I started this post a year ago today, and I've just notice I missed actually publishing it...so here we go! The train from Paris to Brussels is smooth and fast. I was met at the station by Helene, who I'd met when she and Pierre were in Australia and staying at my place. We took … Continue reading Belgium – A Delightful Little Country
I've decided to add these articles to my personal blog, with permission from our guest blogger, as they are really fun memories of our 2010 trip. I hope you enjoy them. Michelle Hanton When a Dragon Sister mentioned going on holiday to Venice and a luxury cruise, I thought, ‘Well that’s OK for some. Some … Continue reading In the air … A travelogue by Special Correspondent for Dragon Sisters Nowette Awle
The school year is drawing to a close, at least here in Europe, which means so too is my time here in Spain. I'm making the most of the last few weekends and have been to Granada, Cordoba and Seville this month. Distances are not as vast as at home in Australia, so even though … Continue reading Exploring the Albayzin – Granada, Spain
The Alhambra must surely be the jewel in the crown of Andalucia, a province that is rich with monuments, yet there is something that extra bit special about this historic citadel that overlooks the city of Granada. Nestled against the breathtaking backdrop of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada, the Alhambra, rises as a majestic fortress over … Continue reading Granada Part 2 – The Alhambra
My recent weekend in Granada (1st weekend in May) was a poignant reminder of my Middle Eastern childhood. A lot of things here in Spain remind me of the days in the Middle East – gas stoves, flat roofs where washing gets hung out and kids play, cobbled streets, fresh fruit and vegetable stalls, sunflower … Continue reading Granada Part 1 – evoking memories of my childhood
I've dreamt of visiting Granada since I was a young girl reading novels set in the days of Muslim rulers, and then in the period of Isabella of Spain. My dream is finally coming true! Getting organised to make this trip has been no mean feat! Student timetables had to be rejiggled so I could … Continue reading Granada – here I come!
The drive from my current home town of Ecija to Malaga yesterday was. much to my surprise, so picturesque. Very green, peppered with olive groves, scenic hill tops dotted with the occasional houses, dramatic drops and finally the views of the Mediterranean sea sparkling in the distance. A big shout out and thank you to … Continue reading Malaga – a city of contrasts
The haunting sound of a mournful drum beat has pervaded my little flat each night for the last couple of weeks. Somewhere, close by, someone is practising for Semana Santa, a weeklong event that commemorates the death and resurrection of Christ. It’s the equivalent of our Easter, but on a much grander scale. Each of … Continue reading Semana Santa