30
Sep2013
1

Antoni Gaudi is an amazing architect, and his greatest masterpiece has to be the incomplete Sagrada Familia. Gaudi devoted his last years to the project, and at the time of his death at age 73 in 1926 less than a quarter of the project was complete. Sagrada Familia’s construction progressed slowly, as it relied on private donations and was interrupted by the Spanish Civil War, only to resume intermittent progress in the 1950s. Despite the scaffolding, it was an impressive […]

29
Sep2013
2

Our next Spanish trip was a long weekend to Barcelona. We’d been told by so many people what an awesome city it is, and they weren’t wrong. Firstly, there’s the old stuff, like the surviving Romans columns from a 1st century Temple of Augustus – the largest Roman temple in Barcelona. There’s also a 3rd and 4th century Roman walls and gateways around Barri Gotic and La Rambla. The 13th century Barcelona Cathedral dedicated to a young virgin who┬ásuffered martyrdom […]

11
Sep2013
0

Granada was the main part of this trip to Spain, but we spent an afternoon in Malaga to visit my Dad’s first cousin, Kevin. Kevin is our only relation on Dad’s side of the family that we have contact with. It was wonderful to catchup with him and hear all the family stories about Dad’s parents, aunty, uncles and grandparents. He also took us to this amazing wine bar in Malaga – Antigua Casa de Guardia Vinos. A super traditional […]

09
Sep2013
0

Granada is a beautiful city with great food and an encouraging drinking culture, but the real reason to go to Granada is to see Alhambra – a fortress and palace complex, initially constructed in 889AD and converted into a palace in 1333. This was the first Islamic palace we had visited and we were impressed! Let me show you why. First, its a huge fortress on top of a hill which Granada is built around. To get up there, first […]

12
Aug2013
0

Traveling around different cities and countries in Europe uncovers little surprises, and one of those for us was definitely Granada. We (Liz) organised a trip with our friends M + M to fly into Malaga and drive up to Granada. The weather was a lovely 30+ and the coastline was beautiful. We decided to stop off at a beach and sample some of the local food. Its a local custom to have large BBQ’s and eat various fried foods, like […]