The water finally came back on around noon or earlier. Dad didn’t feel like sightseeing, so he went to the beach, and the four of us went down the coast to Fuengirola (about 20 minutes away). Ken’s friend Robin had a friend, a former student, who now works in Fuengirola (his family is from here). Ken knew him too, and had arranged to meet him at his office.
Javier and his older brother Guillermo have an architectural business in a building right across the street from a huge beach. Javier gave us a tour of Habitat, their three-story business. Very cool. Afterwards we went across the street to a beach bar and had a beer. We made plans to have dinner with Javier Tuesday night.
Next we headed inland to Grenada, to see the Alhambra. The trip was pleasant but long. The Alhambra was interesting, but too much of a good thing. I like the Moorish influence on Spain, and seeing the Alhambra made me realize how pervasive Moorish influence on architecture has been.
In the last segment of the tour -- the Alcazaba, I think -- we climbed up a winding stairway to the top of the highest tower, from which we could see miles beyond Grenada. We counted 52 steps on the way down -- more than four stories in that tower alone.
We got home in time for dinner at Bogart’s, down the hill with the rest of the British places. We ate on the patio as usual, but it was colder than usual, so I left a little early. Besides, sitting on the patio makes you fair game for all the guys coming around trying to sell you stuff. I walked back up the hill by myself.
Television has been interesting here. The best part is the advertising, especially English. The ads are usually funny, and pretty creative. But when they’re corny they’re really corny.
The Grand Prix at Monaco was on all weekend, and the French Open has been on, too. Other than that the choices are pretty slim, unless you count Dad and Ken’s favorite, “Tutti-Frutti.” It’s a soft-porn game show or something from Germany. There’s also “Love at First Sight,” England’s version of “Love Connection.” It’s so bad you have to watch it out of disbelief.