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The White Hill Towns of Andalucia

Wednesday, 26 Jun 2013 | Views [1925]

That about says it all!  The "white hill towns of Andalucia" are a collection of blindingly whitewashed buildings clustered high on the hillsides of southwestern Spain.  Originally Moorish outlooks they were occupied by the Spanish after the ... Read more >


Photos: Andalucia Again

Tuesday, 25 Jun 2013 | Photo Gallery


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Andalucia Again

Tuesday, 25 Jun 2013 | Views [441]

We intentionally skipped some of the sights in Andalucia back in May, saving them for after our visit to Portugal.  And that would be now.  Things have changed in a month.  It is hot and sunny and the once barren fields are filled with ... Read more >


It's The Little Things That Count

Tuesday, 4 Jun 2013 | Views [635]

Salamanca hosts the largest university in Spain and Spain’s largest plaza.  But it’s the little things that make the town interesting.  Students believe it brings good luck if you can find the skull with the frog on it near the ... Read more >


Avila and Segovia

Sunday, 2 Jun 2013 | Views [548]

"You can't judge a book by its cover."  That applies to the alcazar at Segovia and the walled city of Avila.       Fairytale castle at Segovia Segovia's Disney-esque castle perches on a cliff, but it is a 19th Century ... Read more >


Photos: Castile and Leon

Thursday, 30 May 2013 | Photo Gallery


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Monastery at Guadalupe

Thursday, 30 May 2013 | Views [482]

Perhaps the best part of the Guadalupe Monastery was the drive to it.  It’s a pleasure to be on the twisting country roads climbing into the hills, and monasteries always seem to be in the hills.  In this case a 13 th Century shepherd ... Read more >


Flamenco - National Dance of Spain

Tuesday, 28 May 2013 | Views [642]

We wnet to a flamenco performance for tourists.  Maybe not strictly tourists.  There was a group from Germany with their flamenco instructor, 7 women and one guy who was breaking in his new high-heeled flamenco boots.  None of the women ... Read more >


Photos: Sevilla

Tuesday, 28 May 2013 | Photo Gallery


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Sevilla

Monday, 27 May 2013 | Views [465]

Sevilla is a big city with a small historic area.  Parking, if you can find it, is expensive so we booked a room at the Ibis chain outside of town.  They're not our favorite hotels but have been good in a pinch.  Free parking and a direct ... Read more >


Antequeria

Saturday, 25 May 2013 | Views [457]

Not even Rick Steves can list every place of interest in his guidebooks, especially for those with interests as eclectic as ours.   We decided to take a break from culture and avoid the weekend crowds at the major attraction and stopped in ... Read more >


A Chance Encounter With Rick Steves

Friday, 24 May 2013 | Views [562]

We were taking the Rick Steves walking tour of Granada when Connie noticed "himself" standing on the cathedral steps.  Rick Steves had been an afternoon “guest” in our living room on Sunday afternoons for more than a decade and we considered ... Read more >


Granada

Friday, 24 May 2013 | Views [701]

The year 1492 was a biggie for Granada.  Ferdinand and Isabel gave Columbus a bag of jewels and sent him on his way and after five centuries of rule, the Moors were driven out of a united Spain.  And they left behind the World Heritage site ... Read more >


Cordoba

Tuesday, 21 May 2013 | Views [1363]

Cordoba, once Roman and later Visigoth, came into its own in the 8 th Century when the Umayyad Muslims made it the capital of Al-Andalus, Islamic Spain.  While the rest of Europe succumbed to the ignorance and superstition of the Dark Ages, Al-... Read more >


Montoro

Monday, 20 May 2013 | Views [860]

We detoured through the hill town of Montoro on our way to Cordoba.  We were looking for information on the national park and became entangled in a maze of hilly, twisting streets so narrow we had to fold in our mirrors to avoid rubbing the whitewashed ... Read more >


Ubeda and Baeza

Sunday, 19 May 2013 | Views [696]

It was raining and cold, just above freezing, as we climbed the winding road from Elche into Andalucia.  We could even see snow on some of the higher peaks.  Spring in Spain can be like spring in the Rockies.       Nothing ... Read more >


Photos: Andalucia

Sunday, 19 May 2013 | Photo Gallery


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The Palmeral of Elche

Friday, 17 May 2013 | Views [448]

Historians pretty much agreed that the palms in the Palmeral of Elche, just west of Alicante, were planted by the Moors during their long occupation of Iberia. Recent archeological evidence, however, coupled with DNA from the palms indicate that the ... Read more >


Recipe For Travel

Thursday, 16 May 2013 | Views [447]

We joke that while we know where we will be in, say March, 2014 (India), we don't know where we will be tomorrow night.  But it is the truth! Planning is a day-to-day thing.  Often we will decide to stay over for a couple of days if we especially ... Read more >


Wheels of Our Own

Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | Views [1080]

A rental car can be either a blessing or a curse.  On the one hand, having a car enables you to go wherever you like, whenever you want.  At the same time it deprives you of the experience of using public transportation.   In Europe ... Read more >


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