With the mass hysteria surrounding the coronavirus, my mind is swirling with thoughts of social distancing and, in a worst case scenario, quarantine.  My heart goes out to everyone affected by this terrible disease.  Like many others I have talked to, however, I am in a state of shock and disbelief.

What better way to pass the time than a fun daydream about past vacations?  Not being able to travel anywhere for the foreseeable future, now could be a perfect opportunity to sift through some photos, decide which places to re-visit and where to go on the next adventure when things return to normal. 

After reflecting on our trip to Spain, I have to think that anyone who has ever visited the place would love to go back.  We were just there for a quick trip to see my sister get married, but I would love to stay there for a while and take my time at some of the attractions.

Our first stop:  Málaga, a port city on the Spanish Riviera with a cultural history spanning around 2,800 years.  This makes it one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities and an amazing place to visit.  I was immediately transfixed by the beautiful cobblestone streets, which are lined with fun boutiques and many unique shopping options.

Drinks at The Pharmacy are a must after a long day shopping!  All the cocktails are delicious and it has a fun, mysterious, speakeasy-type atmosphere.  We found the best way to follow that up was a trip to La Borraja for dinner.  The views of La Alcazaba (a medieval Moorish palace and one of the city’s most famous landmarks) from the terrace are beyond amazing, and so is the food!

For the art enthusiast, the Picasso Museum is another attraction that should not be missed, as Málaga was his home town.  To unwind after a long day, make sure to get a massage or take a dip in the Arabian baths at Hammam Al Andalus.  For a fun adventure outside of Málaga, take a short, 1 ½ hour drive to Granada to visit the Alhambra in Granada.  It is a massive former palace and fortress complex that was built in AD 889, with absolutely gorgeous architecture.  Just make sure to buy your tickets in advance!

Gathering insights and tips from friends and family is something I love to do before a vacation.  What better way to get the most out of the experience?  With that in mind, please share some of what you have learned in the course of your travels.  There was a lot to see and do in Spain, so much in fact I thought it best to break the story into two posts.  Please stay tuned for part two of our Spanish vacation!  In the meantime, please reach out with any comments or questions.

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