Two small streams, the Arroyos de Los Carneros and del Morete flow through the thick pine forests of the Sierra de Guadarrama into the palace gardens of La Granja de San Ildefonso. The water collects into a mirror-smooth lake, then pours down an intricate system of canals and piping, and on special occasions, the water… Read More It Tolls for Thee because of the Queen
In the village, more than in the city, there is a strict adherence to schedules – schedules dictated by inactivity. Certain things are only done at particular hours; any momentary deviation from the way things are done is considered at least a minor incident. In the winter, locals in villages move slower than ever, as if… Read More Morning Market
In La Granja de San Ildefonso, a once glorious playground for the royals just outside of Segovia, the chilled fall air slides down through the valleys from the tops of the hills, and the smell of fireplaces and roasting lamb wafts in the streets. The air is thin and cool, and the residents of Madrid… Read More La Granja de San Ildefonso
When one takes to the time to recollect the evidence of experience, without the weight of sentimentality, through conversation, stories, or solitary reflection, the result can be unexpected. Here is a quick collection of some of the photographs I’ve taken, each picture representing something great and memorable in my experience and life here in Spain.… Read More España, condensed. (Photo highlights up to 1-8-2011).
At the beginning of a new chapter in a life, along with an apartment empty of distractions and spontaneous consumption of too much caffeine, one gets to thinking. And as a sort of antidote to complacency, or as a byproduct of this idle time, I thought it would be apropos to reflect a bit on… Read More My Oyster (updated)
The clouds were perfect, medieval and eerie on this day… For a few more photos of this little jaunt, including La Granja, El Sierra Guadarrama and El Escorial, click here.