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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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Sep 11, 2015 - A night at the Opera????

Okay not really the "Opera" per Se. We finished our 1st night in Seville dinner early, at about 11:00. Ha ha ha ha ha! Funny in San Carlos California time... serious in Seville and it's hard to believe we're good with it. Even young children are out and about. School must start at noon then, of course, break for lunch and siesta at 2:00. But I digress.... on our way back to our hotel we heard a choir signing. Okay it wasn't really a choir or opera. However it truly was music to my ears. Right across the street from our Hotel there was a...

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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 4, 2015 - Day 15 Seville

Big day today. We are taking a full day tour of Seville which starts at 10:00am with the meeting point close to our hotel. We both had a coffee and croissant at the complimentary pre breakfast offered by the hotel before heading out to the meeting point. We arrived in plenty of time and spent the wait time watching the city wake up. Our bus and guide arrived at 9:40 and we joined the rest of our tour group...14 of us altogether. We toured a number of buildings and gardens that were built for the 1929 Spanish American Exhibition (not sure if...

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Sep 3, 2015 - Day 14 Granada - Seville

On the move again. Off to Seville today so early to rise, check out and catch the bus to the train station. Our lovely receptionist queried why everyone was leaving so early, checked us out and we were on our way. We drove into the clouds as we headed into the mountains. The first ti e we haven't seen the sun for two weeks. We were soon back into it though as we came down the other side. Easy trip to the train station and we arrived with plenty of time. Boarded our train replacement bus and set off for Antequerra Santa Anna where we change...

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Sep 2, 2015 - Day 13 Granada

We were a bit tired after our walking tour yesterday afternoon however decided to set off early to the train station to see about our journey tomorrow. The very helpful receptionist at the hotel explained the bus system and pointed us in the right direction. We bought bus tickets without any drama and found our way to the station quite easily. As it turned out, we needed a ticket for the train (maybe we could have organised tomorrow morning however it's much easier to have it in hand) which again will be bus replacement and train. We caught...

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Sep 1, 2015 - Day 12 Cordoba - Antequerra Santa Anna - Granada

Exciting day today. We are catching the train for Antequerra Santa Anna and then changing to the bus to Cordoba. They are working on the rail line, hence the bus for part of the trip. I guess we won't be going 300kph on the bus. The departure time for our train is 9:02am so we checked out about 8:00am and walked to the station. We had some breakfast before boarding the train. The countryside is getting a bit more interesting...there's some hills...the Sierra Nevadas by the sounds of things. There's olive groves as far as the eye can see. We...

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Aug 31, 2015 - Day 11 Cordoba

Lovely day today. We had arranged the free walking tour which started at 10.30 so left ourselves plenty of time to find the meeting point. We also wanted to go to the tourist information office to find out about day trips from Granada or Seville as we still haven't worked out what to do from here. Once we work that out, we need to go to the train station to arrange reservations. Found the meeting point and tourist information office (meeting point was outside). Asked about tours and they only have information about things in Cordoba....

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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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