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So, here we are in the garden at the Alhambra. Lovely vistas. Fountains. Reflecting ponds.

And snakes!!
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Look a little closer at the pond and those lily pads. Wait. What’s that? With the menacing open mouth? And I watched it grab one of the fish. Nature tooth and claw.


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Detail of a door in the facade of a ruined building near the Alhambra in Granada.  The wall was there.  But the rest of the building was gone.


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The cathedral in Cordoba. Which used to be a mosque, clearly.


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This is the lock mechanism for a chest. They weren’t trying to make a crazy one. Really.


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This wooden ring fit around a column in the church during the repairs.  Does not look like a standard stock part from Home Depot.


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In the cellar again.  At Tio Pepe in Jerez de la Frontera. This time learning a little about sherry production.

So many barrels. So little time.


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Beautiful day in the Bay Area today. A perfect day for the final flight of the Space Shuttle Endeavor. Well, on the back of its 747 carrier, anyway.

Like a whole bunch of other people, I headed up to the waterfront opposite the Exploratorium.
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It was originally going to be here around 8:30am. But NASA delayed it an hour to let the fog to burn off a little.

At about quarter of 10, everyone’s milling around. Looking here. Looking over there.
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Nope. Not it.

Everyone’s finding something to do while they wait.
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I asked the person next to me if there was one of those Santa Tracker apps. But of course, zero bars of data there. So just sit tight.
And then, totally worth it.  The space shuttle with its escort over the Golden Gate:
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Two spins around the bay.
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And then on its way.