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Spanish Family
Updated November 25, 2006

Catching up with Spanish Friends

Sailing around the world we've been fortunate to meet up with family and friends. In the 1930's, my grandmother took my father and aunt on a Grand Tour. During lunch one day, she noticed a young Spaniard eating by himself, and invited Jose to join the family table. A friendship developed, and for more than a half-century our two families have kept in touch.  I 've met various members of our Spanish family during visits to Canada, but this was my first chance to visit Jose at his estate near Antequera.

Jose on the left, a friend, my grandmother, aunt and father

now 97, Jose chuckles at the old photograph

the entrance to the Caseria

MJ chats to Jose's son, Rafael

after lunch we had a quick tour of the house and olive grove.

the main house

in the courtyard

driving through the olive grove

ripening olives

one last look before we drove on to Granada

view of the city

the Alhambra

Patio de Los Arrayanes

arch detail

Patio de Los Leones

water gardens in the summer palace

From Granada we drove along the Caliphate Trail to Cordoba, stopping at Priego de Cordoba for lunch.

view from the Priego fortress

the Mezquita-Catedral in Cordoba

entry into the Patio de Los Naranjos

Alcazar de Los Reyes Cristianos