Sonia & Kenny- Dreams Do Come True- New York Fall Engagement Photos- Central Park & Brooklyn

NYC, New York Fall Engagement Photos, Brooklyn, Central Park
I love New York.
So much so that one time my friend and I opted for a 24 hour layover there “on the way” to Aruba. If geography is not your strong suit, like me, New York is not even a little bit “on the way” from Los Angles to Aruba. But nonetheless, we managed to see two shows in 24 hours. Now that’s commitment!
I’ve always thought it would be fun to do an engagement session in Central Park. So when I found myself with the opportunity to do just that, IN THE FALL!…..I kinda freaked.
Sonia and Kenny were born on opposite coasts. Sonia’s from NorCal, Kenny, from New York. They met in New York, but their April wedding will be in NorCal. So their engagement session HAD to be in New York! We spent all day roaming around the city, soaking in as much fall as we could! Even getting some pumpkin soup! Yum! I had such a great time with both of them. I can’t wait till April!
NYC, New York Fall Engagement Photos, Brooklyn, Central Park
NYC, New York Fall Engagement Photos, Brooklyn, Central Park
NYC, New York Fall Engagement Photos, Brooklyn, Central Park
NYC, New York Fall Engagement Photos, Brooklyn, Central Park
NYC, New York Fall Engagement Photos, Brooklyn, Central Park
NYC, New York Fall Engagement Photos, Brooklyn, Central Park
NYC, New York Fall Engagement Photos, Brooklyn, Central Park
NYC, New York Fall Engagement Photos, Brooklyn, Central Park
NYC, New York Fall Engagement Photos, Brooklyn, Central Park
NYC, New York Fall Engagement Photos, Brooklyn, Central Park
NYC, New York Fall Engagement Photos, Brooklyn, Central Park
NYC, New York Fall Engagement Photos, Brooklyn, Central Park
NYC, New York Fall Engagement Photos, Brooklyn, Central Park
NYC, New York Fall Engagement Photos, Brooklyn, Central Park
NYC, New York Fall Engagement Photos, Brooklyn, Central Park
NYC, New York Fall Engagement Photos, Brooklyn, Central Park
NYC, New York Fall Engagement Photos, Brooklyn, Central Park
NYC, New York Fall Engagement Photos, Brooklyn, Central Park
NYC, New York Fall Engagement Photos, Brooklyn, Central Park
NYC, New York Fall Engagement Photos, Brooklyn, Central Park
NYC, New York Fall Engagement Photos, Brooklyn, Central Park
NYC, New York Fall Engagement Photos, Brooklyn, Central Park
NYC, New York Fall Engagement Photos, Brooklyn, Central Park
NYC, New York Fall Engagement Photos, Brooklyn, Central Park
NYC, New York Fall Engagement Photos, Brooklyn, Central Park
NYC, New York Fall Engagement Photos, Brooklyn, Central Park
NYC, New York Fall Engagement Photos, Brooklyn, Central Park
NYC, New York Fall Engagement Photos, Brooklyn, Central Park
NYC, New York Fall Engagement Photos, Brooklyn, Central Park
NYC, New York Fall Engagement Photos, Brooklyn, Central Park
NYC, New York Fall Engagement Photos, Brooklyn, Central Park
NYC, New York Fall Engagement Photos, Brooklyn, Central Park
NYC, New York Fall Engagement Photos, Brooklyn, Central Park
NYC, New York Fall Engagement Photos, Brooklyn, Central Park
NYC, New York Fall Engagement Photos, Brooklyn, Central Park
NYC, New York Fall Engagement Photos, Brooklyn, Central Park
NYC, New York Fall Engagement Photos, Brooklyn, Central Park
NYC, New York Fall Engagement Photos, Brooklyn, Central Park
NYC, New York Fall Engagement Photos, Brooklyn, Central Park
NYC, New York Fall Engagement Photos, Brooklyn, Central Park
NYC, New York Fall Engagement Photos, Brooklyn, Central Park
NYC, New York Fall Engagement Photos, Brooklyn, Central Park
NYC, New York Fall Engagement Photos, Brooklyn, Central Park
NYC, New York Fall Engagement Photos, Brooklyn, Central Park
NYC, New York Fall Engagement Photos, Brooklyn, Central Park
NYC, New York Fall Engagement Photos, Brooklyn, Central Park
NYC, New York Fall Engagement Photos, Brooklyn, Central Park
NYC, New York Fall Engagement Photos, Brooklyn, Central Park

