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Jul 3, 2011 - Saturday, 7/2

Saturday, 7/2 Granada......day 2 Getting an early start to the day we head out to walked to the Albayzin- Spain's best old Moorish quarter and an area to see only by day. Neither of us realizes the time nor effort it takes to reach the top, San Nicolas viewpoint. About a 30 minute walk, uphill, around narrow winding, hard to walk on roads. Finally, we are there. Whew, we made it. The view is incredible and well worth the climb. President Clinton brought his family here in 1997 - a favorite spot from a trip he made when he was a student....

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Jul 1, 2011 - Granada

Friday 7/1 TGIG..... Thank God its Granada! We took the train to Granada......again another beautiful ride through the Spanish countryside......more olive trees, sunflowers, and mountains.   Granada, back in the day the grandest city in Spain and full of life. Today, fun loving, simple and full of history. This city is what I picture Morocco to look like but with a view. Lots of Moroccan type shopping with loose spices and teas to choose from, hookah bars and tea houses. We hop on the bus to our stop and check in to the hotel. Our hotel,...

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May 26, 2011 - Granada, Spain

Granada is the Alhambra. The Alhambra has five distinct areas. The Nasrid Palaces of which there are 3; the Alcazaba which is the old fort and military area of the Alhambra; the Partal which also includes the archaeological remains of the Yusuf III Palace; Generalife and the Carlos V Palace which now serves as the Alhambra Museum and a Fine Arts Museum. About getting tickets to the Alhambra - a word to the wise. A tour of the Alhambra will require you to chose a time - morning or afternoon - to visit the Nasrid Palace. Tickets can be...

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May 14, 2011 - Granada

After our exceptionally long train journey we arrived in Granada around 10pm. We checked in and quickly found somewhere for dinner before calling it a day. The 12th we had been planning to go to the Alhambra but it was totally booked out for day visits until the 18th. We decided to book a night time tour of the palace for the next day and do a free walking tour instead. We went to the only mosque in Granada where we had the best view of the city and the Alhambra and explored the old Arab quarter. After the tour our guide told us where to go...

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May 11, 2011 - Tapas, sunburns and churros, oh my!

Arrived in Granada May 4, drove to the beach straight away and ate some delicious fried fish dishes with Maria and her parents. Got back to her's pretty late (and with suprise 'Welcome Home' signs in each of our rooms!) and had a well deserved sleep in the following day. Have been taking it easy the last week, no rushing around like chickens with our heads cut off, just enjoying each day as it comes. Took an epic walk uphill the second day to the most stunning view of the Alhambra and the rest of Granada one day, basking in the spanish sun...

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May 10, 2011 - Part 1: Talk is cheap

I've never been very consistent with maintaining blogs, journals, facebook status's and the like, but I had a thought today on the bus ride back to Granada, gazing out the window, staring in awe at my surrondings... Gigantic (mountains, hills, boulders?) rising up on either side, dotted with deep green shrubbery and desert palms, I can't tell you the number of times I looked over to Maria and said 'Don't you feel like your in Bedrock! This is SO what The Flinstones looked like!!' To which she simply replied, 'Tabitha, this is ugly.'... Back...

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Jan 23, 2011 - the Alhambra

We set off from Calahonda for the patch of land under the Sierra Nevada called Granada. The guide book tells us that Seville has the passion, Cordoba a pretty quaintness but that Granada has an Edge... Why wouldn’t you visit? The book also states that its History reads like an excellent thriller with complicated plots, conspiracies, hedonism and tricky love-affairs. The city began life Iberian then became a Roman settlement, developed greatly when they left with the Muslim forces aided by the Jewish community. The Alhambra is set on the...

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Oct 24, 2010 - Granada

The breakfast at the hotel is much different than yesterday with open doors to the sea and tasty cuisine. We prepare to go to Granada to tour The Alhambra and Mark discovers we have left our Frommer’s Tour Guide in a little Mercado yesterday. When we get to the car, we discover someone has stolen all the hubcaps during the night. We make the drive to Grenada in less than celebratory humor. We have been forewarned that the ticket wait for the Alhambra can be up to four hours in line. Surprising for a World Heritage Site, the parking is...

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Oct 13, 2010 - Granada

Quite a long drive from Sevilla to Granada....done in reasonable time but into the sun for much of it. Our GPS girls let us down again by taking us into the main CBD area, which is totally under construction, so if you have ever owned a GPS or used one, or know anyone who has, then you will sympathise with the "recalculating" or "make a legal U-turn" which spilled out of their metallic mouths constantly. We eventually find our way back to a key point, and use the instructions given to us by the hotel, and find our way. We park and take...

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Oct 3, 2010 - granada Day 2

Next day it was off to the Alhambra. First Patricia had to find a Post Office to send her shopping home, so I went off on the bus and she caught up later. We had paid for a guided tour, rather than get a audio guide to do our own thing. In this case not a good idea, there were so many groups. they split everyone into langage groups I ended up in a french english group which meant she had to do 2 spiels. And all the time groups were getting muddled and leaders were looking for their 'family'. And unlike the ones seen in other countries where...

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Oct 2, 2010 - Granada day 1

Robyn and sue check previous entry. Patricia has added a bit just for you Again on the go and have walked kilometre. Petey (Roebourne) thanks for your comments re the two old ladies. we dont think you would keep up with us. We're sprinting at 9.00 and still walking in the evening. in paris the most common means of getting money was to either ask if you spoke English and then to have a peice of paper put under your nose about thise mother/family/ in an eastern european country needing financial aid. or asking you to sign a petition for...

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Sep 20, 2010 - Late drive to Granada

The day began cloudy and there was a sharp shower before we left the hotel but, as we skirted the Spanish enclave of Ceuta and climbed the southern pillar of Hercules (Jebel Musa), the sun came out. Formalities at Tanger Med (the port) were easy and we were all lined up on the quay for the 10 o clock ferry. However as a reminder that this was still Africa, our ferry did not actually seem to run today and we finally left at 2 p.m. With the 2 hour time change this was 4 p.m. in Spain and after admiring the two ‘Pillars of Hercules’ from the...

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