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Nov 21, 2012 - Malaga Spain

We took the ship’s tour to the Alhambra. Our tour guide on the bus was a delightful young lady, Ana, who was very knowledgeable and spoke very good English. The weather was cloudy on the way there which was too bad because the scenery is supposed to be spectacular. Our tour guide at the Alhambra, Heraldo, was also excellent. Alhambra the complete form of which was Calat Alhambra is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada, Andalusia, Spain. It was constructed during the mid 10th century by the Umaid Arabic ruler Badis ben Habus of...

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May 19, 2012 - Boarding the Adventure of the Seas

We decided the best way to get us all to the ship was for me to drop mom and dad with their bags at the Port, then turn in the rental car and take a cab back. That saved us from having to find a taxi big enough to carry all three of us, all our bags, and dad’s scooter. I made a few wrong turns getting to the port and kept getting redirected by Spanish border guards, but they seemed unoffended and helpful enough. The 20 minute drive to the port didn’t take much more than an hour. I started back to the rental car agency. For those of you who...

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Paul in Europe 2012

Apr 16, 2012 - Granada and the Alhambra

April 16 - Granada and the Alhambra From the port of Malaga, Spain, [home of Pablo Picasso & Antonio Banderas] on the Costa del Sol (Coast of the Sun) we motor coached for 2 hours to Granada located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains (with a fresh coat of snow from last night!) There was no wind today and the cooler temperature was comfortable for those of us from the Pacific Northwest. The Alhambra is a complex of buildings, palaces and gardens on a hilltop built between 1230 and 1354. The royal palace and citadel are considered...

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Carol-IvanTravels

Feb 1, 2012 - Málaga

Once again, my apologies for the delay of these posts. I am not very good at this blogging thing, but I will continue to try my best without leaving anything out! So we began our 5 or so days of vacation between the end of intensivo and the beginning of regular classes officially on the first of February. After returning from Córdoba and Los Baños Árabes I could feel a slight sickness coming on unfortunately. Sure enough, when I awoke on Wednesday to embark on my trip to Málaga I was sick. Luckily it was only a slight cold, and I still had...

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Nov 16, 2011 - Costa del Sol

Spain’s “sun coast” has an enviable location fenced off from the rest of the Iberian peninsula by a mountain range, which keeps the excessive heat of summer and cold of winter away from this strip along the sea. As Northern Europeans discovered the area, it was developed as a vacation and winter home spot. Many housing developments which started with a view of the sea were hemmed in by ever taller ones. Some would say the coast was over built and some of the folks involved in the out-of-control construction who turned a blind eye to zoning...

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Oct 11, 2011 - Malaga and Torremolinos

We took a coach from Granada to Torremolinos, which took two and half hours to Malaga airport which is closer to Torremolinos than Malaga. We had the usual hassle of being overcharged for a 10 minute cab ride. Should have checked first. Torremolinos back in the 70s and 80s was a cheap week or two escape for the young. Both Viv and I came here in the 70s although remember little about it. It is a great endless beach with straw thatched umbrellas for shade and 4.5 euros a day to sit on a padded lounger. Just the perfect end to a traveling...

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Sep 28, 2011 - Barcelona day 3

Today more Gaudi Architecture. We started at the nearby Palau Guell. This 1888 mansion was Gaudi's first big commission. Guell was a very wealthy textile magnate, apparently worth 700 billion in today Euro's (perhaps before the economic crisis!) The house is like a huge marble mauseleum. Not much comfort here but some lovely details. From the house we took the Metro to the Parc Guell. This is a wonderful whimsical "theme" park. It features a mosaic covered lizard, Hansel and Gretel pagodas and undulating park benches covered in broken...

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Aug 29, 2011 - Ryan Air and bidets

Our last morning in Scotland was bitterly cold and windy. Then a short Ryan Air flight later and we touch down in sunny Spain. Trust us to get the extra space of the emergency row seating on the three hour flight from Edinburgh to Malaga and not the 20+ hour flights we do. Interestingly Ryan Air played a little victory tune and everyone clapped when the plane arrived on time. Not too sure what all the English passengers would have done if it hadn't gone so well. I'm sure it would have involved some tutting on their part. Our first night in...

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Jun 16, 2011 - Day 1

Greetings from Malaga! We had a late start to the day, waking up around 10:30am. Being the first day for me, we tried to figure some minor things out that turned out being a little difficlt. First getting Molly a phone. We went to two different places and purchased a sim card instead of a phone because they are either locked or onlz usable in Spain. The second issuse has been getting internet of my little laptop. We purchased our 1 euro internet USB for the day but continued to have issues connecting to the internet. Fingers crossed that...

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Malaga Adventures

Mar 26, 2010 - Malaga, Spain

Woke 9am. Today a day at sea. Paul wrote a letter home while I read then we had lunch and I sorted photos. Went to a basic Spanish class. Cloudy and cool. Went to the Comedian tonight. Very good. Friday 26th – Warm and clear – 24degrees Docked at Malaga, Spain 8am. Walked the ½ hr from the boat to port gates along the marina, saving the US$6 shuttle charge. Coolish morning requiring jackets. Got to the Church of Incarnation at 9.15 just as mass started, so stayed for that. 45min but saved us the 4Euro entrance fee. Building began 1528 and...

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Europe 2010

Sep 26, 2009 - Malaga

@@@@@@@ We learned that because of the rough terrain between Granada and the coast, there was no train to Malaga, so we booked tickets on the inter-city bus. We have done a great deal of bus travel in South America and since we were in Western Europe, we didn’t anticipate any problems with bus transportation here. We were in for a mild surprise. We arrived at the bus station and found it modern and clean. However, when it was time to board the bus, the passengers had to load their own luggage in the luggage compartment and there was a bit...

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Sep 26, 2009 - Malaga and an excursion to Granada

Thought we would try the buffet breakfast this morning - mayhem with all the pushy Italians around. We opted for an excursion today to the Ahlambra at Granada. As we drove there the motorway was lined with pink and white oleanders and olive trees for miles. Granada is nestled at the foot of the Nevada mountains (Sierra Nevada). The city was a sanctuary for Muslims after the fall of Cordoba and Seville - reminders of this period are easily discernible in the mazelike Albayzin and in the commanding presence of the Ahlambra. Much is written...

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