Frank and Patti, our friends from Tortola, came for a visit. Patti
mastered 'walking the plank' to board Aquila. After that, everything
else is easy.
Everyone must be first introduced to the Cava Bar. Cava is Spain's
champagne and it is poured here for pennies ($2 for the whole
bottle). No tables or chairs, inexpensive sandwiches, lots of cava,
and close to the boat. Needless to say, we're repeat customers.
We showed Frank and Patti around the city and went on the requisite tours.
We took many 'refreshment' breaks along the way!
Tibidabo is a high hill which overlooks Barcelona. Unfortunately, it
was a bit hazy the day we went up so the view wasn't crystal clear.
Mike and I went to visit the animal shelter, but it was closed on that day
(whew! dodged another bullet!). Mike really misses having a dog.
A church was actually built right on top of another church. Weird,
but spectacular inside. A formal wedding was being held the day we
were there, but that didn't stop the tourists from wandering around and
taking pictures. As the church is a major tourist attraction for
Tibidabo, I guess it was to be expected.
wanted to go someplace special for Patti's birthday, so we all flew to
Granada for a few days. What an absolutely lovely town! This
picture is just outside our hotel.
The Alhambra, backed by the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Spain, was a
fortress in the 9th century, converted to a fortress/palace in the 13th
century. Inside its walls are gardens, marble fountains, intricately
tiled walls, and carved wooden ceilings. Serene and beautiful.
Mike and I on the Torre de la Vela (Watchtower) of the Alcazaba (Citadel)
after climbing the winding staircase to its top terrace for a great view.
We walked the cobblestone streets of Granada's old Muslim quarter, the
Patti's birthday falls on St. Patrick's Day. We had no trouble
finding an Irish Bar to celebrate!
We loved walking around Granada. The buildings are beautiful and the
town has a peaceful, relaxed aura.
High on our list was to see a Flamenco show. This show was a
touristy show in one of the Sacromonte caves. A few days later we
accidentally stumbled across an incredible flamenco show in the basement
of a local bar.
We had to try the highly recommended (by the hotel staff) churros &
chocolate. The chocolate is so thick, the churro can stand by itself
in it! Mike (being the chocoholic) thinks it's a good way to start