Cordoba, Spain

While enjoying a wonderful lunch and refreshing iced tea in an Arabian teteria (tea house) in Granada we met and had a great conversation with a couple vacationing from Austria. One of their recommendations to us was to visit the city of Córdoba, Spain.

Monachil, Spain

Above our beautiful little flat in Granada is a vacation rental that was recently rented out to a young female foreign student. Now you just might wonder how much trouble can one student get in to. Well that question has been, at least partially, answered.

The Alhambra

The Alhambra was the final location of Islamic rule in Spain and is the only surviving large medieval Islamic palace complex in the world. The Alhambra, meaning “Red Castle”, is a World Heritage Site and is absolutely unique in the world so it is definitely worth a visit.

Birthday Week!

Birthdays have been celebrated in this area of Spain for over 7,000 years so we thought it would be a great place to celebrate one of our own. And what a birthday celebration it was!

The Tastes of Spain

Sitting here in Granada we realize that we have been traveling around visiting festivals, churches and museums and the one thing we haven’t talked about (yet) is the food that we have been experiencing on our travels. So let’s rewind back to the beginning and start eating.

Peñíscola

We have often said we wanted to visit Pensacola, Florida but that has not yet happened. Instead we find ourselves on a Regional Express train heading north to Peñíscola, Spain to celebrate our anniversary. What a wonderful few days we had.

Albufera Natural Park

Everyone we know in Valencia has been telling us that we had to visit Albufera. Separated from the salty Mediterranean Sea by only a narrow strip of land, Albufera is a freshwater lagoon and estuary less than 7 miles south of the city of Valencia. An easy day trip by bus for 1,50 Euros each…

The History of Silk in Valencia

We initially did not understand that there are two separate sites promoting Valencia’s historical silk industry. One is the The Lonja de la Seda, or Silk Exchange, used as the center for commerce in the silk trade, the second is the Silk Museum.

The Town and Castle of Xàtiva

We decided to branch out this week and take a train to the town of Xàtiva in the province of Valencia. Catching a train from the city seems easy enough but there are always those little details that come back to bite you – little details that locals take for granted, but are missing from…

Lladro, Botanical Gardens and Museums

This week we visited the Lladro Boutique and Factory. Wow! Their figurines are just simply beautiful. We also walked another 25 miles or so trying to catch the last few sites of Valencia before we head off on new adventures. With our anniversary coming up (special plans), a trip to Bordeaux, France and then more…