tastes like a kiss

One of my favorite sayings in Spanish is  “uvas con queso saben a beso” or “grapes with cheese taste like a kiss”.  My daughter even learned this in her Pre-school at snack time.  The combination of grapes and cheese really do bring to the mouth the taste of a (nice) kiss.  But in reality, hereContinue reading “tastes like a kiss”

wise friends along the river…………

Ten years ago my sister Georgianna came to live with me for four months.  We had many wonderful moments that included sleeping on the beach, dancing on top of bars and enjoying lots of wonderful food.  We also took dance classes and did tai chi and yoga together.  But every once in a while myContinue reading “wise friends along the river…………”

rainy weekend fun………..

The weather has finally changed in Granada.  It seems like a bit of a miracle.  This morning there was actually thunder and lightening.  This called for some indoor activities.  Decorating for Halloween was the first on our list.  Cutting out and stringing up paper pumpkins and making bats out of egg cartons took up mostContinue reading “rainy weekend fun………..”

sometimes “pijo” can be good……….

The word “pijo” is used in Spain with various connotations, both positive and negative.  Most commonly it describes a person or a place that is classy or fashionable.  However, quite frequently in Granada “pijo” can also be equivalent to tacky and tasteless. Sort of the wannabe of posh that never really gets to that level. Continue reading “sometimes “pijo” can be good……….”

eating well at home…….

We are still waiting for fall to arrive in Granada.  I’ve gotten way to used to putting on shorts and a tank top everyday and I regret postponing the purchase of new sandals until next Spring.  But, last night at least the air was a bit cooler, cool enough to turn on the oven thatContinue reading “eating well at home…….”

mountains, rivers, and hot peppers

I was up late last night after taking a wonderful client up to the caves for Flamenco.  So when the alarm went off this morning I was happy to see that the rest of my family was still asleep and I rolled over hoping for a nice lie in.  It didn’t last long of course. Continue reading “mountains, rivers, and hot peppers”

my favorite places in Spain…… #1 Toledo part one

It is inevitable that at one point during every tour someone will ask the question, “What is your favorite city in Spain?”.  This  is almost impossible for me to answer. Certain cities become a favorite because of their magic and beauty.  Others become a favorite because of memories and moments.  And some embrace both forContinue reading “my favorite places in Spain…… #1 Toledo part one”

pieces of my Granada……..

Luna and I walked home the other night……at sunset.  Sometimes I have moments of bliss in this city.  My Granada……the part of it that has always been a part of me, and always will be. There are places that I walk by everyday that are as familiar as my own breathe.  Graffiti, the smell ofContinue reading “pieces of my Granada……..”

anguish, fall fruit, and a cake made for a virgin……..

Autumn entered with grace here in Granada as a nice cool rain cleansed the city on Friday afternoon.  My daughter ran to put on the warmest clothes she could find along with her rain boots and we happily splashed and walked along the river.  Fall in Granada tends to be a short period of timeContinue reading “anguish, fall fruit, and a cake made for a virgin……..”

toes in the sand, shrimp in my hand……

Some of my favorite tapas are on the coast of Granada.  Since it is still around 90 degrees everyday here, I have the beach on my mind constantly.  In any of the beach restaurants or “chiringuitos”  you can sit down at a table with your feet in the sand, order a beer (or whatever itContinue reading “toes in the sand, shrimp in my hand……”