Photogenic Segovia

Spain has so many cool towns.  Some are strikingly beautiful but reside in the middle of flat, unremarkable landscapes.  Sevilla and Cordoba come to mind that fit this mold.  Other towns like Granada and Ronda benefit by their naturally beautiful surroundings that add romance to their otherwise nondescript downtowns.

Segovia has a bit of both going for it.  Vistas of snow-capped peaks in the distance and a hilly topography accentuate the prime features that make up its dramatic skyline.  One that includes an 8th century city wall, a Gothic cathedral, and a whimsical fortress that was said to inspire Cinderella’s castle.  Oh, and on the other side of town is a nearly 2000 year-old Roman water carrying device.

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Uttarayan Kite Festival

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My wife:  “We need to have the boys miss a week of school right after winter break.”

Me:  “Even after the two week vacation?  Why?”

Wife: “Uttarayan.”

Every January 14, my wife’s former home state of Gujarat, India hosts one of the largest kite festivals in the world.  She, her brother, and cousins have fond memories participating while growing up.  I had heard bits and pieces about what it was like and had to see for myself.  Not to mention it would probably be a blast for our boys as well.

Uttarayan (pronounced “oot-tran” to my untrained ear) is part Thanksgiving, part 4th of July, part board-game night and 100% good old fashioned fun.

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Semana Santa in Granada

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I’ve come to appreciate that spring in Andalusia, Spain is not only a time for cyprus, almond, and olive trees to bloom but it also marks the season of festivals.  A time to get back out in warmer weather and reunite with your fellow neighbors.  And Holy Week (Semana Santa) in Granada seems to kick it all off.

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