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Oct 30, 2018 - tapas in the rain

It rained half the day when we were in Malaga two weeks ago. We eyeballed some spots in town that we would still like to visit, secure in the thought that we would be back today. It's sunny in Malaga 300 days/year. Sadly, it rained again all day today. It alternated between a constant rain and a driving rain. We left for the tapas tour as planned and our guide did his best to make it fun. He looked for spots under roof when he wanted to explain things. We went to a castle on a hill that could have been a beautiful view of the city and our...

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Oct 27, 2018 - Magnificent Malaga

Our lovely family-owned Hotel California with its a rooftop patio view of the sea, short walk to the beach and strolling distance from the busy old was the perfect locale for a week. Like my home town Edmonton, Canada, Malaga has grown at an alarming rate. For example, there was photo of our hotel building circa 1904 in the lobby. We were told that up until around 2000 Hotel California was the edge of the city. To keep up, the city has invested in modernizations such the Malagueta beach walkway and a wide stretch of patios and parks along...

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Oct 25, 2018 - Happy Birrthday Pablo Picasso

Earlier in the week we had walked over to the Museo Picasso Malaga to take advantage of their free admission offer for the final two hours of each Sunday. There was a long line-up but even among the crowd seeing the permanent collection of paintings from every period of Picasso’s life was a treat. Formally trained to paint by his artist father, the earliest pieces on display are typical of the period, such as a portrait of his sister. His early works therefore offer absolutely no hint of the challenges to convention that would surface in...

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Oct 23, 2018 - Mountain Climbing Outside Malaga

Duncan found us a rock climbing guide online and arranged for Luis picked us up at 9am. During the 45-minute drive out of Malaga into the mountains Luis explained that the striking buckled peaks and valleys are the result of Africa pushing north into Europe. Turns out Luis holds an MSc in geology and has worked in that field in the Arctic and several African countries. He is very keen to visit Canada, specifically Squamish. Our drive out skirted the town of Villanueava del Rosario, one of southern Spain’s lovely “white villages.” The...

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Oct 18, 2018 - touring Malaga

After the gorgeous weather we have enjoyed, it was a bit of a shock to see rain and temperatures in the low 60º's here on the Costa del Sol (Sun Coast). We had a half day city tour in the bus on the schedule with a stop at the Picasso Museum so we were able to dodge some of the worst of it. Picasso was born here, although he spent much of his productive and lengthy life in France, because he boycotted the lengthy rule of Generalissimo Franco, the notorious dictator of Spain. Of course, there is a museum of Picasso's works here, but there...

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Oct 17, 2018 - running with the bulls

The first time we went to Spain in 1981 we attended a bull fight. I didn’t think I would enjoy it, and it was even more horrible than I imagined. It wasn’t just a man against a bull. There were other riders on horseback who occasionally put pointed rods into the bull’s neck, which caused him to bleed more and more. Finally the matador plunged a sword behind the bull’s neck and it was over. He was awarded one of the bull’s ears. But it was a big part of Spanish culture and the thing to do. When in Rome... Bull fighting is still a big part of...

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Jun 10, 2018 - Malaga

We are currently in the south of Spain. Had three days near Malaga, at aire on the beach. Enjoyed our bike rides along the beach and paella at one of the many restaurants. Pretty cheap to eat and drink - €14 for paella for two, beer €1.50 a glass, wine €2 a glass.

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Jun 10, 2018 - Cordoba

Mezquita in Cordoba was pretty spectacular. Some beautiful flowers and plants in pots outside many of the houses and hanging from the balconies. Managed a sneak look into a couple of patios – they have a ramble every year (a couple of weeks ago) where you can visit some of them. Gardens at the Alacazar were also impressive.

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Apr 19, 2018 - Malaga strikes again!

Sigh, Malaga. It is Pablo Picasso’s birthplace and an absolutely beautiful city. Our first touch down on the European continent had to be, sigh, Malaga. I love it but it doesn’t love me. The first time Christopher and I were here, we tried to join a tour to Ceuta. Our bus from our Spanish school, a small town nearby called La Herradura, arrived over two hours late, and then we had to wait over a half hour for a taxi. The tour left without us. Poor Christopher, normally so calm and easy-going, cried as I tried to call them and figure things...

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Oct 27, 2017 - Malags

Laura and I got off the plush train at Malaga terminus. Whilst Laura planned the route to the pension using her smartphone I planned using the ice cream vending machine at the exit to the train station using a mixture of euros and sterling rummaged from my pocket. While Toledo had been beautiful, Madrid had been frantic (for our brief two hour visit, half of which was spent crashing our backpacks into produce and people in a small supermarket with aisles only wide enough for two slim cats to pass, half in train station which was bigger...

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May 2, 2017 - Malaga

We spent a very pleasant day in Malaga. We wandered the city on the outdoor pedestrian mall, and wound our way along the streets. We stopped in some fun shops where Julie bought a unique necklace and another boutique where she bought some tops. Ted joined in on the shopping with buying a pair of shoes. We ate a light lunch in an outdoor cafe and people watched, and then stopped at the beach on our walk back to the ship.

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Apr 26, 2017 - Malaga

Wednesday 26th April 2017, Malaga FInd the fort, can't miss it..... we didn't, but took an awful long time on the road really less traveled to get there. Saw some police on horse back, boy were we in the sticks! Helpful local comforted us when we had the map out and said it is only 30 minutes on. Must have a very slow watch. Great view when we got there and the remains showed a huge castle at some stage. Found the easy and quick way down so shouted ourselves coffee and carbon monoxide. The cafe was at a round about and if the cars weren't...

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