Good morning lovely T-Gang! How are you all? Are you sitting comfortably? I have a lot of things to show you today.
First off is a postcard from Germany: Munich. I don't normally like multi-views but these photos are quite tasteful. I have travelled through Munich many times and all I remember is the train station and the beer.
As today is T for Tuesday, hosted by Elizabeth and Bluebeard at Altered Book Lover, I am going to show you a beverage. On our second morning in Almería, we had breakfast in a delightful cafe called La Dulce Alianza (trad: the sweet alliance)
On the way out we walked along the display cabinets of the cakes and chocolates....
No, we didn't buy any. We had a full day of sight-seeing ahead of us.
We went to the Alcazaba, which had been closed the day before.
In 955, Almería gained the title of medina ("city") by the Caliph of Cordoba, Abd ar-Rahman III: construction of the defensive citadel, located in the upper sector of the city, began in this period. The alcazaba, provided not only with walls and towers but also with squares, houses and a mosque, was to be also the seat of the local government, commanding the city and the sea nearby.
It was warm and sunny, but there was a bit of wind as you can see.
So we went through the first entrance:
Through a beautiful garden, up some steps to the next large door:
I love the shape of these doors. Here you can also see how thick the walls of this fortess are.
On the inside were even more beautiful gardens with flowers:
and water features:
In one of the many courtyards we found several cats. (I though Bluebeard might like a glimpse of a Spanish beauty):
A couple of building held exhibitions. This is one of the artifacts unearthed there, a fragment of a jar decorated in manganese:
This stuff is all 8th or 9th century. Below is a small recepticle for facial cream or make up. There is even a little spoon to apply it with. This whole thing was only the size of my hand.
Some fragments with writing:
And a bowl, not bigger than a dinner plate, beautifully decorated. It was deep so could have been a salad bowl. (Did they eat salads in those days?)
Some more flowers:
This was near the place where the cats lived:
Walking back to the main building crossing the excavation site. This place is a continuous archeological dig. We were only allowed to walk in certain areas.Looking back over the excavation site:
Me having a little rest:
This is inside:A canon and a very old door:
The view from one of the windows:
We could see all over the harbour and the sea.
Walking back through a different part of the gardens, again with the running water in the middle of the paths:
I hope you enjoyed seeing the Alcazaba with me.
Happy T-Day to all!