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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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May 28, 2019 - Tarifa

28th May – Tuesday Today is sort of a rest day (ahem), so we had a slow start to the day, venturing out late morning to the Castle of Tarifa, also known as the castle of Guzman the Good. The impressive Moorish style castle was built in 960 AD, but the site has shown signs of occupation since Neolithic times, and is believed to be built on the remains of an old Roman fort. The castle is named after Alonso Perez de Guzman, who recaptured Tarifa from the Moors in the siege of 1294, when he sacrificed his son's life to save the town, and was...

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May 25, 2019 - Tarifa

25th May – Saturday The bus ride is fairly smooth, it is only when we get into a town that there is a lot of stop-start. Around two hours after leaving Lisbon we have a half hour stop, not sure where it was, but we get off anyway to stretch our legs. Around 2am we are in Faro, and quite a few passengers get on. The woman in the seat in front of Tony relines her seat right back, and it startles Tony. Half asleep, and with a sleep mask on, he cannot see what is happening, but his legs are getting crushed. He reaches out to stop the seat...

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Apr 12, 2019 - Our Last Day in Sevilla

Today is our last day in Sevilla and it is a beautiful day. In fact it is warm and no jackets or silk underwear required. The Holy Week celebrations are going to begin in two days on Palm Sunday. While this is a major holiday throughout the Christian world, nowhere is it celebrated with more fervor than Andalucia, especially in Seville. On each day through the week 60 neighborhood groups parade from their neighborhood church to the Seville Cathedral with floats depicting some aspect of the Passion of Christ. It is interesting how the vibe...

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Apr 11, 2019 - Real Alcazar

April 11 - Real Alcazar Today we have tickets for Real Alcazar, noted as a site for filming of Game of Thrones. Luckily we had purchased tickets on-line prior to leaving home, as the non-ticket holders line was several hundred long! We had maybe a 5 minute wait and that was due to some group confused as to where they belonged. Once inside due of the size of the space, it did not seem crowded. Originally a 10th century palace built for the governors of the local Moorish state, this building still functions as a Royal Palace - the oldest in...

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Apr 10, 2019 - The White Hill Towns of Andalucia

Today was a fabulous day. Last night Judi and I decided that instead of renting a car to visit the White Hill Towns of Andalucia, we would splurge and book a private tour guide. Driving through the hill towns could be a challenge with steep and narrow roads, especially if we couldn't get an automatic, and we weren't familiar with the area. So instead of driving and navigating, we could enjoy. We got lucky and were able to book a guide at 8 p.m. last night. David met us at 9 a.m. and off we went. He was very knowledgeable and interesting...

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Apr 9, 2019 - Sevilla Cathedral

April 9 - Sevilla Cathedral In attempting to be efficient and save time I had booked tickets online from home for the Sevilla Cathedral and the Real Alcazar. Unfortunately I had booked both sites for the same day and the same time (April 11 at 12:00 noon)!! So off we go to the Cathedral to see what we can do - if all else fails we will purchase tickets for today as these were the least expensive (12.50 euros vs 19.00 euros!). We run into Bob (he was a passenger on the bus/bus/train ride to Sevilla). He was in line for tickets, so we joined...

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Apr 8, 2019 - On to Sevilla

We are leaving today and looking forward to warmer weather. As always, we wish we would have had one more day. With train tickets in hand we checked the departure board to find our track number. This train station is really small--only two tracks and not too many people milling around. Imagine our surprise when we saw that our track number was BUS. Turned out we have to take not one, but two buses to get to the train. I don't remember seeing anything about a bus when we booked our tickets online at home but we did book them in Spanish if I...

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