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May 18, 2014 - Cadiz - What a great place to be sick!

I wasn't feeling good at all when I left La Linea. Some celebration was going on somewhere near or in my hotel the night before and I had gotten no sleep at all between my cold and the noise. I had about a three block walk to the bus station. It was a very nice, comfy bus that made it to Cadiz early. The Cadiz station was also the station for the trains and it was only two blocks from the cruise ship port. All very convenient. Since there were no available maps of Cadiz to orient me, since I didn't feel well and since I knew my hotel was a...

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May 14, 2014 - A little more Granada

I posted the pictures of the Alhambra tour from my first full day in Granada and then my Flamenco experience. The second full day I went over to the café next door to my hotel. They have very good internet service and have PEPSI. I have been having trouble finding Pepsi. Coke is everywhere and I will drink it in a pinch but I will always go out of my way to get a Pepsi vs. Coke. They also have a wonderful puff pasta filled with chocolate. So I hung out there until well after noon that second day updating my Travel Journal. I finally got to...

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May 12, 2014 - Granada - Flamenco

I was very disappointed by this tour. I was to have had a van ride to see a 9 PM flamenco show an hour and a half long in a gypsy cave and then had a walking tour of the Albaicin area (ancient white houses - now an upscale neighborhood with shops/restaurants/upscale tapas bars, etc. Well I got "gipped" (from gypsy?). The van came at 8:10 instead of 8:30. Luckily, I was ready and down in the lobby. We drove all through the city and got to another hotel about 8:30. Turns out we were picking up a group of 13 Japanese tourists who hadn't...

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May 12, 2014 - Granada - Alhambra #2

Please see comments on Granada Alhambra #1 I show pictures of the rooms occupied by Washington Irving while he wrote "Tales of the Alhambra". [Did you notice they didn't have a plaque up saying these were also the rooms used by King Carlos V?] I read the book and had a hard time getting through it. There are a couple of "tales" in which he tells some of the legends of the Alhambra in specific chapters - those were interesting but don't waste your time on the whole book.

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May 12, 2014 - Granada - Alhambra #1

My guide to the Alhambra began by saying the Alhambra was actually a big city, with almost 2000 people living within or near the walls to support the royalty living within the palaces themselves. Some were tradesmen, some skilled artisans, other servants. Romans originally called the area Iliberis settling here in around 62 AD. Around the 8th century the Moors took over and called the city Granada after the district in which the Jews were living, Garnatha Al Yahud. In 1013 the capital of the area transferred from Cordova to Granada,...

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May 11, 2014 - Barcelona Airport & Granada Hotel

I walked 10 minutes to the bus station in Sitges, took the bus to the Barcelona Airport (took 30 minutes), sat in the airport about 3 hours(which is beautiful, by the way), flew to Granada (which took and hour and a half), took a bus to the town center (about a 20 minute ride), took a shuttle bus to the Alhambra entrance (another 15 minutes due to traffic), walked about 10 minutes to find a taxi stand, waited with a bunch of other people coming from a wedding about 1/2 hour for a taxi - when one finally showed up the couple ahead of me...

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May 5, 2014 - Cadiz

Cadiz is the oldest continuously inhabited city on the Iberian Peninsula. It has served as the home port for the Spanish Navy since the 18th century. The city lies on a narrow stretch of land surrounded by the Atlantic and is the main thoroughfare to Seville. We have all been to Seville before so decided to explore Cadiz. It is another lovely Spanish town full of charm. We left the ship and walked past the 1741 former tobacco factory (shade of Carmen in Seville). From there on to the very grand Puerta de Tierra, the main entrance to the...

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May 3, 2014 - Almeria

Another stop on the south east coast of Spain, Almeria has the large Islamic Fort of Alcazaba dominating the town. In 1489 the city was taken over by the Catholic Monarchs causing the Muslim population to be expelled. There was a massive earthquake here in 1522 and it took another 300 years for the city to recover. We walked up to the Alcazaba via the Cathedral. There are lots of narrow streets and plazas to enjoy on the way. We found a plaza where they were setting up an antique market. The Alcazaba is like a smaller scale Alhambra in...

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Apr 13, 2014 - Córdoba and Granada Round 3

Last weekend I went to Córdoba and Granada for the 3rd time. But, different group, different trip. Instead of going to the Alhambra for a 3rd time though, my friend Rebecca and I took the 50 min bus ride up to the Sierra Nevadas and went skiing! It was absolutely beautiful up there and I was so happy that I got to see the snow this year! I came home pretty sore and pretty sunburnt, but it was worth it! Loved being in Granada again, too. Such a cool city. If I had the space I would buy a million things from there to bring home and decorate...

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Mar 27, 2014 - March 2014

March 29th - our friends have gone home and it seems very quiet! 2 days ago all the Motorhome Fun vans went, what a difference that's made, lots of empty spaces and better internet! Carol came for a few days,& Liz for 8 days; we had a great laugh, lovely days out, fabulous meals - we ate out at the Indian Taj Mahal, Italian El Capitano, & the Mexican and every meal was excellent. We all, including Roy, spent a day at Casares, had Tapas lunch on a terrace overlooking the village, (inc wild boar, lovely spiced ham & salad). The next day Roy...

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Winter 2013

Mar 17, 2014 - Feb/early March

The rest of February just rolled along, some days hot and sunny, others cloudy/windy/rainy, but always warm so we are happy bunnies. The Singapore couple who want to buy Waterside want their architect to come and see if the staircase can be altered to the attic, but the guy couldn't or wouldn't come at a weekend which is the only time our tenants could accommodate him as they work, sooo after a 3 week delay we still are no further forward. We walk to Duquesa Friday evenings, exploring new bars and takeaways, which have been mainly poor we...

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Winter 2013

Mar 12, 2014 - Carnaval!!!

How do I even start to describe this amazing whirlwind of a week? Definitely going to have to break it up. Starting with: Carnaval. Might even have to break that up too! We can skip Thursday night because, even though I looked great and was totally rocking a middle part, it turned out to be a dud of a night. Not that it wasn't fun, just nothing special. Actually now that I think about it (this was almost 2 weeks ago) I think that's the night a got a burrito at the punta that made me feel sick so I went home early (like 2... Hah). Moving on...

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