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After Louis XIV, the “Sun King” of France, built Versailles
other European monarchs all started trying to keep up with Joneses (or the
Bourbons, as it may be) and said, “I want one of those!” The Spanish royals
upgraded their country retreat and hunting lodge about 30 miles south of Madrid
at Aranjuez into an opulent winged multi-story palace with extensive gardens.
Although not quite on the scale ...
... up, possibly via Seville and on to Portugal. We are aiming for Evora and Lisbon, as we've been to the Algarve.
So we 'swapped' Madrid for Cordoba! We could have gone to Madrid on Monday, but everything shuts on Mondays!
So instead of going to Madrid we had a lazy day, did all our washing and watched our Spanish neighbours packing up.
... until we got near Madrid. We thought the Aliens had landed!
Aranjuez is home to a Royal Summer Palace and Gardens. Our route to the campsite took us right through the middle of town, over cobbles - only problem, most of it is being dug up, with diversions everywhere! We did finally find the campsite, which is on the River Tajo (Tagus)
... as we'd driven that way previously! Looking for coffee, followed the signs and drove off the motorway into a hamlet that immediately evoked visions of Deliverance so skipped coffee and promptly returned to the motorway! Onwards. One mountain pass (still snow on the mountain peaks) was obviously a defensive site from ancient times, with the road going through what would have been fairly impenetrable ground in times past. Stone fortifications and the village built around ...
... the beauty of the gardens, gingerbread-like buildings and the fabulous ceramic mosaics throughout the park. We enjoyed strolling down The Ramblas, a pedestrian street lined with shops and eating establishments. We popped into the Boqueria Market which was teaming with people all searching for their lunch. The scents were heady and the choices unlimited- some we would not want to try such as sheep heads (eyes ...