Five Shots: The Colors and Patterns of Spain, Part II

Thanks to all who visited recent photo posts highlighting the educational traveling tour to Madrid, Toledo, Seville, and Barcelona. Here’s the last set. Which one do you like best?  

Toledo door
Toledo Castle, a Benedictine Monastery, then home to the Knights Templar
Toledo street corner by the Ibn Shushan Synagogue
Oldest standing Synagogue in Europe, Toledo, erected in 1180.
Catedral Primada Santa María de Toledo

typical shop window in Madrid
General Archives of the Indies, Seville. A repository of extremely valuable archival documents illustrating the history of the Spanish Empire in the Americas and the Philippines.
987 AD, The Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba
The Plaza de España is a plaza in the Parque de María Luisa, in Seville, Spain, built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929
The Plaza de España
A staircase at the Plaza de España


ceiling at The Plaza de España

A bridge at The Plaza de España
Pilate’s awesome house

Spanish version of Tiramisu
The Alcázar of Seville
The Alcázar of Seville has many beautiful gardens
The Alcázar of Seville basement
La Casa de Pilatos

Barcelona at night

Spain’s architecture is dizzying, but by some miracle, the shapes and patterns blend together in harmony. The ornate details are draw-dropping. Thank you for accompanying me. Next June’s trip is Southern Italy….


Five Shots: The Colors and Patterns of Spain Part I

1. Basement of the Alcázar of Seville, a royal palace in Seville, Andalusia, Spain, originally developed by Moorish Muslim kings

Traveling to Madrid, Toledo, Seville, and Barcelona was filled with heat (35-44c), bright colors, fun food, and boundless patterns everywhere. Here are some pictures highlighting the colors and patterns from the trip. You decide which is the best shot.

2. The Plaza Mayor was built during Philip III’s reign (1598–1621) and is a central plaza in the city of Madrid, Spain.
3. Joan Enjoying Anchovies at Plaza Mayor


4. Flamenco performance in Seville
5. The Casa de Pilatos, Pontius Pilate’s house, Seville
6. Pontius Pilate’s House, downstairs courtyard
7. Inside looking out at Pilate’s House


8. The Great Mosque of Cordoba, two hours south of Madrid, was a Visigoth, Christian temple converted into a Mosque when Muslims ruled in the late 8th century.
8. Toledo Castle
9. Corpus Christi celebration, Toledo
10. Santa María la Blanca is a museum and former synagogue in Toledo, Spain. 1180.


11. Cold tomato soup, Sangria, and a fan to keep the face cool.


Five Shots: Where Am I ?

I’ve just returned from traveling with students and new friends. Here are clues for my traveling blogosphere buddies. Can you place me in the right country? Give yourself a point.  Another for guessing the city. Award yourself a final point if you can guess the famous location/building.




Which shot would you jump into? How many points did you get?

Five Shots: A Revisit to Greece

Six months ago, our educational traveling group went to Athens and island hopped in the Aegean Sea. I’m sure I took over a hundred photos, but only shared a few. If you missed the original posts, I linked them at the end. I enjoy looking at summer shots during the winter and vice versa. They always stir a memory. Here are 5 + 10 shots you haven’t seen.

1. Patmos dinner at the beach
2. Mykonos Harbor
2. Mykonos Harbor
3. Mykonos Windmills
3. Mykonos Windmills
4. Mykonos Sunset
4. Mykonos Sunset
5. Mykonos Sunset II
5. Mykonos Sunset II
6. Mykonos High Tide
6. Mykonos High Tide
7. Mykonos at night
7. Mykonos at night
8. Rhodes Fortress in the Harbor
8. Rhodes Fortress in the Harbor
9. Rhodes North Beach
9. Rhodes North Beach
10. Rhodes North Beach II
10. Rhodes North Beach II
12. Rhodes North Beach III
11. Rhodes North Beach III
13. Santorini
12. Santorini
14. Santorini II
13. Santorini II
15. Santorini III
14. Santorini III
16. Good bye, Athens.
15. Goodbye, Athens.
Which ones resonate with you? 

If you missed the original posts, check them out here:

Five Shots: Walking around Santorini


Okay, last photo post about Greece and the islands. Thank you for allowing me to share them with you. It’s a magical place and none more so than the island of Santorini. Someone on the trip said that in 2014, Santorini was voted “The prettiest place on Earth”. I’ll let you decide. Here are some of the pictures taken on this volcanic island in the southern part of the Cyclades Islands in the Aegean Sea.

Smooth rounded domes and cube-styled white-washed buildings. The sun accentuates the layers.
Santorini is loaded with Catholic churches–Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic. The crosses contrast with the blue sharply. The paint colors of doors and railings make it a truly unique place.
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A splash of sunlight tips the monochromatic blues.


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archways and crossroads


A bolt of red in the white.


When you explore the cobbled alleyways, you will stumble upon churches with their bells that ring on the half hour.


The largest church of Santorini is the Orthodox Cathedral. It was founded in 19th century and in close distance is the Catholic Cathedral dedicated to Saint John the Baptist. During the Byzantine times was built the famous church of Panagia Episkopi that has survived many invasions and is well-preserved up to this day. The Dominican Convent is inhabited by 12 nuns. We found a chapel where mass was about to begin. They are behind the curtain behind the altar. We sat and listened to them sing.DSC02862

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Take a stroll and watch the sun think about setting, changing the landscape colors every five minutes.
The view looking out from the top of the island.
A panorama of the west side of the island top of Fira.
A hazy day, but the blue water is still magnificent to behold.
The ironed railings and vibrant painted doors are everywhere.
Doors are always fun to take pictures of. The paint jobs are impeccable.
Laid out in all her beauty.
Even the old doors make cool shots.


Time to head back to the ship.

Despite her popularity, I didn’t feel crowded there at all.


There are 588 steps down the side of island and 3 ways to get there. Walk. Take a cable car. Or ride the donkeys down.



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The sunset turns the volcanic brown gold.


Which shot do you like best? 

One last picture of a meal. My favorite. The authentic Gyro! 

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