We had wanted for some years to visit Spain, especially the southern province of Andalucia, where the Moors ruled over a brilliant civilization from 711 to 1492 to which Muslims, Jews, and Christians all contributed. Despite its share of upheavals, wars, and other problems, it is often viewed as a model of a multicultural society which might have much to teach us today.
Paula had been in Spain many years before, but this was Paul's first trip. We used the small travel agency called Madrid & Beyond to custom-design a tour for us based on our specifications, and we were delighted with the results. We asked to fly in and out of Madrid, then tour the south, with a special focus on Cordoba, Sevilla, and Granada, along with leisure time near the beaches and travel through small hill towns.