Vintage Travel Save the Dates

Josh & Kristin,

You are getting a lot of air time on my blog these days.  But you guys are so cool I can’t help it!  I loved the save the dates that you guys sent out!  I loved them so much they got their own photo shoot right before they flew off on their honeymoon and I got to go on vacation for a few days to Cabo. For those planning on taking a trip very soon, then make sure that you have International Insurance.

You guys are a great example of what it looks like to carry a theme through.  Nice work!

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Look at you!  Even your stamps are fun!

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Love, Jen

PS- I can’t wait to post some pics of your custom designed guest book!

Come Fly With Me

Dear Josh & Kristin,

When Karey first called me to tell me that you were looking for a photographer I was excited.  I would finally get to meet this “Josh & Kristin” that I had heard so much about.  I thought you must be OK if you were such good friends with Karey. 🙂  But I had no idea just how much I would like you both!

I loved talking with you guys about all of the places you’ve traveled together (Kristin, you’re smart to be marrying a pilot!  I gotta get me one of those 😉  And kudos, Josh, on your sweet proposal up in Oregon.  What girl doesn’t want to be whisked away to a beautiful place and have the man she loves ask her to marry him?

So when you guys told me about your idea for a vintage travel themed wedding, I swooned a little.  OK… a lot.  And when you told me you were thinking about doing a vintage themed engagement shoot… oh my gosh I think I fell in love a little bit.  I couldn’t wait to do your engagement shoot!

I’m in love with this shoot!  I love how there are so many stories that can be told from these photos.  I couldn’t believe that the guy at Planes of Fame let us do pretty much whatever we wanted!  Even getting in one!  The planes were amazing and it was fun to hear some of the history.  Kristin, I loved how you pulled together the whole look with the vintage suitcases and gloves and everything.  You are adorable!

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Oooh, Kristin!  Look at those legs!  And Josh, you’re lookin’ pretty dapper in that uniform of yours.

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Work it.

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There’s those legs again!  Girl, I’m a little jealous.

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Where you guys goin’?  Can you sneak me on the plane?

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There’s something I love about the emotion in these.  It’s like you’re saying goodbye before a long trip.

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I’ll get to the other half of our shoot in the next post. I just thought this part deserved a post all its own.

To be continued……

The End of the Road- Sevilla

We’re to the last stop of our Spain adventure.  (say it isn’t so!)  Sevilla.

Our first stop was the Alcazar, a beautiful Islamic palace.  The grounds were gorgeous.  I loved the Jacaranda trees.

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While we were eating lunch outside it started to rain.  HARD.  Luckily we were under a tarp, but we watched as people did what they could to take cover.

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With it raining so much, there wasn’t much sightseeing to be done.  So we found this fun place to have some tea and watch the world go by.

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Back in the room… this was the weirdest hair dryer I’ve ever seen.

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The next day we went to see the cathedral.  Here’s the head of John the Baptist.  Now… why did someone feel this was an important sculpture to make?  Gross!

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I climbed to the top of the Giralda Tower.  It was originally part of a mosque, but when they built the cathedral, they kept it.

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Such spectacular views of the city.

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Night view of the cathedral and tower.

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What a great trip!  I can’t believe I got to go to Spain.  What a blessing to be able to see the world and to enjoy it with such a great traveling buddy.

I hope you had fun re-living my adventures with me!

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Arcos de la Frontera- A photographer’s feast!

Because of our crazy adventure in Morocco, and the ferry ride from hell, we ended up leaving Tarifa much later than we had anticipated. We were headed to Arcos de la Frontera for the night. The place we were staying said that we needed to check in by 10pm, but at this point, even though we were driving fast, we were pretty sure we weren’t going to make it. So we called on the way there to tell them. No problem, they said. We pulled into town just a few minutes after 10, thankfully, and asked a guy for directions. Thank you so much, Mr. handsome Spanish man.

