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We left Granada (after stopping in Sevilla, Corboba and Jaen) and headed toward Malaga. Malaga is the capital of the province by the same name, and was our only planned stop by the sea, which Gioia was particularly looking forward to.
Unlike the previous drives so far in the trip, we decided to avoid the main roads and motorways and headed toward the mountains and the Zafarraya pass. On the way there we stopped by the stunning Embalse Los Bermejales, a reservoir just by Arenas del Rey, a small town in the south-western corner of the Granada province.
Granada was after Seville the city we were most impressed by. It welcomed us with good weather, a convenient hotel and an unforgettable Jamon Iberico (which now I understand is nowhere near the Jamon Serrano and it’s ten times nicer) and two glasses of Rioja. The bar where we stopped at was actually one of the oldest in Granada with a very familiar staff. The pictures above speak for themselves.
Here you can read about of first two stops on our trip, Sevilla and Cordoba.
We left you when we were just about to leave to Granada from Cordoba. On the way to Granada though, we took a minor diversion and stopped in Jaen. The Rough Guide didn’t really picture it too nicely, but we have friends there so we stopped for part of the afternoon. It’s impressive how useful Facebook could be sometimes. It has been seven years I had not seen my friend Antonio but thinking about all the good times we had going out together during his Erasmus in Sardinia, it sounded like a good idea to get in touch and try to meet.
It was somehow an unexpected surprise because of our “guide” (a friend, a local and an archeologist), but the town is very nice and has some interesting stories to tell especially if you are after catholic little gems and very nice tapas. I took the opportunity to ask some questions about why is it ok to throw cigarettes and olive bones on the floor, as well as the difference between aceituna and oliva (whilst in Italian and English the word is the same): aceituna is the fruit and the oliva is the tree. We strongly recommend to reach Jaen’s parador which on a nice day is stunning. Locals go there for drinks at night, and people go for special occasions to the hotel which still conserves medioeval features and can be visited.
We pretty much only stayed for the afternoon, and then left for Granada.
On Monday morning we left Sevilla. We got a car from the Sixt office by Santa Justa station and headed towards the Roman ruins of Italica, birthplace or emperor Trajan. Unfortunately we had been a tiny bit silly and didn’t check the guide until we got there, only to find out the site is not actually open on Mondays. #massivefail on our end. We therefore headed towards Cordoba, stopping at Carmona to visit the local Parador, only to be a bit disappointed again because the view, which is supposed to be nothing short of fantastic, was ruined by the fog. Continue reading →
Hey fellas, a quick (?) post to update you on our Bank Holidays break (not the latest one though, we’ve been a bit slow). We had a tough time deciding where to go once we found out we could have gone away for 10 days with only 3 days off work, courtesy of the Easter weekend and the Royal Wedding before the Bank Holiday. We had originally thought about going to Turkey, doing a bit of a cultural trip between Istanbul and the western coast. Then we thought about a round-trip of Morocco, but the unrest in Algeria, Egypt and Lybia kind of made us change our mind.
We opted for the South of Spain, mor precisely for Andalusia. We had both been to Spain briefly in the past, but never in the area, so it seemed like a good choice. After some research we decided to fly into Sevilla, move on to Cordoba, Granada, Malaga and then Sevilla again to catch the fly back to London. And, despite threats of a strike in those days, we actually made it.
Last week was the best one we’ve had so far this year weather-wise, and quite surprisingly this lasted (and actually got even better) throughout the weekend. This came pretty handy when we left on Sunday morning to go and visit our friends in Henley-on-Thames.
Henley-on-Thames is a small town on the River Thames (clue is in the name, got it?), just north of Reading, and easily reachable from Oxford and indeed London as it’s only about an hour and 15 minutes from Paddington with (or sometimes without) a train change at nearby Twyford, in Berkshire. We had a lovely chippy meal just by the banks Thames courtesy of Loch Fyne on the main street, which we enjoyed under the April (unusual) sunshine with some very appropriate pear cider. We had a nice chat around the usual stuff, you know, events, social media, blogging and the like. The usual suspects of our conversation topics, really.
Yes, we’ve been extremely quiet, in fact for the last couple of months.
We’re glad we’ve left 2010 fully behind, with a few things finally over and plenty of things to look forward to.
We’ve had a nice weekend in Paris in November (although the constant rain meant we did not get to try the Velib) and a good break over Christmas between Trieste and Cagliari. Our aim for this year is to go out more, see more places, do more things, eat more diverse things, be healthier, be generally happier.
Gioia is fine, working hard on her conferences, and being rewarded for it. Since the last time we spoke I chenged job, and left the lovely guys at Lokku to join the lovely guys at We Are Social, where I work on some really cool stuff and look forward to even cooler stuff. I am very happy. I’m having a bit of an odd year with the football, as I’m not watching any AC Milan match due to Ibrahimovic wearing the shirt. I’m kind of regretting it at the moment, but hey, I’ve got to stick to it! Also, I bought the home shirt so I played my bit in supporting my team! (in this very moment AC Milan is 3-0 up against Bari in the Cup and I’m here writing!)
I’m not promising anything, but we’ll try to stay in touch as much as life allows us to do so!
It’s not easy to consider ourselves lucky to have clean water: at the end of the day, we’ve grown up with clean and fresh water always available, and hot water when needed, only a tap turn away, it’s always been there. But obviously that’s not the case for everyone, and we do need to consider ourselves lucky.
As some of you might remember, last year on October 15 we discussed about Climate Change as part of Blog Action Day 2009, giving our 2 cents. This year, on the same date, Blog Action Day 2010 will try to address the problem of water.
It’s been a while since the Barclays Cycle Hire scheme has launched in London. For the last few weeks the appropriately-renamed Boris Bikes have been populating pretty much extensively the entire Zone 1 and parts of Zone 2 in Central London.
The topic has already been discussed, from many points of view (people who like/dislike the scheme/bikes/fares/whatever), and I’ve been more and more interested in the scheme since its launch. I like cycling in London, it’s no big news: the city is mostly flat (unlike my home town of Trieste) and, despite the crazy traffic, cycling lanes are not that bad imho. I have a bike which serves me well for my daily commute: it’s an old Raleigh Superbe (likely) from the ’60s, with a proper iron frame, a dynamo and the classic style.
But nevertheless I joined the scheme and signed up for an annual subscription to it. Why, I hear you ask? Here are my reasons. Continue reading →