Friday, November 30, 2007

Granada

Howdy folks... I went back to Granada with my girlfriend to do some recon for when my mother and aunt come to visit. Although we didn't get a chance to visit the Alhambra we wondered through the neighborhood that overlooks it called the Albaicin. Here are a select few photos of the city from the point of view of the Albaicin... Enjoy!





Thanksgiving in Spain

So... since it was almost next to impossible to get a turkey and all the trimmings of a traditional thanksgiving meal, we spent the holiday at an Italian restaurant where pizza sometimes looks a little different... bon appetit!

Casa Puga

Hello, and warm greetings from Almeria, Spain!
Here in Andalusia tapas are not just a way to eat, but rather a way of life. For those of you who don't know how it works... here's the lowdown:
When you go into a tapas bar you order an alcoholic beverage (this is important because if you order a coke or something you have to pay full price for the tapa, however non-alcoholic beer counts). So let's say the beer you order costs 2 euros, but then for an extra .30 euro cents you get your choice of a delicious aperitif which is well worth it... So after a couple of beers, your mood is right and your belly is full.
Below is a picture of Casa Puga. This is by far one of the most traditional tapas bars in Almeria. It's famous all over the world and throughout Spain. If you're ever in the area, it's definitely worth the effort of the visit.

Castilla y Leon and the Ancient City of Valladolid

Greetings and salutations from Spain. I know it's been a while since my last entry... so here's what I've been up to:
A couple of weeks ago I visited the the ancient Spanish city of Valladolid. Valladolid was the capital of Spain before the inception of modern Spain. The flag below may be familiar to some of you Texans. It's the flag normally associated with the Spanish occupation of our great state.
So... being that Valladolid was the capital of Spain throughout it's golden age. It's where Ferdinand and Isabella ruled from, and it's also where the great explorers like Christopher Columbus and Ponce de Leon, along with the great conquistadors like Cortez, had their homes. Below is a picture of Columbus' home which has been turned into a museum.


Below is a picture of the one of the greatest city plazas throughout all of Spain. It's called the "plaza mayor."

And last, but certainly not least, is this ancient restaurant called La Parrilla de San Lorenzo, this restaurant and monastery has been in existence since the 16th century. That's the 15oo's people! Although extremely pricey, when is the next time you'll be able to eat in a restaurant that's been around longer than the United States?