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Five Shots: Spanish Patterns & Details

My phone keeps reminding me of what I was doing a year, two, three years ago on this day. No international trip this year. But I can always reminisce! What I loved about the 2017 trip to Spain were the textures, shapes, and patterns. Here are a few. Which shot do you like best?

Parque de María Luisa and Plaza de España, Seville
Royal Alcázar of Seville underground pool
Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba
Toledo, Spain

 

The Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca is a museum and former synagogue in Toledo, Spain
Toledo door
Madrid
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Five Shots: Food in London & Scotland

I love to eat and drink. On vacation, it’s important to me to try authentic dishes. Sampling Scotch whiskey in Scotland was a treat as well as trying the haggis, neeps and tatties (organs from the goat ground with hops with mashed turnips and mashed potatoes and whiskey sauce) the various meat pies and fish and chips, of course. Then there was the freshwater salmon, the haddock and cod, oysters, mussels, scallops–again, coming from the desert, this was a sublime menu. In London, we ate marvelous Indian, Korean, Chinese food, too.

Smoked Salmon and goat cheese
The menu of a Chinese restaurant in SoHo.
Lunch. I have no idea what I’m eating.
I still have no idea what I’m eating and I was hungry afterward.

 

Fish and Chips
A “Frenchy” cafe in Kensington, London
Oysters and Glenfiddich15.
Harrods of London, sweets, and macaroons
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1 Shot Wednesday: Urquhart Castle

My annual summer trip abroad with students and family was outstanding. We went to London and Scotland. We got back yesterday, so as I organize my photos, I will offer one today. Our group went to the Highland Mountains and visited Loch Ness. From Wikipedia: “Urquhart Castle is a fortress that sits beside Loch Ness in the Highlands of Scotland. The castle is on the A82 road, 21 kilometres south-west of Inverness and 2 kilometres east of the village of Drumnadrochit. The present ruins date from the 13th to the 16th centuries, though built on the site of an early medieval fortification.”

Dark waters caused by peat deposits obscure Nessie the monster and the actual depth of the loch. We enjoyed our visit exploring the ruins including a boat ride. I haven’t been to Scotland since 1984 when I was in the Navy and stationed above the Highland Mountains at Thurso, the northern tip. It was a homecoming. More photos forthcoming.

Urquhart Castle