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It felt like a crime to wake the kids up at 0400 this morning.

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Aurelia still sleeping at 0400

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Lucas and Isabella still sleeping

We got ourselves together and after a short taxi from the hotel we caught the Gatwick express from Victoria station. Luckily, the hotel provided breakfast boxes.

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On the train to Gatwick airport

After the rigors of navigating the airport we were on the plane and on our way to the next adventure.

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Lucas and Aurelia strapped in and ready to fly!

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Aurelia catching up on her beauty rest during the flight

Once at the airport we waited an hour to get the rental car and another hour installing car seats. Not a great start.

While a trip to the beach before Granada sounded nice the kids were tired and took a nap during the two hour drive from Malaga to Granada. In the end well rested kids equal happy kids and a better trip.

The trip to Granada was beautiful. We headed away from the beach inland towards the snow capped Sierra Nevada mountains. The road was lined with olive groves and, of course, the sun was out. In some ways the architecture and landscape reminded me of central California.

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The Alhambra and Sierra Nevada mountains

When we arrived in Granada it took some time to find the meeting spot to get the keys for our holiday let. It took even longer to find a parking garage. I’m sure I broke some traffic laws along the way.

We then trekked thorough the old Islamic district to the apartment.

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Street in old Islamic district of Granada

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Isabella and Lucas in the apartment courtyard

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The view of the Alhambra from our apartment

Once we got settled we headed out for tapas. We still needed to move the car to the correct parking spot and hit a tapas bar on the way.

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Fries with eight sauces, seafood salad, and croquettes

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Enjoying tapas!

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Jamon Iberico Plata with some of the best Spanish meats

We finally moved the rental car and walked our luggage through the labyrinthine streets of the old Islamic district, the sounds of our wheeled luggage on the cobblestones echoing in the narrow passages.

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The Granada old Islamic district from above

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