Monday, June 01, 2009

In the Beginning, Spain

The Alhambra

Granada University Residencia

How do you bring home nine days in Spain? Slowly, sleepily. Day by day in photos, if you can remember this and that garden, which gate, what street. You bring it home in poetry, some already found, some waiting to be discovered.

You say, 'This was the view from our window in the quiet city of Granada. Morning air was cool, filled with birdsong and the babble of fountains. And these are the garden flowers of the Residence. There is my girl writing poems on our terrace, the Alhambra watching over her. That is the airport of Madrid we passed through on our way here... isn't it a work of art?'

But mostly you feel silenced by the experience of another place— wine and apples, warmth of double kisses from everyone you greet, tapas at open-air cafes, cumin and saffron and curry powders and teas for sale on cobblestone streets, and always the thick sweetness of Spanish weaving the days.

Courtyard in Granada University Residencia

Granada University Residencia

Lantern in Garden of Granada Univ Residencia

Flowers in Garden of Granada Univ Residencia

Garden Flowers in Granada Residencia

Flowers in Garden of Granada Univ Residencia

Garden Flowers in Granada University Residencia

Madrid Airport

Photos of Granada and Madrid, Spain, L.L. Barkat.

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Blogger Llama Momma said...

I can almost smell those flowers. Your photos are stunning! It looks like pure heaven.

8:56 AM  
Blogger Laura said...


Makes me feel the smallness of my world.

Do you think we will ever feel "silenced by the experience" of our every day?

Perhaps when we are in another place?

Looks like a precious memory.

9:25 AM  
Blogger sojourner said...

beautiful photos of a beautiful place - somehow i missed that you were going away to Spain! it's funny because over the last 8 or 9 days i've been telling my husband i want to go to Spain for our 30th anniversary (coming in Jan) - i settled on Spain after reading an ad about a trip through Costco's magazine :p)welcome back!

9:56 AM  
Blogger karin said...

Wow!! Absolutely stunning photos. Thanks for sharing! Although I have had opportunities to travel, everything usually turns on the home axis and I keep forgetting how beautiful is the rest of the world. Thanks for bringing that to mind again!

10:16 AM  
Blogger L.L. Barkat said...

Llama... it was close. :) The place was wonderfully fragrant too. I forgot to say that.

Laura... many times I am silenced by my everyday, when I take the time to look afresh. But there's something shocking (in a good way) about going somewhere new.

Sojourner... I didn't say I was going, so that's how you missed it.:) Spain is a lovely choice.

Karin... Welcome to Seedlings. And yes, the world is a beautiful, beautiful place.

10:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wooohoooo! you went to spain...soo cooool!

love the photos :-)

12:37 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

Thou shalt not covet thy blogging neighbor's trips.

1:03 PM  
Blogger Craver Vii said...

These marvelous images have the effect of a double-kiss. I am blessed; thanks for sharing.

1:46 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Ahh, Spain...I love Spain...though I haven't spent much time in either Madrid or Grenada. Gorgeous!

5:02 PM  
Blogger TAMI said...

Spain is the only "real" place I've traveled to - so beautiful! Thanks for the refresher course!!

5:34 PM  
Blogger Ted M. Gossard said...

Wonderful photos, L.L.! I've always had a fascination for Spain. Of course each country and the cultures are interesting.

6:22 PM  
Blogger Joelle said...

Ah. Deep breath. And smile. And wistfully remember this place I've never been. You describe it so well I know it, have been there, have tasted Spain. Welcome home.

6:57 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...


7:01 PM  
Blogger Bought as is said...

love the pix, L.L. My Aunt & Uncle used to vacation in Spain [when they were missionaries in France]. It looks so restful.

10:32 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

We never get to see L.L. in pictures, but it's always good to see what L.L. sees (through her lens).

Are those your feet, though? ;-)

We missed you while you were away. Did you miss us?

10:50 PM  
Blogger sarah said...

Beautiful. Welcome home :-)

4:31 AM  

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