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  1. I would do it as follows: Akrotiri Kamari Pyrgos Santos Oia Fira This route avoids the initial rush of passengers to Oia. Akrotiri is at the southern tip of the island. Oia at the north tip. You can visit Akrotiri first. Then you have to backtrack to near the winery to get on the road to Kamari and Pyrgos. Kamari is the farthest, so go to Pyrgos and the winery on the way back. Then go to Oia. Given your times and the time of the year you will be there closest to the sunset. Then back to Fira. Look at the route: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Thera+847+00,+Greece/Akrotiri,+Thira+847+00,+Greece/Kamari,+847+00,+Greece/Pyrgos+Kallistis,+847+00,+Greece/Santo+Wines,+Pyrgos+Kallistis,+Greece/Oia,+847+02,+Greece/Thera,+847+00,+Greece/@36.4156209,25.3562999,12z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m44!4m43!1m5!1m1!1s0x1499cdce05e3bce9:0x9f4c192bbefa1db!2m2!1d25.432447!2d36.4166485!1m5!1m1!1s0x1499cf6a6b1b1ae7:0x139d927536a9cafb!2m2!1d25.403447!2d36.3517952!1m5!1m1!1s0x1499d1dda52069c5:0xa00bd2f74c252b0!2m2!1d25.4807115!2d36.3770012!1m5!1m1!1s0x1499ce409504049f:0x503a1a252441387d!2m2!1d25.4478176!2d36.383038!1m5!1m1!1s0x1499ce5edc59b815:0x384bae06a741e978!2m2!1d25.436746!2d36.387564!1m5!1m1!1s0x1499cb8b1c44c1a9:0x400bd2ce2b9c750!2m2!1d25.3753101!2d36.4618199!1m5!1m1!1s0x1499cdce05e3bce9:0x9f4c192bbefa1db!2m2!1d25.432447!2d36.4166485!3e0?hl=en
  2. The rules are stated when the tickets are bought. If the ticket holder decides to disregard the rules, they have to expect the consequences. I agree with cruisemom's statement completely. As for Bonjour's comments, many people would be arrested if they were wearing shorts, etc in other countries, not only in their places of worship. I can only say that we are better off respecting the rules of whichever place we visit - countries as well as specific institutions or sites. No one has the right to be admitted into a place they do not own just because they show up. It doesn't matter how far they had traveled or how much they want to see it. Or what their own opinions or hangups are. On the other hand, or "on the other country," those rules are changing in parts of Spain, probably due to government supplemental funding of some places. Shorts and attire are not an issue in major cathedrals in the South - Sevilla, Cordoba, Granada and Toledo (not quite South). There are no dress guidelines, although I suspect really skimpy beach outfits would be frowned upon. These cathedrals are considered to be monuments/museums and church services are confined to specific chapels outside of major religious holidays. There is always a sign outside those chapels saying they are reserved for worship. Dress at those chapels and certainly during major holidays (Holy Week, Corpus Christi, etc) should be more conservative. And, yes, the more conservative rules still apply to the Sagrada Familia and to the Basilica in Zaragoza.
  3. Aspasios has three buildings in that corner. We had no problems with noise at the one we were at. Our friends stayed directly across the street in the building where the reception office is and they had no problems either. The apartments are very nice, especially at the main building. Our friends had hidden window shades activated by a wall switch. They didn't notice it the night they arrived and it was very bright there, but all was well when they found the switch in the morning! Nice and dark the remaining nights. 😉 The Eixample is a nice quiet section, but don't forget dinner time in Spain is 9-10 pm. and people are out and about. Actually, that makes it nice if you are out late because the streets will not be deserted.
  4. I agree with the above. Get your tickets for the Alcazar and the Cathedral. Afterwards, take one of the many horse drawn carriages that give you a tour of the city around the Plaza de España and Maria Luisa Park. There are carriage stands all over the area between the Alcazar and the Cathedral. The ride will end at the same carriage stand you started from.
  5. As cruiserbruce said: Knees and shoulders must be covered. So it's not what the garment is called, it is whether it is long enough to cover the knees. BTW - I think the yellow figures represent women and the purple men. But the lower yellow shorts figure could be unisex.
  6. Check out the Aspasios Rambla Catalunya apartments. We stayed there in July. The apartments are large and well appointed. The area could not be better - one block from the Passeig the Gracia and a couple of blocks from the Placa Catalunya. Very safe neighborhood, lots of restaurants and three small grocery stores. Check it out. The 20-yos would love to walk around the fabulous shops of the Passeig the Gracia, the Casa Batllo (2 blocks), La Pedrera (5 blocks).
