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Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Granada July 5th 2022

Today we bid a sad adios to the Costa Del Sol. Our beach resort day, and the relaxed start this morning gave us time to recharge our batteries and we were ready to hit the road! My cold is going away, and I should be fine in another day or so. Jody’s problems are probably more allergy related, Europe is old and there’s all kinds of new stuff to be allergic to. We left this morning for Alfarnatejo, a small village in the mountains of about 400 people. This is not a tourist town, there are no souvenir shops. It’s just and actual farming town where people make their living from growing olives and making olive oil. There is also a little wheat farming, and they are experimenting with pistachio and almond trees, but mainly ... read more
Views of the Alfarnatejo Olive Oil Plant
On the Road to Alhambra - Mountain Views
Views of Alhambra

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Granada June 13th 2022

TOUR 2 – Great Iberian Tour – MON, 13 JUN 2022 – Day 14: Visit the Alhambra (if you bought the trip with the entrance included). Night transfer. We will have a full day in GRANADA. For those who booked the trip with the entrance included, in the afternoon we will visit with a local guide the immense Alhambra Palace and its beautiful Generalife gardens, built in Arab times. In the evening we will visit the, a World Heritage site as is the Alhambra, where you can have dinner in the narrow winding streets of this captivating Medieval Moorish quarter. At night, you will have the option to attend a flamenco dance show in the traditional neighbourhood of Sac­romonte. IMPORTANT NOTE: The maximum number of people allowed to visit the Alhambra is limited by the local ... read more
Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens – Granada, Spain
Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens – Granada, Spain
Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens – Granada, Spain

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Granada June 12th 2022

TOUR 2 – Great Iberian Tour – SUN, 12 JUN 2022 – Day 13: Tourist train in Caravaca. Today we will continue our trip and head to ALICANTE. We will have time to take a walk in this charming, coastal city and, after lunch, we will make our way to the Murcia region, where we will visit CARAVACA DE LA CRUZ, a town considered by the Catholic Church as one of the five holy cities. Its church holds a relic of Christ’s Cross. We will also take a train ride up to its historic area, which we can explore, before we continue our trip along scenic roads on our way to Andalusia. We will end the day in GRANADA.... read more
On the Road to Alicante, Spain
Random Photos of Alicante, Spain
Random Photos of Alicante, Spain

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Granada October 2nd 2021

Food is everything we are. It's an extension of nationalist feeling, ethnic feeling, your personal history, your province, your region, your tribe, your grandma. It's inseparable from those from the get-go. Anthony Bourdain The day started easy enough in Valencia. We hailed a taxi and headed toward the railway station. We claimed our Prius and slowly pulled away from the lovely city of Valencia and began to familiarize ourselves with the Spanish roadways. Honestly... we've been traveling for a fair number of years and are now absolutely amazed how people navigated before the joys of GPS... and we were those people! The Spanish countryside was dotted with mile after mile of lemon, lime and olive trees. We thought we'd share with you that we took the A-7, to the A-35, to the A-344 to A-31 and ... read more
Granada overlook
Great salad
Cathedral de Granada

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Granada November 1st 2020

GRANADA 10/25/19 Our bus left the hotel in Seville at 9am and we were on our way to Granada. On the bus, Vera passed out dark chocolate covered figs to tease us about the upcoming sweets at our next stop. She told us that bus drivers, by law, must stop at least every 2 hours. Therefore we had frequent bathroom and refreshment breaks. We stopped at an Autogrill in a pleasantly rural farmland region where Vera suggested we purchase lunch to bring with us to eat in Granada. We bought the recommended and locally famous Pionono sweet treat to eat later and a ham and cheese and ovo sandwich for a walking lunch later in Granada. When we arrived in Granada I saw advertisements for the Piononos everywhere. (I soon found out they were way too ... read more
Spain has the best olive oil!
Charming Granada
Bench details along Granada's pedestrian walkway

