Thursday, October 28, 2010

Of Convents, Chapels and Churros- The Fruchter's last day in Spain

The last day of our tour. In 10 short days we have really managed to do a lot together. I've seen the Fruchter's become more "Spanish" every day, really embrace the Spanish culture and customs. It has been a truly wonderful trip, and I enjoyed the company as much as I hope they have enjoyed Spain. The morning tour of Granada included a "guinea pig" run through a 15th century convent in the old Moorish quarter, which was interesting  - the patio was very nice, and the bulging ceiling perhaps a bit unnerving but very well kept. We also had the Royal Chapel to ourselves at the start (Rosa had picked up the tickets previously so we skipped the line). Her explanations were great, and she provided lots of details that you just don't get normally. Every time I go I learn something new. Rosa really helps to bring the city of Granada to life, without getting overly bogged down to where you feel like you've reached saturation point.

She left us once again at the Plaza Nueva, and we grabbed a bite to eat at a nice little restaurant right on the Plaza Bib-Rambla. But we didn't order dessert, because we knew that waiting for us in just a couple of hours would be some of the best churros con chocolate in all of Spain. After a couple of hours to explore the old Arab market, we met up again for the churros. They never fail to please, even though when you first see them it can be a bit overwhelming.

The final evening meal was a break from the tapas, although we couldn't resist ordering the Pimientos de Padron one more time. This trip has gone fast, and I am really glad to have been able to share these experiences with the Fruchters. The memories on this trip will last, everything from overly-polished glass door collisions to unexpected parades and a private visit to the monastery in Granada, it was a trip to remember. Thanks so much to Dennis, Holly, Rebecca and Marissa for making my job so easy, and of course a big thank you to the guides and waiters who worked with us to make it all possible!

See you soon as the Bhatia's are coming to visit Andalusia and Madrid!

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