Alhambra

We only bought tickets a few days before and I’m glad we didn’t wait any longer. Getting tickets before hand is a must. The general tickets were €14 and they also give you a specific half hour time slot for the Nazrid Palace. They also have a morning and afternoon entry. We had to accept an afternoon entry, 2pm, since we got a 6:30 palace entry.

After about a two hour drive we got to Grenada. Kara really powered through and was a champ. Sadly, she got stuck with all the driving since I can’t drive a stick. 

We made a B-line for a traditional Churro cafe. Absolute heaven!!!

So decadent!

We just meandered around Grenada for a bit. Had some tapas and a beer before Alhambra.

The coast of Spain is tolerable, but inland, the temperature soared to 104° again. Of course the line to pick up tickets was in the sun! Cruel!

Once inside, it was awesome!

Haha, lots of pictures with the selfie stick!

What a day. Fantastic. Now I’m in Bucharest, Romania! Tell ya all about it tomorrow!

Mijas

Today we jumped in the car and drove up to the base of the mountains to the town of Mijas.

It was a fantastic little town. Although, there was a lot of construction on their main road and we had to park up the hill and take a shuttle back into town.

After tapas lunch we waited to get the shuttle back to our car and were very disappointed to find out that the shuttle stopped running from 2-7. Wtf, a five hour gap?? With no other option, we trudged up the hill.

Limiting my sun exposure and tan lines.

We were good Samaritans though and went back to town and gave a old couple a ride to the top, the walk wasn’t too far, but in the sun it wasn’t fun.

Then more beach and a few bottles of wine. It was a very good evening!

Marbella

Yesterday we drove down the coast to Marbella and spent the morning walking around town. Between stopping at cafes we got to admire the sights.

An entire promenade with Dali statues!! I was so happy!

In the afternoon we met a friend of Kara’s from Sydney in Puerto Banús. 

We drove back and had some pre dinner beers on the beach.

Costa del Sol

I haven’t posted in a day or two because I guess I haven’t done much. I finally got to the “vacation” part of my trip. I’ve either been at the pool or at the beach. I also have ac, it’s fantastic! But the best part is that today my friend Kara joined me!

After getting some sun by the pool in the morning, we drove to Malaga in the afternoon. 

After we got back to our local beach, we grabbed a bottle of wine and a blanket.

A little worn down

This heat is killing me. I have a really nice air bnb, but no ac! I’m also dying to get to Malaga and chill by the pool. It also looks 15° cooler there.

Today I did pretty much nothing. I walked to the train station and got my ticket for tomorrow. Enjoyed a siesta. Read a lot. 

Ventured back out for dinner. I passed the Seville university.

Then had a huge seafood dinner and wine. 

I guess on a four month trip it’s ok to have a less busy day.

Another hot day in Seville

It took everything I had to leave my room today knowing how crazy hot it was going to be. 

I walked through the Triana neighborhood and began with a museum, the Museo del Castillo de San Jorge. It was free, thank goodness because it was kinda weird. It was supposed to be about the Spanish Inquisition, which sounds super interesting and easy to make a museum about. Wrong. It was about the building and the ruins and the people that inhabited them and only barely touched upon the Inquisition. There were strange artsy movies that made no sense. I just didn’t get it I guess. Moving on. 

Then I walked through the Triana market and got some delicious fruit.

After, I walked through town and went to the Palace of the Countess of Lebrija.It was built in the 16th century and remodeled by the Countess in 1901.

Huge Roman mosaic floors.

Then lunch and a siesta.

I grabbed cheese, bread and pate from a grocery store and walked down by the water for a picnic dinner. This was my spot.

And I got to check out this bridge, the Puente de Isabella II.

Seville

Lot of sight seeing today.

I started off with The Royal Alcázar of Seville. It was built in 1248.

Then I went to the Cathedral de Seville, it was finished in the early 16th century. It is the largest cathedral in the world.

Then tapas lunch and beers.

In the late afternoon, I toured the Plaza we Toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballería de Seville. (The bull ring)

It’s so hot here, I’m melting. And constantly eating gelato!