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Big Sur - Hiking Andrew Molera State Park

One of the great delights of living in the Bay Area is the proximity to the natural beauty of California and it's hard to beat the stunning drive down Highway One to Big Sur. This is certainly one of the iconic American road trips, but for me the joy of being in the area is getting out of your car and hitting a trail, so you can be "in" the landscape rather than just looking at it from the asphalt. 

Alma Sevilla Hotel - Palacio de Villapanes

We started our trip with four nights in Seville. It was a place to recoup from the jetlag and ease our way into our Spanish trip. We were very happy with our hotel pick, the rather grandly named Palacio de Villapanes. Well located out of the main tourist area, the hotel was very attractive, with excellent front office staff who coordinated with  Iberia when our bags were delayed for a couple of day. Yes, this is the unfortunate reason I'm wearing the same outfit in so many of my photos! It was an inconvenience but even this experience wouldn't encourage me to travel with a carry on alone.
The heart of the restored palace with Moorish arches
Lovely modern garden which we enjoyed.

The hotel, with its colonnaded courtyard and outdoor areas, was reminiscent of the inward facing riads in Morocco and Beit Salahiah  which we visited in Aleppo last year. It was emblematic of  much that we would see in  southern Spain with a skilled blending of old and new combined with multiple stylistic influences from both the east and the west. 
Stylish modern rooms.
All of the bathrooms had separate showers and baths.
Highly recommended, the basic rooms have great bathrooms but they are fairly compact. I would suggest one of the larger rooms for the most comfortable stay, we upgraded on arrival.
Trendy modern tile work.