On our way to Spain! We have arrived in Seville, Spain. So far our trip has been about sleeping and eating. We did not sleep well on the flight over. When we got to our apartment in the Triana neighborhood of Seville it was about 4:30 p.m. We settled in and then went for an early (for Spain) dinner nearby. Then we slept until 2:00 the next afternoon! Today so far we have visited the Triana Market El Mercado de Triana and crossed the Triana Bridge.
Our second mini-trip from Sevilla was to Cordoba, famous for its flower-filled patios and the Mosque (turned) Cathedral - the Mezquita. We took the high speed AVE train that got us to Cordoba in about 40 minutes. It reached about 300 km/hr at its fastest and it was beautiful seeing the orange groves zipping past. It was our first train trip in Spain. My previous trips to Europe were done almost completely by train, but with a family of four, and being over-25 year old drivers, it is usually more efficient to rent a car than to buy four train tickets. Cordoba was an exception. Our visit to Cordoba was short, two nights, so we only had time for a quick walk and dinner the evening we arrived, one full day of exploring, then we left around noon the following day. Since it is February, flowering patios are not at their height of splendor, but they are still present and its easy to imagine what an explosion of color they are in a couple of months from now. The Mezquita (C
We visited the Alhambra on a slightly chilly but pleasant late January day. We decided to separate the Alhambra from the rest of our Granada post since it is a bit of a photogenic blog hog and really can't share with anything else. We have been looking forward to the girls' reaction to it for our whole Spain trip, and the extra build up of seeing it lit up for two nights before we went added some drama and mystery to the whole affair. The girls were impressed. It takes a lot for buildings to impress kids, since structures are way down on the list of things kids care about, but they were not in a rush to leave and were perfectly content to wander around seeing what amazing thing was around each corner. It helped that there were feral cats everywhere in the Alhambra. It is unclear if they have tried in the past to control the population, but if so they clearly have thrown up their hands in defeat. The visitors and especially the kids were thrilled with their pr