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Feb 6, 2020 - Up In The Mountains

Day 26 - Thu 6th Feb The wind spoilt the night, it kept blasting us with gusts that shook the motorhome & rattled the rooflights every so often which disturbed our sleep. It was still blowing strongly in the morning so we were right to move on from the Caminito Del Rey as it was certain to be closed again today with this wind. We took some washing down to a nearby Washeteria that I found last night. Nice modern washers & dryers & I got to watch the drum going round while Viv popped off to a nearby supermarket. I even managed to transfer the...

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Feb 5, 2020 - Moving On Again

Day 26 - Wed 5th Feb The dust cart picking up rubbish right beside us at 6am brought the nights sleep to an end. The wind had got up a bit during the night & cleared the fog & there had been no calls to prayer from the nearby mosque so it hadn’t been too bad. But the sunshine had to end eventually & today it is dull & a bit colder. I chickened out of trying to drive down the West side of the Rock & through the city. The bus rides we took yesterday convinced me to go down the East side past the old Catchments & the Caleta Palace Hotel. We...

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Feb 4, 2020 - Gibraltar Here We Come, Again!

Day 25 - Tue 4th Feb Pretty boring, but nice, it’s another lovely warm & sunny day. Headed off bypassing Jerez & Cadiz. Picked up some supplies at Lidl’s in El Puerto de SantaMaria plus a couple of gallons of diesel to get us to the cheaper stuff in Gibraltar. Passed a big naval base with miles of security fences on the perimeter, saw a helicopter & a war ship in the distance but not much else. Lots of water around Cadiz but we wanted to call in to a place called Bolonia down the coast near Tarifa. We had fond memories of visiting it back...

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Feb 3, 2020 - Heading South

Day 24 - Mon 3rd Feb Off again heading down towards Gibraltar. Sun again, it’s like mid summer these days. Temperature hit 76°F today as we had North for a few miles before we could turn East across towards the outskirts of Seville & then turn South. A bit of a bind but we were in the middle of the Donana Nature Park, a huge expanse of flat wetland with lots of bird & animal life. We saw signs warning of Lynx & a leopard type cat but we didn’t see any. We did see a dead cow in a field we passed. As usual I took the scenic route avoiding...

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Feb 2, 2020 - Back Into Spain

Day 23 - Sun 2nd Feb Another glorious sunny & hot day, clear blue skies & temperature up in the 70s. Headed North through the nearby town, stopping to empty the waste water & toilet cassette in the Aire there before crossing the smart road bridge over the river & into Spain. After cutting South around Huelva we headed down the road through a National Park area all down the coast. Lots of trees & loads of storks up on their high nests above power poles. There was a trail of geocaches all alongside the road on a cycle track with a cache every...

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Oct 5, 2019 - Cordoba

Well we are slowly transforming into Europeans- sleeping in, eating a late breakfast, late lunch, afternoon siesta when the sun is hottest and a late evening meal. Today we started the day at the Mezquita- a massive former mosque with a 16th century church built in the middle of it. It is another marvel of mixed architecture built over a number of centuries. Afterwards we walked across the Guadalquvir River on the Roman pedestrian bridge and then strolled the streets of Cordoba. Its Saturday so many of the locals are out enjoying the...

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Oct 4, 2019 - Travel to Cordoba

We decided to make a slight change to our itinerary as we couldn't get tickets to the main attraction in Granada. We decided instead to go to Cordoba for a couple days. We left Seville by bus this morning and our 2 hour journey turned out to be closer to 3 as our bus broke down and we had to wait on the highway for a replacement. Arrived in Cordoba late afternoon, checked in and then went for a stroll to get oriented to the city. Once again our apartment is very much in the heart of the old city and we can walk everywhere. We had a nice...

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Oct 3, 2019 - Last day in Seville

Today we decided to take a look at the Spanish National Archives building (ho hum says Kathie) and were pleasantly surprised by an amazing free exhibit that describes the first voyage around the world 500 years ago by Ferdinand Magellan. A remarkable story and display of key historical documents that describe this voyage in the 1500s from Spain into the unknown. 250 sailors and 5 ships embarked and 18 returned 3 years later on one ship (the Victoria). Must read more about this when we return. So much rich history here! I am currently...

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Oct 2, 2019 - Seville

We are still a bit awestruck today. It seems like every few steps you take - there is another beautiful photo op. And nighttime is even moreso. The tourists (including us) are completely snap happy but the irony is that you simply cant capture it. Today we took in the Seville Bullring and museum. We have no interest in seeing a fight but are trying to understand the passion behind this sport that seems so cruel. Then we walked along the Guadalaquivir River and into Triana where we explored a large and lively food market. Fresh fish, fruit,...

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Oct 1, 2019 - Seville Sights

Wow.. so today we saw 3 of the main sites to see in Seville: 1) Church of the Savior - this is Seville's 2nd biggest church, built on the site of a 9th century mosque. It is uniformly Baroque in architecture and decor and contains many beloved statues that are paraded through the streets on religious holidays. I thought this was the most magnificent church I had ever seen until later on today... 2) the Royal Alcazar - a palace built by the Moors in the 10th century and then revamped in the 14th century and still serving as royal digs. In...

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Sep 30, 2019 - Off to Seville, Spain

Today we hopped the bus to Seville from Faro airport. The trip took about 2 hours but as we had to drop off the rental car, etc. it ended up taking a good part of the day. We arrived at our Airbnb in the heart of Old Seville in the mid afternoon. It was hot here today and tourists are everywhere! We unpacked and took a brief walking tour of our neighbourhood (ala Rick Steves guidebook). We are definitely in the heart of the action and it is a beautiful city!

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Sep 15, 2019 - Cordoba for two

Lorraine and Barbara G are off the Cordoba!! I highly recommend our hotel in Granada; the hotel Plaza Nueva and in Cordoba the hotel Mezquita. Locations couldn’t be better for old town access! Our current abode is actually across the street from the Mezquita. Anyway, we headed via bus to the main bus terminal, which oddly had a large book selling area filled with classic English literature and an area selling dried fruits and turkish delight. The latter always seems rather sinister to me after the large role they had in downfall of one of...

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