As Lanette drove through the skinniest one way streets know to man (in the dark), we found our hotel…. or so we thought. I couldn’t understand why the woman at the front desk was being so snooty answering my questions…. until I realized…. I was at the wrong hotel. Sorry lady! Guess I’ll call our hotel again. Finally, through my broken Spanish and her broken English, she was able to come down the street and find us. Nicest lady EVER!

We got checked into our room and crashed. What a day!

The next morning we got up and realized we were staying in another treasure of a place. This is the keyhole in the front door. It’s a replica of the original one, that’s hundreds of years old.

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Here’s the original they had framed.

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Traditional Spanish courtyard where we ate breakfast. And this is the key to our room!  Can you imagine my joy when they handed it to me?

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Stairs up to our room. They were pretty steep and windy. This little door went out onto the rooftop deck. Watch your head!

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The rooftop. The window to the left of those yellow flowers is the window to our room.

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The view.

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Woah!  Don’t look down!

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Rick Steeves called Arcos de la Frontera “a photographer’s feast”. He was right. We loved­ roaming around these windy streets, exploring and taking photos.

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I love this photo Lanette got of me.  I look like such a traveler…. tourist…. whatever.

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One more view of the town on the hill as we headed out.

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Last stop…. Sevilla!

One CRAZY adventure!- Tarifa & Tangier, Morocco

Alrighty… we’ve got 3 more cities to visit in Spain. Technically 4, but I wasn’t very impressed by one of them so it doesn’t get it’s own post. 🙂

I could have stayed in Ronda and relaxed for a couple more days, but we still had more of the country to see. So we hit the road to drive down to the coast, to the Straight of Gibraltar. We caught a glimpse of the Rock of Gibraltar in the distance but didn’t go close enough to get a photo. We headed to Tarifa, a little white-washed port town, where we had a hotel right on the ocean. We read that they hold a lot of wind-surfing competitions there. Wanna guess why? Yeah… it’s REALLY windy. When we checked into our “beach-side resort”, our stinky room was a major disappointment, especially after our amazing place in Ronda. We got them to switch our room, so at least we could stand being in there, then headed into town to check it out.

Well when they say “sleepy little town” they’re not kidding! I think we may have seen 3 people walking around. It wasn’t sleepy, it was DEAD. It was the weirdest feeling! We did arrive during siesta time though. This town really took their siesta seriously! We had a hard time finding somewhere to get lunch because almost everything was closed.

We did come across the cutest little bakery though. We wandered in to get something hot to drink and ended up staying for at least an hour and a half. We struck up a conversation with the owner, a cute little German gal, as we tried some of the sweets her husband makes. Delicious! We found out about how she and her Spanish born husband met in college in Germany and how they had recently moved to Spain and opened this bakery. She shared her opinions about Spain’s desserts and how they don’t really have any good ones. Well compared to these, she’s right! Two German couples came in to ask for directions and when she delighted them by speaking their language they bought a bunch of treats and coffee. She made their day!

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After I got a few photos of her cute shop, which was by far the best thing about Tarifa, we thought we should get out of her hair. We said goodbye and wandered back through the town, which was much more alive now, wandered through some shops, where I bought a cute bag, and back to our car. We needed to get some good sleep since we were headed to Morocco in the morning!

This day was QUITE the adventure. As we rushed over to buy tickets for the ferry, we needed to decide if we were going to join a tour or if we would just hire our own guide when we got there. I kinda “helped” sway us away from the tour. We just barely made the ferry so we were kinda stressed out. I could tell Lanette wasn’t too happy with “our” decision to hire a guide, so we were kinda quiet during the whole ride over. Check out Intrepid Powerboats for more boat options. Once off the boat, we had to decide on a guide. A man approached us and we talked with him for a while. It was much more expensive than I thought it would be, but what choice did we have at this point? I told Lanette it would be fine and really hoped it would be!

Our guide, whose name I’ve blanked on, found a guy to drive us around for the day. First they took us to this lighthouse, which is where the Mediterranean Sea and Straight of Gibraltar meet.

I didn’t take my 5D with me that day so all of these photos were taken on my s-95 point and shoot.

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And here we are with our guide.

