Spain – Spectacular Gardens & Gaudi
Granada, Cordoba, Sevilla, Barcelona and the Costa Brava Coastline
June 7th – June 16th, 2016
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June 8th Granada
After a filling breakfast, our first visit was to Fundacion
Rodriguez-Acosta - romance and more – at this quite startling,
eclectic and very cool villa and its gardens. Designed by
painter Jose Maria Rodriguez-Acosta in the early 20th Century.
He traveled the world and loved so many styles… Built in
1914-1930, it is one of the most relevant architectural
complexes of that period, a summary of the European style of the
twenties and thirties, and declared a National Monument in 1982.
Its creator used it as a studio where he developed an important
body of work, midway between modernism and symbolism. The steep
hill on which the carmen is perched gives rise to its
magnificent gardens. They are full of monuments and stand out
from the rest of the secluded gardens in Granada.
Then a short time of rest before lunch and off to the Alhambra
for a visit of the gardens. One of the most beautiful gems of
architecture is the Alhambra, a series of palaces and gardens
started as far back as the 13th Century by the Nasrites. The
Alhambra became a Christian court in 1492 when the Catholic
Monarchs (Ferdinand and Isabel) conquered the city of Granada.
The summer palace is called Generalife. The Generalife is the
most charming corner of the Alhambra, thanks to its gardens,
ponds and fast-flowing water. In fact, the name of the main
courtyard is the Patio de la Acequia - Courtyard of the Water
Channel - in reference to the water which coursed through the
villa before supplying the Alhambra below. It stands at the foot
of Spain's highest mountain range, the Sierra Nevada, and
overlooks the city below and the fertile plain of Granada. The
Alhambra (Arabic root meaning ‘red’ or ‘crimson’) and Generalife
both became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984.
Did you know? The word "Generalife" has been translated as
"garden of paradise", "orchard" or "garden of feasts".
Back to the hotel for some rest and in the evening we enjoyed a
night visit of the Nasrid Palaces at the Alhambra when the
intricate and beautiful details of the palace seem to come
alive. Built in the 10th century, the complex has been home to a
succession of sultans, kings and emirs, giving the site a
diverse heritage that’s fascinating to discover. This is indeed
a journey back…. to another time and place.
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