Spain: Andalusia – Granada, home of the Alhambra

Set in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, Granada is the capital of the region. It has a rich history, resulting from its ownership has changed hands many times throughout its long history. Granada was first settled by native tribes in the prehistoric period and was known as Ilbyr. When the Romans colonised southern Spain, they built their own city here and called it Illibris. The Arabs invaded the peninsula in the 8th century and gave the city its current name of Granada. It was the last Muslim city to fall to the Christians in 1492, at the hands of Queen Isabel of Castile and her husband Ferdinand of Aragon.

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Spain: Figueres – Teatre-Museu Dalí; Salvador Dalí museum

Reaching Figueres late morning meant we beat the rush for visiting the Teatre-Museu Dalí, which houses a fabulous collection of his works and is also the site of his burial. The museum itself was originally a theatre that had fallen into ruin after it was burned during the Spanish Civil War. In the 1960 Dalí and the town mayor decided to rebuild it and dedicate it as a museum to the town’s most famous son.

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Hong Kong – wet and sticky

We were greeted in Hong Kong by some wet, miserable weather. The weather in the tropics are complex. For Hong Kong and this part of South East Asia this time of year can be wet, and our arrival coincided with a passing tropical storm. I was happy though, because I hadn’t seen any rain for 3 months! Karen was concerned by the warnings at the airport, but we were assured that the “standby signal No. 1” was nothing to be concerned about.

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