Spain Trip: Day 8 – Exploring Triana
Triana and Calle Betis

Spain Trip: Day 8 – Exploring Triana

We love to explore areas “off the beaten path” when we travel.  While we still want to see all the sightseeing attractions and landmarks like regular tourists, the difference between a traveler and a tourist is in understanding the day-to-day life of the people. We feel that when we understand how others live, we can find a way to live on this earth together in harmony.

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Spain Trip: Day 7 – Travel to Seville
Gardens at Real Alcázar

Spain Trip: Day 7 – Travel to Seville

Next up on the trip itinerary is a journey to Seville, a city in the south of Spain and the capital of Andalusia. From Nerja by car it is about a 3 hour drive.  Our driver meets us at our Nerja hotel at 9:45 for the journey south (and west). The ride was pleasant as the mountains around Malaga gave way to the rolling hills of Andalusia.

We arrived at the hotel Gran Melia Colon around 12:30. This beautiful hotel is in the heart of Seville’s shopping area.  It also provided an excellent jumping off point for our treks around the city.

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My Impressions of Seville
Sunset in Seville

My Impressions of Seville

I would imagine that many travelers’ first impressions of Seville are not good ones. Even for me, driving down the Paseo del las Delicias into the city, my initial thoughts of the place were not positive. But Seville will seduce you. It will lull you into thinking that it doesn’t have much to offer, but then it will capture your heart like a Spanish lover.

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Spain Trip: Day 6 – 1st Wine Tour
Bodegas Bentomiz Winery

Spain Trip: Day 6 – 1st Wine Tour

Over the years we have learned that it is in our best interests not to plan too much to do.  We aren’t getting any younger, and we need some “quiet” time to rest and relax.  Ergo we build some days into our trips where we don’t have much to do.  Today was one of those days.  The only thing on our agenda on this day was a scenic trip to a winery high up into the mountains.

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Spain Trip: Day 5 – (Part 2): Generalife and Granada
Patio de la Acequia

Spain Trip: Day 5 – (Part 2): Generalife and Granada

Within visible walking distance of Alhambra is the Palacio de Generalife, the summer palace of the Nasrid sultans of Granada. Generalife is Arabic for “Architect’s Garden”. Although smaller than the palace at Alhambra, Generalife has a quiet charm and restful demeanor that the rulers of this volatile region probably required.

Gardens

To access the Generalife, we had to walk through the gardens separating the Alhambra and the summer palace. Per our tour guide Christina, the sultans typically did not sleep in the summer palace, and rode between the two palaces by horseback, primarily due to fear of assassination. That was their loss, as our stroll through the gardens to the Generalife was soothing walk, even on a hot day like when we visited.

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