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摩洛哥 Morocco/ Chefchaouen, a mountain fort and city founded in 1471
October 13, 2016
Chefchaouen, a mountain fort and city founded in 1471, in Morocco. A land of Sufism and sainthood for centuries. Nowadays, a favorite retreat for artists and writers, as well as for Morocco's movie industry.October 13, 2016.
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摩洛哥 Morocco/ A young lady and a guard
October 13, 2016
A young lady in Chefchaouen and a guard at the royal mausoleum in Rabat, Morocco. October 13, 2016.
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摩洛哥 Morocco/ Ancient ruins of Volubilis
October 16, 2016
Ancient ruins of Volubilis (3rd century BC - 3rd century AD) buried after the great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755 and discovered by the colonizer French. The market in Meknes, the fourth largest city of Morocco, founded by the warrior king Mouley Ismail (1672 - 1727).
Chong-Pin Lin October 16, 2016
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The once dominating Scandinavian naval power has left for us in its capital attractions for tourists：happy colors, fairy-tale atmosphere, spacious parks, rich collections of art work, and exemplifying fatherly childcare.
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November 16, 2014
Cordoba was the first Muslim capital in the Iberia Peninsula conquered by the Moors in 711AD. Once called the "shiny city,it was the center of science, math, and medicine in Europe, where students from all Europe came to study.King Abd Al-Rahman III, 891-961AD, was the most powerful ruler in Spain at the time who made himself the caliph, the highest religious authority in Spain as well. He is well known for saying at the end of his 50-yar rule that "I have diligently numbered the days of pure and genuine happiness which have fallen to my lot: They amount to 14."
During the heydays of Cordoba, it saw peaceful co-existence of the Muslims, the Catholics, and the Jews. The Moorish king even trusted a wise Jewsih as his prime minister.
- Nov 28 Fri 2014 23:51
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
- Nov 28 Fri 2014 21:58
November 23, 2014
An ancient city known for the towering acqueduct constructed by the Romans in the first century AD. It prides itself on the castle built by the muslims in the 10th century which the drawing of the cartoon movie "Snow White" was based on. Segovia is 91 km northwest of Madrid.
- Nov 28 Fri 2014 21:31
November 18 & 19, 2014
這是一度"全世界第一個帝國的首都"。當地人稱西班牙全盛期16世紀時，這也是全世界最富有的都市，因為南北美的金銀香料都經此運進歐洲。他們說此成之高塔也一度是全世界最高的建築物。This is once the capital of a world empire, the first in human history. People in Sevilla claim that it was once the richest city in the world, thanks to the treasures from the Americas shipped to Europe through this port after Christopher Columbus discovered the New World.