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Oct 15, 2015 - Train travel in Spain

We have used Spain's Renfe train system a couple of times now, for a day trip from Madrid to Toledo, from Madrid to Cordoba and from Cordoba to Granada. So far we have found the system very efficient and the fast trains are very fast. There is a board in the carriage (coache) showing time, destination and speed. The fastest speed we have seen so far is 300kph. We almost had a mishap travelling from Cordoba to Granada yesterday. We were checking the noticeboard for our train number to appear while watching people board the train sitting at...

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Oct 15, 2015 - Cordoba

We spent two days in the old town of Cordoba in Andalucia, the southern region of Spain. The narrow paved streets are lined with orange trees leading down to a wide river. The Cordoba Cathederal (Mezquita) was consecrated by the Catholic Church in 1236. The church was built onto an Islamic mosque resulting in an interesting mix of Islamic and Christian architecture.

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Sep 22, 2015 - Cordoba

9/22/2015 Exploring Cardoba Our alarm woke us, but we were still back on New York time, so we must have turned it off and turned over again! Our tour of taps and patios was set for 10:30 AM, so we had to scramble a bit to get there on time. Our guide, Susanna, from the “Free” Tour Cordoba spoke good English and we began a long walk around the city. We saw a Roman temple that was being restored, as well as the place where the author of “Don Quixote” lived for a while, and the narrowest street (70 cm wide). As we continued along, we wondered...

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Aug 31, 2015 - Day 11 Cordoba

Lovely day today. We had arranged the free walking tour which started at 10.30 so left ourselves plenty of time to find the meeting point. We also wanted to go to the tourist information office to find out about day trips from Granada or Seville as we still haven't worked out what to do from here. Once we work that out, we need to go to the train station to arrange reservations. Found the meeting point and tourist information office (meeting point was outside). Asked about tours and they only have information about things in Cordoba....

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Aug 30, 2015 - Day 10 Valencia - Madrid - Cordoba

Time to say goodbye to Valencia, my favourite city so far. It is a lot smaller than Barcelona and Madrid and has a good feel about it. We set off early for the train station and had a good chat to the customer information officer about trains for ongoing legs of our trip. We had brekkie at McDonalds, the only place open on a Sunday morning and it has the bonus of having wifi. I don't need to use my very valuable SIM card. We had an uneventful trip to Madrid, changed trains and headed for Cordoba. Arrived about 1:15pm and checked into our...

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Sep 11, 2014 - A smile a day

Hola! Once again I am sitting in my favourite courtyard after dinner. The temperature during the day so far has been wonderful but the temperatures during the nights have been 'magnifique'! I know that 'magnifique' is French but I'm sharing a nice bottle of red wine with a French couple on a holiday. Our broken English/French conversation has revealed that their daughter lives in Brighton and they have visited Melbourne many times and love it. The bottle, like our conversation has come to an end but while I'm writing this blog I'm...

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Sep 10, 2014 - Is that Keith Richards?

Hola! Let me set the scene - I'm sitting in the luxurious pebbled courtyard of my hotel, it's late at night and a beautiful breeze is blowing through the leaves of the fruit trees surrounding me. It's still warm enough (about 24C) to be comfortable in bare feet, shorts and a light shirt. I've been to the 'supermecado' and I've got some delicious avocado dip, extra strong cheese and a box of something called 'pan rustico' which is not a rusty pan but crispy bite sized pieces of crunchy bread. I'm onto my second beer (unusual for me) and...

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Sep 9, 2014 - Cordoba train rap

Seeing as how no one has offered me an alternative name for my 'lucky leprechaun', I've decide to call him Larry. Apart from the obvious alliteration, 'Larry the lucky leprechaun', I think Larry is a friendly name (thinking the Simpsons). Actually now that I've written it down I've decided that his name should be O'Larry - more Irish and unique don't you think? For those of you who don't know there is a 'Hall' legend passed down through the generations that my father told me and I've told my kids about a great, great, great grandfather in...

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Sep 9, 2014 - Cordoba

'What a difference a day makes' (again) - I'm hoping that this is not going to become the catch-cry of my adventures! That's right, today did not go as smoothly as planned. It started off brilliantly with a wonderful and delicious breakfast. Packing went well and I don't think I left anything at the hotel. Carlos gave me directions to the train station and said it would take about 15 minutes (if you go the right way) and I confidently strode onto the streets of Granada. Unfortunately I didn't go the right way because some fool had overnight...

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May 23, 2014 - Seville - Day Trip to Cordoba - Alcazar, Garden, Horses, Synagogue

On Thursday I took a day trip to Cordoba with a tour group. This was mainly because the guy at the desk at the Barcelona hotel had said how wonderful the city of Cordoba is and how beautiful the mosque/cathedral is. He was absolutely correct. I totally enjoyed Cordoba. We first saw the Royal Alcazar - the Royal Palace. This was where the Inquisitions were held and where Ferdinand and Isabella met with Columbus and other seafarers about getting to the East Indies. Not much is left to see of the inside of the Alcazar itself. It was used as a...

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Oct 24, 2013 - Córdoba y Granada

My program had an excursion to Córdoba and Granada a couple weeks ago. Talk about a big group! We spent the first day in Córdoba, which is a really cool , pretty city. It used to be a Roman city, I believe, until the Middle Ages when the Muslims came to Spain. The biggest attraction, as you may know, is the Mosque converted to Cathedral. There are lots of examples worldwide of Cathedrals that were converted to Mosques, but this is the only one that went Mosque to Cathedral. It's really cool because it has the Muslim architecture but has...

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Jun 24, 2013 - Lundi - Hamman et promenade au hasard des rues... quand tout est fermé les lundis!

Lundi 24 juin - Hamman et promenade car tout est fermé les lundi! Ce matin petit-dej à la Place del Correda. La seule place de style andalou en Espagne! À l'époque, il y avait des corridas; c'est ici que nous avons passé une partie de notre nuit blanche de Flamenco. En passant, pendant le show, la Heineken en bouteille était 1E, de même que l'eau. De oute façon, même dans les restaurants et bar, le vin et la bière ne sont pas cher (d 1E à 2,50E le verre). Au menu: pain grillé, café au lait et jus d'orange. On sort le beurre de pinotte et...

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