Seville, Granada and the Sierra Nevada

Seville is in many ways a contrast to Lisbon, where I came from before landing here on a small Turboprop. It is really like a Fado club versus a Flamenco performance. The Cathedral is enormous and I enjoyed seeing Christopher Columbus tomb there. It remind me of old maps, sailing ships, canon balls and mystical stories of exploration and the sea. Alcazar is impressive too and was the first large scale witness of the ancient Arabian civilization on the Southern tip of the Iberian peninsula. But then driving over to the Alhambra on top of the city of Granada was another marvelous example. The snow covered mountains at the fringe of the Sierra Nevada reminded me of one of my first interests in Solar Energy, as the first large scale thermal  solar power plant is on the Almeria plateau. From Granada heading strait South gives a nice drive along the Costa Del Sol towards Malaga. And again the distance back to Hahn Airport was only 29 Euros. A long flight back followed from Frankfurt/Main to Beijing. I did not get sleep on that one as I had to provide first aid to a collapsed passenger. The only assistance provided by the Chinese fellow passengers was to block the way and take videos with their smart phones. Welcome back to the People's Republic. 

 View on the Sierra Nevada from Alhambra (as seen on the 5th of February, 2014)

View on the Sierra Nevada from Alhambra (as seen on the 5th of February, 2014)

 View on Granada from Alhambra (as seen on the 5th of February, 2014)

View on Granada from Alhambra (as seen on the 5th of February, 2014)

 Moorish architecture and ornaments in the Alhambra.

Moorish architecture and ornaments in the Alhambra.