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Río Guadalmedina

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  • Day14

    El Oro de Klimt in Malaga

    March 11 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 72 °F

    “When I paint, one of my greatest feelings of pleasure is the awareness that I am creating gold.” — Gustav Klimt.

    The shuttle bus that was taking us from the ship into the heart of the city was passing the Centre Pompidou Cube when a poster caught my eye. It was promoting an exhibit featuring Gustav Klimt ... one of my favorite artists. He is probably best known for his “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer” (featured in the wonderful Helen Mirren movie, The Woman in Gold) and another work simply known as “The Kiss” ... both painted during his “gold phase.

    Entitled El Oro de Klimt (The Gold of Klimt), the exhibit promised an immersive experience. I had no idea what that meant, but we’re talking Klimt here ... how bad can it be?

    In fact, it was terrific and well worth the detour that required walking back to the Cube ... and the admission of €9pp (senior rate). Turns out this is not an art exhibition in the sense that you look at paintings on a wall. Instead, you walk into a dark room, find a seat — either a bench or a comfy bean bag — and watch Klimt’s paintings come alive on the walls and floors all around the room ... with accompanying music. It was fantastic. I felt like I was inside the artist’s palette. I was so enthralled that I didn’t do a very good job with the videos ... I’ve included one of them anyway.

    We were especially lucky with our timing as we had maybe 10-15 people in the entire salon ... unlike the next session that was filled with a couple of busloads of kids ... elementary school and younger!!!
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  • Day14

    Arrived in Malaga

    March 11 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 70 °F

    Quickie footprint to say we’ve made landfall. Allure is in the process of docking ... I think. We are on the port side of the ship with a view of the city but not of our berth. Off to breakfast and then off the ship to do some sightseeing .Read more

  • Day14

    Lovely Day in Malaga

    March 11 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 72 °F

    We visited Malaga for the first time just over 4 months ago. We were on another TransAtlantic crossing — westbound to return us to the US ... accompanied by mom and Aylin. We went to the cathedral then ... and also to the Picasso Museum. Did a lot of walking and had a great tapas lunch at a restaurant with sidewalk seating. The weather was delightful and we really enjoyed our day then.

    Some people don’t like returning to the same port when they are cruising. We don’t mind actually ... as long as there is plenty to still explore ... definitely the case for Malaga. We had another lovely day, with sunshine, blue skies, and a comfy high temp of 75F.

    Disembarking Allure of the Seas around 10:00a, we bought our shuttle bus tickets — €5pp R/T — for a short 10 minute ride to El Palmeral, a promenade park near the heart of the city. We started off with a detour in our plans when I noticed an advertisement for a special exhibit. It was amazing.

    Then we strolled into downtown, following a meandering path to El Marisquero ... where we had lunch in October ... it did not disappoint ... the tapas were as good as we remembered they were.

    From here, we wandered into the Mercado Central and then continued our meandering walk to a small museum I had read about ... well worth going out of our way to visit it.

    We wrapped up our day with “helado” ...🍦... creamy and delicious. The sweet treat gave us the extra energy we needed to return to El Palmeral to catch the shuttle back to the ship.

    In summary, a lovely day! We still have a lot to see and do — both in and outside the city. Would definitely not mind another port call in Malaga ... or maybe we’ll make our plan for a self-drive tour around Spain a reality in a year or two and spend extra time here.

    I’ll write separately about the exhibit and the museum, so just sharing a few general photos with this footprint.
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  • Day8

    Surf & Turf - exclusive Restaurant

    April 10, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Heute Abend waren wir in unserem Steakhouse an Bord essen - im Surf & Turf. Ich hatte ein Filetsteak mit Trüffel-Kartoffel-Püree und Blattspinat und einem tollen deutschen Wein!
    Es war mal wieder soo unendlich lecker, dass ich das einfach mit euch teilen musste.Read more

  • Day3

    Malaga

    September 12, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Heute sind wir mit AIDA in die Stadt gefahren. Auf dem Programm standen Besuche des Picasso-Museums und des Geburtshauses des Künstlers. Unsere Reiseführerin war gut im Thema und konnte ihr Wissen auch gut rüberbringen. Im Museum durften wir leider nicht fotografieren. Anschließend haben wir bei einem Stadtspaziergang noch Wissenswertes über Málaga erfahren. Die Tour endete bei Wein und Tapas im Restaurant Pimpi. Der Ausflug hat uns gut gefallen. Jetzt heißt es aber die Beine hochlegen und auf den Abend vorbereiten.Read more

  • Day77

    Back to Malaga

    November 15, 2015 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 17 °C

    After lunch with Brenda's family we walked off some of the paella as we made our way to the bus station for the return trip to Malaga. The ride today was much less of an adventure than was the trip to Seville and was, in fact, completely uneventful. We arrived in Malaga a little before 7:00 PM and checked in to a little hotel located a stone's throw from the apartment we had rented while we were here previously. We went out for a bite to eat and then turned in early to be prepared for the next leg of our journey.

    Sunday morning we awoke and made our way to the cruise terminal at 11:00 AM. We checked in our luggage and then wandered about the city until it was time to board. We were amazed to find the port was filled with people this Sunday morning. The were dozens of booths lining the waterfront occupied by artisans selling everything from baked goods to jewelry. It looked like they were doing a rousing business.