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Granada January 15th 2020

Granada was our last sightseeing city. We walked the streets of Old Town, spending more time in the shops and less in the cathedrals. This time we explored without a guide, as we had in the other cities. Granada a beautiful city. With the snow capped Sierra Nevada mountains and the Alhambra, as its back drop, and the narrow cobblestone streets, the photo ops were endless. We spent time in the Alcaiceria, once a silk market, but now full of souvenir shops; it reminded me a little of the souk in Israel. Taking a break from walking in a Morrocan style tea shop on the Rua de Casas de Cha, was delicious... the tea of course but also the crepes and baklava style pastries. We walked through the Albayzin, with winding narrow streets of the Moorish ... read more
View of the snow capped Sierra Nevada Mountains from Mirador San Nicholas
The Alhambra
The Alhambra

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Granada December 11th 2019

La Alhambra - the "h" is silent. for Moroccan poets it was "a pearl set in emeralds” for the Emirs who built it this was“paradise on earth” Its elegant architecture rests in a setting both formidable and of rare natural beauty – on a plateau towering above the plain commanding an eagle’s eye view of the city of Granada, the Darro River and the heights of the Sierra Nevada (snowy mountain). Today it is hailed as the Taj Mahal of Spain,with filigree palacesinside a mighty fortress. A place of exquisite beauty beside raw power, the delicate heart within a beast. Its origin as an Islamic Palace started 800 years ago under Mohammed I, Emir (Sultan or governor) of the Nasrids of Morocco who ruled Spain. This was the Golden Age of Islam - precision through science, ... read more
heading up hill to Alhambra with its commanding view of Granada
The Alcazaba. A formidable sight, the immense walls of the Citadel and its commanding location
Tour groups gather at the visitor centre Generalife gardens in Alhambra 6,000 persons daily are allowed

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Granada October 31st 2019

Bonjour à tous, Nous avions bien hâte de visiter l'Alhambra à Grenade qui est supposé être un des 'joyaux' de l'Espagne. Notre déceptions fût grande de tomber sur une guide qui valaît ZERO. Elle ne nous a pas donné de cartes car c'est trop 'mêlant' et ses commentaires ont portés sur les pommes grenades qui sont l'emblème de la ville.Elle nous a informé que le Sultan avait 4 femmes officielles et plusieurs concubines!!! sur les lieux, l'histoire et la construction...pas d'info, j'ai trouvé un peu d'info sur le web que je partagerai avec vous. Le voyage de 2 heures en autobus pour y aller et de même au retour a été très agréable afin de contempler les cultures d'oliviers, d'avocats et d'asperges. Comme on est heureux d'avoir le soleil avec nous, on profite de la journée ... read more

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Granada June 24th 2019

Bonjour à tous Je commence par répondre à la suggestion qui ma été soumise par un "mâle", de consacrer un jour de ce blog uniquement consacré à la plage. Je pense qu'il n'avait pas encore ouvert celui d'hier. Dans son idée, je pense que le texte ne serait pas necessaire. Pour moi plus facile. Deux inconvénients. Prendre les photos, une de ci de là, ça peut aller, mais un "reportage", je vais passer encore plus, pour le vieux voyeur, libidineux en manque, même si ma réputation est largement entamée. Et puis je crains d'avoir des problèmes avec Marlène Schiappa, ministre française de l'égalité entre les femmes et les hommes, et de la lutte contre les discriminations. Une jeune femme complètement "barrée" dans sa tête. Une excessive dans la connerie. Je pense que 99,98% des français le ... read more
Almeria Cathédrale

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Granada April 23rd 2019

So my last blog post, I mentioned a relationship I needed to end before I left to study abroad. This post is going to explain more what happened between him and I. I first met Tadashi while working at the Home Depot near my home in Columbus, Ohio. That would have been two summers ago and he actually asked me out, but I had to turn him down because I was focused on my finals at the time. I did end up dating someone else from the Home Depot not too much time after that.. so oops. That relationship is an entire another story I may get into one day but is not related to either of the current topics of discussion. So come last summer of 2018 and I am back at the HD. single. ... read more

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