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¡Viva Granada!

from the author of Granada, City of My Dreams
del autor de Granada, tierra soñada por mí
de l'auteur de Grenade, ville de mes rêves

a site devoted to the city of Granada and its palace the Alhambra,
as well as the books, drawings and photographs of world-traveller, polyglot and Hispanist
Lawrence "Lorenzo" Bohme
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Granada, City of My Dreams
, Lorenzo's classic "guide book for the curious traveller", published by Natívola in 2001, tells the story of the city that inspired the poets Lorca and Saint John of the Cross, with the Alhambra and its Nasrid Palaces, the Moorish quarter of El Albaicin, and the gypsy caves of Sacromonte. It is richly illustrated with the author's own drawings and photographs.
alhambra granada san miguel bajoGranada, tierra soñada por mí, que Lorenzo describe como "un libro sobre Granada más que una sencilla guía turística", fue publicado por Natívola en 2001. Cuenta la historia de la ciudad del poeta Federico García Lorca, del compositor Manuel de Falla, que vino de Cádiz para vivir junto a la Alhambra. El autor explora los Palacios Nasríes,  los barrios del Albaicín, Sacromonte, Realejo y también la Alcaicería, Plaza Nueva y Bibarrambla, descubriendo sus secretos. Estas páginas vienen ricamente ilustradas con los dibujos en tinta china y las fotografías del propio autor.
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Grenade, ville de mes rêves
, décrit par Lorenzo comme "un livre sur Grenade plus qu'un simple guide touristique", fut edité par Natívola en 2001. L'histoire de la ville et de son palais maure l'Alhambra y est racontée de façon anecdotique mais aussi savante, illustrée par ses dessins en encre-de-chine et aussi ses photos.
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The author is a professional translator and interpreter, and created the Spanish and French versions of his book himself, with the revision of mother-tongue experts. Although all paper copies of earlier editions of Lorenzo's books are sold out, they are now published in digital form by Amazon.


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Lorenzo mismo tradujo su libro al español, con la revisión de varios expertos nativos.



