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Aug 25, 2007 - Zaragoza to Toledo

Saturday 25th August: Off to Madrid today. We arrived at the campsite mid afternoon after a long drive. It was surprisingly easy to find. We had a few drinks and some prawns for lunch before heading into the city. Our first sight was the royal palace. We took a bit of a walking tour around central Madrid. We had a look at an Egyptian monument and through the royal gardens. We also visited the cathedral De Nuestra senora de la almudena and the Basilica de San Isidro. Walking around Madrid you got a really good feeling. Both Lex and I thought...

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Jun 16, 2007 - Holy Toledo!

Always wondered where the saying ¨Holy Toledo¨ came from and now we suspect it is because Toledo has one of the largest Cathedrals in the world as well as a huge number of other churches. While researching our trip it sounded like Toledo was a must see destination in central Madrid so we included it on our itinerary. By the time we were on our way there, we were a bit jaded about seeing medieval cities, cathedrals, museums etc but Toledo proved to be well worth the trip. It is a really cool walled town and what makes it unique compared to...

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Mar 3, 2007 - OLA

Ola. It was raining and being back in the Netherlands the wind had blown a dustbin's lid across the road. The word OLA on it, the national famous ice-cream prepared from the worldwide famous Dutch dairy laughed at me. Yesterday, in Lanzarote, the volcano island of the Canaries, 'ola' was used in more comfortable circumstances. Sunny, about 22 degrees. I brought back my rented bike to the Austrian rent-a-bike man (named Renner, really!) and he welcomed me with Ola. Just cycled 100 kilometers. No holiday, no, it's a training camp, was my...

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Arizone

Nov 12, 2006 - Spain and the Six Amigos

As the days get shorter and the skies get grayer (even for the U.K.), it seemed like a perfect time to check out one of the British's favorite winter breaks, Spain. Two sets of dear friends from Michigan - Joe and Bogi Kwapisz and Bill and Madelyn Ryan also eager for the sun agreed to meet us in Spain to explore the southern area of Andalusia, where bullfighters, beaches, flamenco, white villages, cave houses, tapas and sherry are in great abundance. After a fond hello in the Malaga airport, we set out to enjoy the new Museum Picasso, as...

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Aug 29, 2006 - Shopping, eating, drinking, sleeping...

Ha - what an eventful few days. Bear with me details at the end. I have LOVED shopping in Spain. Early on I wrote about local cheeses and wines I had bought, plus the cider that made for poor drinking, but made a lovely dinner, with pork escalopes, roast potatoes and carrots juliene! Whilst in Santiago de Compostela, I visited a proper locals'market and bought honey, eggs and a bunch of flowers for myself. They are still alive, living in a juice bottle that I prop up every time I move. I also bought a bottle of the raved about local wine in...

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Aug 14, 2006 - Toledo, swordfights and pizzas

A day trip to this historic town which I took with a big group of cool peeps from the hostel (see Madrid party photos). After waiting over two hours to get a ticket at the station where once again the Spanish public transport system proved itself to be about as efficient as a donkey towing a helicopter, we eventually got there in the midday heat which got up to 39 degrees. The town is fascinating to walk around and is totally steeped in medieval history which maybe is reflected most in the fact you can by a sword in every newsagents. And...

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Jul 19, 2006 - Holy Toledo!

Yesterday started off great! My Mom and I after a great breakfast at the hotel caught a train down to Toledo. Yes, the home of the phrase Holy Toledo. I guess it is kind of a holy city as it is covered in Jewish, Christian, and Muslim symbols. We stated out with a trip to the Sinogoga de Santa Maria Blanca, yup it is a synagogue converted to a church... not that interesting, I think its only called a singoga because it will attract the Jewish Tourists. Its a funny city, every store has tons of Jewish items, but yet there are only 2 Jewisha...

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Europe - 2006

Jun 2, 2006 - toledo

toledo was a great medieval town except that they charge an arm and a leg to get into the cathedral. they have awesome awnings though that stretch across the streets to keep the sun off of you. stayed in a little pension, ate gazpacho (sp?) and kebabs, and shopped around a bit. mostly just tried to keep out of the sun ...

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May 18, 2006 - Toledo

The plan was originally to head on to Seville, but it is just too hot, and Seville is apparently hotter. So we change course and start to head back to France. I start to remember what Adelaide summers are like, and how it feels to approach hysteria because you can't sleep because it is too hot. Toledo; where it is still hot (after a very hot drive through the middle of the day through the middle of the country) but where, after a little trying whilst tempers were fraying, to find a hotel with air conditioning (and a bath!!). Toledo is...

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Mar 29, 2006 - Toledo - The ancient capital of Spain

My friend from Germany, Nils and I (we missed you Mike) went to Toledo on a beautiful spring day and proceeded to overrun the city. It all started becuase of an incident at lunch when I was charged 1.50 Euro for extra mayo and ketchup. Nils was livid and you know how out of control Germans can be !!!!! ----- Now back to Madrid -----

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Feb 19, 2006 - Toledo and my friend Don

Don Quixote is quickly becoming my patron saint. Chasing the dragons that ceased to exist long before he was born, I¨m trying to follow in his footsteps. It seems that the further south I go in Spain the more I love it. Toledo is known as the city of three cultures and the ephemeral presence of culture upon culture makes it feel like the human contact of so many hands upon the stones have seeped in. This is the Spain I came to see, gorgous rugged landscapes, fields the colour of terra cotta, groves of orange trees... And I slept in an 11th...

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Cognosce te Ipsum

Feb 13, 2006 - Toledo

Well I thought I would escape for a day and see to the town of Toledo an hour south of Madrid. The highlight of Toledo is its Cathedral which is the forth largest in the world. There is a magnificent gold (18kg) and silver statue (183kg) that is very ,intricate and delicate that get paraded around the city for the Corpsi Christi festival (will add photos when I can). Also, the cathedral has some very nice renaissance art by Goya and El Geco. Other pretty things about the town are it quaint little street and its imposing medieval entrance...

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