    We walked back into the historic center and visited the cathedral as Brenda wasn't with me when I went two weeks ago. It was equally impressive the second time around. We then strolled around for a while until we came to a Tapas bar where we stopped for a cool one and some Spanish tortilla.

    With full bellies we made our way back to the cruise terminal and checked in for our eleven day Atlantic crossing.

    ¡Hasta luego Espana!
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  • Day46

    Travellers' Wisdom

    June 25, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    I like to present a nice collection of things I have heared on my travels so far.
    I hope you enjoy as much as I did 😉

    "Don't drink tapwater in Europe! They add chloroform - it will kill you!" - a girl from Turkey

    "Germany is not a production country. Therefore you can't learn things about logistics and production processes in german universities. To learn this, you have to go abroad!" - a guy from Germany

    "A minium wage of 8,50€ is too less. Just think of the people who only work 1 hour per week - how can they survive?" - a guy from Brasil

    "In Europe it is not possible to make savings, because you earn little and living costs are too high! The europeans spend all their money for living." - a girl from Brasil

    "I don't order desserts in Restaurants. I have the feeling they are no experts in this field." - a girl from Germany

    "Oh wow - this movie shows 2nd world war. That means...America fought against whom?" - a girl from Austria (stated proudly that she just passed her A-Levels in Austria)

    "I think, germans hate to smile! They are in a bad mood always. Btw - where are you from?" A grumpy girl from China

    "It's awesome - you don't tip in Europe! They just don't want the extra money." - a girl from USA

    "Which kind of blood the Sangria is made of? The pigs or the cows?" - a guy from USA (Remark: "Sangre" means "blood" in spanish...actually it should be obvious, that the name "Sangria" describes the drinks colour,not its ingredients)
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  • Day12

    Málaga, Spain

    July 21, 2016 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 23 °C

    Yesterday we docked at Málaga, Spain 🇪🇸.
    It's a lovely city with plenty to see.
    Sheila, as usual stayed on the ship and relaxed.
    Maz and Sue wanted to do their second favourite thing in port, that is shop at El Corte Inglés, which is a large department store, on the lines of John Lewis in England.
    Btw their favourite thing, is finding a Starbucks and having a coffee ☕.
    I didn't fancy either so I went for a walk around the city, which as I said is a lovely place.
    It has some outstanding buildings.
    Across from the port you have the city hall which is an imposing structure with some beautiful fresco work on the outside walls.
    Right next to that is the Bank of Espanía with its huge columns across the front.
    Then you have what looked to be the oldest of the three buildings, which housed part of the University of Málaga.
    This is also a really beautiful building with unusual roof edgings, which I would describe as having external rafters and some beautiful irregular pointed brickwork. You will see better in the pictures below as my description is a bit crap.
    Further around from the university building there is a small Roman amphitheatre, which looks like it is still used for plays or small concerts.
    Also in this part of the town are lots of the typical Spanish, narrow winding streets, with lots of beautiful old buildings, many of which appeared to be getting renovated.
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  • Day12

    Castle Gibralfaro, Málaga, Spain

    July 21, 2016 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

    Right across from the port entrance you can see Castle Gibralfaro, perched at the top of Mount Gibralfaro which part of the foothills of the Montes de Málaga.
    Anyway the castle sits 130m on top of the hill, and I thinking that I'm an intrepid explorer, decides to have a walk up to have a look.
    So I set off not realising that the pathway up is about a 1:10 climb! After about 60 minutes and two stops, to let my breathing fall to a more normal rate, I reach a viewing platform which is apparently about 3/4 of the way up. The views I must admit where amazing, you could see right over the port and the city.
    Also from here you could look down into the local bullring which from that vantage point looked particularly impressive.
    I decided that that the views couldn't be much better right at the top, so that was as far as I went.
    Now coming down, although easier on the lungs was murder on the knees.
    Having said that I think it was well worth the climb to get the views and pictures I got and to see the beautiful flowers and trees on the way up and down.
    When I got back to the ship, someone told me that you could get a bus to the top!
    But although that would be less life threatening, it would not be as much fun as the walk lol.
    I've put a Wikipedia link below, for anyone interested in reading about the castle.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gibralfaro
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  • Day11

    Málaga, Spain

    May 11, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Last time I was here in Málaga I had a walk up towards Castel Gibralfaro, I say up towards, as I never made it to the top! For a change I listened to my body and the slight pain in my chest was saying that's far enough you old fart. Anyway while I was taking in the beautiful views I noticed a bullring down below, and today that's what I set out to find.
    It's actually called "Plaza de toros de La Malagueta" and was built in 1876, and is designated a Spanish cultural building, which I suppose is the same as a listed building back in the UK.
    Even though I'm not a blood sport type of person, it was still an interesting place to visit.
    For the princely sum of €1.80 you could go in to the arena and also visit the small museum.
    It all made for a very pleasant morning off the ship, and once again proved my point that in most cases you do not have to travel far from the ship or pay for expensive tours to find interesting things in most ports.
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Río Guadalmedina, Rio Guadalmedina

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