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Lorenzo a guidé les téléspectateurs français par les rues de Grenade dans le programme Des Racines et des Ailes en 2001.
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Places, people and historical subjects discussed in "Granada, City of My Dreams" / Lugares, personajes y temas históricos debatidos en "Granada, tierra soñada por mí" / Lieux, personnages et thèmes historiques présentés dans "Grenade, ville de mes rêves": Reconquest, Reconquista, Cordoba, Córdoba Seville Sevilla, Montefrio / Navas de Tolosa / Mirador de San Nicolás, San Cristóbal / San Miguel Alto  / Corral del Carbón / Madraza / Sagrario / Hernán del Pulgar / Calderería / Placeta de Carvajales / Minaret of San José / Plaza de San Miguel Bajo / Convent of Santa Isabel la Real / Cuesta de la Alhacaba / San Juan de Dios, Casa de Pisa / Convents of Zafra and Concepción / Casa de Castril / Paseo de los Tristes / San Juan de los Reyes /  / Puerta del Vino, de las Armas / Alcazaba / Plaza de los Aljibes / Palace of Carlos Quinto / al-Andalus / Visigoths / Mexuar / Cuarto Dorado / Hall of Abencerrajes / Sala de los Reyes / Sala de las Dos Hermanas / Sala de camas / Tocador de la Reina / Partal / El Parador, antiguo Monasterio de San Francisco / Torre de las Damas / Mosque, Mezquita / Generalife, socavón del cubo, cerca de Don Gonzalo, muralla del siglo XIV / Torres Bermejas / Campo del Príncipe / Casa de los Tiros / Palace of Bibataubín / Manigua, Calle Moras, Jazmín / Calle Recogidas / Cuarto Real de Santo Domingo / Ermita de San Sebastián / Alcázar Genil / Acequia Gorda, Paseo de las Palmas / Mariana Pineda / Aben Humeya / Angel Barrios / Spanish Inquisition, Inquisición, Torquemada / moro, morisco, mudéjar, mozárabe, elche, muladí / Spinoza Espinoza Erasmus Erasmo /expulsion of the Jews, decreto de expulsión, decreto de la Alhambra, Alhambra Decree / forced conversions / 1392, Vicente Ferrer / nuevo cristiano, marrano, converso, limpieza de sangre, clean blood / San Juan de la Cruz, Teresa de Avila, Carmen de los Mártires / Juana la loca, Felipe el hermoso, Jeanne la folle et Philippe le Beau / What is a granadino carmen? / Cristo de las lañas, Cristo del paño, Cristo de los cornudos / Zirí, Muralla ziríd, Zirid Wall / The name "Granada" has nothing to do with "pomegranate" / Christopher Columbus in the Alhambra / Tanto monta, el rey como la reina, Isabel y Fernando / el estilo isabelino, Gothic, Renaissance, renacimiento, plateresco, Plateresque, taracea / Hernando de Talavera / Muley Hassan Hacén, Boabdil / Alpujarra, Capileira, guerra Alpujarras, Aben Humeya / Angel Ganivet / Gate of San Lorenzo, Postigo de San Lorenzo, Monaita, de las Pesas, Fajalauza, Elvira / Cisneros, Alfonso X el sabio, Carlos Quinto / Parapanda, Moclín, Toledo / Lindaraja, Aixa, Isabel de Solís / Patio Arrayanes, Leones, Cuesta Gomérez, Casa Chirimías, Puente del Cadí, Espinoza, Cabrera, Churra, Bañuelo, Darro / Puente Verde, Puente Romano / Dar-al-Horra / Carril de la Lona / Torres Balbás. Bibliography / Fuentes / Sources: Antonio Gallego y Burín, Joseph Pérez, Manuel Gómez-Moreno, Fernand Braudel, Jacques Heers, Henry Kamen, Bernard Vincent, Julio Caro Baroja, Antonio Villar, Juan Bustos, Julio Belza, Jacinto Morente Martínez, César Girón, Catherine Gaignard, Peinado Santaella, Amin Maalouf
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Viva Granada is famous on the Internet for its virtual tour of Granada and the Alhambra, the banks of the Darro River, and the Cathedral and the Royal Chapel where the "Reyes Catóicos" lie buried, as well as many hidden corners of the old city. After several years of absence, Lorenzo's tour will soon be restored here, with many improvements.

Viva Granada es conocido en Internet por su visita virtual de Granada y la Alhambra además de sus barrios históricos y los rincones escondidos alrededor de Puerta Real y las orillas del Río Genil. Después de unos años de ausencia, la visita de Lorenzo será pronto restaurada en este lugar.

Viva Granada est connu en Internet pour sa visite virtuelle de Grenade et l'Alhambra, le Mirador de San Nicolás dans l'Albaicin et aussi la vieille ville entre Puerta Elvira y Plaza Nueva. Après quelques années d'absence, elle sera bientôt de retour ici.
Below, a rare photo of the author when he was a student in Granada, taken in the Alhambra with the Albaicin in the background, and a recent one with his son August, taken in the Albaicin with the Alhambra in the background...
Abajo, una antigua foto del autor cuando estudiaba en Granada, tomada en la Alhambra con el Albaicin en el fondo, y una más reciente con su hijo Augusto, tomada en el Albaicin con la Alhambra en el fondo...

En bas, une rare photo de l'auteur lorsqu'il étudiait à Grenade, prise dans l'Alhambra avec l'Albaicin au fond, et une autre, plus récente et en compagnie de son fils Auguste, prise dans l'Albaicin avec l'Alhambra au fond...
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Portrait of Montefrio
- Lorenzo has written extensively about the history, archaeology and monuments - as well as the daily life and customs - of the Andalucian mountain village where he has lived, on and off, since he was just eighteen. These newspaper articles and true stories form an erudite and at the same time intensely autobiographical volume that has much to say about Andalucian life and attitudes (in English only).
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The author was born in London in 1942 and began travelling, with his German refugee father and English mother, after the end of World War II. He lived in Vancouver, Mexico City, Kingston Jamaica and New York until the age of 18. After three years at the University of Madrid and the Sorbonne in Paris, he travelled to Rio de Janeiro where he stayed five years, living in a favela. In Brazil, Lorenzo learned  the leatherworker's craft, which he later practiced in Haiti, Colombia and a string of Caribbean islands, with several long stays in New York City in between. He returned to Europe in 1983, where he became a translator, interpreter and history writer.

