OK , I KNOW…YOU’RE THINKING HE’S OFF AGAIN! BUT TRUST ME, THESE PICS, (ESPECIALLY THE LANDSCAPE FORMAT), LOOK SO MUCH BETTER BIGGER. GIVE’EM A CLICK…WOULD I LIE TO YOU?
So, I’ve hopefully whet your appetite for a bit more of what Almeria has got to offer…Up to now I’ve just given you a few random streets, a few odd buildings and a smidgen of graffiti….All perfectly acceptable subjects, but not specifically Almerian, could have been most any Spanish city.
How about if I take you for a spin around the Alcazaba?
First things first…This is my favourite building in the whole of Spain…You can shove your Alhambra Palaces and your Cordoban Mezquitas right up where the sun don’t shine, because this baby knocks’em both into a cocked hat.
It’s not lovingly restored like the two aforementioned, in fact a good proportion of it is positively crumbly…But oh my giddy aunt it is spectacular. Smack dab on top of a dirty great hill at the top of the town, you find yourself surrounded by humongous great walls, the biggest sky you’ve ever clapped eye’s on, clouds with an attitude, and bugger all else….Amazing!
If like me, you’re a fan of crawling around on gritty man sized slabs, just to get an angle,you might easily feel like you’re in some Cloud Castle where bygone gods meted out imaginative punishments to the world below as a bit of light afternoon entertainment in between a bit of slap and tickle with some willing nymphs and strange hybrid horse/man creatures that no-one in their right mind would ever want to ride.
I’m pretty sure there was no Moorish Zeuss equivalent, (they were all a bit fixated on that other chap I think), but had there have been, I wouldn’t have been at all surprised had he suddenly leaped out and zapped me with some thunderbolty kinda thing or forced me to eat my own testes for a laugh….It just had that ‘omnipotent power/amusing retribution’ kinda vibe going on…Know what I mean?
Anyway, I loved it…REALLY LOVED IT!
More detaily kinda pics to come, but for now these three will hopefully make you realise that Sinatra had it wrong…He shoulda been to Almeria coz if you ain’t been there, you ain’t been anywhere.
All Images Copyright Stuart Allan Hyde.