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Sep 16, 2015 - A tongue in cheek guide to Spanish restaurants, menus, and customs (pun intended)

Overall our experiences with the restaurants here have been excellent. The wait staff so friendly, any restaurant we visited more than once ended in hugging, kissing and tipping. My personal thought is that all over Spain they take an interest in ensuring tourists are comfortable during their stay. Almost without exception the menus contained hamburgers, pizzas and (are you reading this Ro and Cait??) some kind of pasta with Bolognese. That's right, no matter where I traveled in Spain my comfort foods followed. I did think, however, that...

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Sep 16, 2015 - Touring Tarifa

Wednesday, September 16th. In the morning we trekked out to the water’s edge and walked the beach for about an hour looking at Africa. No kites were in the air, we think it has something to do with the tide. We started out with jackets on but the humidity arrived as the marine layer disappeared and we were in shirt sleeves again. Around 11 we hailed a taxi and headed into the old town of Tarifa. Tarifa is the most southernmost spot in Spain and perhaps all of Europe. It is probably as old as Phoenician Cadiz and was at one time a Roman...

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Sep 16, 2015 - On the "breakfast plan"

Our agent Nancy booked this trip in which breakfast was included every day. We've never done that before but think now it was a great idea. The food provided was always plentiful and served cafeteria style. All our hotels served the same basics described below but the Hotel in Torrmolinos took it to the next level. Breads - every imaginable type of bread (wheat, white, sour dough sliced and baguettes ciabatta, you named it, it was there), croissants and pastries of every variety, muffins and more was provided. Toasters were there if you...

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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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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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