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Apr 12, 2019 - Our Last Day in Sevilla

Today is our last day in Sevilla and it is a beautiful day. In fact it is warm and no jackets or silk underwear required. The Holy Week celebrations are going to begin in two days on Palm Sunday. While this is a major holiday throughout the Christian world, nowhere is it celebrated with more fervor than Andalucia, especially in Seville. On each day through the week 60 neighborhood groups parade from their neighborhood church to the Seville Cathedral with floats depicting some aspect of the Passion of Christ. It is interesting how the vibe...

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Apr 11, 2019 - Real Alcazar

April 11 - Real Alcazar Today we have tickets for Real Alcazar, noted as a site for filming of Game of Thrones. Luckily we had purchased tickets on-line prior to leaving home, as the non-ticket holders line was several hundred long! We had maybe a 5 minute wait and that was due to some group confused as to where they belonged. Once inside due of the size of the space, it did not seem crowded. Originally a 10th century palace built for the governors of the local Moorish state, this building still functions as a Royal Palace - the oldest in...

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Apr 10, 2019 - The White Hill Towns of Andalucia

Today was a fabulous day. Last night Judi and I decided that instead of renting a car to visit the White Hill Towns of Andalucia, we would splurge and book a private tour guide. Driving through the hill towns could be a challenge with steep and narrow roads, especially if we couldn't get an automatic, and we weren't familiar with the area. So instead of driving and navigating, we could enjoy. We got lucky and were able to book a guide at 8 p.m. last night. David met us at 9 a.m. and off we went. He was very knowledgeable and interesting...

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Apr 9, 2019 - Sevilla Cathedral

April 9 - Sevilla Cathedral In attempting to be efficient and save time I had booked tickets online from home for the Sevilla Cathedral and the Real Alcazar. Unfortunately I had booked both sites for the same day and the same time (April 11 at 12:00 noon)!! So off we go to the Cathedral to see what we can do - if all else fails we will purchase tickets for today as these were the least expensive (12.50 euros vs 19.00 euros!). We run into Bob (he was a passenger on the bus/bus/train ride to Sevilla). He was in line for tickets, so we joined...

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Apr 8, 2019 - On to Sevilla

We are leaving today and looking forward to warmer weather. As always, we wish we would have had one more day. With train tickets in hand we checked the departure board to find our track number. This train station is really small--only two tracks and not too many people milling around. Imagine our surprise when we saw that our track number was BUS. Turned out we have to take not one, but two buses to get to the train. I don't remember seeing anything about a bus when we booked our tickets online at home but we did book them in Spanish if I...

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Apr 7, 2019 - Alhambra

April 7 - Alhambra This morning we did Rick Steves walking tour of Granada, as we have Alhambra tickets at 2:00pm. The walk starts just around the corner from our front door at a caravanserai (of Silk Road fame), a protected place for merchants to rest their animals, spend the night, get a bite to eat and spin yarns. This 14th century caravanserai is the only one surviving of Granada’s original 14 (has a water fountain in the center). Across the street is Alcaiceria, originally a Moorish silk market with 200 shops that burned down in 1850....

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Apr 6, 2019 - HOHO and Granada Cathedral

We started our day (with 5 layers) at the TI to get information and a map with printing big enough that we could read. There we found out about Granada's version of a HOHO bus that turned out to be what they call a train and we would call a shuttle bus. The streets in the old city are too narrow for a bus. We bumped around town with open windows for about 90 minutes and got off at Plaza Campo del Principe where the TI had recommended for tapas. We got shanghaied by one aggressive lady so we had hot tea (because we were frozen) and a piece...

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Apr 5, 2019 - Travel to Granada

April 5 - Travel to Granada Yesterday we had arranged with the reception staff to have a taxi pick us up at 10:30am for our 11:15 bus to Granada. There is no direct train from Madrid to Granada so it would require a transfer plus take a little longer than the bus. Having saving our packing until the morning, we packed, had breakfast and were in the lobby by 10:20. The car service (not a taxi) picked us up at 10:30 and the only way to go is the one way street with construction - 15 minutes to go two blocks! We arrived at the bus station (a...

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Nov 7, 2018 - Guadix

We escaped Cordoba's spooky history and headed to Baeza and Ubeda on our way to our next stopover in Guadix. Both small towns were interesting, especially Baeza. The narrow passages and open spaces were brilliant to wander through and provided a feeling of 'being there' in its medieval days. Guadix was very different and is recognised as Europe's capital for cave houses. It is one of Spain's oldest human settlements and going by the lack of care and maintenance we wouldn't argue. Whitewashed homes built into caves were everywhere as were...

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Nov 6, 2018 - Cordoba

From Gibraltar we headed north through the Costa del Sol to Marbella then turned inland to Cordoba for a stopover. We were expecting the Costa del Sol coastline to be much prettier although the water colour was gorgeous. The lack of trees made it a 'hard' landscape which did not appeal to us. The inland drive passed across extremely dry, very rugged areas similar to parts of outback Oz we had ridden our bikes through. The small town of Ronda was a great rest stop. Coffees under the ancient Roman bridge which spans a massive ravine to join...

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Nov 2, 2018 - Cadiz

Rain was the order of the day for the drive to the Spanish border but we did manage to visit Tavira before leaving Portugal. That was another very pretty river town. Rain continued but the excellent road conditions didn't. Not far from the border things deteriorated somewhat as road widths narrowed and at one point led to a low river crossing. It was no real problem but with much more rain it would be. Suddenly we were back on a good motorway and amazed by the abruptness of the changes. Things improved as we crossed into Spain and reached...

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Oct 31, 2018 - The Gypsy Life on Sacromonto Hill

Running through the valley between the hillside Alhambra on one side and the Sacromonto hill on the other, and lined with centuries old buildings, the Carrera del Darro is considered to be Granada’s prettiest street. It’s also the principal route to the Mirador San Nicholas, which provided us with a good view of the Alhambra and the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Then we walked behind the mirador (Spanish for lookout) and around the former Arabic quarter of Albaicín. Established when the Moors were forced out of Granada by the Catholics in...

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