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Oct 9, 2016 - La Alhambra

At 4.15a our alarm went off. We left shortly after to drive to the Alhambra. Dawn was at least 3 hours away. When we arrived, there were lots of czrs there alreandy. People were walking towards the site. It is just after 5a and we are 18th in line! Everyone is speaking Spanish around us...and is much younger. We have some O.J. and watch others arrive surprised to see so many people already there. Tours start arriving. They'll get precedence. By 8a we've each had several walks around, found a coffee machine, found out that the couple ahead...

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Oct 8, 2016 - To Granada

Yesterday was a frustrating day. We listened to people tell us over and over that we had to book ahead to see the Alhambra. So Gord attempted to book ahead but was unable to so he tried to book a room in Granada. When 10:30a came with checkout at 11a, he paniced. Instead of heading to Gibraltar we would drive to Granada. So off we went right along the river past terracotta buildings trimmed with white, past beautiful fountains and gardens we hadn't explored across town to A92 to Granada. First rolling hills with huge olive orchards to...

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Jul 9, 2016 - Granada, July 3-5

We took the high speed train from Madrid, 295 miles south to a little town called Antequera. There, we boarded a bus to Granada, 60 + miles east. What I recall seeing from the train and bus windows is acres upon acres of olive trees, covering the hillsides in lovely, neat rows. Granada is a small city with a big history. Back in 711, when it was known as Garnata, Muslim forces took control of the area from the Visigoths, with the help of the Jewish community there. A small fortress was built in 889, then it was mostly ignored until the...

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Jun 12, 2016 - Granada

We got up this morning early as we had a tour planned for the Alhambra. Our hotel pick-up was for 9.15-9.45. However the tour group was a no show. I called them several times and asked the hotel reception if they could help as well. They found a different number to call but again no answer. We probably should have called the day before, but with the delayed flights, lost luggage we got side tracked. We hopped in a can to see if we could find the tour office, but there was no signs we could see. So I said to Tess we'd line up and try but our...

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Jun 11, 2016 - Travel Day - to Granada

Not a great day today. We had to get to the airport early for our flight to Madrid, then wait 8 hours to depart on the flight to Granada. We found a cafe and got ourselves some food and drink periodically throughout day. However we were up late packing our bags, so we'd dearly just love to sleep. Originally our flight was earlier, but Air Iberia cancelled it and put our booking back to the afternoon. The plane to Granada was quite small. It has two seats per row and almost everyone's luggage has to go under the plane as the overhead...

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Oct 17, 2015 - Granada

We arrived in Granada two days ago. It is a vibrant and attractive city with a nice feel to it. Our apartment is very roomy and comfortable and we have found it very easy to settle in here. Yesterday we had a big day of sightseeing, setting out early to walk to the Alhramba (a royal city and one of the main tourist attractions in Spain) and finishing the day at a popular vantage point to watch the sun set over the city and the Alhambra.The view is described as sublime and was worth the climb to reach Midora de San Nicholas, the view...

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Oct 16, 2015 - Alhambra and Generalife, Granada

The Unesco world heritage listed Alhambra sits majestically above Granada with the Sierra Nevada mountain range as a backdrop. The number of visitors each day is capped at 8,000 which sounds like a lot but the area is so large that it is not too crowded. Tickets sell out in well in advance but 1,000 tickets are held back each day for visitors who start queuing at 6am or earlier even though the gates don't open until 9.30am. We booked a tour with a guide as this is the best way to understand the history of the whole complex. It was...

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Oct 1, 2015 - Granada sights

We slept late today in a recovery mode after the intense Alhambra tour yesterday. Our plan was to visit the Cathedral of Granada which is the second largest in Spain and where Ferdinand and Isabella are buried. It was not a long walk and we cut through a square with a statue of Poseidon with his trident adorning a tall fountain. Photos were not allowed in the Cathedral, but Tom snuck a few to give the sense of the size and ornateness of this edifice. (You should have seen the other people brazenly using flash and making vides!) The organs...

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Sep 30, 2015 - Alhambra

Alhambra There was a drenching downpour during the night, but the morning broke to blue skies and sunshine for our tour of the Alhambra which is THE attraction in Granada. Our tour was booked (you must do so or get tickets in advance) for 10:30 and our tour company was scheduled to pick us up an hour earlier at a big hotel just a few minutes walk from our boutique hotel. There was no sign of them and at 9:45, Anne called the tour office and was told they were on their way and delayed because of the traffic and the rain from last night....

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Sep 29, 2015 - Granada and Multiple course dinner

Granada and Multiple course dinner We took it easy this morning and left around noon since the drive to Granada was relatively short. However when we got to the city, we kept driving in circles on the narrow streets. Almost by chance, we discovered we had parked (in desperation) right at the hotel’s entrance. These hotels are not very well marked! We have a spacious room in The Gar Anat Boutique Hotel with unique decorations and a view of the street from a small balcony. After resting up and having a small snack, we were ready for our...

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Sep 2, 2015 - Day 13 Granada

We were a bit tired after our walking tour yesterday afternoon however decided to set off early to the train station to see about our journey tomorrow. The very helpful receptionist at the hotel explained the bus system and pointed us in the right direction. We bought bus tickets without any drama and found our way to the station quite easily. As it turned out, we needed a ticket for the train (maybe we could have organised tomorrow morning however it's much easier to have it in hand) which again will be bus replacement and train. We caught...

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Sep 1, 2015 - Day 12 Cordoba - Antequerra Santa Anna - Granada

Exciting day today. We are catching the train for Antequerra Santa Anna and then changing to the bus to Cordoba. They are working on the rail line, hence the bus for part of the trip. I guess we won't be going 300kph on the bus. The departure time for our train is 9:02am so we checked out about 8:00am and walked to the station. We had some breakfast before boarding the train. The countryside is getting a bit more interesting...there's some hills...the Sierra Nevadas by the sounds of things. There's olive groves as far as the eye can see. We...

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