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Mar 9, 2017 - Seville

We were on the move again, this time to Seville, ancient city and heart of the trading center of Spain for hundreds of year. Did you know that it's on a wide deep river that ocean going vessels (of the day) could sail right into the City, 100 kms inland and trade good there which made it so much easier than the seaports along the coast which invariably were surrounded by mountains. Unknown to me until we arrived in Spain it was Seville that Columbus actually left from on his discovery voyage in 1492. You remember him, the dude who left...

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Mar 3, 2017 - I'm back!

It seems that the author for the past few postings is running into writers block so she's kindly allowed me back to the keyboard for the downhill slide until we leave for home. While out for lunch today I realized that we are finally being recognized and befriended by the people working in those places. We have a trapline of restaurant's which have consistently good meals so I guess it's to be expected they would come to know us. There is a small 'Fruiteria" just half a block away that I go to everyday for oranges, nothing better than...

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Feb 26, 2017 - Less than a month to go

Life continues apace here in the south of Spain. Last Saturday was a magnificent light and sound show with lots of rain and even reports of hail, unfortunately it was in the middle of the night so if the lighting didn't wake you the thunder certainly did. No damage to our place but the underground parking lot across the street certainly had a lot of water to pump out! I joined a group of international expats to met folks and participate in activities in around the city. Last weekend a carnival event was planned and costumes were suggested....

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Feb 20, 2017 - Over winter

A week before Christmas, a wee friend arrived in our awning, as if he'd never been away...shouting for raisins or a few nuts... It's now Feb, and Blue totally ignores him, even avoids him, seems to know he mustn't chase him away. We had a lovely Christmas and New Year, went out quite a few times with different friends we've made here. Weather very mixed but never really cold until January when we actually had snow on the nearest mountains. February so far been one extreme to the other, some scorching afternoons, but bitter nights and a...

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Feb 19, 2017 - Rain day in Spain

Today is the second day of rain this week. We don't feel too bad as Casa Grande AZ has rain today too and it's Canada Day celebrations down there. We did the 2 hr bus tour to Granada and spent 4 hr exploring and learning the history of Alhambra. This fortress was built in 889 and over 1000 of years has been renovated and added to by sultans and kings of many cultures. Some of the time it sat empty and everything of value was stolen. It is still being renovated to this day. It must have overly luxurious in its prime. Dale searched out the...

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Feb 12, 2017 - Museums and other things

Good morning or evening which ever side of the world you are on. Today is a good day to do the blog as we have large rain front coming in for a few days. We saved the Automobile and Fashion Museum for just that kind of day and Friday was the day. We took a cab because walking out of the question. This museum is housed a stunning building that was once an old Tobacco factory. It now houses a private collection of more than 80 vintage and modern cars, alongside fashions and travel memorabilia from the 20s to 50s to keep non-car fans happy. So...

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Feb 4, 2017 - New month, new point of view

Well, it's a new month and a new contributor to the blog. Maybe a different point of view too. We try everyday to do at least 10,000 steps and my back usually limits us to that number. We are situated in the heart of the action and close to so many points of interest. Each day we search out familiar and unfamiliar cuisine from McDonald to bodega's. quaint cafes and tapa bars. One meal we eat out and the others we have at home just or skip a meal and nibble. Within a few blocks of us we have old world Baroque church. We toured the Malaga...

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Jan 31, 2017 - Still here, just everyday stuff

Well, I'm back again, finally found a way to get at the pictures I couldn't find before of the Marrakesh market so I've included some of those. Not much happening of special interest, we're both able to sleep in each morning so really don't get out and about till close to noon. Everything we need or want to see is within walking distance (3-4 miles) so we do that each day. Normal lunch time here is from 1400-1600 and when you have breakfast about 1030 that seems about right. A lot of the businesses then close till after 1800 and evening...

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Jan 25, 2017 - Back in Spain and warm again.

We're back! finally warm again but as had many in the party I've now fallen to the cold that was being passed around. Since we last has some kind of WiFi service we'd been toured around to the major cities in Morocco and while I've complained about the drivers it's time to pass along some impressions of the country and cities. First there's a noticeable difference in the people between Spain and Morocco, the Spaniards seeming are quite elitists, warm with each other but generally just ignore foreigners. They will do anything to avoid eye...

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Jan 12, 2017 - Exploring the fort.

The weather's been descent, warm during the day's but nice and cool for sleeping at night. We've explored a lot of the old market places within walking distance and yesterday decided to go up the hill to one of the original forts, from the 1400's, long way up! good thing there was a small coffee shop on the way up. Today a friend of a friend is picking us up for a tour around the country outside of the city should be more pictures from that. I've also booked bus tickets from here to Algecrias and then a ferry ride to Ceuta which is a small...

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Jan 10, 2017 - low key Tuesday

Another low key day today, as I got some extra sleep to help get rid of my cough and cold. Patrick ventured out to the Farmicia for some cold medicine. Muy bueno. We did a bit of walking this afternoon and had a late lunch at Cafe Del Carmela in the Santa Cruz neighborhood. I had the menu del dia or menu of the day. Many resteraunts have this option at lunch with several choices of courses including beverage, bread, and dessert for a reasonable price. I had choice of broth or ensalada (I chose the salad which was dressed with olive oil),...

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Jan 9, 2017 - What day is it? Monday

Another beautiful sunny day on Monday. Visited the Plaza de Espana where many government offices are located, and as you can see behind me, is very beautiful. Lots of gorgeous tilework detail. We visited the Foreigners Office to find out what our final requirements are for the Residence card, and we have an appointment to go back on the 18th. Then we had lunch at Cafe Bar Citroen - gazpacho (the cold tomato soup which we are loving) and grilled vegetables. Yummy. Feeling a bit worn out due to our late night enjoying the Packer's playoff...

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