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I'm here because it's a place where I want to be.

What do I do with my life - still pondering that, keep exploring the possibilities I suppose...

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Take a look at my daughter Beth's website...

food for thought...

Everyone, in some small sacred sanctuary of the self, is nuts. -Leo Rosten, author (1908-1997)

We think caged birds sing, when indeed they cry. -John Webster, playwright (c. 1580-1634)

There are two kinds of light -- the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures. -James Thurber, writer and cartoonist (1894-1961)

The artist brings something into the world that didn't exist before, and he does it without destroying something else. -John Updike, writer (1932-2009)

Some people become so expert at reading between the lines they don't read the lines. -Margaret Millar, novelist (1915-1994)

There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. -Elie Wiesel, writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1928)

from A.Word.A.Day with Anu Garg

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caught my eye

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4th Dec 2009, 11:13   | tags:,comments (2)

inside the same church

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this place had a really special feel to it
1st Dec 2009, 21:51   | tags:,comments (6)


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this again was amazing
1st Dec 2009, 21:42   | tags:,comments (0)


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the church towers alone told us we were somewhere special!

extract from...

Baroque Ecija: “The Ecijan Golden Century”
During the whole XVIIIth century, considered the “Ecijan Golden Century”, the town underwent splendorous civil and religious buildings linked to the concentration of ecclesiastical and aristocratic properties and power – we have to remember that at this period there were in the town 40 nobility titles, 13 of them Grandees of Spain.
Ecija’s historic centre preserves one of the best Baroque architectural and artistic legacies of Andalusia and probably of all the Iberian Peninsula: the palaces, churches (with the towers that have made the town famous), convents, public buildings and house-palaces together with their rich goods and chattels and ample documentary archives make up an exceptional historical legacy. 

And we only had an hour there and no real information!

We will go back - but not in summer - it is known as the frying pan of Spain and has reached temps of over 50c! It was perfect in October.

1st Dec 2009, 21:34   | tags:,comments (0)

Mezquita/Catholic Cathedral

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my last look at this amazing place

Mezquita / Catholic Cathedral

and most amazingly look around and there is the cathedral within the mosque!

Mezquita / Catholic Cathedral

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OK so I have been walking slowly around this mosque and the catholic side chapels for about 3/4 an hour really overawed and a little confused because after all this is designated as the catholic cathedral of Cordoba and is no longer active as a mosque - otherwise I wouldn't be wandering around it; when somehow suddenly I turn a corner or so it seems and it opens up into this! I was gob-smacked - how hadn't I already seen it??? What did I feel about it??? Stunned that's for sure.

Mezquita, miscellany

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