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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)
... photography is not permitted so no pics, I'm afraid, except for the exterior ones. The city is famous for its connection with the artist El Greco, so again with my school days and History of Art studies in mind, I was keen to see some of his works firsthand and the cathedral has quite a collection - some I recognised. We also went to the Santo Tome district where next to the small church is a separate gallery housing just one of ...
... Costa de la Luz or the Algarve this year. By recent standards, at 250 miles, it was quite a long transfer, but the road network was superb and extremely quiet - so quiet that I took a spell behind the wheel for 90 minutes or so. Again, we chose to opt for motorway preference on the route planner which took us either on 'autovia' or 'autopista' roads with very good surface and just a small section incurred a toll, but they seemed very little used since commercial traffic ...