FOR ME, SPAIN IS THE CHEERING OF THE IBERIAN SPIRIT, A UNIQUE AND PERFECT CHARACTER. THIS IS A COUNTRY FILLED WITH SUN AND BRIGHT COLORS. THE HOMELAND OF FLAMENCO, PAELLA AND GAZPACHO, WHICH LITERALLY SCREAMS OF JOY AND INFLUENCES WITH FLAMING ENERGY. BUT THE MAIN FOR ME IN SPAIN – THE SOUND OF GUITAR STRINGS, ITS AMAZING RHYTHMS AND RUNS.
But to explain such a strong connection with Spain, dream- I’ll take a short excursion to London in the late 1950s. Sometimes I think that I was destined to tie my life with a guitar, because back in 1958 – the first year of my life – I was nursed by a brilliant guitarist. At that time my mother Geina Elliott, student of the Royal Vocal Department College of Music, created a duet with her fellow student and the young prodigy John Williams, the most famous disciple of Segovia. John W., as he sometimes called himself, was still just on the cusp of her brilliant solo career.
Someday he will conquer the whole world with amazing technique and expressive game, will receive a Grammy and become a recognized master of the classical guitar. And that year, John and my mother performed arrangements of english folk songs, works of Bach and Mozart. Mom’s light lyric soprano complemented John’s melodic guitar. They gave concerts at Kek- grand hall and the Royal Musical college. Of course i don’t have clear memories of this, only sensations – then unfortunately, no records have survived, but it seems to me that just then the guitar intertwined with my soul.
BEHIND THE SOUND OF THE STRINGS
The tonal horizons of this strong and vibrant country are impressive, and whatever the musical tastes, there is everything – from fiery go flamenco of Andalusia and its epicenter in Seville to Celtic folk hot music, perfected in Aragon and best performed in the Aragonese capital Zaragoza. And also enjoy the warm climate and many places where you can appreciate it. And music will accompany you wherever you go. In my opinion, the Spaniards are the most musical nations. But my love of the guitar led me to Spain – a paradise country that invented it. It may sound strange, but the guitar is not a national instrument here. Somehow honor fell to the castanets, who are actually the originated from Italy. For me, it is the busting of guitar strings – the main sound of Spain.
MY GRANADA, SPAIN
I’ve always wanted to visit Granada – a small town- in Andalusia, surrounded by the Sierra Nevada mountains. Exactly here is one of the architectural wonders of the world – the grand architecture and park ensemble of the Alhambra (Calle Real de la Alhambra, s / n Palacio de Carlos V, 18009, Granada, Spain). For the first time I saw it from afar.
The walls shimmered a lot in the rays of the setting sun against the background of darkening blue twilight sky. I climbed a narrow, intricately tangled maze of streets to the viewpoint of the Mirador de San Nicolas (Calle Mirador de San Nicolás, 18010, Granada, Spain). Perhaps this is the best a place from which a view of the fortress opens in the distance. Inside, the vast territory is no less impressive. Alhambra on the top of the hill, built by the Moors, is a dandy ensemble of elaborately decorated palaces and beautiful broken gardens. The Nasrid Palace with its quiet courtyards and mirror pools adjusts to a meditative harmony.
As I strolled through the beautiful gardens, I suddenly I remembered the melody “I remember about the Alhambra “(Recuerdos de la Alhambra). This is the most famous composition from the guitar repertoire. Composed by Francisco Tárrega, the father of classical guitar, and many times recorded and performed by John Williams, Recuerdos de la Alhambra irresistibly beautiful intertwined with an intricate party tremolo that raises water fountains of the Alhambra and awakens memories of this place wherever you hear it.
THE KINGDOM OF FINE GUITAR
Center for Guitar Activity dazzling Seville, capital of Andalusia. Here many world heritage sites UNESCO, including the main “exhibition of city – cathedral Santa Maria de la Sede (Catedral de Santa María de la Sede, Avenida de la Constitución, s / n. 41001, Seville, Spain). And also the locals keep the musical tradition dear to their hearts – the menko! This magnificent and heady combination of incendiary music and bright dance are famous all over the world. Great guitarists flamenco, musicians and dancers are everywhere, but in Seville it feels completely different.
Here flamenco is always there, day and night. This is vital the strength and pulse of the city. This is why Seville’s Triana district is called the spiritual home of this genre. In the evening you should go to the cultural center Casa de la Memoria (Calle Cuna 6, 41004, Seville, Spain) or Tablao Flamenco Los Gallos (Plaza Santa Cruz 11, 41004, Seville, Is pania) to enjoy a captivating performance, complemented by gastronomic delights, because in Spain great music should always be accompanied by delicious food and good wine.
TASTY, MORE TASTY
Spanish cuisine is varied. Personally, I love paella, cooked in a massive frying pan, or such simple things as, for example, tortilla is a delicious potato omelet that served cold on a generous slice of Mediterranean white bread like a piece of cake. In places like Granada, tortilla usually free if you buy a glass of beer. I often did so. It turns out a very democratic and hearty lunch. Also I love the tapas culture. Everything has very cleverly invented there: mini- prison servings that allow you to taste various options for large dishes. I recommend to taste patatas bravas – large slices of boiled potatoes with spicy tomato sauce.
On a hot day, some Spanish bread and a bowl cold gazpacho grated from tomatoes and fresh vegetables soup is all that you need. A great drink with minimal costs is guaranteed anywhere in Spain. Above all, you cannot resist the sweet churros with hot chocolate – a traditional Spanish dish. In short, in this the country has a lot of delicious and unusual.
STAY IN SPAIN
Spain is packed with sights. It attracted me so much that I bought an apartment near Alicante on the Costa Blanca. In the apartment there was a magnificent terrace overlooking the Mediterranean. I can’t tell how many hours I spent there playing guitar. Fiery sunset skies and light roaring on the mountain peaks. Ahead the sea, and behind the jagged mountains. Alicante is a port city, the capital of Alicante province. I often wandered through the Old Town, its narrow streets with colorful houses decorated with flowers and greenery.
The highest point – the fortress of St. Barbara, or Santa Barbara (Castillo de Santa Bárbara), offering stunning views of the city genus and coast of the Mediterranean Sea from a bird’s eye view. Moreover, Alicante – a universal base from which to start travel in Spain: from there it is easy to get to Madrid and Barcelona. Sometimes I went on the road by car, but sometimes where on the train. Outside the cities, which are usually filled with scary tales of parking puzzles, general madness and stress, it is quite easy to drive. Often the path lies on empty roads through picturesque landscapes. Above all, I like driving on toll roads – they are the freest. The Spaniards do not use them very actively.
My Spanish cousin once condemned me for wasting money using toll roads. He thought I was completely nuts and he looked at me like crazy. But I didn’t regret the expense in the least! Wonderful countryside and open roads that almost nobody driven on … What else can a driver dream of?
BARCELONA, SPAIN, MY LOVE
The city of Barcelona has it all: the city of Gaudí, the Sagrada Familia (Sagrada Familia, Lepant 266, 08013 Barcelona, Spain), on faithful, the best football team in the world and even a small shoy beach! I remember how strange it was when I sat there one hot day in shorts and thought: “My God! I’m all a couple of kilometers from the city center. ” Yes, I really like Barcelona. The city has its own special soundtrack – sardana and the Catalan rumba, which appeared in the 1960s. it an eclectic mix of flamenco, Cuban music and rock and roll la – optimistic, fast, furious … full of fiery of the Spanish spirit. Spain is not for those who go to bed early. Siesta before fie- sta! This is a local tradition. In cities such as Barcelona,
Madrid and Alicante, a vibrant nightlife accompanied by excellent rhythm. After sunset, adventure really needs treat with love! Don’t go shopping: shops are everything equally closed. The evening meal usually does not start earlier nine or even ten o’clock. Relax during the day, and get out of at home shortly before midnight – for the night binge that continues until dawn. Rock on in Spain!
Madrid is a great city for jazz. I did not go there in bus. I usually either took the train or flew by plane from Alicante. Segundo Jazz (Calle Comandante Zorita 8, 28020, Madrid, Spain) – the oldest jazz club in the city, and in a cafe Central (Café Central, Plaza del Ángel 10, 28012, Madrid, Spain) are played by some of the most famous jazzmen. Yet Madrid has the Royal Opera House (Teatro Real, Plaza de Isabel II, s / n. 28013, Madrid, Spain), which is located in the Plaza de Isabel II, better known as the Opera area. Founded in 1818, it is famous for its unique operatic traditions, one of which is an enchanting sight: artists serenade the audience from the outdoor balcony during intermissions. It is very funny to sit in a cafe on the Opera Square and enjoy, as the world passes by.
“What an idiot are you,” reproached me, my long-suffering cousin, – drank coffee at the Opera area? Fool!” Well yes, I admit that drinks are expensive there- cotton wool. But what the hell! Life is for living, and the day is to spend them. And in the end they provide great memories! Viva España! Spain is fiesta, flamenco, sunny, culinary delights, great art, music, history and culture. This is a panorama of the sunlit streets created by for carnival and crazy rhythms. Spain – wine, song and daredevils teasing bulls on a hot afternoon. This country evokes a million splendid impressions and emotions … But for me all this will always be united by the sounds of the guitar.
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