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Oct 6, 2016 - Algarve to Seville

Up early and on A22 to leave Portugal behind. We drove through gently rolling hills speckled with whitewashed towns. In no time at all, we are back in Espana. When we stop for lunch we say obrigada but hear back gracias. We turn our watches ahead an hour to Spanish time. With much trepidation we head for Sevilla. Our trusty GPS guides us to Centro and we turn some corners looking for a place to call home. We follow signs for hotels, a hostel and a pension down a narrow one way street. Outside the Galo Pension he doubleparks in the middle of...

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Jul 9, 2016 - Sevilla July 5-7

From Granada, we took a big bus back to the little town of Antequera, then a train ride 155 miles west to Sevilla. This is the sunny capital of Spain’s southern Andalusia region, and during our stay it was hot and humid. Mike (again) chose a very special place for us to stay: Hotel Las Casas de la Juderia. Located in Sevilla’s old Jewish quarter, which dates back to the 13th century, this hotel is a series of quiet rooms along interesting cobbled-stoned walkways, connected by peaceful courtyards. Bubbling fountains, huge pots teeming with...

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Jul 9, 2016 - Granada, July 3-5

We took the high speed train from Madrid, 295 miles south to a little town called Antequera. There, we boarded a bus to Granada, 60 + miles east. What I recall seeing from the train and bus windows is acres upon acres of olive trees, covering the hillsides in lovely, neat rows. Granada is a small city with a big history. Back in 711, when it was known as Garnata, Muslim forces took control of the area from the Visigoths, with the help of the Jewish community there. A small fortress was built in 889, then it was mostly ignored until the...

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Jun 16, 2016 - Seville Day 2 - updated

This morning we got up later than anticipated and headed to the Alcazar. I'm excited as I think the interior of the Alcazar is better than the Alhambra, as more of it has been keep intact whereas a lot of the interior of the Alhambra was looted. We did a small walk around the Alcazar a couple of nights ago too, and saw a brilliant orange\brown coloured lizard inside a house. It was above the door on the glass that let's daylight in. It moved before I could get a good picture, but knowing that there was one so close to the castle, I'm hoping...

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Jun 15, 2016 - Seville

Seville day 1 We decided breakfast in the hotel was too expensive so we would skip it and find somewhere else to eat. We walked down the narrow street outside the hoteliers the cathedral, which is our first stop. We found a little shop after a very short walk. They had cakes in the windows so we knew they would have something for us. We ordered a coffee with milk each, and I went inside to see what they served. The easiest thing was a piece of tortilla (not the Mexican variety). For those who don't know what it is, it's a Spanish omelette...

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Jun 14, 2016 - Exploring Cordoba

The only thing to say about our Cordoba is it feels stinking hot. Neither of us feel well rested. Apart from the air conditioning doing very little to cool the room, the air feels stale and we're dehydrated. We get ready quickly as neither of us want to hang around in the room for very long, and head out to get some breakfast. We dropped our luggage into the cloak room for the day, and headed out to explore the old town. Our first stop was to get some food, and we found a nice little patisserie and coffee shop along the way around the...

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Jun 13, 2016 - Travel to Cordoba

Feeling great this morning, as everything is starting to fall into place. Getting Tess's luggage yesterday has eased the anxiety a fair bit and having seen the Alhambra, eaten some fantastic Moroccan food, visited the Mirador for the sunset, I feel like Tess has been able to experience the best bits of Granada. I'd been here once before with a work colleague, but these memories will count. This morning I've asked Tess to lower her ban on churches, as I had always wanted to go to the Granada Cathedral and see the crypt of the royal family...

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Jun 12, 2016 - Granada

We got up this morning early as we had a tour planned for the Alhambra. Our hotel pick-up was for 9.15-9.45. However the tour group was a no show. I called them several times and asked the hotel reception if they could help as well. They found a different number to call but again no answer. We probably should have called the day before, but with the delayed flights, lost luggage we got side tracked. We hopped in a can to see if we could find the tour office, but there was no signs we could see. So I said to Tess we'd line up and try but our...

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Jun 11, 2016 - Travel Day - to Granada

Not a great day today. We had to get to the airport early for our flight to Madrid, then wait 8 hours to depart on the flight to Granada. We found a cafe and got ourselves some food and drink periodically throughout day. However we were up late packing our bags, so we'd dearly just love to sleep. Originally our flight was earlier, but Air Iberia cancelled it and put our booking back to the afternoon. The plane to Granada was quite small. It has two seats per row and almost everyone's luggage has to go under the plane as the overhead...

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Jun 9, 2016 - Castellar de la Frontera + 2nd & 3rd walk Casares

Roy has tried after my efforts failed, to load more photos, as we have lovely ones from Ronda with the market, and our walks, and the castle village, but no can do, so we'll continue to try to add to a new page but for now, we'll "publish" this, as we leave here in 4 days and are busy cleaning and packing due to the fluffy stuff being a complete pain...read on for more... On the Friday we took a different route into the Spanish countryside, ending up at a huge ancient castle with a village inside the walls. Castellar de la Frontera is the...

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May 24, 2016 - Last of Spain

SEVILLE – HOME OF THE FLAMENCO Driving to Seville, we decided to go via Ronda again and see what it was like when it is not pouring rain and in the clouds. What a beautiful drive in the countryside. When we arrived in Ronda, there was some kind of celebration going on and everyone was dressed in some kind of traditional costume. It reminded me a lot of how Klondike Days in Edmonton used to be. We watched a play on the steps of the church. Couldn’t understand a word they said but it looked like a re-enactment of the Spanish peasants...

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May 24, 2016 - Tarifa, Ronda, and hiking above Casares

Late April, Blue went to Sue's again just overnight so we could go to Tarifa. Days are getting hotter now, he's happy and cool there, must be better than being dragged around old towns and city walls. Tarifa is full of Moroccan and Phoenician influences. The walls around the old city are structurally sound in the main, so safe to walk the top of, the views beautiful, especially of the point where the Med meets the Atlantic Ocean, at the tiny Island Nature Reserve. On the west side of the relatively new causeway across, surfers claim their...

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