Friday, June 15, 2012


After the procession had finished we worked our way back along the narrow cobbled streets to the Albayzin, where we came across an alleyway called 'San Juan des los Reyes' It had the feel of a Moroccan street market; bazaar after bazaar selling Eastern arts and crafts items.

At the top of the alley it opened into a small square and we found a bar/restaurant called 'Los Cuevas' that served dishes with a North African flavour.  I had a lamb tajin with almond nuts and prunes and Lin had a chicken dish with raisins served on couscous. Both of which were absolutely delicious.

Whilst we ate we were entertained by a young man playing, what can only be described, as an upside down wok. We have since discovered that the instrument is called a 'hang' which is similar to a steel drum, but the sound is much softer.  Whilst he was obviously busking, you could see that he wasn't totally motivated by money and clearly enjoyed playing for pleasure. He probably played for the best part of an hour before moving on.

Soon after a group of three musicians turned up to continue with the afternoons entertainment, along with a little lad that obviously was the son of two of them. 

  Whew!  It's hot in Granada

Being a University City there are a large number of young people living in Granada and from we saw there is also a flourishing hippie community there.  Having spent the afternoon in their company we were very tempted to join their commune.....

Far out man......  

Peace to all of our blog following brothers and sisters!! 

Monday, June 11, 2012


The local city band lead the procession

Our second day in Granada was even better than the first. We had a leisurely breakfast before joining the huge crowds to watch the Corpus Christi procession that signals the beginning of the Granada Feria.

It was the longest procession we have ever seen and was attended by all of the Catholic Churches within the city of Granada and all of the local authorities, dignitaries and military personnel. 

The highly decorated 'trono' is carried by over 40 men, who are hidden within it, on a circular route through the city centre starting and ending at the Cathedral. To add to the spectacle the streets were carpeted in camomile and poppies.

On the final corner there was a lady on a balcony throwing bag after bag of rose petals onto the trono and each one was greeted with cheers of 'O lay'

The carriers of the trono can be seen through the windows

Rose Petals float down from the balcony above

Not everyones interested of course...


Last Wednesday the 6th June was our 14th Wedding Anniversary.  Ed very kindly agreed to attend to the animals for a couple of days, so we took the opportunity to spend a couple of days in Granada! We found a nice hotel on the internet, which was ideally located in the Albayzin, Granada's old Muslim quarter, which we have always wanted to explore.

We caught the early train from Ronda and arrived in Granada around lunchtime. It was only when we arrived that we discovered it was the start of the Corpus Christi, which is always held on the first Thursday after Trinity Sunday.

We had a really fantastic time just wandering round the narrow cobbled streets, taking in the wonderful architecture and finishing off with a visit to the magnificent cathedral, which was built on the site of a former mosque and took 180 years to complete!

The view of the Alhambra from the Albayzin

Our hotel room...

with our own private courtyard!!

Snow still on the Sierra Nevada in June!!

Typical Square of Granada

Stunning door....

The Old Hospital Real built in 1511 

Steep twisting streets with a medieval feel

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


Although we now live in Spain we really wanted to play a small part in the Diamond Jubilee celebrations to mark the 60 year reign of our Queen, so we and a group of our British friends reserved a table for lunch at the Hotel del Santo located at Benaojan Estacion.

This hotel was originally a mill for the grinding of olives and corn, which had been in operation for over 150 years up until the 1950's. It is set in the most idyllic surroundings and is appropriately owned by an English couple Andy Chappell and Pauline Elkin, who bought it in 1986. We tried to create a very English setting with traditional bunting and a fitting table centrepiece featuring flowers and Union Jack flags.... 

As you can see we had a truly wonderful time; everything was absolutely perfect. We enjoyed an exceptionally delicious meal, had a Royal trivia quiz and sang a selection of patriotic songs. I'm not sure what the Spanish guests of the hotel made of it all and perhaps it's best that we don't know!!

My beautiful wife...

Master of Ceremonies...

Quiz Winners Lin and Mark receive their prize!!

All in a truly idyllic setting