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The Elements of Seville

smoky-sevilleThe smoke from street vendors roasting chestnuts hangs in the air on a rainy winter day in Seville. Click on image for larger view. Photo ©Mike Randolph

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Relaxing in the Retiro

retiroA couple sits on a bench admiring the fall colors in Madrid’s Retiro park, in the heart of the city. Click on image for larger view. Photo ©Mike Randolph

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Puerta del Wool

trashumancia madrid shepherdNovember 2, 2014: A shepherd helps drive a flock of two-thousand sheep through the Puerta del Sol, in the heart of Madrid. Every year since 1994, Continue Reading →

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Yin Yang, Spanish Style

salamancaThe late-evening sun casts a shadow of the Convento de San Esteban onto itself in the elegant Spanish city of Salamanca. Click on image for larger view. Photo ©Mike Randolph

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Green Spain

playa-de-toribia-asturias-spainThe Playa de Torimbia, in Asturias, northern Spain. Click on image for larger view. Photo ©Mike Randolph

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Thirteen Centuries Later, a Hit Album

silosThe famous Monasterio de Santo Domingo de Silos dates back to the 7th Century. With its two-story cloisters and intricate, carved stone panels, the monastery is a jewel of Romanesque architecture. It once held a very important library. Many of the manuscripts are now Continue Reading →

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Tales of a Forgotten Pueblo

Calatañazor, Soria, SpainCalatañazor is one of the least-visited places in the province of Soria, which is itself the least-visited province in all of Spain. Perhaps this hamlet’s most famous visitor was Almanzor, Muslim Spain’s mightiest ruler. He died here in battle, in the year 1002, at a place called the Valley of Blood. Thankfully, it’s quite a bit more peaceful today. Click for larger image. Photo ©Mike Randolph

 

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Taking the High Road

Storm clouds roll in over the Puerto de Pajares in northern Spain. Connecting Asturias with Leon, the road over the mountain pass reaches a 17% gradient, and was once Continue Reading →

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Aerial Armada

Tarifa sits at the very southern tip of Spain, and of continental Europe. Kitesurfers from around the world come here to ride the warm, strong Levante winds, which are accelerated by the Straits of Gibraltar. Africa, seen in the background, is only 14 kilometers away. (Click on image for larger view.) Photo ©Mike Randolph

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Vultures on the Rise

vultureA Griffon Vulture soars over a valley in the Pyrenees foothills of Huesca, Spain. Rare in the rest of Europe, the Griffon Vulture has made a comeback in Spain, where the population is estimated in the tens of thousands. Like all vultures,  Continue Reading →

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White Gold

sheep gallocantaHow to make a village out of living lumps of wool: Sheep graze their way up a small rise outside the village of Gallocanta, in Aragón. The town of Gallocanta may be more famous for its cranes, but sheep  Continue Reading →

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The Places In Between

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I’ve spent a lot of time traveling around Spain over the years, usually to take pictures of a specific destination. But what about the places along the way? Here’s a random selection of eight images taken Continue Reading →

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Following Suit

playing cardsIn the hamlet of Mondrón, Málaga, abuelos gather after lunch in the only bar in town to play Mus, the most popular card game in Spain. It’s played with a Spanish deck, which has 40 cards without eights, nines, tens or jokers (or no aces, it’s hard to say)–plus the cards themselves look like Continue Reading →

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Looking Smoking

cristianosIn Alcoy, in the province of Alicante, Spain, the most important day of the year is the festival of the Moros y Cristianos. Everyone wants to be a moro because the costumes are more outrageous but there has to be some Christians, too, since after all what they’re celebrating is the Reconquist of moorish Spain. So, for those who have to parade as Christians, some artistic license is allowed (as in the ones in the above photo). Photo ©Mike Randolph

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Sweet Medicine with a Kick

malaga-wineMalaga wines are sweet, fortified dessert wines. In the old days, some of them also contained quinine. Jesuit missionaries brought the bark of the so-called fever tree to Spain in the 16th Century and it was used to treat a variety of illnesses for centuries. Medicinal wines with quinine were still widely consumed in Spain until the 1970’s. This barrel is from my favorite bar in Malaga, the Casa Guardia. I’ve been visiting it off and on for 20 years, and it hasn’t changed much either. As for whether quinine wines are still being drunk in Spain, I can’t say. Does anybody know? Photo ©Mike Randolph

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