26 January 2014

We went on Vacation to Spain



Picture heavy post ahead!

We went to Spain.  We left Nashville on 1/18 and got to Malaga on 1/19.  The overnight flight from NYC to Madrid wasn't bad; I mainly read my Kindle and got a couple hours sleep.  Then we were in Madrid for about 4 hours, in uncomfortable airport chairs and just couldn't sleep.  Once we got to Malaga, B's parents picked us up and we drove to the resort in Marbella, maybe 40 minutes away.  We ate and slept for a few hours and then both of us seemed fine and pretty much jet-lag free!  Monday was also a low key day; we went to the beach and B actually went into the ocean!  It was a chilly 60 degrees and he got right back out.
I only stuck my feet in
B at the beach the second day we were there.  
Beach Chairs

The bit we were on was very stony

Now with Mountains!
B's parents at the beach restaurant
The shuffleboard court was right outside our suite.

 On Tuesday we went to Gibraltar.  We took a taxi tour up to the top and back down, then wandered the shopping district and got some fish 'n' chips.

Yoga Monkey
B and our Taxi Driver Denny.  And a Barbary Ape
B and his new friend.  The taxi driver had asked if we wanted to have a monkey picture like this and we said no.  But the monkeys are so trained (they get treats when they do this) that this one took the initiative himself and climbed B's clothes.
One of the peaks

a bay

Shipping and the cable car cables

Great shot of my hair.  Also, B's mom and a bit of Gibraltar!
Other peak and monkeys
B's parents
 









Elevate another 3 degrees!
Ready for food!
 
I was exhausted.  According to B's mom, we walked over 10,000 steps this day.


The next day we went to a little mountain town, Mijas, to see a flamenco show, which ended up being canceled.  The town was pretty though!
B's dad
 
Very Pretty


crowded streets

Can't imagine living here

Steep

another great view

A church

 
B chillin' in Mijas

Thursday we went to The Alhambra.  About a 2 hour drive from our hotel, The Alhambra is a Moorish palace in Granada.  They started building it in the 9th(!) century and continued through the 15th century, when it became Spanish. It was a gorgeous place and so OLD!  I thought Vermont felt old before I went here. 
 
Me, looking at the ceiling

Alhambra and Grounds

More Fountains
The Lion Fountain

A "starry" ceiling.  This looked so amazing in real life.  It was really high up and the room was quite dark so you really had the impression that this was the night sky.
There were a lot of fountains and water features

Also, the ceilings were all cool.  B took some great 3D pics with his camera.

A Niche

Courtyard with Pool

Of course, I bought book-related souvenirs.  Washington Irving stayed at Alhambra in 1829.
Friday we went to Fuengirola as I wanted to drag everyone to a Roman archaeological site.  We parked at the beach and walked to the site.  Then we went back to the resort beach and sat in the sun.  Finally, we sat at the bar for dessert and sunset!
One of many, many roundabouts

Baths

Baths again
B at the Baths
The Fuengirola beach was more sandy.

I'm not frowning.  B had me look straight at the sun for this picture. 

It's going
You can see Africa! 
part of the resort

On Saturday we flew home, which was pretty good until NYC when it became awful.  Overall though it was an amazing trip.  These are not even a tenth of the pictures we took but I hope it gives a bit of an overview.  We had a wonderful time and I learned:
  • I've got a damn fine sense of direction
  • Spanish general food (OJ, Jam, sauces) are less sweet than I'm used to
  • Spanish sweets are awesome
  • I also really like English sweets, though i only managed two flavors of Cornetto
  • Having 1 and 2 "dollar" coins is pretty cool
  • You are supposed to soak salted cod for 24 hours before trying to eat it
  • I don't mind hot tubs if they aren't too hot.
  • I'm getting much better about flying.
 Hope everyone else had a great week!

4 comments:

  1. I love reading people's travel posts, and this one was great 'cause of all the photos. Looks like y'all had an amazing time. I've never been to Spain but I'd love to see the Alhambra one day. My husband has been there and rates it (and Granada in general) as one of the loveliest places on earth.

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  2. Looks like you guys had an incredible trip!!!!

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