Andalucia Diary – Seasonal Travel Notes

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As a Piscean, March kindly brings me back in touch with
friends I have not seen in a while, with Birthday greetings by phone and
email. But this years it March also brought
be perilously close to the big 40! As an
early birthday treat, Rafa too me to Sierra Nevada, Sierra_nevada_spain_luxuryandaluc_2
with its compelling combination of snow and sun. The snow is now thinning, but thanks to snow
cannons the valley runs are still in good condition and when the sun shines the
place is pretty unbeatable. This year we
experimented with an internet “deal” – a new conference hotel, the Granada Palace has opened in a small
village in the foothills, offering 4 stars luxury at a 2 star price! It is not very intimate, but the price was great and the standard excellent. Its just at the foot of the range, so we just had to take the 35 minute journey up the mountain, passing one of Spain’s iconic Osbourne Bulls.Osbourne_bull_billboard_granada_lux

Old Town
Granada was a lot cleaner than I
remembered it, with restored fountains and buildings, and the tapas in the
famous Calle Navas remain excellent. This time we tried an Asturian bar,
serving fish and seafood as a specialty. In Granada
province, the serve tapas the traditional way, free with each drink you
order. You here the barman calling to the
kitchen, “de primero” or "de segundo” etc as one continues to order more
drinks. The more drinks you order, the more sophisticated the tapas become. I
couldn’t help noticing that one of the tapas we had was tiny, tiny baby fish
fried. Somehow I can’t imagine that
complies with EU fishery law?? Before leaving for home the following day, we took in the Science Park in Granada City Centre, that is undergoing a huge expansion.  Needless to say, its a popular place for schools trips and kids that like to muck about, but its still worth the visit.  I just happened to feel very old.

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