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Oct 15, 2015 - Train travel in Spain

We have used Spain's Renfe train system a couple of times now, for a day trip from Madrid to Toledo, from Madrid to Cordoba and from Cordoba to Granada. So far we have found the system very efficient and the fast trains are very fast. There is a board in the carriage (coache) showing time, destination and speed. The fastest speed we have seen so far is 300kph. We almost had a mishap travelling from Cordoba to Granada yesterday. We were checking the noticeboard for our train number to appear while watching people board the train sitting at...

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Oct 15, 2015 - Cordoba

We spent two days in the old town of Cordoba in Andalucia, the southern region of Spain. The narrow paved streets are lined with orange trees leading down to a wide river. The Cordoba Cathederal (Mezquita) was consecrated by the Catholic Church in 1236. The church was built onto an Islamic mosque resulting in an interesting mix of Islamic and Christian architecture.

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Oct 14, 2015 - Back in España

Monday 12th. Left Isla Christina and drive as far as south Cadiz. Overnight stay at Roche Camping, Conil de la Frontera. Pitches far too small, but luxurious grass to park on and have as a "garden" was beyond my wildest dreams! Alas no view, lots cats, which were a nuisance especially to Blue, not a happy dog! Nowhere to walk him either, off site the road was too busy, private land opp, 3 Dobermans in the house on the left, which, when we walked past with Blue, went mad, barking,snarling and gnashing their teeth, Blue petrified so that was...

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Oct 1, 2015 - Granada sights

We slept late today in a recovery mode after the intense Alhambra tour yesterday. Our plan was to visit the Cathedral of Granada which is the second largest in Spain and where Ferdinand and Isabella are buried. It was not a long walk and we cut through a square with a statue of Poseidon with his trident adorning a tall fountain. Photos were not allowed in the Cathedral, but Tom snuck a few to give the sense of the size and ornateness of this edifice. (You should have seen the other people brazenly using flash and making vides!) The organs...

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Sep 30, 2015 - Alhambra

Alhambra There was a drenching downpour during the night, but the morning broke to blue skies and sunshine for our tour of the Alhambra which is THE attraction in Granada. Our tour was booked (you must do so or get tickets in advance) for 10:30 and our tour company was scheduled to pick us up an hour earlier at a big hotel just a few minutes walk from our boutique hotel. There was no sign of them and at 9:45, Anne called the tour office and was told they were on their way and delayed because of the traffic and the rain from last night....

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Sep 29, 2015 - Granada and Multiple course dinner

Granada and Multiple course dinner We took it easy this morning and left around noon since the drive to Granada was relatively short. However when we got to the city, we kept driving in circles on the narrow streets. Almost by chance, we discovered we had parked (in desperation) right at the hotel’s entrance. These hotels are not very well marked! We have a spacious room in The Gar Anat Boutique Hotel with unique decorations and a view of the street from a small balcony. After resting up and having a small snack, we were ready for our...

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Sep 28, 2015 - Nerja on the Costa del Sol

9/27/2015 Nerja on the Costa del Sol Our stop at the Pileta Cave delayed our arrival at Nerja until about 5:30. We circled around and around trying to find our hotel and at last parked in an underground parking lot which was a short walk to our hotel, the Puerta del Mar. We checked in and quickly explored the rooftop pool and then headed off to find the famous “Balcon de Europa.” We could see the beaches down below and a bride and groom were wading in the surf (under the direction of the photographer!). Tonight is the super moon eclipse and...

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Sep 27, 2015 - The Pileta Cave

9/27/2015 The Pileta Cave Our journey to the Costa del Sol was along more of the hill towns with one very tempting stop - the Pileta Cave near Ronda. This is a cave discovered in the Pileta Hill in 1905 by a farmer, Jose Bullon Lobato who was searching for guano (bat droppings) to fertilize his fields. In this cave are ancient drawings 25,000 years old. Anne, who does not usually do well in caves, but very interested in archeology, got through without a problem in the 1PM group. Tom was disappointed that photographs were not allowed and the...

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Sep 26, 2015 - Arcos De la Frontera

We picked up a rental car at the Seville Airport and headed toward the “hill towns.” The roads were not crowded and even in the towns our iPhone GPS got us through the twisty-turning streets. Our hotel is in Arcos De la Frontera on a oneway street with a private gated car park just up a bit from the hotel’s door. These towns pride themselves on the “de la Frontera” designation since they were the outposts of the Christian Reconquista in the 14th - 15th Centuries. The hill towns cling to the sides of the hills and are protected by a fort....

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Sep 23, 2015 - Seville

Traveling to Seville 9/23/2015 We left the hotel via taxi and found the first-class lounge at the Cordoba Train Station. Our RENFE AVE electric train left right on schedule at 1:19PM. As the countryside raced past at 150 mph, we were served a glass of wine on this relatively short trip. We arrived in Seville and took a taxi through narrow and twisting streets to our hotel. Glad we weren’t driving! Our hotel (Casa del Poeta) is on a pedestrian only street and we had to walk the few steps to arrive. However, there was no sign telling us where...

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Sep 22, 2015 - Cordoba

9/22/2015 Exploring Cardoba Our alarm woke us, but we were still back on New York time, so we must have turned it off and turned over again! Our tour of taps and patios was set for 10:30 AM, so we had to scramble a bit to get there on time. Our guide, Susanna, from the “Free” Tour Cordoba spoke good English and we began a long walk around the city. We saw a Roman temple that was being restored, as well as the place where the author of “Don Quixote” lived for a while, and the narrowest street (70 cm wide). As we continued along, we wondered...

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Sep 21, 2015 - Manilva

Monday, September 21st. To Manilva We didn’t get an early start as we only had a few hundred kilometers to drive. Bill had us plugged into an RV Resort in Manilva about 45 km north of Gibraltar. It was a pleasant drive across this southern point of Spain. It was primarily a coastal route up and down and around forested hills with periodic views of the Straits of Gibraltar. Obviously a very windy place by the number of windmills, the Big Boys, perched anywhere and everywhere. Unfortunately the Marine layer was quite thick so Gibraltar wasn’t...

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