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May 29, 2019 - Granada

29th May – Wednesday We did not get too much sleep last night. Tarifa’s wind blew up as predicted, and door banged all night. There was also a lot of people coming and going in the lounge and kitchen, so one or two got a rark up in the wee small hours. The bus leaves for Malaga at 8.50, so we are out the door soon after 8. At the depot a bus pulls around 8.40, no destination on it, we put our bags on and board, but it is not for us! Oops. The right bus arrives a few minutes late, and has Malaga on the destination, but even so we double...

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Apr 6, 2019 - HOHO and Granada Cathedral

We started our day (with 5 layers) at the TI to get information and a map with printing big enough that we could read. There we found out about Granada's version of a HOHO bus that turned out to be what they call a train and we would call a shuttle bus. The streets in the old city are too narrow for a bus. We bumped around town with open windows for about 90 minutes and got off at Plaza Campo del Principe where the TI had recommended for tapas. We got shanghaied by one aggressive lady so we had hot tea (because we were frozen) and a piece...

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Apr 5, 2019 - Travel to Granada

April 5 - Travel to Granada Yesterday we had arranged with the reception staff to have a taxi pick us up at 10:30am for our 11:15 bus to Granada. There is no direct train from Madrid to Granada so it would require a transfer plus take a little longer than the bus. Having saving our packing until the morning, we packed, had breakfast and were in the lobby by 10:20. The car service (not a taxi) picked us up at 10:30 and the only way to go is the one way street with construction - 15 minutes to go two blocks! We arrived at the bus station (a...

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Oct 31, 2018 - The Gypsy Life on Sacromonto Hill

Running through the valley between the hillside Alhambra on one side and the Sacromonto hill on the other, and lined with centuries old buildings, the Carrera del Darro is considered to be Granada’s prettiest street. It’s also the principal route to the Mirador San Nicholas, which provided us with a good view of the Alhambra and the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Then we walked behind the mirador (Spanish for lookout) and around the former Arabic quarter of Albaicín. Established when the Moors were forced out of Granada by the Catholics in...

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Oct 29, 2018 - Alhambra Fortress -The Arab Empire’s Last Stand

Before we entered the vast Alhambra complex, we opted to continue above it the Carmen de los Martires Gardens, a lovely green space. The “small” mansion (now there’s an oxymoron) on the property had an artsy photography exhibit and provided a few minutes of entertainment, but large=scale collages of small photos are not really our thing....unless of course it’s the photograhy of family and friends. Then, we took advantage of the nice weather to hike up the hill behind the house as high as we could access (815 m) to take in the view. Upon...

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Jun 15, 2018 - Granada

Granada – Alhambra of course, visited by 8,000 tourists a day. Had to book about three months ago to get a ticket, so it’s very popular. Our guide spoke good English and we had a very informative three hours. Various rulers added onto the place, so there are Moorish, Roman and Christian aspects to the palaces. The photos speak for themselves. Wandered the streets of Cordoba afterwards. Very lively place. Lots of hen and stag parties with groups of people dressed up and having a wonderful time. Both pretty tired and sore when we got back to...

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Apr 29, 2018 - Malaga, Spain - Picasso and Piazzas

Malaga is one of the largest cities in Spain. Definitely has a Moorish feel to it. Granada, two hours north was the last stronghold of the Moors in Spain back in 1492. Today, It is much colder than 90 percent of the trip, only in the 60s and windy. People on tours to Granada said they saw snow on the mountain tops. We have had to dig out some of our warm clothes we had already packed away. Our tour is in the port city of Malaga, the birthplace of Picasso. They are very proud that Picasso was born and spent many years here. The tour today...

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Apr 29, 2018 - Granada Malaga Spain

History: Granada (Malaga) Spain, the heart of southern Spain is a beautiful canvas of Moorish architecture, rich Andalusia tradition and remarkable history. Granada was the last stronghold of the Moorish Nasrid dynasty, whose 250 year reign ended during the 1492 Reconquest, the reconquest of Spain by catholic monarchs. The tombs of Queen Isabel and King Ferdinand are in the Granada Cathedral. Another beautiful Spanish city, saw the birthplace of Picasso, his museum and paintings, Grand Cathedral and terrific city streets and vistas.

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Mar 31, 2018 - Granada and the Alhambra

Alhambra day! We bade farewell to Hotel Los Berchules and our fabulous hosts Wendy, Alejandro and Sheila in the dark at 7am. Richard kindly drove us to the Alhambra in Granada (1hr45min trip) so we could be there in time for our private tour that started at 9am. Alfredo, our tour guide, guided us around the Alhambra from the Generalife to the Nasrid Palace and the Alcazaba. He was extremely knowledgeable and shared much history of this amazing site with us. He enjoyed this so much that our 3hr tour went for 4.25hrs! It was freezing cold, we...

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Dec 4, 2017 - Weekend in Granada

When the weekend came, Laura and I were keen to get to Granada just an hour and a half coach ride from Almuñecar. We had booked tickets in advance for Spain's arguably biggest tourist attraction - the Alhambra - made the more sweet by Laura's strange devotion to the lager of the same name. We left after a mornings work, Nadine giving us a lift to the bus station where we jumped on an Alsa to Granada. The bus journey was short and scenic, turning from the coast heading up into the Sierra Nevada and across an arid rocky landscape before...

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Jun 16, 2017 - La Linea, Spain

June 16: La Linea/La Rogue/Alcaidesa Accommodation: We’re just going to call this home for less than 20 hours “The Laundramat.” The two-bedroom apartment provided a way-station to sleep and do laundry—washer, no dryer as picture indicates. Best part of the stayover was the perfect roof-top restaurant with a peak of Gibralter. Three tables and as Alison said, “what is this chef doing in this obscure place?” From the gratis beet juice appetizer (like thin gazpacho), to the fish salad (sliced, smoked white fish) to the butterflied sea bass,...

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Jun 13, 2017 - Granada, Spain

June 12-13: Granada Accommodation: Gar A Nat Boutique Hotel. Boutique hotel is in renovated 1300 building that was part of the Jewish section of Old Town Granada. Travel Very pleasant three hour bus ride from Seville thru a heavily agriculture valley (olive trees; wheat/straw; sunflowers; grapes). Drove into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains and then into Granada. Segway Tour Yet another amazing evening Segway tour. Perhaps the best one we’ve ever driven. Two hours that started in the center of town and meandered up (and up and...

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