S: Andalucian Adventure 2012
BC: Naperville Illinois USA | Homeward Bound
1: December 30 -Jet leaves Chicago for Spain at 4:20 pm. Try to sleep so we can hit the ground running when we arrive. December 31 -Land in Madrid 7:25 am (7 hour time change). -Change terminals to board plane to Malaga at 9:40 am, for 1 hour flight. -Jenni greets us in a Santa hat at the International Malaga Airport. -Walk the streets in search of El Raid Andaluz, an old monastery converted to an Andalucian guest house. Spend 2 nights in these colorful, unique, Moroccan decorated rooms. -Tapas for lunch at an outside cafe on this warm, sunny day. -Walk through town and view Alcazaba, the remains of an ancient Moorish palace from the 9th or 10th century. -Explore the beach; touch the Mediterranean Sea. Malaga is on the Mediterranean Sea, in the southern region of Spain called the Costa del Sol. Malaga's most famous citizen was Pablo Picasso.
2: -Tour the 16th century renaissance Malaga Cathedral. The south tower is unfinished due to lack of funds at the time of construction. Consequently the cathedral is nicknamed "La Manquita" meaning "The One-Armed Lady".
3: -Celebrate New Year's Eve in the plaza. At midnight eat 12 grapes. Eat one at each chime of the clock, making a wish for each grape.
4: January 1 -Walk up long hill overlooking Malaga & the Mediterranean, to Castilla de Gibralfaro, a 14th Century Moorish castle-fortress. | La Malagueta bullring | Lookout turret | Lookout tower | A walk on the rampart | -New Year's Day begins preparation for the Three Kings Day celebration. This is the day of giving presents much like the 25th in the United States or other countries. Children give their wish lists to the messengers who deliver them to the Three Wise Men.
5: -Continue to explore Malaga (a very Spanish port city) by day and by night.
6: January 2 -Walk to train/bus station to catch bus for Granada. -Take cab to pick-up point for our accommodations, in the heart of theAlbayzin (the oldest neighborhood of Granada and one of the oldest in Europe). -Met by Rafael (originally from Buffalo Grove). He leads the 5 minute walk down narrow, winding cobblestone streets and steps to the apartment, Numero 8. -
7: Granada | Located 2,200 ft.above sea level,in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range is the city of Granada, the former stronghold of Moorish Spain.
9: -Wander in the Catedral to see the gold and white interior. -Check out the street vendors and their wares. -Eat outside at the foot of Alhambra. -In the city center, a merry-go-round is powered by a bicycle.
10: January 3 -We take in the stunningly beautiful Alhambra (Red Fortress) & Generalife (Moorish gardens). Constructed in the 14th century, this remarkable fortress was once the pleasure palace for Nasrid princes & their harems. Following the Reconquest (in 1492) a Renaissance palace was built in the center of this Moorish stronghold, as a royal residence.
14: January 4 -Take 8:15 train to Seville. Arrive 11:45 am | -Check into Hosteria del Laurel. -Get delicious tapas at an outdoor cafe | Seville | Seville, capital of Andalusia, is famous for its beauty and romance.
15: -Explore Plaza De Espana built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition
17: January 5 -Visit Catedral de Sevilla (third largest church in Europe) which contains the remains of Columbus. - Climb the Moorish tower, La Giralda for spectacular views of Seville.
19: -Tour the Maestranza bullring -See the Metropol Parasol -Watch Three Kings Parade, with 35 floats. Kilograms of hard candy is thrown to the crowd. -Streets and shoes are coated with candy.
20: January 6 -Take 9:05 train to Cadiz (2 hour train ride) -Walk to Senator Cadiz Spa Hotel, jumping into doorways, to allow cars to get by in the narrow streets. | J | Cadiz Jenni is home | Cadiz is the oldest inhabited city in the Western world and was founded in 1100 B.C. It is a melting pot of Americans, Europeans, & Africans.
21: -Stroll along the seaside promenade and enjoy the beautiful, blue Atlantic Ocean. -Walk to the Castillo de Santa Cataline. Built in 1598, it was here that Columbus set out on his second voyage.
22: Leaving on a bus from Cadiz to Malaga tomorrow, January 7. Will stay again at El Riad Andaluz. January 8 will catch an 8:05 am flight to Naperville, Illinois Madrid. From there, USA Chicago is only 9 1/2 hours away! See you soon, Love
23: for the Brookdale Harem
24: Malaga | Granada
25: Seville | Cadiz