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  • Day3

    Castell de Cardona

    February 10, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    Desde cualquier parte del pueblo se ve el castillo de los Duques de Cardona. 

    Por la tarde descubrimos los alrededores del castillo. Nos paramos en las murallas y nos subimos a la torre. 

    A Mati le encanto todo, pero lo que mas le gusto fue subir a la torre desde donde se dirigia la artilleria!

    Mati y papa estuvieron imaginando como fueron las batallas al pie del castillo.
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  • Day11

    Quite a place.

    September 21, 2019 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 20 °C

    Feeling rather flat, we woke up at about 8am and headed off to the buffet breakfast an hour or so later. We were still somewhat shell-shocked but eventually took a bit of a wander round.

    The place dates back about a thousand years and the salt mines first created by the Romans are a major feature of the landscape. The building itself is a big tourist attraction with guided tours running almost continuously.

    Late morning we decided to drive the kilometre or so to the local village of Cardona. From a distance it doesn't look so exciting but when we got there it turned out to be quite a pleasant place. We sussed out a couple of potential restaurants for dinner.

    As befits a place like Parador de Cardona it has a very classy restaurant. We decided to indulge ourselves and dine in. Lots of interesting dishes. We shared a cheese platter with all sorts of accompaniments as a starter and both chose the rare and thinly sliced duck breast with assorted fruit flavours for the main. Excellent desserts followed. All this with a bottle of excellent local red. We haven't had a bad wine here in Spain yet. We're living in a manner to which we'id like to become accustomed.
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  • Day3

    Ezio Audittore

    February 10, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    Cuando recorrimos el claustro dentro del castillo, Matias se transformo en Ezio, el heroe del 1400 del Asessin Creed II. 

    Papa y yo caminabamos mientras Ezio saltaba de techo en techo.

  • Day7


    September 13, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    We had to stop for coffe and sandwich.

  • Day10

    Things go pear-shaped

    September 20, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    We had an enjoyable seven hour train trip at speeds of up to 300km per hour and arrived in Barcelona on schedule at 10pm. Dramas followed when Avis told us that our debit cards were unacceptable and that they would only accept a credit card. Furthermore the only such card we had chosen to bring with us was in Mary's name, and that was unacceptable because it was Brian who was hiring the car. Eventually and reluctantly they relented knowing that we faced a difficult 70km drive to our hotel.

    The car was on the third level of a parking building which was deserted at that late hour. We put our bags on the floor by the car while Brian was moving the car forward to make room and was flipping the back seats down. Two young men happened to stroll by and one of them seemed to be asking Mary for some directions. While she was distracted the other one must have grabbed the backpack containing the camera, new iPad, iPod, Kindle and other bits and pieces including a couple of our payment cards.
    Fortunately Brian was carrying our passports, the phone and the two main debit cards that we use in his security vest (thanks Allan for nagging us to get one). We then spent the next couple of hours traipsing around central Barcelona, very angry, and trying to find some police who were even vaguely interested. Clearly the two characters had been watching us from a distance and had chosen the right moment to pounce.

    The main losses are our photos taken so far plus the lack of flexibility to take more good photos and write the travel blog which we so much enjoy doing.

    It was a long and tiring drive to the isolated but spectacular hotel, not that we saw much of it when we checked in after 3am.

    Sadly, our blogs from now on are unlikely to be as comprehensive, but we'll try our best.
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