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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 A remarkable story and display of key historical documents that describe this voyage in the 1500s from Spain into the unknown. 250 sailors and 5 ships embarked and 18 returned 3 years later on one ship (the Victoria).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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Sep 14, 2019 - Strolling through Granada

Lorraine and the two Barbs spent some time in Granada, while the rest of the group was apparently sent off to fight the forces of nature. We have have some impressive nocturnal lightening and thunders but little rain and daytime temperatures of around 80 or less. We have been walking around the old city tasting tapas and the local wines, cheeses and hams. The ham is very thinly sliced from a haunch which disturbingly ends in a delicately pointed hoof, looking like a ballerina en pointe. We spent much of yesterday at the Alhambra, an...

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Sep 12, 2019 - The group splits for a time: Granada

Today the six of us split into two groups of 3; Lorraine, Barb M and Barbara G have headed off to Granada for a few days. Yesterday we toured around Arcos de la frontiere. There was a remarkably ornate Parrish church there: really demonstrative of the Spanish world domination of the time and the desire to stamp out all other religions. There was a rather creepy statue which brought the Spanish Inquisition (which of course nobody expects...). Anyway, as I was walking through the church, I could faintly hear eerily unsettling screams which...

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Sep 11, 2019 - Cueva de la Pileta

What a beautiful day we had yesterday. Up for a walk in RONDA grabbing a pastry and heading for the new bridge which connects old and new towns over a deep gorge. The town is so quiet in the morning compared to the crowds promenading the streets and sitting at cafes in the late evening. It is great people watching. We set off in our rental van for the La Pileta Cave and our scheduled tour. Reaching the trailhead it was many steep steps to our starting point. The short hike was intended to scare off anyone unsure of their ability to navigate...

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Sep 10, 2019 - ANDALUCIA

A couple of days ago we went to a neighboring town and rented a nine passenger van to drive inland to Andalucia. We are staying in the town of Ronda in a very nice, modern three bedroom townhouse. We are enjoying the old town of Ronda. Yesterday we drove to a cave that has 32000 year old paintings and was also interesting as a cave. In the afternoon went on to the town of Grazalem8a, a beautiful town on a hillside. In the evening, we had dinner at a restaurant with flamenco guitar and dancing. peggy It has been an eventful few days -...

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May 29, 2019 - Granada

29th May – Wednesday We did not get too much sleep last night. Tarifa’s wind blew up as predicted, and door banged all night. There was also a lot of people coming and going in the lounge and kitchen, so one or two got a rark up in the wee small hours. The bus leaves for Malaga at 8.50, so we are out the door soon after 8. At the depot a bus pulls around 8.40, no destination on it, we put our bags on and board, but it is not for us! Oops. The right bus arrives a few minutes late, and has Malaga on the destination, but even so we double...

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