  7. Hope it works and you don't have to give up your bucket list. Happy travels!
  8. Here is a picture of the Placeta de los Aljibes (Small Plaza of the Cisterns.) The large building in front of you is the entrance to the Charles V Palace. Rotate the picture so you can see the rest. Directly behind you is the sign to the entrance to the line for the Nasrid palaces (Palacios Nazaries) which are just to the right of the park. Immediately behind the sign, you see the walls of the Alcazaba. The entrance gate is just at the left end of the wall. https://www.google.com/maps/@37.1768714,-3.5904013,3a,75y,96.74h,90t/data=!3m8!1e1!3m6!1sAF1QipNI9XeFlVPIrt7-NZipN4FBIFJhw3z1_jeVQdDV!2e10!3e11!6shttps:%2F%2Flh5.googleusercontent.com%2Fp%2FAF1QipNI9XeFlVPIrt7-NZipN4FBIFJhw3z1_jeVQdDV%3Dw203-h100-k-no-pi4.558659-ya39.360294-ro-2.9590635-fo100!7i5376!8i2688?hl=en If you take the ho-ho bus into Granada, there is a stop at the Puerta de la Justicia (Justice Gate) near the corner of the Charles V Palace. You passed it walking into the Placeta. On the way back, there is a stop near the Access Pavilion. https://granada.city-tour.com/en/tourist-train-routes-granada/ruta-diurna For that matter, if the transportation only bus takes you to Granada and not to the Alhambra, you can take the ho-ho bus into the grounds to the Justice Gate and then back to your starting point. Just make sure you have your Alhambra tickets and passports with you.
  9. Just to help you plan. The Nasrid Palaces, the Alcazaba and the Palace of Charles V are all located around the Placeta de los Aljibes. The walk from the Access Pavilion (ticket office and welcome center) to the Placeta is about 800 meters (a little more than half a mile) long and it takes 10-15 minutes through the gardens. Both the Parador and the Hotel America-Granada are about half way along the route. Both are really good places for a lunch or coffee stop. Here is a walking map from the Pavilion to the Placeta, but all you need to do is follow the signs: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Placeta+de+los+Aljibes/37.1742824,-3.5844386/@37.1761926,-3.5884039,515m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m10!4m9!1m5!1m1!1s0xd71fcb793d62163:0xe7ceaacdd2228732!2m2!1d-3.5909153!2d37.1770971!1m0!3e2!5i1 The Generalife Palace is a long walk from the other sites. So. in your case, you might want to skip it. The admission ticket is for all day, but you must choose the timed entrance time to the Nasrid Palaces. Buy and print the ticket on the website if you want to make sure you can pick your timed entrance time. http://www.alhambra-patronato.es/index.php/Visit-the-Alhambra/8+M5d637b1e38d/0/ Don't wait to buy it on arrival, there are lines and the times you want to go in might be gone. If the transportation only bus takes you to the access Pavilion, pick your entrance time for 1 hour or a little more after you get there. That will give you time to make your way to the Placeta. While there, just take a look inside the Charles V Palace to see the amazing round courtyard inside. It takes 5 minutes to take a look. There is a line on the Placeta to wait for your admission time to the Nasrid palaces, so get there 15 minutes before. There are also a couple of cafes and snack places around the Placeta. You might also want to walk inside the gate of the Alcazaba for a quick look after you see the Nasrid Palaces. If you want to see the city of Granada, there is a small ho-ho bus that stops at the Alhambra and takes you around the city. The circuit is about 1.5 hours. You will see the signs for the stops while in the Alhambra. No need to buy tickets ahead of time so you can decide on the spot whether to do it or not. https://granada.city-tour.com/en/tourist-train-routes-granada Frankly, you might want to spend the whole time in the Alhambra, see the gardens, have lunch, etc. And a word of caution. Bring your passport because they might verify that you are the person buying the tickets before you are admitted. You have to show your tickets a few times before going into some of the venues (Nasrid, Generalife, entrance gate, etc.) It did happen to us at the very last place we visited, the Generalife. This is not unusual in many tourist places in Spain.
  10. Sounds like a plan. Enjoy.
  11. cruisingmimi- This is the official website for the Alhambra and the info about handicapped tours. You might want to browse through the website before making you final decision. It would also help when you ask questions of tour companies to compare their offerings. Maybe you can choose a tour that includes only a visit to the Alhambra and skips the city of Granada. IMO- if you have limited time in the Alhambra, the ONE place to visit is the Nasrid palaces. This requires a timed-entrance ticket. http://www.alhambra-patronato.es/index.php/Considerations-about-the-Tour-for-People-with-Disabilities/356+M5d637b1e38d/0/?&cHash=e96dd36b3924986ff12336a14fd5082a We visited last month and I do recall seeing chairs and benches in various places in the Nasrid palaces and on the grounds. Here is a company that does accessible tours: https://www.wheelytours.com/item/guided-tour-alhambra-granada/
  12. Gassin is a beautiful Provencal village. Port Grimaud is a striking, modern (30+ years?) development built on canals. You will probably get a boat tour there. There are great views in that drive. La Garde is also a nice village higher up in the Maures. You said you will be there "for the day." You should be able to take one of those tours and still have 2-3 hours to spend in St T. Saint Tropez is very easy to do on your own.
  13. I am glad to see that Black Sea ports are on the cruise schedules again. That is a terrific itinerary. All of it. I have been to all those ports except Paphos (Cyprus), Haifa and Ashdod. There are interesting things in Nessebur and Constanta, but Odessa is a must. Sign up and look for specifics later. Santorini is there twice is because this cruise can probably be done as two segments: Istanbul-Athens and Athens-Rome.
  14. 😉 Well, you'll have to book again for the caviar. Hope you posts your comments on the SB board. Happy sailing!
  15. The question also is whether the retailer has the equipment required to accept tap. It seems to be accepted more frequently in Spain than in the US. We were never asked for a pin when using the credit cards in Spain.
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