This is the castle of Jadraques near Guadalajara in Castilla-La Mancha.
There isn’t a castle in this part of Spain that doesn’t make a claim that El Cid made a visit.
There is no absolute way of knowing if El Cid or his contemporary Alvar Fáñez de Minaya ever really did pass this way but there is a quotation from ‘El Cantar de Mio Cid‘ to provide the evidence that he did.
One thing is for sure – if El Cid did turn up at all the locations that claim that he did then he certainly covered an impressive amount of miles and spent an awful lot of time in the saddle.
Posted in Cathedrals, El Cid, Europe, History, Literature, Natural Environment, Postcards, Spain, Travel
Tagged castle of Jadraques, Castles in Spain, Culture, El Cid, Life, Reconquista
“And thank God for home-sweet things, a green and friendly hill,
And red geraniums aflame upon my window sill.” – Martha Haskell Clark
Two pictures taken in the village of Bárcena Mayor in Cantabria in the far north of Spain. In Green Spain in the rain and the mist the geraniums are not quite so extravagant as in sun-burnt south, they do not bloom so freely but they have a rustic elegance nevertheless!
Posted in Arts and Crafts, Cantabria, Europe, History, Literature, Spain, Travel, World Heritage
Tagged Bárcena Mayor, Cantabria, Culture, Life, Spain Doors, Spain Windows, Window Boxes
Three fishers went sailing out into the West,
Out into the West as the sun went down;
Each thought on the woman who lov’d him the best;
And the children stood watching them out of the town;
For men must work, and women must weep,
And there’s little to earn, and many to keep,
Though the harbour bar be moaning.
Three wives sat up in the light-house tower,
And they trimm’d the lamps as the sun went down;
They look’d at the squall, and they look’d at the shower,
And the night wrack came rolling up ragged and brown!
But men must work, and women must weep,
Though storms be sudden, and waters deep,
And the harbour bar be moaning. – Charles Kingsley
I recently posted about the fisherwomen of Portugal and how they are celebrated and remembered in street art.
In case you missed it…
Portugal, Póvoa de Varzim and Fishing
For International Women’s Day I have featured one aspect of the life of a fisherwomen…
The long day waiting for the fishermen to return home safely…
A tough job for sure!
Posted in Beaches, Europe, Food, History, Natural Environment, Portugal, Spain, Travel, World Heritage
Tagged Culture, Empire Youth Annual, Eyemouth, International Women's Day, Latvia, Life, Portugal, Torrevieja, Torrevieja Bella
It is claimed by some to be the finest single ancient monument in this part of Turkey and this is a part of Turkey which has an awful lot of ancient monuments.
I can confirm that it is very impressive indeed although little of the original structure remains standing; it was destroyed by the Persians in 494 BC, ravaged by time, rearranged by earthquakes and plundered over the centuries for convenient building material, but regardless of the damage I found this to be a stimulating place with history literally oozing out of the cracks and fissures in the columns and the stones.
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Posted in Athens, Europe, Food, History, Natural Environment, Travel, Turkey, World Heritage
Tagged Altinkum Turkey, Ancient Greece, British Museum, Culture, Didim Turkey, Didyma Turkey, Elgin Marbles, Ephesus, Life, Temple of Apollo Didyma
When I first began blogging in 2006 I started with some posts about growing up. This was on a bogging platform provided by AOL. In 2007 they closed it down and I transferred my posts to Blogger. I never really liked Blogger so I moved again to WordPress.
I have posted these ‘growing up’ posts three separate times but no one has ever read them so I thought I might tray again.
This is my story of Primary School days.
Read the Full Story Here…
Posted in Arts and Crafts, Childhood, Europe, History, Literature, United Kingdom
Tagged Culture, Elementary school, Free School Milk, Growing up in the 1960s, Hillmorton, Hillmorton Junior and Infant School, Life, School, School Street Hillmorton
Heirapolis/Pamukkale is the site of an ancient Hellenistic and then a Roman city because it benefits from a rejuvenating spa of constantly warm water that the ancients were rather fond of.
The source of the spring is carefully locked behind bars because as it emerges from the earth’s core it brings with it a lethal cocktail of poisonous toxic gasses that will overcome and kill in seconds but once separated from the noxious fumes the clear water flows down towards the edge of the mountain where it calcifies and forms startlingly white travertine pools of dazzling white calcium deposits like a fresh fall of snow that you mind find in Archangel, Alaska or Alberta.
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Posted in Cathedrals, Europe, Food, Greece, History, Postcards, Travel, Turkey, World Heritage
Tagged Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Culture, Hierapolis, IMX Travel Altinkum, Life, Pamukkale, tagged Altinkum, UNESCO
The five of us debated entrance to the Parliament building. Even with half price entrance fees (2,000 Florints) for citizens of the European Union there wasn’t a great deal of enthusiasm to visit the interior and after a show of hands it was only Sue and I that paid up and waited in line to go inside while the others made their various ways back to the Hotel Gellért.
The forty minute tour took us up wide open staircases, through elaborately decorated corridors, magnificently appointed state rooms and into the debating chambers but the highlight was the central dome (ninety-six metres high, remember) and in pride of place the fabulous crown of Saint Stephen.
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Posted in Budapest, Cathedrals, Europe, Food, Hungary, Literature, Postcards, Travel, World Heritage
Tagged Budapest, Budapest Parliament, Crown of St Stephen, Culture, Hungarian Goulash, Life, River Danube, Shoes by the Danube