#inktober 13-19/31

Last week seemed to have been the week of catching up. Not only did I have a four drawing day for Inktober, I am also a day late on this post. Oops ;P
But I am all caught up now and already working on a couple of crochet projects.

#inktober 6-12/31

Another week of Inktober. I’m still sticking with the Namibia theme, and have only needed to catch up a day a couple of times. It is definitely fun, and a good learning experience.

If you are interested, here is the site with the rules and the description of what it is all about: inktober.com

#Inktober2016 5/31

Here we go. I am participating in Inktober this year and so far it’s going strong.
I decided not to do the prompts from the Inktober site, but instead go through my vacation pictures from when I went to Namibia in ’98. It’s really nice to look at them and remember the great times.

If you are interested, here is the site with the rules and the description of what it is all about: inktober.com

Spain Trip – Part 5: Alhambra

And now the last part of my blog post series about my trip to Spain. What I wrote about so far:
We first stayed 3 days in Barcelona:  part 1: Barcelona. Followed by a trip down the east coast of Spain to Granada: part 2: Spanish East coast. From there we made a few day excursions: part 3: Day Trips. We spend a long time in Granada and explored the city: part 4: Granada.

But lets move on to what I consider the absolute highlight of my trip, which is why I saved it for last: the Alhambra.


What we call Alhambra today is actually a whole complex of different buildings from different times and different cultures. All of them are housed on a hill of the Assabica with Granada on its foot.
The oldest part, the Alcazaba was more of a military fortress than a castle and build in AD 889.
The Nasrid Palaces or Alhambra proper was build during the Nasrid dynasty by the Moorish emir Mohammed ben Al-Ahmar in the mid-13th century, and then converted into a royal palace in 1333 by Yusuf I, Sultan of Granada. In 1492 it was altered to Renaissance tastes when the Christians had concurred Spain.
Generalife, a summer palace and gardens were built during the reign of Muhammad III (1302–1309) and redecorated shortly after by Abu I-Walid Isma’il (1313–1324).
In 1526 Charles I & V commissioned a new Renaissance palace in the Mannerism style now called Palace of Charles V right next to the Nasrid Palace.

For some of you fellow geeks, the Alhambra appears as a multi player location for Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood’s final DLC. It is is a wonder in Civilization V: Gods & Kings. And the film ‘El Dorado’ features many scenes shot in and around the Alhambra palace. And is featured in many more books, movies, games, etc.
The main feature though is in Washington Irving’s Tales of the Alhambra. Which is a collection of essays, verbal sketches, and stories. Irving lived in the palace while writing the book and had a big role in reintroducing the Alhambra to Western world.

Following are impressions of the Alhambra. Enjoy!

If you have missed the previous posts, here they are:
Spain Trip – Part 1: Barcelona 
Spain Trip – Part 2: Spanish East Coast
Spain Trip – Part 3: Day Trips
Spain Trip – Part 4: Granada