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Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Granada August 26th 2015

Well, we got up in time for breakfast because today was the day to see the Alhambra. The Alhambra is a collection of palaces built by Moorish sultans and Catholic monarchs surrounded by fortified walls on the tops of two hills. The climbing up the steep hill was great training for the Camino but Madalyn could have done without the heat and high humidity. At the wall map by the entrance we met our fabulous guide, Margarita. It is important to get your tickets ahead of time because access times are strictly controlled to prevent tourists from over running the place and having our own personal guide was heavenly. There were lots of people but it didn't seem overcrowded. Margarita showed us the gardens as we strolled toward the Alcazaba, the oldest part built for military ... read more

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Granada August 25th 2015

Well, sleep deprivation caught up with us today; sleeping very late, having breakfast just before the local lunch time. We walked to a main bus stop area and took a mini-bus to the Alhambra, to learn how to get there for our reserved tour tomorrow. The Alhambra, having begun as a defensive fort, is fairly high above the city, and the temperature today was warmer than yesterday, forecasted to be 34°C. We were glad to take the bus, then walked down to explore that route, and to continue walking in preparation for the Camino a week from now. We plan to walk up tomorrow. Back down in the city, we stopped for cold water and iced coffee then followed Rick Steves' self-guided walk of the historic center. That gave us more detail and history of the ... read more

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Granada August 24th 2015

We left the rain behind in London as we jetted off to Granada and blue skies. Gary has been to Spain before when he was in the Navy and it is Madalyn's first visit. We checked into our hotel to drop off our luggage and hit the streets. Our hotel is on a large, busy square near the base of the Alhambra, the main attraction in Granada which we'll visit in a day or two. Still recovering from lack of sleep we managed to tour the Cathedral of Granada. The pipe organ is huge with horizontal pipes as well as vertical, we wished it had been playing. Lots of gold leaf, paintings of Jesus, the Virgin Mary and saints. You don't light candles for fulfilling your prayers any more, you flick a switch to turn on ... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago August 23rd 2015

The journey has begun. Midnight to 6am flight SFO to O'Hare. Grateful for frequent flier miles and Admiral's club. Had a nice visit and dinner with Madalyn's sister and brother in law. Now on to Heathrow and overnight. Feeling the sleep deficit, jet lag not necessary.... read more

Europe » Spain August 22nd 2015

Welcome Everyone to our Blog for our trip to Spain! We are in the throws of getting ready to leave the house and drive to the Bay Area. Perhaps we'll have more time to blog when we are waiting for our plane. More later!... read more

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