Oh! Granada

Tuesday, 6 October, 2015

Well, today we depart from our great experience at The Lodge. We get on the bus – new driver, different bus and pick up the Hotel group. It is around a 2 1/2 hour drive to the famous town of Granada. I thought I would start with the sights and sounds of Granada with the following music video from Vimio:

Inspirational, eh?

We arrive at our Hotel and the plan is to unload all of the luggage into the lobby and then a storage room while we go out for lunch. Turns out Julie and I are able to check-in during the unloading and put our stuff in our Hotel room. The group then heads out for lunch.

Major square and fountain in Granada

Major square and fountain in Granada

Entering our Restaurant for Lunch

Entering our Restaurant for Lunch

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An impressive meal. I must say that this, my fourth time in Spain, I have really gained a much bigger appreciation of Spanish food. Any way we trudge back to our Hotel.

Our Hotel, very nice

Our Hotel, very nice

We only stayed one night in Granada many in the group wished we had been there longer.

Link to Palacio de Santa Paula

I settle into the Hotel room for rest and Blogging. Julie heads out, of course, to some of the local shops and here are a couple of her pictures.

Carving Jamon

Carving Jamon

Quite a range

Quite a range

Different grades of Jamon and wine

Different grades of Jamon and wine

There is nothing formal scheduled for this evening but we have decided to follow Frank and Suze to some Tapas bars. Julie and I decide to have a drink in the bar down below in the Hotel before we go out and meet up and join Kerry and Alan there. Then it is off to the first Tapas joint.

Frank and Josh in the first place, love the guy in the background. Photo from Suze.

Frank and Josh in the first place, love the guy in the background. Photo from Suze.

They give me a Sherry to drink but it was too sweet, so replaced it with a red wine – which is off. As there are no chairs available we decide to move on. A bit of a walk leads us to:

Bar FM

Bar FM

Business Card

Business Card

It is early by Spanish time, 8:30 PM, and hence the place is virtually empty. This means we can get a couple of tables with stools, which is welcome.

A hazy view of the bar

A hazy view of the bar

Frank ordering Tapas

Frank ordering Tapas

Prawns with salt

Prawns with salt

Red prawns

Red prawns

Sardines

Sardines

Octopus

Octopus

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Scampi, delightful

Scampi, delightful

Clams

Clams

Really nice peppers

Really nice peppers

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Vino Blanco

Vino Blanco

The staff at Bar FM know of Frank as a famous celebrity and are delighted to pose in a photo with him.

The Staff and Frank

The Staff and Frank

I estimated that the non-red drinkers went through 20 bottles of white wine while Julie and I went through 1 bottle of red. OK, toward the end we ordered a second vino tinto. It was well after midnight before we got back to the Hotel and it is another big day tomorrow.

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Gourmand & Wine Connoisseur.
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