breeze with an occasional light drizzle, the air was a refreshing change from the coastal air. … and thanks for Pacido and for coming along for the walk.

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