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The Banner

There it was, the picture in a fourth grade boy’s mind come to life–the banner! Raised by Ferdinand III in 1248 over Seville, the capital of Andalusia in a campaign to drive the Islamic Moors/Arabs from Iberia, it now lay encased in glass near a side altar in the magnificent Seville Cathedral. I had read about the reconquest of Spain by Christian forces and it had captivated my mind. The image of the battle banner being hoisted over the city was in a recessed corner of my mind, but never forgotten. Today, what was once a distant thought became reality in that ancient piece of cloth. I do not know God’s economy of time, but I was impressed that for centuries Christianity was under Islamic dominion in this part of the world and then arose to once again flourish. The banner is proof. I stood in awe! WEG



  1. Al & Eva Gerhardt says:

    It looks a lot like Barcelona. No real high building, but about 3 to 4 stories high. Of course there was McDonalds and Starbucks.

    • wgraumann says:

      Wait till you see our posted pictures in the Gallery. Yes and Burger King and KFC etc. Across from a traditional dress, fans, flamenco attire and instruments shop was a Guess.

  2. Steve Sohns says:

    Thanks for sharing your journey

  3. Becky Cook says:

    You are a natural blogger! I work in the technology word and you paint great pictures with your words! I look forward to reading your blog and seeing your pictures! Thanks for taking us along, even though we are across the pond.

    • wgraumann says:

      You are so kind, Becky. We are having such fun with the blog. It helps us clarify in our minds what is important, not only in our adventure, but in life. Btw, I am so happy for you! Sounds like your life is full and contented from your FB posts.

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