The last hurrah in Spain

Trip Start Feb 14, 2006
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Trip End Dec 15, 2006


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Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Louise and I spent a wonderful week in Seville. However, before long it was, once again, time to leave. Our first destination was Cordoba, which was famous for it's mosque - the Mozquita. This beautiful Moorish architectural gem has a catholic chapel built right in it's middle (due to the constant Christian-Moslem fighting that characterized the region's history). This gives the place a rather strange sensation. The courtyard, however, was really beautiful - full of orange trees. We also spent a while exploring the headquarters of the Spanish Inquisition whilst there (a place to really make your heart warm).

From Cordoba it was time to head to Granada. This Andalucian town is famous for the beautiful Alhambra - one of the most beautiful pieces of Moorish architecture in existence. It did not let either Louise or myself down and we spent a wonderful day exploring the beautiful stronghold. My all-time favorite classical guitar piece is called "Recuerdos de la Alhambra" (memories of the Alhambra) and I would recommend every reader out there to find a copy of it (especially one by Melbourne boy John Williams).

After a few days in Granada it was time for the last overnight train for the whole trip. The overnight train was, as usual, a horrendous experience. The two people opposite us were serious crack-addicts and one woman mounted a Shakespearian performance claiming she "had no money to buy her ticket" and "begging for help". I was convinced the whole thing was a scam much like I have seen drug-addicts perform professionally. Amazingly (after an hour of wailing) it worked and all the passengers passed around a hat for her. The train was also 5 hours late arriving in Barcelona. The only positive in regards to that was that Louise and I had our tickets refunded.

The last 2 days in Granada whizzed by. It was a lovely city with Gaudi exhibits being the main highlights. In reality my mind was already preparing for returning home. On the morning of the 14th of December I said my tearful goodbye to Louise and took a plane back to Australia.
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