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Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz December 18th 2020

November 6, 2019 Our transatlantic Royal Caribbean ship docked in Cadiz at 8AM giving us plenty of time for breakfast. Once again, to be on the safe side, we signed up for the ship tour, this time our last exploration of Spain: Cadiz and Jerez de la Frontera. Booking the ship’s tour gave us assurity that the ship would not sail without us! The ship was scheduled to depart at 6PM which gave us ample time to explore a bit on our own before heading back to dinner aboard ship. Thankfully we left the ship well in advance of our 10AM tour, After a confusing and worrisome 10 minute walk from the ship’s dock, including asking many questions of anyone on the street, we finally found the location where we met our guide Jose to begin ... read more
Monument to Tio Pepe, by the Jerez Cathedral
Alcazar wall and octagonal tower, Jerez
Orange Boulevard, Jerez

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Málaga » Malaga November 24th 2020

November 5 Our ship docked at 9am, with easy access to the recently restored Old Town of Malaga. Malaga, we are told, is the main city of coastal Andalucia, along the Costa del Sol, and, like many of the towns we have encountered, retains a distinctly Spanish flavor, with twisting, narrow streets and a lovely waterfront promenade. Tall palm and plane trees, bougainvillea, aloes, and geraniums all made for views that said ‘tropical paradise’ alongside the clean, modern port. Picasso said of his birthplace, “to be a Cubist you have to have been born in Málaga” although I don’t see the reference, I’ll take his word for it. Malaga was a popular winter holiday site for the 19th-century wealthy. We were told that today Malaga is where the rich and famous hang out, although none were ... read more
Roman theater in Malaga
Hiking into the Alcazaba de Malaga
Dave and I are surrounded by myrtle hedges and flowers in the Alcazaba garden

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 » Seville October 31st 2020

SEVILLE 10/24/19 After breakfast we gathered to plan our day. Seville is the capital of Andalucia and of the province of Seviila. Located on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, the city is fabled to have been settled by Hercules. Founded by the Tartessians, Seville was later settled by the Romans. In fact two of Rome's great emperors, Trajan and Hadrian, were born here. Seville was occupied by the Moors from AD 711 until 1248, and many of its most beautiful monuments and architecture come from that period. The fourth-largest city in Spain, Seville is also renowned as the birthplace of flamenco and Don Juan. Mmmm sounds like fun! First stop: Plaza de España. In the early morning sun our assembled group passed through the Puerta de Aragon, an impressive tiled entrance to the Plaza de ... read more
Bride at Plaza de España
Plaza de España
The massive Cathedral of Seville

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Córdoba » A Mezquita October 30th 2020

CORDOBA 10/23/19 After a pleasant night spent at the Cordoba Center Hotel we had time to organize and repack for the next leg, before leaving for a walking tour of the historic center of Cordoba. This unique city was once capital of Islamic Spain. Referred to as Spain’s historic cultural capital, it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We found that Cordoba, like Toledo, is often a study in contrasts: a historic mixture of Moorish, Christian, and Jewish, old and new. A reference to when it was possible for 3 major religions to coexist in harmony. We should take a lesson from this! Our lovely Vera gave us some historical background of the region which I supplemented with my own research. Once capital of the Western world, Cordoba was founded by the ancient Romans ... read more
Guadalquivir River, Cordoba
Kathleen at Monument to Moses Maimónides
Calleja de las Flores

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Estepona October 29th 2020

Pas de chance pour moi hier, tout le texte que j’avais écrit a disparu… Journée bien remplie aujourd’hui, donc je vais essayer de retrouver mon inspiration… Nous voilà bien rentrés… on se demande pourquoi ??? Le bleu du ciel de là-bas et le gris de celui d’ici ne font certainement pas bon ménage… Nous avons donc choisi de favoriser le bleu et de le retrouver très prochainement… Ce sera pour une autre histoire…. Bref, notre séjour s’est tout à fait bien continué et déroulé… La psychose que l’on semble vouloir nous faire vivre ici et pas là-bas (souvenez-vous que je parle et comprends l’espagnol… et que donc je peux comprendre ce qu’on nous dit tant à la radio, à la télévision ou dans les journaux.) ne se ressemblent vraiment pas… Et même si nous devions rester ... read more
Marina d'Estepona
comme en janvier : l'Afrique, Gibraltar et l'Andalousie...
Port de pêche d'Estepona