Lawrence's youthful adventures in North, South and Central America, the Caribbean and Western Europe are recounted in the 13 volumes of "The Story of a Very Long Youth". The author describes this opus as being, rather than a travel book, "a book about a man who travelled".

The Story of a Very Long Youth
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Volume 1 -
the author's infancy in London,
his father Edward's tales of adventure during the Great Depression after he escapes from Berlin in 1937.
The Böhmes emigrate to
West Vancouver one year
after the end of

World War II.
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Volume 2 -
the author's mother becomes a painter and takes him to live Mexico City at age 14.
From there, they  spend a year in Kingston, Jamaica
and then two years in New York's Greenwich Village.

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Volume 3 -
the author leaves on his own for the universities of Madrid and Granada, where he does poorly at his studies
but falls in love with the olive-farming town of Montefrio
and becomes the friend of a great flamenco singer.
lawrence bohme student of life
Volume 4 -
the author moves north to continue his studies, somewhat more successfully, at the Sorbonne in Paris.
He lives with the German painter Lilo who takes him to Italy to discover
the medieval frescoes of Siena
and the mosaics of Ravenna.
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Volume 5 -
the disillusioned drop-out runs away from Lilo and spends the summer of 1963 in New York,
guiding French tourists
through the city
and the Deep South.
He ends up in Rome looking for a job in a hotel,
then gives up to follow his foot-loose mother to Sicily.
lawrence bohme america again
Volume 6 -
he becomes a private school teacher in Queens, NY,
and then finds a logging job in California
to get together the money for a one-way boat ticket to Brazil.
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Volume 7 -
after one month at sea in a Japanese freighter he comes to Rio,
where he discovers the flesh-pot of Copacabana,
and his first Brazilian women.


lawrence bohme finally favela

Volume 8 -
the author first teaches English, then opens a sandal factory.
He befriends a fisherman and his family and moves into their shack overlooking the beach of Ipanema.
His mother comes to Brazil
and they spend a year
in Salvador, Bahia.
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Volume 9 -
After five years, he follows his mother back to the US through Peru,
to make his living leather-working in Los Angeles and then New York.
He tries to publish his book about Brazil but fails.
lawrence bohme black adventure
Volume 10 -
in search of new adventure,
he travels to Haiti where he sets up his crafts shop on a church mission in a peasant village.
After falling out with the local priest, he takes refuge in the charming seaport of Jacmel.
But Haiti's short interval of peace goes sour, and he escapes to South America.
lawrence bohme island of henrietta
Volume 11 -
After a year on the South American coast, he discovers a forgotten English-speaking island
where he makes leather goods in a wooden house on the beach,
and lives happily
for several years.
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Volume 12 -
Tired of hair-rising adventures,
he and his mother move to the prosperous island of Great Brac, t
hen to the eastern Caribbean
where he has his shop on Saint Martin and Saint Barth.
As well  as making his leather bags and sandals,
he has now become a successful designer of pen-and-ink postcards
in which he depicts island scenes.
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Volume 13 -
The pair resolve to leave the tropics and return north.
After six months making postcards of New York and Boston, they attempt to start a shop in Provence,
but are soon forced to move to Paris where the author becomes a translator at Unesco.
 After a great family crisis, he flees Paris for a farmhouse in Auvergne, and finally returns
to his olive-farming town in Andalucia.

COMING SOON...

A virtual tour of Granada and the Alhambra, the historical quarters of the Cathedral district, the Realejo and the city center, with Lorenzo's diagrams and photographs

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