Month: December 2014

London Snapshots

We had a six-hour layover in London on our recent trip to Spain. We decided to leave the airport and walk around. This was my first time in London and I was excited to get a feel for the city. One thing we do well when we travel is walk. We can walk eights hours a day and cover twenty to thirty kilometres. Being in London I was ready for the challenge. Here’s our itinerary and some pictures we snapped along the way. We got off at Paddington Station and headed north towards Little Venice. We crossed Hyde Park and walked on Kensington Road all the way to Hyde Park Corner. We walked through Green Park and enjoyed the changing colours. We continued towards Buckingham Palace and our timing was perfect so we stopped to watch the changing of the guard.   For lunch we ate at The Red Lion, a favoured watering hole of the political and literary elite for centuries including none other than Charles Dickens. We walked southeast to Westminster Abby and Big Ben. It was time to …

Exploring Granada

Granada was definitely my favorite stop on our trip to Spain. The city is impressive because of its geography and its past. Granada sits at the foot of spectacular Sierra Nevada and proudly maintains the Moorish influence of its past. Alhambra citadel stands at the top of the hill; a good legacy of Granada’s Islamic past. We spent the day exploring the narrow, winding streets of the Moorish quarter of Albayzin. The houses are typically painted in white and shaded by orange and olive trees. Albayzin is on the side of a hill and the peak offers spectacular views of the Alhambra and its surroundings. We love the outdoors and we decided to do a hike in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Thirty minutes away by bus (Bus #183) from Granada is the town of Monachil. There are several hiking trails starting right from the bus station. We chose to do the Cahorros trail. The hike was not too difficult and it offered a great variety. We walked along olive and orange orchards, along the river and through a gorge, crossed several …