Down the Memory Lane. Spain 2008

Back in 2008 I made my depute visit to Spain to meet my in laws. Before I made it to their home in the Canary Islands I spent some time familiarizing myself with the country that might become my home too one day. My visit started and ended in Madrid; in between I made a stopover in Cordoba, Granada and Gran Canaria where I spent New Year’s Eve. These pictures recorded some of my favorite moments amongst many others.

 

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Retiro Park in Madrid

One of the most beautiful spots in Madrid to watch the sun set

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Spanish bull, in the outskirts of Madrid

My husband won’t let me touch it for being allegedly dangerous! I didn’t find it dangerous, I thought it was incredibly cute..

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El escorial palace from a distance

It was such a cold day, and I was very depressed. I refused to go out because I almost couldn’t take it. My husband tricked me into going out by telling me that he will take me to this nearby restaurant he knows where we can have the best homemade Spanish food in the area; an offer that I couldn’t resist. Instead he drove me down to the Escorial and I was completely mesmerized once inside the place that I completely forgot about the weather. The sun eventually came out to warm me up and my husband did fulfill his promise by taking me to a nice local diner on the way back.

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Cordoba

Cordoba is best explored on foot. The details of its buildings and streets are something to be lived rather that just seen. And of course you must not leave the city before indulging in a tapas meal; a manifestation of flavors that somehow adds more substantial value to you vacation.

 

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The view of Albaicin as seen from Alhambra Palace

If there is any good that will come from the early morning long wait outside the doors of Alhambra Palace in Granada before they actually let you in; it should be that it gives you enough time to marvel at this glorious view of Albaicin.

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Alhambra Palace
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Puerto de Mogan in the south of Gran Canaria

Mogan has a very Spanish spirit to it. Even though the area is bustling with tourists from all over the world, it didn’t fail in showing me its local hospitality manners. On this particular day we ate our lunch at a sea side restaurant that keeps the fish alive in a net hanging from the side of a boat in the port. Once you have selected your fish all you have to do is tell the chef how you want it done. That was literally all I had to ask for; my salad, drink, dessert and coffee were all on the house, compliments of the chef for “pretty lady” 🙂

 

Until the next journey…..

 

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