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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 […]

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The Iberia odyssesy begins in Lourdes

The Iberia odyssesy begins in Lourdes

At last our Iberia tour has started. We left Krakow at 2.30 am. I did not know that such a time existed anywhere other than on a watch. It was too early to go to bed so we went drinking with friends. I was a little second hand by the time we boarded our first […]

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Tour de Pologne

Tour de Pologne

We have been back in Krakow for a week now. It has mostly been raining but it held off for the final stage of the Tour de Pologne. That was a pity really as wet cobblestones and tight turns would have made for some thrills and spills. The race started with a bang… literally. They […]

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Dacha

Dacha

Anna caught up with her friend Aldona and she invited us to join them for a weekend in their dacha, holiday house, near Wlodawa which is on the Ukraine border. We hired a car from Joka (I am being straight) and drove 6 hours to meet Aldona and her husband Tadeusz. They took us to […]

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Lessons learnt

Lessons learnt

Travelling to the Middle East has been quite an experience and there are a few things that might be of use to others. Firstly, each country has its own currency. There are ATMs but a ready supply of small denomination American dollars would be highly advantageous. They readily accept them and give change in USD. […]

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Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum

Our last day in Jordan. It will prove trying. We left early heading for Wadi Rum but not without the compulsory stop at a souvenir shop midway. Here sales were recorded by nationality. Presumably so the right guide got the right kick back. Jordan is the land of speed humps. Every time the major highway […]