La Feria De Abril is one of the most famous events in the Andalusian calendar. Along the banks of the Guadalquivir river in Seville’s historic district of Triana this colourful explosion of tradition, dance, food and music has taken place every year since 1846. Entire streets of temporary tents called Casetas are erected, where the wealthy families of the city invite guests to sip on Rebujitos and dance Sevillanas into the early hours of the morning.
Amazona women in wide brimmed hats transport guests into the Feria on horseback through crowds of locals in traditional dress - the women in an embellished Traje de Gitana with carnations in their hair, and men in a Traje de Chaqueta. As the alleged birthplace of Flamenco, this captivating music is everywhere, with pulsating rhythms of Las Palmas and the distinctive voice of a local singing songs about his city and its people.
Every corner of this mile-long festival captures a particular spirit only found in Seville, and it’s easy to feel the deep sense of pride that Andalusians of all generations have for their culture and traditions.
The Alhambra in Granada is one of the latest examples of Moorish architecture in Spain, originally the palace to the Nasrid rulers before Christian re-conquest in 1492. The palace was designed through the repetition and pattern of design and inscription, to focus the viewer's minds exclusively on the one higher reality of god. The walls of the Alhambra are covered in intricate pattern and geometry with no sign of any figurative depictions of God.
Water signifies the impermanence of life - a teaching in Islam that everything we experience in this life will pale in comparison to Allah's higher reality. The intricate stone carvings seem to transform this hard material, giving it the quality of fragile lace.