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Then as a “special treat” he took us to this beautiful resort to show us the amazing views. I think it was more of a fancy bathroom stop. Smart move, in my opinion. I’m sure these bathrooms were much nicer than ones we might find elsewhere around the city. Either way, I didn’t mind.

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Our guide kept comparing what we were getting from his tour to what the big tours do. He showed us these camels, saying that most of the time “those tours” include a camel ride. When we asked why he said, “I don’t know. People just have this idea that you see camels in Morocco, which is weird.” We joked about that for a while and I somehow felt smarter and better than “those tour people”. Or guide was doing a good job. 🙂

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One of the places the other tours don’t go is the Caves of Hercules. It was cool to climb down in there. The mouth of the cave is said to look like the outline of Africa. I don’t know…. do you see it?

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We got to walk around the Kasbah, and yep…. we rocked it. 🙂 And you know I had that song in my head ALL day (as you will now!) I loved all the colors.

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This the old wall of the Kasbah.

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Our guide told us he was going to treat us to the best mint tea in town. When that just so happened to be in a big rug shop I realized that there was an angle here somewhere. Nonetheless, we really enjoyed the tea and seeing all of the rugs. Lanette bought a small one. I had no intention of buying one so it wasn’t hard to say no, since I knew where to shop Pakistani Rugs at NW Rugs online. It WAS interesting to see how the one the guy was trying to get me to buy went from over 1000 euros to 500 euros by the time I left. Amazing!

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I was in the market for some lanterns, which I haggled with this guy for. We were there for a long time. I got him down to about one third his original price. I probably could have done even better, but I was happy with my purchase and Lanette was impressed with my skills! He gave us each a pair of earrings, which was nice.

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Next we had an amazing lunch. Probably the best meal of the whole trip!  Cool place, huh?

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They asked us if we wanted water or Coke. Neither of us are soda drinkers, but in this case, not knowing where the water was coming from, we both quickly chose Coke.

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Loved the tile work.

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I looked down and realized my “secret” money stash wasn’t being so secretive. And… I looked like a dork.

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How awesome is this texture?

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We settled up on everything, thankful for our adventure and to our guide. He was really nice, but I think maybe he was ready to get rid of us. We got on the ferry to head back. A few minutes into the trip things weren’t looking so good. There were some people fighting over a seat and yelling so loud, most of the boat was standing up to see what was happening. Fun times! Then, the water started to get a little rough. Then A LOT rough. Waves were splashing up against the windows as I thought about how I maybe shoulda watched that safety video a little more closely. Where did they say those life vests were? I watched as the man in the corner got sweatier and sweatier. You know how they say that people turn green when they get sick? Well… sometimes they do. One woman was laying on the floor as her 2 year old fanned her. Another woman’s husband was holding ice on the back of his wife’s neck in between throwing up. No one could walk through the boat except for the “stewardess” ladies who kindly handed out free bags, for our “convenience”. Most of the passengers used them. Lanette and I were strong. Lanette held a pressure point on her wrist and laughed at the absurdity of this whole scene, while I plugged my ears and closed my eyes (as not to see or hear anything) and hummed “It is Well with my Soul”, trying desperately not to lose that wonderful lunch I had just eaten.

The 35 minute ferry ride turned into an hour of torture. By the time we pulled into port, Lanette and I were standing at the door with several other people, ready to RUN off of that boat as soon as they opened that door! As we hurried to our car we couldn’t help laughing at our crazy adventure.

Ronda, Spain- A sweet surprise

You know… I realized that I never finished blogging my trip to Spain.  So I’m determined to finish before the end of the year!

When last we checked in on this traveling duo, they were in Granada.  We had decided that we would rent a car for part of our trip so we could see more of the countryside.  I was really excited to be our designated driver so I got an international driver’s license before we left.  I thought it would just sound cool to say that I drove around Spain’s countryside.  Little did I know, an automatic car is hard to come by in Europe.  And this girl never learned how to drive stick.  Stink!  Luckily, Lanette does drive stick, so she became our driver I took on the role of navigator….. somehow not as cool.

