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... to 180 MPH. In the US the closest thing we have is Amtrak's ACELA on the Northeast Corridor and that is lucky to get to 100 MPH. The journey was roughly 2.5 hours. I booked business class and had a single aisle seat and a great view. The train travels so smooth that there at times you wonder if you are even moving. After arriving in Madrid, my next task was to find a hotel room. (Yes - I am in a foreign country with no plan and no ...
... arriving than us (who were 15 minutes late!). According to the Guinness Book of Records, the 'Botin’ Restaurant is the oldest restaurant in the world! (that’s right folks, IN THE WORLD!!!) It was a really quaint place set on 4 different levels, both upstairs and downstairs and little rooms going everywhere – we had to walk through the kitchen to get to our table! The food was delicious and it was a lovely way to say goodbye to our little ...
... we had free time so I bought some post cards and then walked around with friends to find dinner. The restaurant we found was okay, but not great. After that we went out for drinks and then turned in early because we had to meet at 9 the next morning.
Saturday's breakfast at the hotel was pretty bad. There was almost nothing to eat. We immediately got on the bus and headed to Granada. We dropped our stuff off at the hotel and then drove to another hotel where we ...
... bussed back down, after having seen nothing! The town itself would have been nice to wander around, though, and much less strenuous! I bought a postcard of what the palace was supposed to look like, so I can pretend – it’s an assortment of buildings of different colours, so it would have been quite pretty.
When we got into Porto, we stopped at Taylor’s port-making place (not sure what the term for that is, though I suppose it’s similar to a winery!). ...
... of a Philistine past. But, remembering my initial desire to immerse myself in local culture as much as possible during my short stays, I could not resist the curiosity of witnessing a tradition that may soon be nothing more than a memory, for better or for worse.
When I reserved my seat at the Plaza del Toros, no one knew that Spain would end up facing Italy in the Euro 2012 soccer championship game that evening. For that reason alone, ...
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