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Featured Photo: Floating Fairytales

Featured Photo: Floating Fairytales (Ronda, Spain)

The white villages of Andalucia, tethered to the edges of deep gorges and dramatic cliffs, float like fairytale towns above the countryside of southern Spain. Ronda, Spain perched above the El Tajo gorge is a picturesque labyrinth of old and older. The Moors —and the Romans before them, left behind ancient baths and winding walls. This view, with the Sierras as a backdrop, is one of my favorites.

 

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Spelled Out in Gothic Barcelona

Even amidst the brain fog that will drift into any 25-hour day it was unlikely we would forget we were in Barcelona last summer. And these bold metal letters near the Catedral de Barcelona were solid proof that our city amble was no dream. Rich with the Roman remnants of a 2000 year history, Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic) remains the heart of this lively Spanish city.

The ancient section is a labyrinth of narrow streets punctuated by courtyards and placas -larger squares that are hubs of activity and commerce. Our day’s exploration took us first through the Portal del Bisbe, a city entrance dating back to the time of Emperor Augustus.

From there we found the Placa del Rei and ambled on to the Placa St. Miguela. Eventually, at sunset. we arrived at the 15th century church Santa Maria del Pi where age-old histories infused the medieval architecture with a haunting sort of beauty that made the afternoon an almost otherworldly sort of experience. An evening of sushi and wine on our seventh floor balcony primed us for the next day’s explorations.

 

 

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Featured Photo: Cloud Kisser (Trump Tower Chicago)

Featured Photo: Cloud Kisser (Trump Tower Chicago)

It fits. The Trump Tower Chicago (or more formally: the Trump International Hotel and Tower) is settled into its Wabash Avenue address and holding court over the famed Magnificent Mile as if it had been there all along. 92 stories of hotel, residential and meeting space rise up within the newly completed 415 meter structure. In a city known for architectural achievement, the Trump complements without overwhelming its surroundings. Its spire may get in the way of the occasional cloud, but the building itself is an attractive addition to the downtown skyline.

I caught this moment in August of 2011 while on a morning coffee run, walking west on Whacker toward Michigan.

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