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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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Jun 4, 2015 - Granada

We seem to have arrived in the middle of a religious time - Corpus Christi and Granada is packed with people - We are learning about their celebrations and have had the chance to see the parades. The Heat is intense so there is only so much walking that you can do. Here is what Ollie thought of the day We slowly walked to the festival there were millions of people so we tried to go the Catherdal but that was packed. So we walked up a street and Dad bought us a pie and a long as chocolate pastry. Then we had to go up the steepest hill ever....

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Jun 1, 2015 - Sevilla

Wow it feels like summer today - I am loving the hot 36c temperature everyone else not so much and all of us are missing our pool from lagos. But we are here to see Sevilla. Here is Georgie's Diary for today Today we walked around Sevilla. First we went to this giant Catherdal. It was very gothic. We went to the Plaza De Espana. It had astonishing tiles of every city in Spain. There was a small river that went under these pretty bridges. We ate lunch and then walked to the Museo del Baile Flamenco, it wasn't as interesting as I thought it...

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May 9, 2015 - Malaga Spain

Located on the Mediterranean Sea in the southern part of Spain, Malaga is the gateway to the Andalusian countryside. Part of the "Costa del Sol", this seaside resort town is home to a number of impressive palaces, including the Moorish Alcazaba, built in the 11th century, and Gibralfaro, originally a palace built by the Phoenicians but in the 14th century Moorish Caliph Yasuf I constructed a fortress over it. Malaga is also the birthplace of Pablo Picasso and home to the Museo Picasso which was dedicated by the King Juan Carlos and Queen...

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May 8, 2015 - Cadiz Spain

Cadiz is, in most respects, a typically Andalusian city. It is a beautiful city and we spent our time just wandering the narrow streets and the beautiful plazas. Construction on the plaza of San Juan de Dios began in the 15th century on lands reclaimed from the sea. With the demolition of the city walls in 1906 the plaza increased in size and a statue of the Cadiz politician Segismundo Moret was unveiled. Lunch was at the Restaurant San Francisco Uno on the Plaza de San Francisco. Located next to Plaza de Mina, this smaller square also...

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Apr 19, 2015 - Malaga, that's ma' la ga, not ma la' ga

We left Gibraltar about 11pm. This never sits right as one can never see as well driving at night. I mean, if they can't get time of sunrise and sunset right on a regular basis, what else can't they do? Is that just too much to ask?! I was actually thinking about getting into the incredibly busy with traffic Mediterranean Sea. Why do I think about these things?! I mean, it's a big ship, who can possibly not see it!!

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Apr 19, 2015 - Washington slept here

Spent no time in Malaga, but a two hour bus ride to the Alhambra in Granada. This is a remarkable world heritage site of several moorish castles and Christian churches spread over about 60 hectares. The history on this one boggles my mind. The moors are the Moslems who left from Mauritania and are not Arabs. This property changed hands several times as Spain was mostly moorish from 700 AD to 1492ish but wound up being Christian at the end of the day with Ferdinand and Isabella. In fact, Columbus left with the three ships from Valencia where...

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Mar 31, 2015 - March 2015

Early March Weather has been good on the whole, unsettled, but the dry days have been quite hot, the wind has been intermittent, along with the rain. I've been busy getting ready for Carol & Liz's visit, baking and stocking up their accommodation. Karen asked if I'd like a day out in Gib with her, so of course we went as soon as she was free, had a great day, I'd no idea what the town centre was like but was thrilled to find loads of duty free jewellers amongst the British shops such as M&S, BHS, & lots more. Had a lovely day and will be...

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Mar 13, 2015 - Last day in the south of Spain

Friday morning - our last day in Chiclana before we head to Madrid tomorrow morning. We slept in a bit as we planned to leave at 11:00 to return Opal to the rental car place at the Cadiz train station. When Steve and I came downstairs around 9:30 we found Maria in the kitchen cooking us breakfast - we are so spoiled! Bacon, fresh eggs, fresh squeezed orange and grapefruit juice, fresh toasted bread with jams and honey - oh my - can I stay longer????? After breakfast, Maria got ready to go with us but Mercedes stayed home as she had been up...

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Spain - March 2015

Mar 12, 2015 - Jerez

This morning we retrieved Opal from her underground parking spot (Steve had to crawl in through the passenger side as he was totally blocked in on the driver's side) and headed back to Chiclana de la Frontera to rejoin Maria. We got to Maria's sister's house and took our luggage inside. Then we left again with Maria and headed to the town of Jerez de la Frontera. On tap for today was a visit to the Equestrian School and the Tio Pepe bodega (winery). We made it to Jerez in time for the 12:00 noon show at the Equestrian School. No pictures...

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Spain - March 2015

Mar 12, 2015 - Royal dinner

Another wonderful dinner Thursday evening after our fun day in Jerez. Mercedes and Maria treated us to fresh fruit salad, mixed vegetable salad, Russian salad with olives and peppers, fresh bread and ginormous prawns from Australia! A meal fit for royalty and they insisted that Steve and I each sit at the heads of the table as King and Queen - we were humbled by the wonderful welcome we have been given here as guests in Mercedes' home in Chiclana. Maria showed me how to remove the meat from the heads of the prawns to provide as a treat for...

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Spain - March 2015

Mar 11, 2015 - Sevilla, day 2

Today on our last day in Seville, we awoke to a major morning traffic jam on the small street outside our hotel. Steve was sitting on the bed next to the balcony and all of a sudden the horns started to blow, people began to holler and Steve began to laugh. He reached for his phone to record to commotion. What happened is that there is a renovation project going on to the right of our hotel. A large crane truck (we can not figure out how it got in there) was blocking the entire intersection from all directions while it moved supplies for...

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Spain - March 2015

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