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The Alhambra and tapas.

After a day lazing on the beach near Motril yesterday, we headed out for some proper sight seeing today.  Just 45 minutes North lies the beautiful city of Granada.

Spain became my top pick for our vacation destination this year after seeing Anthony Bourdain visit Granada on his series ‘Parts Unknown.  Granada relies almost entirely on tourism for it’s revenue, and is the location of the stunning Alhambra Palace – one of the best examples of Moorish architecture.  Thankfully we booked tickets before we departed for Spain as the queues were huge even at 9am this morning – though not that surprising really given it was almost 38 degrees celsius at midday when we were leaving.  If you ever head to Andalucia the Alhambra is a must see – it is spectacular and incredibly romantic offering some amazing views of Granada and the Sierra Nevadas.

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After the Alhambra we met up with Simon and Karin who are staying with us this week.  Lots of fun, laughter, chat and wine of course!  We headed to one of the most highly rated Tapas Bars in Granada – the Bodegas Espadafor.  When you order a drink you get free tapas – at least in this part of Spain.  We ate sausage, squid, croquettes, paella, broad beans and ham – just the most amazing food – all washed down with beer and sherry – well for us non-drivers at least;)

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Finally I forgot about this outfit photo from our last night in Sevilla.  The M&S playsuit got an outing with the Oslo sandals from Nine West – the most comfortable sandals that I own – and they are now in the sale.

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We are connected!

Phew!  After a week offline we’re back in the land of the living.  We have just driven 3 hours from outside Sevilla to Orgiva, South of Granada and North of Motril.  It’s a little town in the valley – very bohemian and laid back with amazing vistas of mountains around us.  I can hear the kids screaming in the pool now, after a lunch of Spanish omelet, pork meatballs, and maybe a couple of cervezas.  Life is good.

In Sevilla, with Noddy – our Fiat 500L:

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Tapas in Cadiz:

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Performing our ablutions before heading into the Cathedral in Cordoba:

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My outfit for the blazing heat of Cordoba:

Cordoba.jpgTop – Mango Sale bought in Cadiz! // Shorts – Mango // Shoes – Sam Edelman // Flamenco Dancer – Unknown