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Sep 15, 2015 - To Tarifa

Tuesday, September 15th. It was a short drive to Tarifa. We drove around and over rolling hills many of which had windmill farms perched on top. Must be windy around there. Once we hit the Atlantic coast again we could see long wide stretches of sandy beaches and Morocco, Africa across the water, another pinch me moment. The campground we had chosen was on the water side, Rio Jara. There were a few campers around especially where the pitches looked at the water so we settled on a site close to the office in order to receive the Internet....

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Sep 14, 2015 - Touring Seville

Monday, September 14th. With no distracting noises we both slept until 9:20 am. This meant that we missed the 10 am train to Seville and the next one wasn’t until 12:10pm. Oops, oh well we had a leisurely breakfast then caught the noon train. The countryside was the same that we had driven through just a few days before with farmers’ fields reaching to the horizon, and cattle and sheep grazing on open range land. Sometimes the land was rolling with mountain in the distant and at other times it was flat like the prairies or plains. The train...

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Sep 14, 2015 - Putting on the brakes in Torremolinos

The drive from Seville to Torremolinos was only 2 1/2 hours. The freeway system here is exceptional. While on the freeway the Navigator barely said a word, it just kept moving us from one freeway to the next continuing in the proper direction. As we neared Malaga and Torremolinos the changes began coming quickly. Tom made the changes and turns very easy to handle and I was so happy to have made it into the town of Torremolinos flawlessly. Torremolinos is one of many small Beach towns on the Costa Del Sol. It is built one hotel on top of...

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Sep 13, 2015 - Touring Cadiz

Sunday, September 13th. We had thought arriving 30 minutes before ferry departure was a good plan and it would have been if we had taken idiots in mind. There were only about 4 people ahead of us in line to purchase tickets but unfortunately there was a very frustrated man at the ticket window arguing over whether he should receive a discount on his fare. Meanwhile people had lined up out the door. Finally the issue was resolved and he left as did I because it was getting quite hot in the little office. Bill returned with the tickets to say...

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Sep 13, 2015 - Getting toTorremolinos...

Yesterday we left Seville and headed Southeast towards Malaga. Tom and I noticed that we haven't seen too many U.S. Citizens in any of the Cities we were visiting. Just Valerie and Kurt from Pleasanton who were staying at our same hotel in Seville, and then when we picked up our car at HERTZ that morning I saw a young man with a 49'er hat on and engaged him in conversation. He was from SF and had already visited Barcelona and Madrid as well. I found out while planning this trip that when you want to visit Spain you need to plan your...

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Sep 13, 2015 - On the road again.......

Today we travel to Malaga... or as it is better known Spain's Costa Del Sol. My understanding is that this is more just a resort beach community not so much steeped in heavy historical moments. That's fine for us as we got a little overwhelmed in Seville. Chat with you more from Malaga!! OLE!

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Sep 12, 2015 - A few of Seville's secrets revealed...

The past two days have really begun a new journey through history for Tom and I. Seville played roles in so many of the historical events that we barely scratched the surface of in school. First yesterday Tom and I visited the Cathedral de Seville. It is true Christopher Columbus is entombed in this Cathedral. The entire monument is approximately 10' long x 6'wide x 15' tall. There are 4 pall bearer's in armor of the day carrying with honor Christopher Columbus in a carved draped "coffin". Very majestic... the Cathedral itself is massive...

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Sep 11, 2015 - a few questions answered

After unpacking Tom and I eventually found our way back to the reception desk and ventured out to lunch right across the street. It was a scorching 32 degrees Celsius (feeling like 100 F)the outdoor café had misters which lessened the effects of the heat. We then braved a walk around town to just sort of to get accustomed to our new location. We walked past the cathedral and Alcazar (royal palace - built many hundreds of years ago and still in use today) we walked towards the canal and passed by a bull fighting arena still in use today....

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Sep 11, 2015 - A night at the Opera????

Okay not really the "Opera" per Se. We finished our 1st night in Seville dinner early, at about 11:00. Ha ha ha ha ha! Funny in San Carlos California time... serious in Seville and it's hard to believe we're good with it. Even young children are out and about. School must start at noon then, of course, break for lunch and siesta at 2:00. But I digress.... on our way back to our hotel we heard a choir signing. Okay it wasn't really a choir or opera. However it truly was music to my ears. Right across the street from our Hotel there was a...

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Sep 11, 2015 - Seville - Or as I keep saying.....what the heck is going on here???

As Tom and I sat in the train station waiting for our train to Seville I pulled out the book on Spain Andrea had given to Tom a few years back. Once again not having a clue as to its history or what we would do once there. The first paragraph said something like "if you only see 2 cities in Spain you must go to Toledo and Seville". It went on to say Seville was the Capital of the province Andalusia and when Christopher Columbus came back from exploring the new world he landed here, which is a little odd because this is not a seaport. There...

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Sep 4, 2015 - Day 15 Seville

Big day today. We are taking a full day tour of Seville which starts at 10:00am with the meeting point close to our hotel. We both had a coffee and croissant at the complimentary pre breakfast offered by the hotel before heading out to the meeting point. We arrived in plenty of time and spent the wait time watching the city wake up. Our bus and guide arrived at 9:40 and we joined the rest of our tour group...14 of us altogether. We toured a number of buildings and gardens that were built for the 1929 Spanish American Exhibition (not sure if...

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Sep 3, 2015 - Day 14 Granada - Seville

On the move again. Off to Seville today so early to rise, check out and catch the bus to the train station. Our lovely receptionist queried why everyone was leaving so early, checked us out and we were on our way. We drove into the clouds as we headed into the mountains. The first ti e we haven't seen the sun for two weeks. We were soon back into it though as we came down the other side. Easy trip to the train station and we arrived with plenty of time. Boarded our train replacement bus and set off for Antequerra Santa Anna where we change...

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