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Valencia

Valencia

This day we headed to Valencia. It was a long ride in the bus. We left so early it was still dark and we arrived at 3 in the afternoon. The hotel staff did make us breakfast though. We pulled into a parking area beside the Science and Arts quarter. A bloke named Santiago Calatrava […]

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Cordoba and Alhambra

Cordoba and Alhambra

We left the hotel so early that we were given a plastic bag breakfast. The staff would not work so early. The breakfast complemented the previous evening’s meal. It was pretty poor. We had a long run to Cordoba but still arrived around 9.00 am. We crossed the bridge to the old town. The bridge […]

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Seville

Seville

It was a long drive to Seville. We arrived in the early afternoon and rushed off to the Cathedral. The building started life as a mosque but became a Church when Seville was liberated (captured?) by the Christians. The original minaret has become the spire. The top fell off during the earthquake and has been […]

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Lisbon

Lisbon

We began Saturday by heading past Lisbon to Cabo da Roca or Rocky Cape. This is the most westerly point in Europe. The lighthouse keeper had fine accommodation. Unfortunately it was raining so the views were limited. We continued along the coast to the “blow hole”. The surf was all of 15cm so I had […]

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Fatima

Fatima

Today we had a choice; we could stay in Fatima for private meditation or go to the coast and spent 3 hours on the beach for an additional 20 Euros. We have been to the beach before so we saved our Euros and slept in. The first time in over a week that we have […]

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Porto

Porto

I don’t know why but I so wanted to love Porto. I was disappointed. It is a dirty, smelly city with no consistency in its architecture. That said, it was an interesting place to visit. Entry from the north is via expressway which brings you over some seriously high bridges with spectacular views of the […]

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Salamanca? No the other one

Salamanca? No the other one

This was a real treat. Salamanca has a delightful old town made predominantly from yellow sandstone. This gives it a warm welcoming tone. We arrived at 9.00 am before the locals were out of bed. The streets were empty and the light was perfect. We roamed around for an hour and then entered the library. […]

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Valle de los Caidos

Valle de los Caidos

The day began with a trip to Prado. We arrived at 9.00 am, just as it opened. We were quickly inside and enjoying the art; Rembrandt, Goya, El Greco to name a few. Simply divine. We had two hours which was probably enough as it was very hard on the feet. We made our way […]

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Segovia, Madrid, Toledo and near death

Segovia, Madrid, Toledo and near death

                 Segovia We began our day with a drive towards Madrid stopping at Segovia. It is such a pleasure to ride on magnificent roads funded by UK taxes. This is a small town on the only hill in a vast plain. Its claim to fame is a huge roman aqueduct. It has two levels of […]

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San Sebastian and Burgos

San Sebastian and Burgos

We left Lourdes on the motorway heading for Spain. France is the land of tollways. Every motorway we used charged. It looks like they charge by distance as there was no indication of how much. San Sebastián was our first stop. It is a pleasant town on the coast. The Spaniards appear to favour high […]