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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

Segovia: Casa-Museo de Antonio Machado

One of my goals when I travel, is to see and learn new things. The trip to Segovia served me well. The alcazar was the inspiration for my deciding to spend a week in Segovia. I particularly like to stay in smaller towns. I like the quiet, I seem to be able to soak up their history. I like the sense of being out in the open. I like being able to walk across town in ten minutes. I ended up really liking Segovia. I stayed in the old historic part – the medieval city with much of its walls remaining intact.… Read More

Granada: Museo Cuevas del Sacromonte

The houses were a striking contrast to typical Granada homes. Not just because they were caves. The homes in Granada were very private and inward focused. A typical Granada home has high walls with no windows around its perimeter. The house is built around the inside of the perimeter wall, facing inward to a central courtyard. The cave homes were the opposite. The homes were carved from the mountain side where it curved around forming the homes into a sweeping semi-circle. The houses opening on the community shared spaced in the center.… Read More