Prowling my world, camera in hand

9 April 2009

Week 13: Sierra Nevada

Filed under: — Administrator @ 06:54

My son from England is spending his Easter vacation with us, so we are doing things together as a family, including an end-of-season skiing trip to Sierra Nevada.

But first a nice discovery right here in Alicante.

One of Alicante’s central spots is called Puerta del Mar. It is a touristy area with hotels, bars and discos. Recently, while walking through it, I saw this extremely promising sign on the door of a bar:

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And the sign was telling the truth. The bar is owned by a Spanish-Dutch couple and has now been classified as one of my habitual watering holes:

Then, on Friday afternoon we drove the 400 km to Sierra Nevada, the closest ski resort to Alicante. Paradoxically, it is to the south of here, but because it is at a high altitude, there is still enough snow even in April, following the relatively harsh winter this year.

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The first stop along the A7 motorway. My son and daughter always get sleepy when we drive:

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Fearsome guard dog at the petrol station:

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Once we passed Granada, the last 30 km up to the Sierra Nevada were along a road like this:

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And these are the kind of views on offer:

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We arrived at our hotel just around sunset:

The next morning, my wife and children hit the slopes, while I drove back to Granada to explore that city.

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Another view of the mountain road:

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Mountain flowers:

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Saturday evening, another glorious sunset watched by a couple:

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This is what they were looking at:

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Same mountains, but about 12 hours later, at sunrise on Sunday morning:

In case you wonder whether I took any pictures in Granada, the answer is: YES, of course! And they are here.

1 Comment »

  1. Amazing like always!

    Comment by Felix Dasilva — 9 April 2009 @ 07:41

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