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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
one last look before we drove on to Granada
view of the city
Patio de Los Arrayanes
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