November 19-21, 2014
Recuerdos de la Alhambra":https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzjEw7XuKsA
眼見此仙境般的景色，才想起其曲中的情調，果然如此!!正是文字表達有所不及。此宮殿超出凡世之美，令人感嘆無窮。詩人寫道: "雖然宮牆早已荒廢破敗，人們仍然珍惜對它的記憶，那是夢與藝術最後的家園。當世界最後的夜鶯一息尚存，它會在阿爾漢布拉宮光榮的殘垣中吟唱永別之歌。"西班牙文的英譯如下："Though the shadows of these walls have long since gone, the memory of them will live on as the final refuge of dreams and art. And when the last nightingale to breath on this earth will build its nest and sing its farewell song among the glorious ruins of the Alhambra." (poem dedicated to the Alhambra by F. Villaespesa).
This is an unbelievably beautiful city on top of a montain that evokes the image of a paradise.Granada means pomegranate. Indeed, it is a city full of fruit trees:pomegranate, persimmon, orange etc. Alhambra means "the red fort" in Arabic,it is also the name of a Moorish king,Muhammed ibn al-Ahmar ibn Nasr. the founder of the Nasrid dynasty (1238-1492). The muslim aristocrats, driven out of Sevilla and Cordoba in 1237, arrived in Granada. They constructed the castle palace, Alhambra and ruled until January 2, 1492 when the Catholic monarchs king Ferdinand and queen Isabella conquered the city and unified Spain. The Alhambra palaces is an artistic and architectural masterpiece. It fully demosntrates the superior muslim civilization at the time. Peaceful, spiritual, scientific, sophisitcated all in one. The Christian constructions added on to the older muslim ones paled in comparison. Our Spanish guide lamented that all the muslim fountains are quiet like whispering while the Christian ones are noisy like toilet water rushing out. The famous guitar piece"Recuerdos de la Alhambra" composed by Francisco Tárrega is an especially memorable tribute to the poetic beauty of the place：https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzjEw7XuKsA