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Ventana - An Enchanting Resort in BIg Sur

Summary: I love Ventana. I highly recommend visiting  and exploring the landscape at Lime Kiln and Andrew Molera State Park which I've blogged about here. Please note this is #notsponsored . Yes, that means we paid our own bill! Lots of details in the following review. including a Post Ranch vs Ventana comparison.  Can you tell there's something exciting beyond this beautiful gate? There's something special about Big Sur, a magic in the light, the presence of the Pacific, the cliffs, beaches, redwood forests and the murmur of the surf. It's one of my favorite places in California. I couldn't think of anywhere else I wanted to be to celebrate turning fifty, because it's a place where there's a sense of nature, space and light and a wide horizon. We've been to Big Sur many times and for a celebration there are two fantastic hotels vying for your attention. The exclusive, modern and very private, cliff top Post Ranch Inn and on the other side of the road the …

Huelga General

A rather sultry call for solidarity!

We were in Spain over a general strike and  luckily it didn't disrupt any of our plans. Given the combination of high unemployment in Andulusia and the proposed austerity measures, I can understand why there was a high turnout. At the Parador in Ubeda they gave us a letter explaining that during the strike the hotel would be operating with a reduced number of staff and they thanked us for our "collaboration". Were we collaborating with the strikers or the bosses? I think cooperation was the word that was lost in translation!

I found this stuck on an ATM in Cordoba.

We drove from Ubeda to Grenada on the day of the strike and dropped our rental car off at the train station. The police had shut down several roads and so we rolled our suitcases behind us for about a mile as the taxi drivers said they couldn't get us close enough to the hotel, at least that what we presumed they were saying!

Despite our sympathy for the cause we felt badly for the tourists who had visited Grenada with plans to visit the Alhambra. It was closed on the day of the strike and sold out for  subsequent days, so they missed their opportunity completely. While we arrived on the day of the strike we were very lucky to have reservations for the Alhambra on the following morning.