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  • Day14

    Alhambra & Generalife, Granada, Spain

    April 18 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 10 °C

    The Alhambra is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada, Andalusia, Spain. It was originally constructed as a small fortress in AD 889 on the remains of Roman fortifications, and then largely ignored until its ruins were renovated and rebuilt in the mid-13th century by the Moorish emir Mohammed ben Al-Ahmar of the Emirate of Granada, who built its current palace and walls. It was converted into a royal palace in 1333 by Yusuf I, Sultan of Granada. After the conclusion of the Christian Reconquista in 1492, the site became the Royal Court of Ferdinand and Isabella (where Christopher Columbus received royal endorsement for his expedition), and the palaces were partially altered to Renaissance tastes. After being allowed to fall into disrepair for centuries, the buildings occupied by squatters, Alhambra was rediscovered following the defeat of Napoleon.

    It is now one of Spain's major tourist attractions, exhibiting the country's most significant and well-known Islamic architecture, together with 16th-century and later Christian building and garden interventions. The Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the inspiration for many songs and stories. Moorish poets described it as "a pearl set in emeralds," an allusion to the colour of its buildings and the woods around them. The palace complex was designed with the mountainous site in mind and many forms of technology were considered.

    The Water Gardens of the Generalife is a garden area attached to the Alhambra which became a place of recreation and rest for the Granadan Muslim kings when they wanted to flee the tedium of official life in the Palace. It occupies the slopes of the hill Cerro del Sol above the ravines of the Genil and the Darro and is visible from vantage points throughout the city. It was conceived as a rural village, consisting of landscaping, gardens and architecture. The palace and gardens were built during the reign of Muhammed III(1302–1309) and redecorated shortly after by Abu l-Walid Isma'il (1313–1324). It is of the Islamic Nasrid style, and is today one of the biggest attractions in the city of Granada. The Generalife was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984.

    Visiting the Alhambra and Generalife was magnificent, a memorable experience!
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  • Day44

    Churros & soccer

    September 18, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Now three weeks in and we are starting to find our feet! We finally tracked down churros & it goes without saying that it was hugely popular!! The boys have joined a soccer club & Chris has somehow found himself again in assistant coach position. The boys hang out for the Tuesday & Thursday games. Last night while having dinner we had to leave the Barcelona match on in case they scored!! It seems our football obsession is transferable across boundaries.

    School continues to go well. Max has scored a seat next to a girl that gives him lollies everyday. Tom is learning the numbers & doing lots of coloring in & Ivy has made a friend.

    Chris & I have done our first tapas night with some other expats. Delicious, lots of drinks, out too late!
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  • Day59

    Ivys birthday in the alpujarras

    October 3, 2017 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

    We ventured out of town this weekend to the mountains above Granada - the Alpujarras. Little white villages built on steep slopes within a dramatic rocky landscape. We arrived a little bit homesick (missing the grand final) & bus sick (very winding roads) but were revived quickly by our very tranquil & quaint little casa in the hills.

    Ivy celebrated her long-awaited 4th birthday. The boys even trekked to the next village to get her a chocolate cake complete with pink sprinkles!

    Now back to our new 'normal' in Granada. School, Spanish, soccer, music & dance & usually a few to many cervezas!
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  • Day98

    More birthday parties..

    November 11, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 6 °C

    This week has been the week of Tom with him celebrating his 6th bday. Two of the lovely mums from his class invited us to do a joint party with their kids Sara & Pablo, which we keenly accepted. The parties here are almost all held in ‘the pinos’ above the city. The spot has spectacular views out to the snow capped Sierra Nevada mountains & lots of room for the kids to roam. It was great to see Tom enjoying himself and getting showered with love from his new classmates. Tomorrow his birthday celebrations continue with us all going to a soccer game to see the team ‘Granada’ in action.

    Out of all the kids Tom has had the hardest time adjusting to a new place & school. I’m pleased to report however that over the past couple of weeks he has switched into gear. Almost like he has accepted the fact that this is his new reality & has decided to enjoy it. Fingers crossed he stays on track from here!!

    The weather has also suddenly changed here. We are waking up to 1 or 2 degree mornings & we have snow on the mountains. We are struggling to work the complicated, underfloor heating system in our house & it is COLD. The days are still clear, warm & sunny but I’m already missing the warm summer evenings we experienced when we first arrived. The kids of course are super excited about seeing snow for the first time! That might be my next post!!
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  • Day122

    Christmas lights

    December 5, 2017 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 5 °C

    Some of you will know that I’ve always loved Christmas carols & Christmas lights. So it was with delight that I dragged the boys into the centre square tonight to see the lights get switched on. They didn’t disappoint!

