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Ventana - An Enchanting Resort in BIg Sur

Summary: I love Ventana. I highly recommend visiting  and exploring the landscape at Lime Kiln and Andrew Molera State Park which I've blogged about here. Please note this is #notsponsored . Yes, that means we paid our own bill! Lots of details in the following review. including a Post Ranch vs Ventana comparison.  Can you tell there's something exciting beyond this beautiful gate? There's something special about Big Sur, a magic in the light, the presence of the Pacific, the cliffs, beaches, redwood forests and the murmur of the surf. It's one of my favorite places in California. I couldn't think of anywhere else I wanted to be to celebrate turning fifty, because it's a place where there's a sense of nature, space and light and a wide horizon. We've been to Big Sur many times and for a celebration there are two fantastic hotels vying for your attention. The exclusive, modern and very private, cliff top Post Ranch Inn and on the other side of the road the …

Just Back from Spain, Ireland and England!

Typical street scene in Seville.

We're just back from a three week trip. I'll probably be telling you most about Spain where we visited Seville, Cordoba, Ubeda and Grenada. You can expect lots of food, nice hotels, lovely spring gardens, cathedrals, architecture and design. We had a lovely time and took far too many pictures.  Here are a few to whet your appetite...

There were so many wonderful decorative details in tile and plaster.

The sense of history was inescapable; from the Moors, to the Inquisition, and the "discovery" of America. 
Statue in the Alcazar gardens, Cordoba
"Ferdinand meet Columbus, Columbus do let me introduce you to my wife Isabella" - I wonder how this worked out?

After our time in the Middle East it was striking to see  Moorish architectural and decorative forms in Europe.
The Alhambra in Grenada. 
We visited towards the end of Lent, and while I missed  the famous processions for Holy Week, we did get a sense for the enduring influence of the church  in the elaborate preparations for Easter that were evident throughout our visit.