I'd wanted to travel to Andalusia for years. Growing up in Santa Barbara, I was surrounded by “Spanish Revival” architecture and longed to see the source. The revival genre is inspired by the architecture of southern Spain with its ancient and interwoven Roman, European, Arab, Muslim, Jewish and Christian heritage. This spring I took a holiday with Santa Barbara Museum of Art titled “Southern & Central Spain: Moorish Palaces of Andalusia & Museums of Madrid” where we saw many of the long dreamt of wonders including the Alcazar, Alhambra and Mosque of Cordoba. The photo at tip top is an image taken at sunset in the gardens of the Alcazar in Seville. Our small group had the palace and garden to ourselves, it was an extraordinarily rare moment with the voice of a peacock contributing to the spell. In addition we saw other incredible palaces and places that one doesn’t hear about until you are on the ground and introduced. The photo here is the interior courtyard of Casa de Pilatos, and another beauty is Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija.