The Sunny Land of Spain………Oh!…..You Missed a Spot!!!!!!

Hello again Free Folk of Middle Earth!

You thought I forgot about you?

Never.

It is as I have said. 220 central Park South has been going at full tilt on the weekends. Unfortunately that means I have to put the building of this Hobbit house on the side.

Besides work we  decided to take a trip to Spain to visit our lovely daughter Georgia in Madrid and take a whirlwind tour. This was planned in January by the Editor and the timing was supposed to be such that the job in the city would be finished and the stress level of the job would be diminished. Well that part didn’t work out so well but boy did we have a great time!

Spain is absolutely gorgeous. I mean I really didn’t know what to expect but expectations were definitely exceeded on this trip. Okay I’m not going to bore you with a bunch of stuff about my trip but I don’t think I’ve ever been more relaxed and enjoyed eating at restaurants more than in Spain. All the seating was outside in the streets with people walking around. It was so cool…..and there was never a rush. Everything is so laid back there. They don’t even bring the check over or say they have people waiting. You know like pressuring you to finish and leave for the next round of customers. It was great. And the hours are crazy. An early dinner is like 830. We finished dinner at 11pm one night and the place was packed. It’s crazy.

Well if you’re ever thinking about Spain don’t hesitate. Just a brief itinerary. (Okay so I am going to bore you a bit. I apologize.)We met Georgia in Madrid, then took a bullet train to Malaga which is on the southern coast. (On the Mediterranean Sea) Picasso is a native son of Malaga. By the way the bullet train was awesome. Traveling at 150 mph we went from Madrid to Malaga in a little over two hours I think. Then we rented a car and went to see the Alhambra in Granda. (About a two hour ride.) The Alhambra is the fortress/palace that was built by the Moors when they invaded Spain in the 700’s I believe. The Alhambra was begun in the 1200’s and is a great example of Islamic architecture. The fortress houses the Nasrid Palaces and was home to over 2000 people at it’s height. In a word. Unbelievable.

Okay the Lord of the Rings nerd in me says: If I had to describe the Alhambra to someone I would have to say it was like a Middle Eastern version of Rivendale. You know, where the Elves lived.  The gardens, the water, the layout of the buildings, the detail work is all magnificent. Such a cool place. We actually stayed at a hotel inside the walled city that was really cool as well.

From there we went to Nerja. Which is a coastal resort town on the Mediterranean. So nice. Just a few pictures to give you a flavor of all things Spanish.

Plaza Mayor, Madrid
The cathedral in Malaga.
Roman amphitheater with Islamic fortress above. Malaga, Spain.

Who knew we were going to see stuff like this here?

Lunch in the shadows of the cathedral. Malaga.
The Alhambra. Granada, Spain.
The Court of Lions.
A ceiling.
Detail work is phenomenal
One of the many many gardens there. The Alhambra.
Dinner in Nerja. That’s the Mediterranean Sea beyond.
Semana Santa procession in Madrid on Holy Saturday.

Not enough time to talk about this picture but we were there Easter week. I hope to tell you more next week.

Oh yeah. That Mother in law of mine stayed over at the house to take care of our cats. Well. Not my cats. Anyway I left a mop and a bucket out with a roll of scott towels. You would of thought that would have been enough of a hint.  You and I both know what happened. That’s right nothing. Or as they say in Spain…Nada. And she cleaned out my refrigerator to boot! Unbelievable.

Hmmm. Gotta rethink this whole watching the cats while we’re away thing. It’s not working out the way I planned.

Oh yeah. I almost forgot. I started working on the skylights this weekend. Don’t have any time for that. I’ll save it for next week. Let me show you what I got done though.

Roofing the skylight.

I think I’m going to paint the trim a deep forest green. Hmmm.

The roofing is a lot of work though. A little bit of everything involved here.

Got to go now!

Have a good one!

Jim

4 thoughts on “The Sunny Land of Spain………Oh!…..You Missed a Spot!!!!!!

  1. You owe me a pair of sun glasses,the shine I put on everything almost blinded me,but it was worth it, those cats are great,while you were enjoying Spain and my beautiful grandaughter I was cleaning litter,well as long as you had a good time and relaxed.

    Love ya
    mother-in-law

    • Dearest Mother-in-Law: Okay. Let’s just be honest. What you consider a shine and what I consider a shine are apparently two completely different things. I think the best way going forward here is for you to schedule an appointment with the eye doctor.

      Enough said.

      Love,
      Son-in-Law

    • That’s funny. Yeah, you have to be a Lord of the Rings guy to get stuff like that. That was right up my alley.

      Thanks for sending it,
      Jim

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