It's finally here...Many of you know already that for some time I have been planning a trip abroad which includes stops in Marrakesh (in Morocco) as well as Granada and Seville (in Spain) This trip has been on my "bucket list" - I am so fortunate to be able to see my dream come true!
Our first destination is Marrakesh where we will take in the sights and sounds of the bazaar and souks, shop the spice markets, wander the lush gardens and orange groves of La Mamounia, ride a camel at the base of the Atlas mountains, partake in a traditional tea ceremony and relax at the end of the day in the cool courtyard of our riad.
Once in Spain, we will spend a few nights in grand palatial style as guests at the Alhambra and Generalife Gardens. The Alhambra complex once a monastery, also served as the palace for Moorish kings. Located just off the old Arab neighborhood of El Albaicin the narrow streets wind up hill leading to a network of whitewashed houses and churches. At night we hope to catch a zambra (gypsy dance)held in one of the cave dwellings built into the hills.
Our last stop will be Seville, a city full of history that will take you back in time - Plaza de Espana and La Giralda, are just two of the wonderful architectural gems to visit on our list. I am particularly looking forward to spending time in the Triana district, known for their tile work and pottery. After a long day of shopping, we will retreat to one of the abundant tapas bars for a cold drink and a late night flamenco show.