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  • Sep7

    Madrid to Tres Cantos

    September 7, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    First day on the trail out of Madrid. Being a Saturday, the streets where very busy. A pilgrim from New Zealand was also starting out today and was glad to join us. The first couple of days are always tough. It was very dry, but luckily it was cool in the morning and only reached 29 in the afternoon. Made it to our first stop. The city of Tres Cantos. (The city of three songs). Have a look at the pics. TerryRead more

  • Day11

    We did it!!!

    February 4 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Sometimes. Like today. I envy the youth of my daughter. Yes. I might was able to go into town after the Alhambra visit.
    But my feet said no. We were parked on top of the hill, and again. ..No! I did not want to walk it up...again...

    So. Yes. We did it. Thé Alhambra.
    Was it worth a day's travel budget?
    Yes . It was.
    Quite impressive.
    As we have seen the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul many things reminded me of that.
    I think Alhambra was more impressive.
    But you have to see for yourself.
    Now. Goodnoodles, because we overspent, and stay on this parking, to pay the robbery in the morning. .. it's more expencive than a camping. But it has no facilities at all.
    Tomorrow another "wanna see".

    5 days left before we sail to Africa.
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  • Day16

    No way back.

    February 9 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

    Last message from this side.
    We boarded the ship.
    What a different world already.
    Lieske caught many eye's, so also from the Guardia Civil. This time they waved us out of the row and had a good look at al the numbers (vin) and had some difficulty believing a "credit card" equals car papers.
    But Lieske blinked and shined, so who could resist. Although it took some time.
    Even the custom officer removed his anti-corona appliance to compliment us with our beauty.
    Tears in my eyes.
    We made the ship. Thinking of the struggle of my brother, my love at home, the things going to happen.
    The ship should have left already. But loading it takes its time.
    We confiscated our seats. 7 hours on the Mediterranean.
    So I hope we can relax and arrive safely in Algeria.

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  • Day14

    Preparation for the big jump

    February 7 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Yesterday as we arrived we did our washing and had a shower.
    So today we could go to "discover" Almeria.
    Due to roadworks, -They love roadworks in Spain- there is no bus.
    We could pay the guy from the restaurant who is an alternative taxi, but hey. We are Dutch!
    So we walked. 5km. Over the main road. Probably safer than cycling. We see them coming!.
    We made it into town, but did not stay long.
    At first we checked were the ferry entrance was for Oran. So we have less trouble finding that on Sunday morning.
    We went for a sandwich vegetal at El Gato Negro. Never had such gorgeous tasty sandwich before! Might go there again tomorrow. ;)
    After this feast, we went to visit the chatedral of Almeria. A beautiful place. Build as A fortres to withstand the forces from abroad. Seen some holyman making bunnies on the wall.
    We also wanted to visit the alcazaba and the Andalusia Center of photography. But we saved them for tomorrow.
    And 5km back...

    As tomorrow we probably leave this campsite, La Garoffa, one of the oldest camping in Spain, to go and stand on a parking next to the ferry. Who wants to be late for Afrika?
    Tonight we will have diner at the restaurant, and I will drink my last beer.

    Now. Maybe we go and wash Nika's hair. Because the showers here are salt water, and her hair looks now a bit..hmmm. let's say funny.

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  • Day10

    Canyon de Sil

    June 1, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Today we drove to lookouts or Miradoiros along the Sil River and Canyon do Sil (gorge). It covers the last 50 km before the Sil enters the Minho. The scenery is considered to be the most spectacular in Galicia and we weren't disappointed.
    We just picked a little village ( Ferreira de Panton) at random for lunch and enjoyed a delicious meal. The language barrier caused a few concerns at first but the meal that was delivered was amazing. It was a 3-course meal (we had no choice because of the language issue) but after having pasta salad and boar stew with potatoes there was no way we could eat a third course....and that was having two dinners shared between four people! Great value too!
    We also visited The Monastery of Santa Cristina - both its buildings - church and cloister - are fully Romanesque and Renaissance, respectively.
    It was a Benedictine monastery that was already documented in the 9th century. Its Romanesque church was built in the 12th century.
    We then called into the Regina Viarum Winery (Bodegas) and caught the end of a tour and tasting - I actually tried red wine and it was nice, but I won't be changing my preference just yet. Vino Blanco is still top of the list!
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  • Sep9


    September 9, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Left Early this morning for a place called Manzanares el Real. Another clear blue sky day. Again we walked down cow paths and rocky trails into a lovely town. Tonight we are staying at a donation albergue, run by a family that has a shed on their lot that they run for pilgrims. They even served us a fantastic meal! Anyway more pics of today.Read more

  • Sep12

    Rest Day In Segovia

    September 12, 2019 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 9 °C

    Needed a rest day after the mountain crossing yesterday. Segovia was a great city for site seeing. This town is famous for it’s incredible intact Roman aquaduct. Also an incredible cathedral, and the Alcasar castle.Read more

  • Day8

    Hannibal,Columbus,Wellington..Ut Lieske!

    February 1 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Today we visited Salamanca. It is a realy beautiful city. Lots of tourist, but who cares if the surroundings are so impressive.
    Had some cake, and diner.
    You only live once.
    Got a campingplace today, because we wanted a shower, with flip-flops, and some washing needed to be done.
    Now... get some rest. Tomorrow a 280km drive.
    Into the heart of Spain.
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  • Day10

    Before we try again...

    February 3 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    After the discovery of the beautiful town of Alhambra and his abandoned castle, we now know that that place is NOT thé Alhambra.
    (We were tiped of by the lack of tourist and the entrance fee)
    So. We travelled on. Into the direction of Granada. That should be the place to be. At least if you were looking for ..oh forget it.
    Glad we did not buy tickets.😋
    Finaly, we did some cruising south and ended up in Santa Elena.
    Saw the greasy hair of Nika and decided to get a camping read shower.
    But first...let's eat!
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  • Day15

    Last night Europe.

    February 8 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Nervous as hell. All day.
    We parked Lieske at the harbour. Tomorrow morning we sail for Oran. But first I have to get the tickets in the morning.
    It's quite busy. Many travellers, with cars twice as high due to their top load.
    We are lucky ones. We can leave. Go into the city of Almeria and enjoy the last day in Europe.
    We did what we wanted to do yesterday.
    Visit the Andalusia photography gallery, with beautiful black and white photographs from the 1960 Spain.
    We spent quite some time in the alcazaba de Almeria. Wich offers great views of the city.
    Naturally I could not bear to leave Lieske too long alone. So we had to go back to visit her.
    As we checked her state, we were ready for a nice diner at a Moroccan restaurant.
    It was not as good as we hoped, but we enjoyed it anyway.
    Now I have to go and pee, again.
    I am so nervous.
    We sail for Africa!

    (Might be silent tomorrow, due to no internet access. But I will do my best)
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