We arrived in Ronda a little past half way through our trip and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect.  Scattered throughout the southern part of Spain are a bunch of little white washed hill towns.  Ronda was the first one we visited.  The main feature of this little town is the gorge.  The town is sorta divided in half by it.  Here’s the view fro the top.

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I decided I needed to hike down to get a better shot of the gorge.  It was a lovely little hike.

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I loved these yellow pom pom flowery things!

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And the poppies!

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And here’s the view from the bottom.

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Aaaaannnnd that’s about all there was to do in this sleepy little town, so we headed to our “hotel”.  We hadn’t booked any places to stay before we left the States (except for in Barcelona) so we would find a wifi spot and get on booking.com to make our reservations for the next town we would be visiting.  We booked this place just outside of Ronda, but had no idea what a treat we were in for.

Here’s what we saw as we turned onto the dirt road to get to our place.  That’s it nestled in the middle of those trees.

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We kept pinching ourselves.

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We had no idea when we booked a room at Casa de Campo that we would be staying in paradise!

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I sat out here and read.

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The door to our room and our little balcony.

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The comfiest bed of our whole trip.  And I loved all the little lanterns everywhere.

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After the wonderful dinner that they served us, one of the ladies brought us a basket of wood and built a fire.  We sat here in disbelief at how spoiled we were.

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The view from our little balcony.

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We heard lots of noises from different animals and on our walk we found some of them.  The best one was the turkey that gobbled at us!

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Cute little bunny!

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The next day we decided to do nothing.  We needed a little rest from being on the go all the time.  Lanette took a nap on that comfy bed while I read and journaled and then explored the property a little more.

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A peahen

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Isn’t that pool awesome?  It even had a water slide!

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More poppies and one of the bunnies we found in the barn.

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New Fine Art Site

Lately I’ve had some people email me, asking about purchasing some of my travel photos.  That’s such a wonderful compliment!  Well now you can!

Da da da da!!!!!! (That’s my best trumpet impersonation)

I am pleased to announce the launch of Jen Disney Fine Art.  It’s very exciting for me and feels a little bit like one of those “full circle” deals, since I was a fine art major in college.  Now you can purchase any of my art prints for your home or for a gift.

So go on over and take a look and let me know if you’re interested in having a “Jen Disney original”. 🙂

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Granada… and a little bit of Madrid

Ready for more Spain?  Alrighty!  Well I have to back up a little.  Before we went to Cordoba, we did stay one night in Madrid.  I skipped over it before because I really don’t have that many photos from there.  It wasn’t my favorite city by any means.  Just big and crowded.  So here’s what I remember about Madrid.  These were all taken on my point and shoot.

There were some beautiful buildings.

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We made sure we went to this famous place for churros y chocolate.

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And this was the sketchy place we stayed that had hookers standing not far down the street.  The first thing Lanette did was pull back the covers to see if the sheets were clean.  I didn’t blame her!

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Then we stopped in Cordoba for a few hours on our way to Granada.  The further south you get the more Moroccan/Moorish influence you see.  This was a cool little market that I probably could have spent a lot of money in.

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The signature Moorish keyhole doorways.  This was part of the old wall or old gate….. I don’t remember, but it was really old. 🙂

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Our trip to Granada was all about the Alhambra, the Moorish palace built in the 14th century.  We hiked up to a spot with a beautiful view of the Alhambra.  It’s huge!

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I was continually amazed by the carving in this place.  Amazing.

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There was a team of photographers doing a “day after” type of shoot there.  If the couple wasn’t out of focus I would totally put this in my portfolio and say, “look, I’ve shot a wedding in Spain!”  Just kidding I would never do that.  It was really hard to not go pose that couple though.

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Look at all of that detail!

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Of course, after the Reconquista, portions of the Alhambra were used by Christian rulers.  Charles V, however, decided he needed something new to live in and built this interesting palace.

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I’ve always wondered what the public baths that I’ve heard about in the history books looked like.  Well, here’s one.  Pretty cool.

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The gardens were stunning.

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Not a bad place to live, huh kitty?

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Which one do you like better?  The horizontal or vertical view?

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Water means life in the Muslim faith, so there were lots of water features.  The stairway below had cold, cold water running down either side so as you walked up the stairs you could run your hand through.

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Beautiful.