Travel Blogs from Spain and Canary Islands

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Big, Green, and Beautiful, Madrid, Spain travel blog

Big, Green, and Beautiful

A travel blog entry by abalzer

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... at the gift shop wanting to buy a t-shirt plan on spending 100 Euro up. Children start school at the age of four in Spain and continue on until the age of 18.  The Spanish school system does not distinguish between elementary, middle, and high school ...

Toledo sucks - Segovia rules, Toledo, Spain and Canary Islands travel blog

Toledo sucks - Segovia rules

A travel blog entry by astrix7

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Macarena and Fernando's girlfriend Laura both said that Toledo is a better place to visit (for a Spanish experience) than Segovia, and after visiting there today, I'm not sure why.  Unless it is the fact that there are ten times as many shops to look ...

Barcelona, Spain Day 3 - Tibidabo, Barcelona, Spain and Canary Islands travel blog

Barcelona, Spain Day 3 - Tibidabo

A travel blog entry by styrsky

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... of the mountain, ... the rides and shows and restaurants are on six different levels, all connected with various stairs, paths, and elevators. 'Tibidabo' comes from the Latin phrase where Satan tempts Jesus in the desert by offering him 'all of this'. ...

Last week in Valencia, Cullera, Spain and Canary Islands travel blog

Last week in Valencia

A travel blog entry by astrix7

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... , but is looking a bit rundown and has hundreds of for sale signs on the balconies of tired-looking highrises. The place needs a facelift and a tummytuck, but even that might not improve the old girl. On the plus side it is only half an hour by train from ...

Barcelona, Spain Day 5 - La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain and Canary Islands travel blog

Barcelona, Spain Day 5 - La Sagrada Familia

A travel blog entry by styrsky

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... gawkin'. Kids get McD's. Back to the apartment for our bags, and we walk to the train station about 1 mile away. I'm sweating and stressing a bit ... worried the thugs that gave me problems a couple of days ago might spot my bald head again as we ...

A seaside visit, Torremolinos, Spain travel blog

A seaside visit

A travel blog entry by abalzer

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... about our stay in Torremlinos after dinner tonight I was in my room, which faces the walkway to the beach, and I was trying to watch the soccer match, Spain against Croatia.  Well I couldn't seem to get my TV to work but no worries because there ...

Seniorita's doing the flamenco, Comillas, Spain travel blog

Seniorita's doing the flamenco

A travel blog entry by emtyadventures

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... I wasn’t really expecting a gathering of senioritas doing the flamenco welcoming us at the border, but the transition to Spain over the imaginary line was oddly obvious. The scenery had almost instantly changed, buildings were more rugged and more ...

It's not all beer & tapas, somedays are a struggle, Valencia Spain, Spain travel blog

It's not all beer & tapas, somedays are a struggle

A travel blog entry by astrix7

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... mixed veges, and orange juice and milk. I also found a huge pkt of the best digestive biscuits I have ever tasted, made in Spain, and my first block of Nestle chocolate in a month. The last two purchases were to sweeten the mood of sheer frustration I ...

Spain Day 20 - Mas Amigos, Santander, Spain and Canary Islands travel blog

Spain Day 20 - Mas Amigos

A travel blog entry by styrsky

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... complex includes a beautiful palace atop a hill (that was once used by royalty as a vacation home), a small zoo, a large playground, and a great family friendly beach complete with a slide from the park down to the sandy beaches. Just our lucky day, ...

Spain Day 9 - Vamos a Pamplona, Pamplona, Spain and Canary Islands travel blog

Spain Day 9 - Vamos a Pamplona

A travel blog entry by styrsky

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... , and decide to head home ... where Alfredo and Marta cook us up an awesome lunch. Mixed salad (our best salad since arriving to Spain, and that is saying A LOT!), fresh baked fish, and red peppers that are the area's specialty. And then, we all sleep for ...

Ahhh, Granada!, Granada, Spain travel blog

Ahhh, Granada!

A travel blog entry by abalzer

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... it is huge.  Even King Fernanda added his own touch by building a royal palace at the Alhambra when he and Queen Isabella unified Spain.  Among the palace's there are beautiful gardens for the royalty to enjoy and a Medina, or the actual town ...

Layover en route to Guayaquil, Barajas de Madrid, Spain travel blog

Layover en route to Guayaquil

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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... had to try and explain why I only had one for Heathrow-Madrid and not for Madrid-Guayaquil, but they spoke hardly any English and I didn't know any Spanish; in the end I think the passport control guy lost patience with me because he just waved me ...

Spain Day 17 - Friends from home & Santander, Santander, Spain and Canary Islands travel blog

Spain Day 17 - Friends from home & Santander

A travel blog entry by styrsky

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... across the street at the bar. Bob and Rachel been running NON-STOP on their whirlwind tour of all of Southern Spain and so the quiet tranquility of our little village is just what the doctor ordered. I head in to work for two hours, and ...

Nine Months Down, On the Homestretch,  Again, Madrid, Spain travel blog

Nine Months Down, On the Homestretch, Again

A travel blog entry by everywhere

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... much Spanish, I have maneuvered my way around a lot of this city and a lot of the province.  I came to Spain to do the Camino.  And I just might do a Camino some day – most likely a different, less popular one - for those of you turned ...

Holy Hot Toledo!, Toledo, Spain travel blog

Holy Hot Toledo!

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... - do it - it is that nice.  Because I have the luxury of time and am just starting to burn off the last of my days in Spain, and because I am too tired and lazy to fight the crowds and try and see Granada and Barcelona in a week, I am taking the Slow ...

