Un Vacación Para Un Gentilhombre…


Come travel with us on a wonderful trip through the region of Andalusea in southern Spain. You’ll find Zurich Mike’s complete travel itinerary below the fold.  The music accompanying Mike’s photos is called “Fantasia para un Gentilhombre” ( Fantasia for a Gentleman), by Joaquín Rodrigo,  and played by Andres Segovia.  I couldn’t think of a more appropriate theme for ZM.

Mike’s travel itinerary:

  • VALENCIA – Located on the eastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula, Valencia is Spain’s third largest city.
  • LORCA – Home to Lorca Castle. In the Middle Ages Lorca was the frontier town between Christian and Muslim Spain.
  • CARMONA -Built on a ridge overlooking the central plain of Andalusia, Carmona was made impregnable during the long occupation by the Moors, who erected walls around it, and built fountains and palaces within.
  • CÓRDOBA – Home to the Mezquita-Cathedral. A Christian basilica (around AD 600), then a mosque (mezquita) under the Moors (8th-13th centuries), then a cathedral after the Reconquista.
  • SEVILLA – Site of the Alcázar (Moorish palace), The Giralda and Cathedral of St. Mary in Seville, and the Metropol Parasol.
  • RONDA – “El Tajo” gorge and Ronda New Bridge. The old town quarter called La Ciudad – famous haunt of Ernest Hemingway, Orson Wells, and Rainer Marie Rilke. And, the Festival of Ronda, near the area where Hemingway became a fan of bullfighting. and the Moorish baths.
  • GRANADA – The Alhambra, the complete form of which was Calat Alhambra, is the Nasrid palace and fortress complex located in Granada, Andalusia, Spain.
  • GIBRALTAR (UK) – Rock of Gibraltar, and the Barbary Apes.

Don’t forget to take all your travel gear to make the travel worth it, from the baggage, the right outfits, the camping gear and the survival cooking kit in case you’re planning staying days.


Spanish Square in Sevilla


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26 Responses to Un Vacación Para Un Gentilhombre…

  1. carterzest says:

    I saw these incredible and extremely artistic photos the other day and was awestruck. Thanks so much for making them into such a touching video, Puddy, and, thanks to ZM and partner for sharing your travels with CTH. We needed a SQUIRREL today!!!!



  2. southcentralpa says:

    Stay kuffar, Spain!


  3. rovatek says:

    Fantastic photos and great choice of music.

    For those who don’t know, the Barbary macaques are the only wild monkeys in Europe and have an interesting history:



  4. ZurichMike says:

    Thank you, Puddy, for making my photos come to life like that! I am blushing a bit, but very, very grateful for your efforts and this lovely video. Muchas gracias, Señora Puddy.


  5. Sharon says:

    WOW – to just the beginning. My eyes and ears will have to feast at length later – and if all you peeps are gonna keep talking in furrin languages we need a translation link added to the post….


  6. tappin52 says:

    Thank you for sharing your fantastic vacation. Wonderful photos.


  7. Josh says:

    Great job, ZM! I like that you appreciate architecture, artistry and craftsmanship. It would be great to sit with a glass of wine as you and yours regale with tales of the photos and the trip. Thanks for sharing!

    :58 forlorn lion
    5:35 unbelievably beautiful
    6:28 that face!
    8:58 LOL who is that!


  8. sundance says:

    That is a most fabulous collaboration. Mike, you have a remarkable eye for context and depth. Those pictures are phenomenally well presented – really wonderful talent.

    Puddy, that is some cinematography too. The way you draw the eye to the essential elements within the captured image is, well, a talent unto itself. You could have been a cinematographer, and would have been a well paid one at that. Outstanding work. The music is absolutely perfect against the backdrop of the content.

    Both of y’all have delivered a remarkable gift and I for one am profoundly thankful for it.

    Darn…. now I want to grab a glass of chianti and imagine myself amid the cool breeze of such beauty…. Perhaps I shall.

    Thank you both.


  9. jordan2222 says:

    Incredible stuff.. I only wish I had documented and photographed my trips like this. That was so long ago. I did not have much work with in the way of cameras, etc but I do have memories. Amazing work, Mike… thanks for sharing.


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