THE ALHAMBRA In our first blog on Andalusia we had mentioned that this region was ruled by Moors for close to eight centuries till 1492. Granada, the last Moorish kingdom to fall, was ruled by the Nasrid dynasty during the final two centuries of Moorish rule. It was at this time when one of the finest legacies of the Moors was built – the Alhambra. … Continue reading ANDALUSIA – A Day Trip to Granada (Part 2)
Our first day trip in Andalusia was to the city of Granada since it was relatively close to Málaga and had the most visited Spanish monument – The Alhambra. We took a bus to Granada from the Malaga bus station which was situated right behind the Málaga María Zambrano station. Our bus dropped us at the Granada bus station two hours later. As the Granada … Continue reading ANDALUSIA – A Day Trip to Granada (Part 1)
While planning our euro trip we knew that after spending 25 hectic days travelling across Europe, we would be fairly tired and require some place where we could relax a little. And for that what could be better than the sunny beaches of South Spain! Thus, our next destination after Barcelona was Andalusia – a region in South Spain where we spent five days. During … Continue reading ANDALUSIA – The Southern End of Spain
BASÍLICA DE LA SAGRADA FAMÍLIA There are some creations that grant you the status of ‘good’; there are some creations that grant you the status of ‘great’ and then there are some creations that grant you the status of ‘legendary’. With the casas and the other buildings that he had built, Gaudi had already achieved the status of ‘great’ but Sagrada Família was the project which … Continue reading BARCELONA: The Two Icons
Most of the cities, no matter how ancient or how big or how important, keep going through small changes which alter the face of the city little by little. But it is rare for an ancient city to get altered so significantly that it becomes associated with someone or something. Barcelona is a quite an old city, tracing its history back to the Roman era, but in 1852 a man named Antoni Gaudi was born who changed the face of the city forever, thus, giving it a place among the top modern cities of the world.
We had had our fill of ancient Roman monuments and wondrous medieval structures in the cities and towns of Italy and France but now, in Barcelona, it was time to enjoy some of the modern marvels. Continue reading BARCELONA: Gaudi’s Gift to Mankind
One of our many takeaways from this trip was that no matter how much you plan ahead, sometimes you are guided only by luck. Pont du Gard was something which we desperately wanted to see during our stay in Provence. Twice we made plans to visit it and twice we failed, all due to an ill-timed bus strike. But those missed chances opened two other … Continue reading PROVENCE: A Glimpse of Medieval France at Les Baux
Orange is a Roman town located about 20 km north of our base city of Avignon. The town has just one major monument – the antique theatre – but that monument certainly justifies and, dare I say, demands a visit to Orange. Well, who were we to ignore such a demand! Thus, on our fifth day in Provence, we scheduled a visit to Orange. After … Continue reading PROVENCE: Antique Theatre of Orange
The title of this blog is not entirely accurate since Nîmes lies in the Languedoc-Roussillon region and not in the Provence region but once we got to know of another ancient Roman city in the vicinity of Avignon, there was no way we were going to miss it. So we set ourselves for another early start, took a train from Avignon Centre Railway Station and reached Nîmes … Continue reading PROVENCE: Nîmes and the Excavations of Glanum
Our previous day is Provence was so underwhelming that we needed something really good to restore our faith in Provence and vindicate our decision of visiting the region. And Arles was the perfect little city which did exactly that. Well not really little as technically Arles is the largest city in mainland France in terms of area. With its Roman monuments, churches, crypts, burial grounds, squares … Continue reading PROVENCE: Arles and Palace of the Popes
The French leg of our journey began with its capital city Paris, and I would like to mention it in the beginning itself that the four days we spent in Paris were not among our favourite. It’s not that the city isn’t beautiful or doesn’t have some marvellous sights but maybe it has been hyped up to such an extent that it couldn’t meet our expectations; … Continue reading Bonjour PARIS!