Europe » Spain » Andalusia October 25th 2020

Et nous revoilà…. Pourquoi donc s’obstiner à passer l’automne et peut-être même l’hiver sous un ciel gris… Alors qu’à quelques kilomètres de là, le soleil ne joue pas tellement à cache-cache… Ceux qui nous connaissent bien savent que nous apprécions beaucoup cette région qu’est l’Andalousie…. Nous y sommes venus il y plus de 40 ans pour la découvrir pour une première fois… nous l’avons aimée et nous avons continuer à l’explorer…. Je peux vous assurer qu’on n’en a pas encore fini… Des routes qui tournent, des paysages sans fin, des montagnes qui nous entourent, des sourires que l’on devine sous les masques, une méditerranée qui nous offre tout au loin l’Afrique mais aussi Gibraltar… Une fois de plus comme en janvier cette année nous pouvons par moment observer tant les côtes de l’Afrique du Nord, que ... read more
Luxair... toujours en route...
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Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Puerto Banús August 6th 2020

When was the bikini invented? From history.com: If you like or wear bikinis, you can thank Louis Réard, the French designer who came up with the then-revolutionary design in the 1940s. The revolutionary part wasn't the two-piece nature of the bikini — European women had been wearing two-piece bathing suits since the decade before. But those existing two-pieces were pretty conservative, even if they did lack the traditional skirts; they had halter tops that left very little of the midriff in view.That wasn't the case with the skimpy bikini of Réard's creation, which he described as "smaller than the world's smallest bathing suit," according to History.com. He debuted the design on July 5, 1946, but as you might imagine, he didn't do so personally: Micheline Bernardini, a Parisian showgirl, modeled the suit in ... read more
Bikini fact
All the same or ??
No bikini wax!

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Estepona February 1st 2020

Quitter un épais brouillard pour trouver un soleil éclatant...Que demander de plus... ? Nous connaissons bien la région pour y être venus durant de nombreuses années chaque deux dernières semaines de février... Un grande envie d'échapper à la pluie, quelques petites gelées seulement, mais aussi un brouillard épais qui n'en finissait pas d'occuper nos journées fera que nous décidons de revenir dans la région, car l'Andalousie n'a jamais fini de s'ouvrir et de se découvrir à nous... Nous optons pour un hôtel que nous connaissons également et dont la chaîne nous satisfait tout à fait... les hôtels H10... Vous nous connaissez bien ! nous ne pouvons rester sur place longtemps... Si bien nous avons pris le H10 avec 1/2 pension, nous avons aussi loué une voiture, une petite Panda qui ne fait qu'augmenter mon amour pour ... read more
sept jours qui promettent...
le Port d'Estepona
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Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Alhaurin el Grande January 31st 2020

Our trips to Spain are getting shorter!! This trip was only Sunday 5th Jan – Friday 31stJan and we had planned to re-paint the whole house as the weather isn’t usually that warm and there is more cloud in January!! We also hoped to catch the Three Kings Fiesta on the 6th Day but arrived late on the Sunday evening to catch the last of the Processions and to learn that the fiesta is 4th and 5th with the 6th Being a National Holiday! This caused us a few problems as there were no food shops open on the Monday, after we arrived!! However, despite the weather being warm and sunny, with blue skies, we made a good start on the painting, painting in the mornings with well earnt lunches or siestas in the afternoon, as ... read more
Kens cookery course
San Anton at Mijas (2)
Driving out of the Storm




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