Spain, like Italy, Greece and other European countries, is living a dark age, due to the current financial crisis.
As German Chancellor Angela Merkel said recently, Spain’s crisis is a consequence of an “irresponsible decade”. She is right or, to better say, partially right, as there is no irresponsible debtor if there is no irresponsible lender.
Spanish socialists, liberals, neoliberals, lefties, conservatives, nationalists and all kind of assorted charlatans have ruined this country with their egoism, incompetence and shocking irresponsibility during the last decade (or decades?)
It’s surprising that in such an ill-ruled country flourish such a successful businessman as Don Amancio Ortega (founder of “Zara” shops and the fourth richest person on the planet, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires List), or such a triumphant sportsman as Rafa Nadal (tennis), or such an awesome blogger as Covetotop (me).
In the medieval epic poem called “El Cantar de mío Cid” (“The Poem of the Cid”) one character says about the legendary warrior El Cid and his mediocre king: “What a good vassal. If only he had a good lord!”
Today, as in the past, we have no good lord, and we have to pay the painful consequences of our politicians’ negligence and greed.
The good news is that we, like Italians and Greeks do, have a warming sun, a mild clime, lovely panoramas, plenty of light and wonderful balconies and windows to enjoy all of them!
Hence, in these gloomy days, Covetotop is seeking the light through some nice balconies and windows of Spain, from North to South, from East to West.
Come on. Seek the light with me.
Above: Interior of the old house known as “Pazo Molinos de Antero” (Monforte de Lemos, Galicia). This is a wonderful house from the 18th century, private owned by the descendants of the founding family. Covetotop was there some time ago and it was an unforgettable visit. If you are a sensitive person and, consequently, you show a natural admiration for this charming house, his friendly owner will treat you as a member of his family just after a five minutes talk. Visiting this house is strongly recommended if you ever go to this magic corner of the green Galicia.
His webpage (Spanish only) is: www.pazomolinosdeantero.com
If you want to read a brief history (in English) of Pazo Molinos de Antero, you can click here.
As a contrast to the peaceful light of the Pazo Molinos de Antero’s window, here below you have a room with a war view: the fortress of La Alhambra …
The Alhambra is a microcosmos of fortresses, palaces and gardens built by the last Arab rulers of the Emirate of Granada in al-Andalus (modern Andalucía, in Southern Spain) in the 14th century.
The Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and arguably one of the most beautiful places on Earth. I’ll post about it one of these days. But, for the meantime, you’d better visit its official webpage.
Here below you have a peaceful view of confusing lights within the Alhambra palace:
Sometimes it’s difficult to spot a balcony in the white villages of Andalucia. They must be very shy, as they tend to hide themselves behind a thick courtain of flowers and plants … See a pair of examples here below:
Ultramodern buildings with ultramodern windows scare Covetotop . They mean public debt and private poverty. Here below, you’ll find Covetotop’s daunting view of the new premises of the Reina Sofía Museum of Modern Art (Madrid). Notwithstanding its mad façade, it contains a long list of masterpieces by modern Spanish painters (Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró …):
On the other hand, Covetotop likes modernist (no ultramodern) windows and balconies designed by such a genius as the architect Antoni Gaudí. Humble resources, when mixed with talent and creativity, always produce far better results than pure debt. This house (below) seems a living creature (in fact, Gaudí’s buildings in Barcelona have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Site too) … Its name is “Casa Batlló“, and it “lives” in Barcelona:
The view of these humble houses of the old Jewish quarter of Hervás (Extremadura, Western Spain) produces a sweet nirvana in any casual visitor as he passes by them …
A storm is coming (Parador de Oropesa, province of Toledo, Castilla La Mancha) …
Ceramic of Talavera de la Reina is an art … This cute balcony is in the village of Oropesa (province of Toledo)
A balcony from the Middle Ages, made of stone (Calaceite, Aragón, Northeastern Spain):
Not very far from Calaceite, in the little village of Fuendetodos (Aragón), light played an important role in the humble house that you can see here below. It was the birth place of one of the greatest masters of light in the History of Art: Francisco de Goya …
A musical balcony in Peratallada (Baix Empordà, Catalonia) …
This chaotic balcony is in Santillana del Mar (Cantabria, Northern Spain)
Light has been playing for 1117 years within the walls of the Pre-Romanesque monastery of San Salvador de Valdediós (known as “el Conventín”), in Asturias, Northern Spain:
Weather is warmer in Cabo de Gata (Andalucía, Southern Spain)
Now the time comes to post here the last window. This is the cheapest one of them all. By this I mean it is made with the cheapest components: just a canvas, some oil paints and a wooden frame. It is a painting named “Figure at the Window”. You can see a girl, a window and the sea (the Mediterranean sea). By the way, even the model worked for free, as she was Ana María, the painter’s sister.
This Spanish painting is dated 1925, when Spain was a poor country.
The painter was Salvador Dalí. Today this painting is priceless: