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... Y'know, ensuring they had enough food to eat, decent roofs over their heads, access to clean water - that sort of thing. Call me irreligious.
There is also another reason I won't be visiting any more cathedrals: I have now seen what, to my mind, is the Last Word in cathedrals and the very model of what a church should be, and I can't imagine anything else surpassing it. I speak, of course, of Antoni Gaudí's architectural masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia. ...
... a powerful statement about their successful Reconquista. The chapel was very nice in other ways, but the highlight was definitely the tombs of Ferdinand and Isabella. We also visited the adjacent cathedral, which was also very nice, but I think we have reached the saturation point on European churches and cathedrals. We have also gotten annoyed that they charge for every one of them in Spain, whereas they were all free in France and all but the ...
... we could. Once we got there, we first went on a walking tour through the central part and most interesting part of the city. We took a bus up so that we could walk Down through Sacromonte and Albayzin. This part is on the mountain and you have to get special permission to go there in a car. The houses here usually have lovely garden. Up in sacromonte people actually live in caves carved out in the mountain side. A long time ago people carved them out ...
... reading the tour guide book on Alhambra. Some stories were pretty funny. First of all when the Muslim king was forced out of Alhambra after the Reconquista he apparently shed a few tears. His mom looked at him and said “Don’t weep like a girl for something you could not defend like a man”. Possibly a four degree burn for that. Also one Muslim king married twice and killed all the relatives of the first wife and piled their heads on one ...
... past another beggar, I was reminded of the Australian explorer, Gregory, of whom some of you will have heard me wax lyrical about. He was a complete success as an explorer: no-one died, not even a horse, he mapped huge parts of Australia's north and west and did all that without harming any Aboriginal Australians, which is more than can be said for most of the others. He achieved this by keeping to himself and not engaging. As I have said this matter is not simple.