Unlike anything the USA would have, you get to run all over the ancient walls. J got a kick out of the tiny doors. People must have been a bit shorter hundreds of years ago.
Malaga is on the coast and you can see an amazing view from the top of the fortress.
And of course, what kind of Spanish fortress would it be without lush gardens hidden inside?
Again, note the gorgeous stone work design. We just let the poor kid have some stroller free time for awhile.
Many of the steps in Spain, modern and ancient, had the bricks placed vertically.
He loved it his chance to explore.
And to spit up all over the rocks.
Check out the pretty arch. Not Seville or anything, but still lovely.
This girl still loves to spin around columns.
I have no recollection why there was a gigantic dress in this building, but J thought it was really cool.
Out in the courtyard there was a booth advertising daycare and they gave J the orange punch ball seen in the previous pictures. They also gave her a flower after the inevitable demise of said punch ball.
We had a relatively easy flight back. We made all our flights, albeit very closely. If you have to opportunity to avoid Madrid's airport, do it. It took 35 minutes to get from our arrival gate to our departure gate. There was a ticketing problem and Husband and I were separated from each other for the short flight to London. J had an accident in the last few minutes of that flight, but I blame that on her falling asleep and the delay on the plane waiting for our gate (not as long as on our flight on the way over, but still Heathrow, you can step it up!). Husband just told the flight attendant as he was walking off so I don't even know what went down after that. Actually I don't really know much about the whole thing other than what Husband told me since I didn't reunite with them until everyone was off the plane.
Now the flight back was fantastic because of this little invention.
This is what the infant bassinet looks like on a British Airways 747-400 airplane looks like. I spent quite a bit of time trying to find a picture of one before we left so I'm adding one for the internet world. Again, SEO crawlers, this is the infant bassinet on a British Airways 747-400 airplane. I should probably rename the photo too but my laziness wins again. Friends, you call ahead when you book and reserve this. I tried for the first flight but others had beat me to it. It made all the difference. Think about holding a sleeping infant for 10 plus hours without being able to use the restroom or both hands unless you want to run the risk of waking the baby. The bassinet solved the problem and since it is only available on the bulkhead row, you get a glorious 6 inches of extra leg room. Or should I say storage for the massive amount of toys and gear required for traveling with kids. Your TV screen flips up on a little arm instead of moving whenever the seat in front of you reclines. Of course, my screen was broken :( They offered to upgrade my seat top the next class but that meant leaving Husband and J, and more importantly, the glorious bassinet. First class, I might have done it, but economy plus wasn't enough incentive. And I'd feel bad about possibly ticking off people in first class. There was also this little issue of a overhead light that wouldn't turn off. A passenger on some other flight rigged this little fire hazard and more than one attendant accused us doing of it. Well asked us if we did.
Ended up being a good thing because the customer service guy came and chatted with us and gave us each $50 off our next flight with British Airways. He offered us free drinks too, but felt extra bad when I said we weren't interested on account of being Mormon. So he brought us 4 of the first class toiletry kits. We originally said not to worry about it, but I'm glad he ignored us because they were really cool and full of fancy spa products, not the socks and toothbrush I was expecting.
I would absolutely fly with them again. They had excellent customer service and still give complimentary food and drinks. I didn't have to spend $5 for a Sprite (sidenote: British Sprite uses stevia and has less overall sugar). Not having the TV would have totally stunk, but M kept me too busy for a movie for most of the flight, and then I just shared Husband's screen. He had packed a headphone splitter to watch movies with J so we had a merry 'ol time watching Wolverine 2 together.
And if you have a really small baby, they also have a Moses basket sort of thing you can see the family using. It's behind the polka dot socks. Not as good for larger babies as the bassinet on British Airways 747-400 airplane. Note the ample leg room.
We were happy to get home and J was happy to gaze at all our bounty. We may have brought 5 different brands of the amazing, thick Spanish hot chocolate. Don't judge :)
Definitely a trip to remember. Thanks for sitting through all the posts. Now off to document January!