Welcome to The Phoenix Files!

This blog is a collection of papers and how-to articles I have written over the past 25+ years, as well as my travel journals and announcements.  Scholarly works from "The Library" on my old website, are labeled here as "Historica Tractatu." 

My travels have had heavy influence on my work and are the 'back story' behind many of my designs. Some of my older journals are revised from the original, and most link to photo albums on Facebook.  

Andalucia 2012 - Granada's Albayzin District

Posted by Heather Daveno on 10/4/2015 to Travels in Spain
My first breakfast in Granada was in the modern district, at a cafe that seems to attract every cop in the city for their morning coffee. My last breakfast will be in the historic district of Albayzin, followed by a day of leisurely walk-abouts as I savor my final day in Spain.

Andalucia 2012 - Granada and the Alhambra

Posted by Heather Daveno on 10/1/2015 to Travels in Spain
When your concierge says "you only need to be at the train station five minutes ahead of departure," take him at his word. So far this trip, my hotels have been 5-10 minutes away from the train station, and a 5 or 6 Euro fare.

In spite of his suggestion, I arrive an hour early for my next destination - Granada and the famous Moorish Red Fortress known as the Alhambra...


Andalucia 2012 - The Alcazar and Surrounds

Posted by Heather Daveno on 9/27/2015 to Travels in Spain
The Alcazar was the castle of King Alfonso X, known as The Learned, King of Castile, Toledo, Leon, Seville, Cordoba and a few other cities. He ruled from 1252 until his death in 1284 and spent nearly two decades in what would become a failed pursuit to become Emperor of Christian Europe. In spite of draining his treasury by remaining in a state of near constant war, Alfonso also promoted a blossoming in the arts, sciences, and law. He is commemorated in the US House of Representatives as one of the world's most influential lawgivers.

Andalucia 2012 - The Jewish Quarter

Posted by Heather Daveno on 9/24/2015 to Travels in Spain
I walk along a park of hard-packed yellow clay where I would expect to find grass or pavement. Here's a statue with spikes at its feet, which I mistake for a deterrent until I start seeing spikes elsewhere ... at the base of statues, on the ridges of structures... spikes impaling a variety of fruits. I later learn that the citizenry use these spikes to feed the birds rather than to keep them away... s

Soon I arrive at a labyrinth of streets known as the Jewish Quarter.

Andalucia 2012 - Cordoba and the Mezquita

Posted by Heather Daveno on 9/20/2015 to Travels in Spain
Cordoba is almost as much like OZ as Istanbul was.  My introduction to this city is a drive through a very crowded street, along a stone wall which I would discover is the Mezquita, a model of which I saw at the Islamic Science Museum in Istanbul last year, and a contributing factor to my decision to come here...

Andalucia 2012 - Toledo

Posted by Heather Daveno, written in Spring 2012, revised 2015 on 9/17/2015 to Travels in Spain
Having become enamored of Islamic  arts and architecture, my next travels take me to Andalucia, in search of the remnants of medieval Spain when it was under Moorish rule ...