Today marked the start of a whirlwind work trip to Spain 🇪🇸To keep jet lag at bay I got out for a lot of walking and a little sightseeing before getting back to the grind. Part 1 of my mini-tour of Malaga: Malaga in the daylight...
1: Catedral de la Encarnación de Málaga
2 - 5: Castillo Gibralfaro - views from, and walking along, the Moorish castle/fortress ruins
6: Alcazaba - a Moorish style medieval fortress
Often mistaken with yesterday’s Bannerfish, the Moorish Idol (Zanclus cornutus) is the 4th Critter of my #12DaysofReefmas . It is believed that their wide distribution across the Indo-Pacific is due to an unusually long pelagic larval duration with them also recruiting at a large 7.5cm
The youngest and at the same time the largest synagogue construction of the Prague Jewish Community, the synagogue in a Pseudo-Moorish style, was initiated on the 26th June 1905, and completed on the 1st September 1906, based on the plans of a Vienna architect and experienced synagogue builder Wilhelm Stiassny, the builder being Alois Richter.
The interior decoration, colourful decoration of the aisle, the wall paintings and stuccos were provided for by František Fröhlich’s enterprise. The front face of the building is characteristic for its mighty arch and a big rose-window, where the hexagram of David’s star is located.
The synagogue was built as a compensation for church buildings demolished due to sanitation. The centre of the Western front face is decorated by a Czech and Hebrew inscription: This is God’s gate, through which the righteous enter. Don’t we all have but one father? Have we not been created by the only God? There are two towers on both sides of the entrance. There are 850 seats in the synagogue, the side galleries being designed for women, with separate entrances.
The inside face with the church veil is decorated with a grape-vine motive. Above the vine, there are Moses’ desks with Ten Commandments.
🔸THE ROLLING STONES 👅 @ 🇲🇦Morocco 💠 << The Stones discovered Morocco in the mid-Sixties, lured by the 'anything goes' atmosphere that had fascinated the British since 'Casablanca' lit up our cinema screens during the Second World War.
Marrakech became the band's favourite bolthole from the outrage they had unleashed in Europe with their disgracefully long hair (as it seemed then) and raw, sexy music.
There they could escape their persecutors and fans alike, strutting around in hooded djellabas and Berber jewellery, plundering the souk for carpets and ornaments to fill their mansions, and, above all, gobbling down the drugs that were openly available on every street corner.
It was in Marrakech that The Stones tried in vain to seek refuge during the worst crisis of their career.
In February 1967, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards had been arrested for drug possession by police in Britain and were awaiting a trial that would become the most notorious of the decade, and end with both men being jailed.
The trip to Morocco was meant to be a respite before the screaming headlines of the approaching (and, for them, misnamed) 'summer of love'. Instead, the band's unstable lead guitarist, Brian Jones, beat up his model girlfriend Anita Pallenberg so savagely that she dumped him for Keith, and the two decamped back to Britain in Keith's Bentley.
For The Stones at that moment, it looked like an expressway to oblivion. No one foresaw them becoming the most enduring of all rock bands, a national treasure about to celebrate their 50th anniversary – yet still somehow exuding the same whiff of lawlessness in their late 60s as in their early 20s.
Built in 1923, La Mamounia (Hotel) was a celebrity magnet long before the Rolling Stones era.
Mick Jagger became a regular in later years, after he had ceased to be rock's number one bad boy and become the darling of international high society. >> By Philip Norman for MailOnline
13:41 20 Nov 2011 🖤❤️#kech#kesh#marrakech#inspiration#dreamcatcher#marrakechi#therollingstones#moroccandesign#hotel#passion#moroccandecor#travelblogger#redcity#moroccanart#moorish#mymorocco#moorishdecor#feedyoursoul#moroccolovers
Last week I ventured through London’s crazy rush hour traffic and popped down to @besolondon, the West End’s latest hotspot sitting on the corner of Shaftesbury Avenue. Inspired by Moorish cuisine, @besolondon provides an eclectic mix of North African and Mediterranean food in comfortable trendy setting. ————————————————————————
Starting with the main courses we had the Gnocchi which was covered in a wild mushroom dolcelatte cream. This was incredible, it was rich and sumptuous with the slight woody taste from the mushrooms. It was so good we polished off the whole plate straight away! This dish is the reason I will be going back again and again!
The Steamed Fillet of Hake, with a spinach & wild sorrel cream was also just mouth watering. The Hake was so soft and flaky it was like eating air which was surprising as Hake can be quite meaty at times. I honestly have not had better fish. This was a triumph. Whilst the spinach and sorrel cream was a nice addition to the dish I thought it could’ve been slightly more flavourful with a bit more jazz in it. The Crispy Cauliflower & Caramelised Squash was also nice. Coated in a North African spice mix and roasted, it was any vegan lovers dream.
Back to the starters, the Smashed Broad Beans and Ricotta on a sourdough crostini was a nice take on a bruschetta like starter, with the creamy ricotta complementing the crusty bread. Whilst the Calamari was crispy and delicious when paired with the citrus créme fraiche, although it was slightly under seasoned (it needed some salt and pepper).
Finally desserts, the only one I recommend is the Valrhone Dark Chocolate Delice. It wasn’t overtly sweet which was great and had a almost brownie like taste and texture. I was thoroughly impressed with @besolondon, and I will definitely be back for that gnocchi! ————————————————————————