Continuing my theme of staying in castles from last week, on our class tour of southern Spain we spent a night in the parador of Jaén. “Paradores” are fancy, historical hotels across Spain, and this one was originally a 13th century castle, from the time of conflict between the Christians and the Moors in this area. It is strategically situated on a hillside, which gives some amazing views out of the rooms’ windows.
We traveled on to Granada, where we visited both the Generalife gardens and the Alhambra palace, situated right next to each other.
The mix of Arab and European architecture in that area is just marvelous, and so is the natural scenery. Both the windows themselves and the view of out them are worth seeing!
My mom and I sat in the back of the Vagabond minibus (lovingly referred to as the Vagatron) several times, which I didn’t mind at all because there were some cool views out the back. There are lots of lakes and mountains in this area, and they looked wild and beautiful through the Irish rain and mist.
You can see the trailer with all our luggage behind us, and “Vagabond,” the name of the tour company, written backward in orange on the windows.
We had just boarded the Coral I to begin our tour of the Galápagos and I was interested in getting a shot of the view from the ship’s windows as we pulled away from Baltra. Traveling around by boat was actually pretty fun!