On to Andalucia!
We rented a car in Toledo and drove the 3.5 hours to Granada. The drive was easy with Google maps on my phone leading the way. Along the route we drove past VAST olive orchards - literally as far as you could see for mile after mile. We stopped for lunch in the mountains, and with some difficulty found our overnight hotel in the center of Granada. So far, it seems like all the Spaniards do is eat, drink and party. Within a quarter mile radius of the hotel, there is probably 50 bars and restaurants. Our meals so far have been interesting - mainly because what we think we are ordering and what actually arrives at the table are quite different. We will get the hang of it eventually. I kinda went nuts over the Jamon Iberico for the first few days. The prices for food and wine are really great. The Jamon Serrano or Iberico on a 10" french roll is less than 2eu and a lb of local aged Manchego cheese is around 3-4eu. The wine is incredibly cheap and the quality is surprisingly good. I have been sticking with the local regional wines which seem to be a blend of 3-4 grapes with Grenache as the predominant flavor. I literally have spent between 5-12eu per bottle and the quality seems equal to wines costing 4 times that much at home. Cathy enjoys the Verdejo white wine from the Rueda region which run 3-4eu a bottle. Unfortunately, we will be spoiled by the time we reach France - at least in terms of price.
Today, we moved to an apartment in the Albayzin for the next five days. Due to the narrow, hilly streets, the taxi could only take us to within a 5-10 min walk of the apartment - which made us hate our suitcases. However the view from the terrace overlooking the Alhambra makes the difficult walk very worthwhile. Look for an update later this evening that includes a partial bottle(s) of Andalucian wine.
up for the trouble.