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Southern Spain Preview

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It may take me a few thousand hours to comb through the photos from the week that S and I traveled around Southern Spain with his wonderful parents, R and P. While in the early stages of that combing, I couldn’t wait to share a few of my favorite photos with you.  As I write this, I’m sitting in my apartment, hiding from what is November in Germany and feeling its gray skies and dry frigid air sucking what little tan I had from my skin. Wow, that is sad. Luckily, I have the promise of a trip home for Thanksgiving to see family and friends and the fantasy-come-reality that is the German Christmas Market when we return. I also have my memories from an unforgettable trip south and I’ve been trying to determine my favorite. Was it dining on tapas in Ronda with the restaurant patio to ourselves and a view of the Puente Nuevo lit up at night? Was it the bartender in Nerja singing along to “Material Girl” while S and I sipped Rioja and snacked on freshly cut ham and Manchego? Was it the guitar player at El Molino? Seriously, is there anything cooler than Spanish guitar? My favorite moment could easily be our morning touring, admiring, and gawking at the beauty of the Alhambra. It could also easily be the flamenco show that we saw in the old gypsy caves of the Albayzin area, or the second flamenco show that we saw in Grenada’s city center, or our three pans of paella, or our five bowls of gazpacho, or our ten plates of Iberico ham, or our countless pitchers of sangria. We ate a lot. Overall, and as sappy as it sounds, I have to say that my favorite part of the trip was the time spent with S, P, and R (with the Alhambra in second place and all of the foods a close third)!

Puente Nuevo at Night (pictured above during the day)

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A lone guitarist in Ronda

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The view from the Balcón de Europa in Nerja

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Burriana Beach, Nerja

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Iberico Ham and Manchego in Nerja

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The Alhambra, Granada

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The Alhambra, Granada

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The Alhambra, Granada

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The Alhambra, Granada

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The Alhambra, Granada

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Patio de los Leones, Alhambra, Granada

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Flamenco in a gypsy cave in the Albayzin area of Granada

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Flamenco in Granada’s city center

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More to come soon!  Also, I cannot wait to get back to Southern Spain, or really anywhere in Spain.  Do you have any suggestions of other cities and towns to visit?

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I'm an American living in Mainz, Germany and, after a a one-year sabbatical from office life, working as a corporate lawyer in Frankfurt. While living in Europe with my fiancé, my goals are to see as much art, taste as much food, and experience as much life as possible.

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  1. Wow! These photos epitomise my list of favourite Spanish things 🙂 Looking forward to hearing more about your time there!

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  2. Pingback: Foods of Southern Spain | Leap

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