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May 21, 2014 - Seville - Real Alcazar Sevilla (Royal Palace)

I just happened on this during my initial walk around the area where I am staying. I had been so looking forward to the Alhambra and it lived up to my expectations but in some ways I am more impressed with this palace. It is definitely in better shape but it has always been in use and never suffered any devasting attacks, just an earthquake. It has been repurposed and reconstructed but the original "bones" are still there. I probably prefer this one because it was not nearly as crowded and it seemed we had better access to this than we did...

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May 20, 2014 - Seville - My hotel and surrounding area - more pics to come

I guess I'm getting lazy or maybe have gotten fed up with wandering around looking for my hotels but THIS TIME when I got to Seville I took a cab from the train station. Unfortunately, my hotel was on a street that is inaccessible by car. My taxi driver pointed up the street I should take and told me to take a left at the next street. I did that BUT the street I was to turn on was closed due to construction. I had to turn around, go back to the plaza where he left me and take an adjacent street. I knew I was close but just couldn't find it....

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May 20, 2014 - Cadiz - Hop On/Hop Off Bus Ride

Monday I felt somewhat better. At least well enough I wanted some fresh air. I was coughing up a lot of phlegm so I took another hot shower to loosen all that up. I decided I didn't want to do a whole lot of walking so I'd try the hop on/hop off bus since one of the stops was right across the street at what I now know is called Playa Victoria or Victoria Beach. Some Fun Facts I found out about Cadiz: It currently has 125,000 people. It was founded as a port city for the Phoenicians in 1100 BC. It became the third most important of the...

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May 19, 2014 - Cadiz - Taking a Sick Day

Sunday May 18... I was sick. I have a horrible spring head cold. Except having to go out to find food I stayed in the room all day. Mostly in bed reading or sleeping. I did get some laundry done in my bidet. That should be the last time I have to worry about that. I have been drinking tons of water and taking my Ricola Vitamin C lozenges. I have taken some Advils hoping to reduce the sinus swelling. I also took a hot shower to see if I could break up the congestion in my chest. Other than that there is not much to do for a cold but let it...

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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 - 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 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 - 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 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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