Europe: the final countdown, Pineda de Mar, Spain travel blog

Europe: the final countdown

A travel blog entry by mcgown

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... for we suspect some locals and  the English in the summer? The kids seemed to think the Spanish go to the Canary Islands in the summer. According to Montsie, Pineda has less of the young drinking tourists and more families, so very nice and gentle. ...

Spain Day 6 - Vamos a San Sebastian!, San sebastian, Spain and Canary Islands travel blog

Spain Day 6 - Vamos a San Sebastian!

A travel blog entry by styrsky

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... lunch reservations tomorrow. Can't wait! *** PS - side note .. I was finally able to upload the video we made of our home in Pie de Concha. Its under the Spain Day 5 entry now, titled The GRAND TOUR! If you haven't seen the video yet, go check it ...

The end has begun, Barcelona, Spain travel blog

The end has begun

A travel blog entry by abalzer

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... in the port area and then back to the hotel (by taxi) we went.  Our flight out in the morning is early (like we have to leave by 4:30am) so with sadness I must end my blog for Two Weeks in Spain--Madrid to Barcelona with a final, luv to all, ...

Serrania de Ronda, Ronda, Spain travel blog

Serrania de Ronda

A travel blog entry by abalzer

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... .  Dinner was the only thing on the schedule for the evening so it was a great time to just sit back and reflect on the past few days in Spain.  Tomorrow we'll be hitting the sites early to beat the heat and avoid some of the crowds so until ...

Life goes on, even in Valencia I need a haircut., Valencia Spain, Spain travel blog

Life goes on, even in Valencia I need a haircut.

A travel blog entry by astrix7

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... but they always seem to be closed in the daytime, and I figured maybe women have their hair done after dinner, say at 10 pm, in Spain.   Well they could for all I know.   Once, last week,  I walked past an open doorway of a salon ...

31 degrees at a castle on top of the world, Xativa, Spain and Canary Islands travel blog

31 degrees at a castle on top of the world

A travel blog entry by astrix7

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... cost about $8 return for the half hour train trip and I arrived into Xativa station at about 10.30.  I was expecting a smallish village and was surprised at the size of the town, which has about 30,000 residents. The first thing that I noticed as I ...

bits and pieces, Valencia, Spain and Canary Islands travel blog

bits and pieces

A travel blog entry by astrix7

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... to get out and go for a walk around another area of Valencia. It still amazes me that in any city in Spain you can go for a walk in any suburb and see ancient monuments, fountains and statues that in some cases are hundreds of years old. I would not want ...

10 to 12 degrees and I packed for 28 degrees, Nuevos Ministerios, Spain travel blog

10 to 12 degrees and I packed for 28 degrees

A travel blog entry by astrix7

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... , and on a miserably cold morning in May I went for a walk in the park. It started out like a normal park with kids playgrounds and long walkways, but then I came to the main lake and an amazing monument built on the side of the lake. Apart from an odd ...

Barcelona, Spain Day 4 - Free Museums for us!, Barcelona, Spain and Canary Islands travel blog

Barcelona, Spain Day 4 - Free Museums for us!

A travel blog entry by styrsky

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... (the main reason we were going to go), and a recreation of all the different types of pueblos that can be found throughout Spain (I'm forgetting the name of this place at the moment). Instead, we decide to visit three nearby museums, find a place for the ...

Spain Day 12 - Back home, Barcena de pie de concha, Spain travel blog

Spain Day 12 - Back home

A travel blog entry by styrsky

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... in Sacramento right now (plus the AC went out at the office). The good news is that our Spain home exchange friends took a trip down south for a week, and hopefully when they return there will be some improvement. This morning, we end up enjoying a nice ...

Spain Day 3 - BBQ & Orena, Orena, Spain and Canary Islands travel blog

Spain Day 3 - BBQ & Orena

A travel blog entry by styrsky

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... is free ... but only to the girls in the program. Basically, Billabong did an online promotion giving food, entertainment, and free surf lessons to women in Spain. They are doing like 6 stops.We just happened to hit the stop here in Northern Spain. I ...

Cough, achooo...cough, achoooooooo...., Catarroja Spain, Spain travel blog

Cough, achooo...cough, achoooooooo....

A travel blog entry by astrix7

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... was the best pig's cheek I had ever eaten .  An hour after I had sat down to lunch, I finished off with a creme caramel and a coffee, before dragging myself back to the flat for a siesta. It will be a long time before I can repeat that feat of ...

A day in the country!, Segovia & Escorial, Spain travel blog

A day in the country!

A travel blog entry by abalzer

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... as on the tops of manhold covers.  The bear, by the way, stands for fertile soil and the tree stands for aristocracy. Spain has a Parlimentary Constitional Governement.  What that means is the government is democratically elected by the King ...

First sight of Europe in six and a half months, Madrid, Spain and Canary Islands travel blog

First sight of Europe in six and a half months

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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... walk down the road without having to watch out for unexpected holes in the pavement   - European faces instead of indigenous and mestizo  - people pronouncing the 'c' in 'gracias' like 'th' instead of 's'  - the change in architecture ...

My first WOW!! moment in Barcelona, Barcelona Spain, Spain travel blog

My first WOW!! moment in Barcelona

A travel blog entry by astrix7

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... a variety of parks, full of statues and small fountains. When I got close to the top there were coachloads of schoolchildren and tourists outside the 2009 Olympic sports facilities which were open for viewing. I took a quick look but just around the ...

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