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 ...

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'. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

What I learned on the Camino....., Pamplona, Spain travel blog

What I learned on the Camino.....

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... the afternoon to explore Pamplona and get credentialed.  Pamplona was very cold but very beautiful.  If there is a recession in Spain, I have yet to see any evidence of it anywhere.  Pamplona seems to be a big University city – ...

Spain Day 1 - Chillax ... and stupid Asher, Barcena de Pie de Concha, Spain travel blog

Spain Day 1 - Chillax ... and stupid Asher

A travel blog entry by styrsky

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... with roughly $2k worth of stuff. Perfect. Now listen. I'm not one who gets freaked out often. I'm tall (particularly in Spain), a pretty big guy, and tend to feel comfortable just about anywhere. I did grow up in the 'hood ... .... but this was ...

Spain Day 15 - Calzada Romana, Barcena de pie de concha, Spain travel blog

Spain Day 15 - Calzada Romana

A travel blog entry by styrsky

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... (which we later found out is only served as dessert with a full 'menu del dia'). They do things a lot differently here in Spain, particularly in restaurants. At first, it was cool to experience the different culture ... but at this point, I have to say I ...

Barcelona, Spain Day 2 - Beaches & a scary evening, Barcelona, Spain and Canary Islands travel blog

Barcelona, Spain Day 2 - Beaches & a scary evening

A travel blog entry by styrsky

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... by walking quickly, gives the two fingers to his eyes and then to my laptop, and say, "Cuidado, eh?". ... "Si...", I acknowledge. "Gracias." ... and I put my laptop in my back pack and head towards home ... and just as I see the door to my apartment ...

Spain Day 7 - La Sociedad, San sebastian, Spain travel blog

Spain Day 7 - La Sociedad

A travel blog entry by styrsky

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... ... bread. Another group is half way through eating their salad. I'm drooling. Jaione (native San Sebastian ... Basque) and Inigo (from Southern Spain) have taken all of the work out of the experience for us. By email before our arrival, Jaione had ...

A sleepy little town rich in history, Toledo, Spain travel blog

A sleepy little town rich in history

A travel blog entry by abalzer

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... reflected who made what but it was beautiful to look at.  We finished our time in Toledo with lunch at McDonalds; yes I came to Spain and ate at McDonald’s.  I will say it tasted the same in Spain as it does in the US. Once we left ...

A New Record - hours in the air, Madrid, Spain travel blog

A New Record - hours in the air

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... be my South American accent! So the week in review….. Monday, Uruguay, Tuesday, Argentina, Wednesday, Argentina, Thursday, France, Holland and Spain…..and it is not even Friday yet!!!! So, this cheap routing only took 26 hours, bed to bed, I ...

Disney's inspiration, Segovia, Spain travel blog

Disney's inspiration

A travel blog entry by jeroenandlinda

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... was perfect for photos as we walked by the old aquaduct on our way to the old town of Segovia. We took many photos and admired the roman construction. We climbed the stairs of the old city walls and strolled though the many narrow streets of the old ...

Spain day 21 - The Painted Forest, Lekeitio, Spain and Canary Islands travel blog

Spain day 21 - The Painted Forest

A travel blog entry by styrsky

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... only active language with no links to any of the ancient languages) to food to music to ... well, everything. I won't be shouting "SPAIN!" here during photo ops, that's for dang sure. Parking is tough in this little city. We have a funny encounter ...

Spain Day 5 - 100% Pie de Concha, Pie de concha, Spain and Canary Islands travel blog

Spain Day 5 - 100% Pie de Concha

A travel blog entry by styrsky

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... up to a place in the mountains where the only trace of civilization was the large bridge in the distance (their highways in Northern Spain are all really nice). Other than that it was just beautiful green mountains, with the sound of a creek below, and a ...

Shrine of Our Lady of Montserrat, Montserrat, Spain travel blog

Shrine of Our Lady of Montserrat

A travel blog entry by abalzer

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... about 4000ft tall.  According to legend the Black Virgin of Montserrat was carved by St. Luke about 50AD and brought to Spain.    Later when the Moors came into power it was hidden in a cave, now referred to as the ...

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