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Jun 12, 2010 - The Alhambra

I don’t know where to begin to describe the Alhambra or how to capture its essence. I was completely blown away by its beauty and splendour and the history is contains. The Alhambra was the last Moorish stronghold in Europe. It was palace of the Nazarids, one of the many diverse ethnic groups of Spanish Muslims and they were the last Muslims to fall to the Christian Reconquista in the 13th century. The complex today houses (in the order we visited them) Charles V’s Palace (a ‘modern’ addition, build to replace the Moorish palace); the...

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Jun 11, 2010 - Don Quixote Country

Before commencing our 5-hour journey from Toledo down to Grenada, we decided to retrace a public bus trip we took in the early evening last night around the old walled city and across the Rio Tajo for some fine views of town. However a wrong turn resulted in us heading for the centre of the old town, down narrow roads we had watched cars creeping through the day before. Now we were doing it! I had to fold the car’s side mirrors in so we wouldn’t scrap them against buildings or people we squeezed past. We followed a delivery van up most of...

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Jul 13, 2007 - Grenada

It was this morning that I visited Almería's sights, discussed in yesterday's journal entry. After a lunch of mixed luck (yummy paella, check out the fish though...why can't you just get one, small, course meals here?!) I headed up to the Cabo de Gata, which is supposed to have some of the nicest beaches in the country. They were nice, but perhaps it was the fact that it was so windy that you got sand or stone-blasted with every gust, that put me off.. The first beach was terrible, but I did enjoy sunning myself on another one nearby for a...

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