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Granada City Tour

Thursday we had a lazy morning (J has a little cold) and traveled by bus (no direct rail line) to the city of Granada, arriving around 5:30. We will spend 3 nights in the city. K&K ventured out while J rested and brought back shawarma to the pitiful one and it was delicious! Plus it came with fresh cut fries …

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Cordoba’s Alcazar

After leaving the Mezquita in Cordoba we took a short walk to the St. Raphael statue (the city’s patron saint) with had a nice fountain at the base and was close to the Roman bridge, with it’s multiply arches, it spans the Rio Guadalquivir. It has been destroyed and rebuilt several times but the original Roman footings are still in …

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Cordoba’s Mosque

On Wednesday we took a 45 minute high speed train ride to the city of Cordoba. Our first stop was the awe inspiring Mezquita. The mosque dates back 12 centuries, building started in 785 and major additions were done in the 10th century. Then the Christians came, destroyed part of the mosque and plunked a cathederal down in the center. …

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Seville’s Alcazar

We had to race through the alcazar since the lines were extremely long and slow because someone was shooting a movie there. Apparently they didn’t care we had come to visit. So in a total of an hour we explored the alcazar as best we could until we were escorted out by the alcazar museum athoritah. The alcazar (fortress) was …

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Home of Columbus – Seville Cathedral

After a seemingly long long wait in the blazing 75 degree sun, we entered the Seville Cathedral. It is a very impressive church.  Large vaulted ceiling supported by immense pillars of stone.  Stained glass is viewable at all the mini chapels, but being Spanish gothic, not nearly as light and airy as some of the other cathedrals  we’ve seen.  Of …

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Maria Luisa Park & Plaza de Espana

Today was our first full day in Seville. We had a lovely breakfast buffet in the hotel and set off to walk all the major sites in one day. The weather was lovely, the high was 75 degrees today. We were a bit early for the 11:00 opening of the cathedral (see the next post) so we hiked over to …

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Seville: Now this is vacation!

Well after editing K’s post I thought I would add a few more pictures and a note. Now don’t get me wrong, Madrid is a nice city with its own charms and the weather was not typical but it was cold like it snowed cold), wet and much like any major north-ish European city with its office blocks etc.   …

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Spanish dim sum = tapas!

I’m quite a fan of the tapas, now that we found a decent spot, we did not find the choices in our Madrid neighborhood as enticing.  Weird I know.  But more on that later. We trained our way to Seville today via the high speed line from Atocha Madrid.  Nice and easy with security and finding where to go.  Once …

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Ceilings of Segovia

One of the most notable things about the reconstructed Segovia castle (no medieval limitations to stifle your building plans!) was it’s beautifully intricate ceilings made of painted wood blocks. I have included some of my favorite castle rooms along with shots from other cool ceilings in the Segovia cathederal, the National Archeology Museum and the Madrid Royal Palace. We are leaving …

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Spanish Royal Palace

Today we navigated the Madrid metro system across several different lines in order to get to where we wanted to be.  In this case the opera stop (oddly enough located right outside the Madrid opera house) which is just a couple of blocks from the Royal palace, home to King Philippe VI of Spain. The line to get tickets was …