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August Holiday and a Trip to Granada

Well we popped over for 11 days in early August for our second and final holiday of 2017.
I was armed with bits and bobs along to decorate a little and put a bit more of a mark on the place (mainly vinyl albums in frames but also some other junk I had collected from charity shops over the past few months). The weather was brilliant, mid to high 30’s the whole time and the jacuzzi was even at 35c when I first turned it on…. more importantly though, My first bit of Great News was that Clive had fitted the new hot water boiler so we now have Hot Running Water, this might not seem like much but it has never worked properly since we bought the place, partially due to me not having cash and partially due to other things that were more important.  The excitement of having hot water forced me to buy a portable washing machine from Amazon and have it delivered to one of the local bars so this was also waiting for us at a friends house on arrival. This was a great addition to the house and meant I was able to leave a full 10 days worth of CLEAN clothes behind thus meaning I can take more junk next time. Clive had also worked on the arch in the large bedroom and made some nice little cubbyholes with sockets inside (just big enough for a cup of tea and a mobile phone).

Our neighbour had told us that “Donk” the Donkey had reappeared and was living in the Old Bullring so we bought a big bags of apples and carrots from the Mercadona in Baza and took her an evening feast (the following day she got sold to another farmer so we ended up with a heap of apples and carrots we had to throw out).

We didn’t really have any plans for this holiday other than going down to Granada for a night. Granada is about an Hour and a Half from Cortes de Baza and we had booked a little apartment on the hill below the Alhambra. I’m not really a city/town person but I loved it there and really look forward to exploring further, our main goals were to visit the Alhambra and Placeta Joe Strummer (Joe Strummers memorial plaza). However I have recently taken an interest in the Spanish Civil War and the story of Federico Garcia Lorca which means we have far more exploring to do in the future. Granada is very hilly and when we visited  the temperature hit 44c so I would advise using the busses or taxis around the town (even though we didn’t). There are mountains of interesting Bars and Restaraunts and the Alcaiceria is certainly worth an hour of your time. We pre-booked tickets for the Alhambra (and I would strongly advise that you do to, if you want to guarantee entry) but by the time we arrived we were so hot and tired that we didn’t queue for the palaces but instead had a cerveza and partook in some much needed people spotting. There are some fantastic views of Granada and the surrounding area from the Alhambra so it is definitely worth taking the time to visit.
Granada Photos Below:

Quick Rundown:
Day 1: Went to the Supermarket
Day 2: Fed Donk and got Got Burnt
Day3: Donk left 🙁
Day4: Went to Granada, got Hot and Tired
Day 5: Came Back from Granada
Day 6: Went to Rachel and Shawn’s for dinner (Lenny the giant dog did not steal my food)
Day 7: Our other friend Rachel arrived from the coast for a few days.
Day 8: Had a look around Baza.
Day 9: We all went to a Barbecue at Bob’s House.
Day 10: One Rachel left and one of the other Rachels came out for lunch at Hotel Galera (for my Birthday).
Day 11: Drank and Ate too much.
Day 12: Did some tidying and washing before setting off home.

I managed to get the drone out briefly but it was a bit breezy and I got scared (footage below).
Drone Footage August 2017

and finally the most recent Cave and Holiday Pics. ….. Thanks for taking the time to have a look.

Bar Jairo

April 2017 Holiday

This was to be (hopefully) our first trip of two this year. I like to get out early in the season before it gets too hot, partially to test out gadgets and of course because I love it here. We didn’t have the teenager with us this time so I us a booked a night at the Hotel Galera so we could pretend to act like grown ups.

The Gadgets this time included a Parrot BeBop 2 Drone as I really fancied getting some overhead footage of the cave and the surrounding area….. I hadn’t flown it before so there was lots of crashes but I did get a little footage which I will post a link to at the bottom if you are interested. I also bought an LG Minibeam Nano LCD Projector as we have in the past enjoyed sitting out on warm evenings watching films under the verandah….. this didn’t go to plan either as it was about 9 degrees after the sun went down, the idea was great though as this thing will practically fit in your pocket and it is rechargeable. Next was the Celestron Travelscope 70 (Telescope). I bought this based on the fact there is so much visible sky and so little light pollution in this are of Spain, having seen the Milky Way looking spectacular last year I thought we might fancy a go at stargazing (It was fairly cloudy/hazy at night so this didn’t get much use but It did fit into Ryan Air hand luggage. Finally this little media player box that you can plug SD Cards, HDD Drives and Thumb Drives into which in turn plugs into a TV or Projector allowing you to watch pre-downloaded films etc. The media player worked very well and exactly as it should, although we didn’t get to try it with the projector, just the TV (great buy at £35 on eBay)……. anyway less of the advertising and on with the holiday 🙂

We spent the most part of this trip relaxing, having arrived (unusually) not on a Sunday we were able to pop to Baza on the way and pick up some essentials because I remembered that I had not left any Cerveza behind last time. On arrival at the cave I found that Clive had made the arch in the main bedroom far more acceptable by making little inset shelves where these massive unusable shelves used to be and joining the whole thing together so it looks heaps better too. Unfortunately I forgot to get photos of this. We spent a couple of days generally doing not much at all except for organising a barbecue for Rachel, Shawn and Bob. This was the first time I had felt any interest in changing things around and rearranging things so they were different from when I first set the place up with my ex-wife. I felt great about the place again, I love all the stuff that’s there but it was a case of moving it into new places and of course adding some new stuff. I even cleaned up the two antique pine chests of drawers that got flooded 2 years ago and gave them new homes in different rooms.

On the Saturday we had arranged to go to Hotel Galera for a night and to partake in their excellent food. We were not disappointed, the food was great, the service was great and the Hotel is Lovely…. we highly recommend it! We spent the afternoon looking around Galera and walked up to the Chapel on top of the hill for some spectacular views then back to the hotel for dinner and sleep.

The rest of the week was spent between Cortes de Baza bars for morning coffee or evening drinks and the chinese bazaars in Baza for light bulbs and cleaning equipment.

Finally the day before we were due to fly back I received an email from Ryan Air saying the baggage handlers were going to be on strike and advising passengers to only bring hand luggage. I guess we are quite lucky that we were able to leave lots of clothes behind and squeeze what we needed into hand luggage. It did make me happy that I hadn’t got to worry about messing about for ages at carousels in the hope that our stuff was on the plane.

Click Here for a short Film from my drone, It gives a little bit of an idea of the area.(expect better ones or at least different ones in the future)