Night in Granada

"Gran Taberna" Granada, 2017
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“Gran Taberna” Granada, 2017

We departed the ferry and took our first steps in Spain! 🇪🇸 It was the first trip to Europe for Mariko and the kids, so it was pretty special. And getting our passports stamped was cool! 😄

"Train to Granada" Algeciras, 2017
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“Train to Granada” Algeciras, 2017

It was a short walk to the train station, where we bought tickets to Granada. How fun and novel to be able to communicate well with the person behind the ticket counter! Anyways, the train wound its way through some stunning Spanish countryside and mountains, stopping in some truly picturesque towns. It would have been nice to stay for a night! Honestly, that part of Spain reminded me a lot of California.

The train station in Granada is currently under renovation, so no trains can leave/arrive there at this time. Everyone who had a ticket to Granada had to exit the train at Antequera and transfer to buses that drove us to the station. It was all seamless and there were train staff and signs directing everyone to the buses.

After an hour or two on the road, we arrived in Granada and walked to our hotel, the Five Senses Hotel and Spa. I can’t say enough about how helpful the hotel staff was at the Five Senses. They secured tickets and tour of The Alhambra for us on short notice (totally my fault), were able to recommend some great tapas restaurants, helped arrange our bus transportation to Barcelona, and printed out our tickets for our upcoming museum tours. So helpful and friendly!

"Los Diamantes" Granada, 2017
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“Los Diamantes” Granada, 2017

So, now that we were settled in Granada, it was time for tapas! Our first stop was Los Diamantes, which is known for their seafood. Along with beer and sangria, we enjoyed almejas (clams), pulpo (octopus), and boquerones (fried anchovies). It was all delicious!

"Almejas" Granada, 2017
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“Almejas” Granada, 2017
"Pulpo" Granada, 2017
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“Pulpo” Granada, 2017

After that, we went next door to La Gran Taberna for some jamon tapas and beer. The food here seemed to be old-school authentic and I was completely satisfied.

"Gran Taberna" Granada, 2017
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“Gran Taberna” Granada, 2017
"Gran Taberna" Granada, 2017
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“Gran Taberna” Granada, 2017

The streets in Granada are so fun. There’s a ton to see, and just people-watching is interesting. I really loved it.

"Misty" Granada, 2017
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“Misty” Granada, 2017
"Scootering" Granada, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2, 1/100 sec, ISO3200
“Scootering” Granada, 2017

After some gelato, it was back to the hotel for some well-deserved rest. What a long day! Waking up in Morocco, traveling by car, ferry, train, and bus, then finishing the day at tapas bars in Granada. Certainly one of the most memorable of my life. 😀 🇲🇦 🚖  🚆 🚌 🇪🇸

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