Volume 14, Issue 18; 30 May 2011

We recently returned from a vacation in Spain. Herein, some holiday snaps.

Spain is country number twenty-one for me. We had a wonderful time. Our itinerary took us to Sevilla for three days, then we picked up a car and drove to Cordoba, stopping along the way in Peñarroyo-Pueblonuevo. After Cordoba, we drove to Granada then Ronda before heading to Marbella for three more days. On the way to Marbella, we stopped in Mijas. We also took in Nerja and Gibraltar as day trips from Marbella.

There are photo sets on Flickr, but here are a few highlights.

From Sevilla:

There was spectacular tile work all around us.

On the way to Cordoba, we passed through Peñarroyo-Pueblonuevo, where Deb’s grandfather was born.

The highlights in Cordoba were the Cathedral Mosque and Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos.

And a little geek humor. I was tempted to Photoshop away the “A” but resisted.

In Granada, we stayed at the Parador that's on the grounds of the Alhambra. There are just too many gorgeous pics of the Alhambra and the Generalife. I've shown as much restraint here as I can muster.

Ronda has its gorge, and I climbed down “La Mina”.

That's the Parador. The fourth or fifth window from the left was our room.

Mijas, one of the pueblos blancos, was lovely. It would have been lovelier still if the weather had been nicer. But hey, one bad day out of ten isn't anything to complain about.

Nerja, another pueblos blancos, was a pleasant day trim from Marbella. The Caves of Nerja are one of the attractions.

Our other day trim from Marbella was Gibraltar.

As you descend towards Gibraltar on the highway, there's a lookout. I missed it on the drive in, when the rising sun was shining on the rock. The pic above was taken on the way out, when the sun was on the wrong side. C'est la vie.

Gibraltar has monkeys!

And seagulls.

Another of Gibraltar's features is that you have to cross the island's major runway in order to get anywhere. The guide books suggest that you park in Spain and walk into Gibraltar. They're right. Driving in would be easy, driving out at the end of the day looked like a nightmare. Something our guide book failed to mention: you walk in on the right and you have to walk out on the right too, on the other side of the road.

Our last stop, Marbella, was very relaxing (day trips not withstanding). The water was still a tad cool for swimming perhaps, but it was all very lovely.

What a wonderful vacation!