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Apr 19, 2015 - Washington slept here

Spent no time in Malaga, but a two hour bus ride to the Alhambra in Granada. This is a remarkable world heritage site of several moorish castles and Christian churches spread over about 60 hectares. The history on this one boggles my mind. The moors are the Moslems who left from Mauritania and are not Arabs. This property changed hands several times as Spain was mostly moorish from 700 AD to 1492ish but wound up being Christian at the end of the day with Ferdinand and Isabella. In fact, Columbus left with the three ships from Valencia where...

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Mar 6, 2015 - Granada and the Alhambra

Today dawned clear, cool and calm - a perfect day for our trip to Granada, about a 2 hour car ride northeast of our resort on the coast. We ate a light breakfast in the room and left around 9:00. Our destination in Granada is the Alhambra - one of the most important structures of the Middle Ages and the finest example of Islamic art left to us in the western world. The Alhambra, within the walled city of Granada, is comprised of many structures and gardens - the main sites are the Nasrid Palaces, the Charles V palace, the Alcazaba fort and...

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Oct 14, 2014 - Spain Day 4a - Alhambra

It seems like our nights are getting shorter and shorter as we cram more and more touring into each day. This was another early morning as we headed out for a day packed with sightseeing. In fact, it was so full that I'm dividing the day into 2 separate entries. I still have way more photos than many of you will want to look at, but they all mean something to me. Today I got to check off one of the items on my bucket list - The Alhambra in Granada. To put all the sites we are visiting in perspective, here is a brief overview of Spanish...

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Living Our Dream

Oct 13, 2014 - Spain Day 3 - ToToledo & Granada

A long day of sightseeing and bus riding..... Had our luggage out before 7, breakfast and on the road to Toledo before it was completely daylight. It's easy to see why the ancient Castilian capital of Toledo has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. This picturesque old city with its narrow, winding cobbled streets is situated on a granite hill overlooking the plains of central Spain, surrounded on 3 sides by a bend in the Tagus River. I wish I could have gotten a panoramic view of the town but will have to be satisfied with one from...

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Living Our Dream

Sep 8, 2014 - Granada

What a difference a day makes! The 'travel gods' must have heard my plea and sent an Aussie couple to sit next to me at breakfast today. We had a great chat but don't worry I was very careful not to get over excited! I also made a lucky decision - I'm all about walking everywhere and working out where I'm going with a map but today as I found myself navigating the streets I thought 'stuff it, I'm getting a taxi', so I grabbed the closest one. Rene was the driver and I found out she also teaches Spanish to tourists by going for coffee in a...

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Spanish Adventure

Sep 7, 2014 - Granada

It's been a great experience, the sights are amazing and the temperature is perfecto but I have found eating out very difficult. It was hard to choose a place to eat when Treen and I went overseas last time (so much choice), it's even harder when it's just me, particularly when the restaurants are full of couples holding hands, families, groups of friends, groups of waiters, everywhere groups laughing and talking, except my table :( I haven't had a conversation in unbroken English since the Aussie couple on the plane, in fact surprisingly I...

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Spanish Adventure

Sep 7, 2014 - Granada

Another great night's sleep which I'll need because I'm negotiating the Spanish rail system for the first time! I've got my travel pass but I've got no real idea how it's going to work and there's no guarantee I'll find someone who can speak English. I went to a chemist yesterday to buy bandaids (for the blister on my foot) and I thought I'd practise my spanish and told her, 'lo siento, mi espanol no mucho bueno, habla ingles usted?' 'No', she didn't speak any english but we worked it out - with a shop full of tourists I was just glad I...

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Spanish Adventure

Jun 28, 2014 - Fascinating Cordoba and Granada - the home of Free Tapas

Cordoba - Spain, what an interesting, pretty and easy little place to get around in and enjoy. It was already about 30 degrees when we arrived there so indulged in the best freshly made natural lemon juice with ice and salt, to replenish liquids. The town has a river with a weir running through it, a Mezquita (cathedral within a mosque) (just wait until I tell you all about that one) an Alcazur (castle) and many pretty flower filled Laneways with white washed houses and character filled little Spanish restaurants just as you'd imagine them...

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May 14, 2014 - A little more Granada

I posted the pictures of the Alhambra tour from my first full day in Granada and then my Flamenco experience. The second full day I went over to the café next door to my hotel. They have very good internet service and have PEPSI. I have been having trouble finding Pepsi. Coke is everywhere and I will drink it in a pinch but I will always go out of my way to get a Pepsi vs. Coke. They also have a wonderful puff pasta filled with chocolate. So I hung out there until well after noon that second day updating my Travel Journal. I finally got to...

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May 12, 2014 - Granada - Flamenco

I was very disappointed by this tour. I was to have had a van ride to see a 9 PM flamenco show an hour and a half long in a gypsy cave and then had a walking tour of the Albaicin area (ancient white houses - now an upscale neighborhood with shops/restaurants/upscale tapas bars, etc. Well I got "gipped" (from gypsy?). The van came at 8:10 instead of 8:30. Luckily, I was ready and down in the lobby. We drove all through the city and got to another hotel about 8:30. Turns out we were picking up a group of 13 Japanese tourists who hadn't...

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May 12, 2014 - Granada - Alhambra #1

My guide to the Alhambra began by saying the Alhambra was actually a big city, with almost 2000 people living within or near the walls to support the royalty living within the palaces themselves. Some were tradesmen, some skilled artisans, other servants. Romans originally called the area Iliberis settling here in around 62 AD. Around the 8th century the Moors took over and called the city Granada after the district in which the Jews were living, Garnatha Al Yahud. In 1013 the capital of the area transferred from Cordova to Granada,...

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May 12, 2014 - Granada - Alhambra #2

Please see comments on Granada Alhambra #1 I show pictures of the rooms occupied by Washington Irving while he wrote "Tales of the Alhambra". [Did you notice they didn't have a plaque up saying these were also the rooms used by King Carlos V?] I read the book and had a hard time getting through it. There are a couple of "tales" in which he tells some of the legends of the Alhambra in specific chapters - those were interesting but don't waste your time on the whole book.

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