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Granada: Abadia del Sacromonte

I took the tour because it was included with my Granada Pass. I had not heard of this place prior to planning my trip to Granada. I knew they had ancient manuscripts from quickie research on the internet and the Secret Granada book. The tour disappointed me because they only showed us about a dozen ancient texts – I was dreaming about walking through rows of massive shelves filled with ancient texts.… Read More

Gibraltar: Jews Gate Cemetery

The cemetery was compelling. I felt pulled in to visit it. I also felt uncertain because I did not have good knowledge about Judaism. I have since spent time studying and learning the basics of Jewish history, religious beliefs, and Hebrew (alphabet and some vocabulary). I tried to read the Torah in Hebrew and studied English translations of commentaries by Rambam (Maimonides), Ramban (Nachmanides), and Ramak (Cordovero). I dabbled with a translation of the Genesis portion of the Zohar (and it’s endless footnotes).… Read More

T-shirt Designs: Fountains at the Villa Lante

I enjoy visiting locations where architecture and nature have been combined together. The Villa Lante has terraced landscapes, so it needs retaining walls to support the terracing. It does have two houses, though they disappointed me. Shhhh. The fountains are quite architectural. On the same trip, I went on a guided tour to the Villa d’Este in Tivoli, and Villa Lante in Bagnaia, is similar. I actually ended up liking Villa Lante better because it has retained its history better. At Villa d’Este many of the fountains have been modernized. While updating the plumbing is fine, the fountains were made very splashy and spectacular. Some now shoot water 30 feet into the sky, which was not technically possible 100 years ago.… Read More