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Jun 26, 2011 - Whirlwind tour

Hello Well, again I cannot add pictures from this computer. Hopefully, I will be able to soon. First part. We return home on the 28th of June. We are on American Airlines Flight AA37. We leave at 1315 Madrid time and will land at 1715 Dallas time. Please leave time for us to get through customs. :-) Also if you want AA miles - call them before we land. Most of you will need to bring a bag to take home some gifts that the students purchased. I will be transportintg them back and handing them to you to do with as you see fit. They are not...

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Jun 24, 2011 - Thursday, 6/24

Day tripping to Toledo! Some say that's where the saying "Holy Toledo" comes from. We took the 9:30 a.m. AVE to the tiny medieval town to celebrate Corpus Christi (a holy celebration perhaps second to Easter that is a yearly event since the year 1200). The priest also blesses the city for a prosperous year. I never heard of it before and did not know what to expect. This is hard to explain as you really can't imagine the sight. It starts with 10:00 mass- but if you don't go to the mass you line up along the parade route along the (skinny)...

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Spain Adventures

Apr 18, 2011 - Toledo Bound

Up and at ‘em early… but after the morning rush. We take the metro across the city to the bus station which will get us to Toledo in about 45-60 minutes and with a round trip price of less than $15, deal of the day!! While in the bus station, I notice that a spokesperson for “Dunkin Coffee” & Bake Place (aka Dunkin Donuts) is the lady from the chariot we saw in Ciebeles Plaza yesterday… if you look closely, you can see why, despite her being a statue, is a likely and appropriate spokesperson: in her hands, she holds donuts and coffee and...

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Viva Espana!

Jan 9, 2011 - Toledo

Friday and Saturday we spent our time in Madrid, the capital of spain, very city like. Mostly we spent time getting to know the people in our group, which is a lot more than I expected, like at least 50, and touring the city. Yesterday we went to El Prado and La Reina de sofia, both of which are museums. It was interesting seeing all the art I've been taught about for years in my spanish class. We saw works by Valasquez, Picasso, Dali, Grecco, and so many more. In the extra time we are usually eating or taking siestas (my new favorite...

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Oct 17, 2010 - Toledo

Started early out of Cordoba....as it wasn't too far from the parking station (really) we decided we would walk. Three suitcases being pulled along the cobble stones at 8.30AM. I say to the others we should be muttering as we go "buenos dias, buenos dias, buenos dias", as I am very confident that the locals heard us come, and heard us go, and made suggestions about our parentage. However, we did make it, and proceeded to Toledo anon. I forgot already to tell you about the olive groves. Very well tended they were, but from Seville to...

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Aug 8, 2010 - Day 3 in Toledo

Hey everyone!! I uploaded all of our pics from that day out of convenience on my part, which means there are probably duplicates or it may just get boring so skip through is slowly or quickly as you choose! Toledo is the former capital of Spain before they changed it to Madrid. Pronounced Toe-Lay-Doe (unlike our Ohio version). We trained there and walked a mile or so into the city. Amazing architecture and you can see how it was once a fortress placed next to a river with a massive entry gate. Really beautiful and impressive. Their...

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Jul 13, 2010 - Touring Toledo and Welcoming the Champions

July 12 Today we took a sidetrip by train to historic Toledo, which has a rich history as a stop on the Roman transportation route, a Visigoth capital, Regional capital for the Moors and finally as capital of Spain until it was relocated to Madrid in the mid 16th century. It remains Spain's religious capital. The city itself is perched on a hill surrounded by ancient walls and ringed by a river. The city is the subject of many works of art by El Greco, a Greek painter who took Toledo as his home. Upon our arrival, we hiked part way uphill...

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Off to Spain!

Jun 21, 2010 - It's hot. Walk slow.

What can I say? It was too hot to do much of anything, including trip journal entries, until we arrived here in lovely, breezy Santiago de Compostela. But back on June 21 we went to Toledo, and here we are back in Madrid on June 22, having a great meal.

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España 2010

Jun 10, 2010 - Tapas in Toledo

Spain is famous for its tapas bars. Tapas are small portions, like appetizers, of seafood, meat and salads. Some bars have these toothpick sized goodies available to eat for free with your drinks, as was the case in a bar we had drinks in in Gijon. Other bars sell them separately. Our first attempt at ordering tapas in Madrid was a bit of a disaster – the waiter only offered larger portions called ‘raciones’, so the four of us shared one plate of mussels. Later in the evening we found a better deal at another bar and shared a couple of...

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May 25, 2010 - Madrid & Toledo

After a nice buffet breakfast at the hotel, we boarded our bus for a guided tour of the city. A local guide performs this job which we were told is required in Spain. Madrid, Spain’s capital, is a fabulous city. We were immediately impressed with the cleanliness of the streets and maintenance crews were very visible planting and maintaining green areas and colorful flower boxes and gardens. As part of its unsuccessful bid to host the 2012 Olympics, Madrid had begun a series of improvements which continue today and reflect very favorably on...

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Erin & Espania

Apr 30, 2010 - Cuenca

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD Cuenca, another of Spain’s many World Heritage Sites, is a most enchanting city. It was inhabited during Roman times, but it wasn’t until the Muslim occupation that it won renown for its textiles. After being reconquered by the Christians in 1177, it became a backwater once again. The distinctive casas colgadas ‘hanging houses’ that draw visitors today date from the 16th century. The ancient town straddles an outcropping of rock standing between two river gorges. The resulting tableland in between offered a...

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Apr 30, 2010 - Consuegra

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD I’ve never actually read Cervantes’ Don Quixote, but I know the story of the faithful servant Sancho Panza following his misguided master, the knight Don Quixote, as he fought imaginary battles and ‘tilted at windmills’ across Spain. When we visited Guanajuato, Mexico last year, the home of the popular annual Cervantes festival, we were treated to non-stop reminders of this loveable pair. How could we travel around Spain and not look for some of the few remaining iconic windmills that so tormented the fictional...

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