  • Day122

    Autumn colours

    December 5, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 7 °C

    One of our favourite places to stroll in Granada are the paths leading up to and around the Alhambra and surrounding gardens. They are steep but spectacular & there are lots of things to explore on the way up. Right now the trees are all red and yellow & with snow capped mountains framing the view it is beautiful! Just a shame that it’s sooo damn cold!!!Read more

  • Day125

    A puente

    December 8, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    A puente is a holiday in spain from the 6th - 10th December. The 6th (Wednesday) is constitution day & the 8th (Friday) is the feast of the immaculate conception of the blessed Virgin Mary. The holiday is called a puente (meaning bridge) in recognition of the fact that they need an extra day off to bridge the time between the weekend and the holidays to create a long weekend. Love this country!!

    We utilized our days off school off with a short trip to nearby town Cordoba & under intense pressure from Max we drove up to Sierra Nevada to touch the snow.

    The highlight of Cordoba was the Mezquita-Catedral a beautiful and fascinating building that symbolizes the many religious changes Cordoba has undergone over the centuries. My pictures don’t do this building justice - it is truly amazing. Of course the kids were more interested in the garbage truck outside and Ivy actually declared she was bored after 3.5 minutes. Max used the time to ask us every question imaginable about the death of Jesus & the meaning behind all of the other religious drawings, all of which Chris & I were ill-equipped to deal with.

    The sun was shining for our first time in the snow. No skiing but great fun tobogganing & just general messing around. I think we will be back soon!
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  • Day40


    June 17, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    Nach der Tour durch die Stadt sind wir zur Alhambra gegangen. Wir haben uns bereits vorgestern Tickets für den "Palacios Nazaries" gekauft, weil diese oft wochenlang im voraus ausverkauft sind. Man bekommt eine feste Zeit für die Besichtigung der Paläste, kann aber schon vorher die anderen Sachen besichtigen. Zuerst sind wir zur Alcazaba, welche der Alcazaba in Almeria sehr ähnlich ist. Danach ging es in die "Palacios Nazaries" für die man eben die Tickets vorher kaufen muss. Das sind die moslemischen Paläste. Es hat sich wirklich gelohnt. Mit soviel Details dekoriert. Man fühlt sich wie in einem orientalischn Märchen. Danach ging es zum "Palacio de Carlos V.", der dagegen Recht schlicht wirkt. Das sollte aber mit Absicht, als Gegenteil zu den anderen Palästen davor, so sein. Zuletzt ging es noch zum "Generalife", eine schöne Parkanlage die außerhalb der eigentlichen Alhambra liegt. Hier befindet sich das Gartenschloss, das ebenfalls im Still der "Palacios Nazaries" ist.
    Die Alhambra ist auf jeden Fall einen Besuch wert.
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  • Day39


    June 16, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Heute hatten wir noch ein großes Highlight - ein Flamenco Abend. Wir wurden mit dem Bus am Campingplatz abgeholt und sind dann in das Viertel "Sacromonte" gefahren. Hier gibt es sehr viele Flamenco Bars/Restaurants, sie werden auch die Gypsi Höhlen genannt. Wir bekommen ein einfaches Vier-Gänge-Menü auf der Dachterrasse des Restaurants mit einem perfekten Blick auf die Alhambra. Danach geht es ins Kellergewölbe und die Show beginnt. Die Gruppe besteht aus zwei Sängern, einem Gitarrist und vier Tänzern. Es ist wirklich beeindruckend welche Emotionen die Tänzer zeigen. Auch das Rhythmusgefühl ist unglaublich. Ein Abend, der sein Geld wert war.Read more

  • Day10


    September 9, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 19 °C

    So heute sind wir nach langer Fahrt in Granada angekommen! Nach dem wir endlich unser Hostel erreicht haben, haven wir uns auf den Weg Richtung Sacramonte gemacht. Am Weg haben wir viele kleine süße Kirchen und tolle Aussichten entdeckt! Zum Abendessen haben wir eine kleine Bar mit perfekter sicht auf die Alhambra gefunden (natürlich mit Sangria!!)Read more

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