Monthly Archives: May 2011

Archaeological Ensemble of Mérida

I caught an afternoon bus to Merida from Seville and arrived in the early evening with no hotel booking.  I knew there were a lot of hotels in town but wandering through the evening shoppers with my backpack somehow managed … Continue reading

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Weddings galore

I’m a bit behind on blogging the sites I’ve visited – today I arrived in and saw the old town of Caceres and yesterday I was in Merida for the roman ruins, both of which I’ll post about very soon. Today … Continue reading

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Cathedral, Alcázar and Archivo de Indias in Seville

Seville cathedral is the largest gothic building in Europe and when I arrived it had one of the continents larger queues outside as a result of opening late due to some civic function. So I went on to the Alcazar … Continue reading

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Historic Centre of Cordoba

Cordoba was great Moorish city between the 8th and 11th centuries with a Great Mosque built on the site of a demolished Visigoth church, itself converted from a Roman temple. When the city was retaken in the 13th century the mosque was converted to … Continue reading

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Tour groups

Arriving in Spain has brought me back into the world of the massive tour group, following their leader’s flag, hat or aloft umbrella like ambling cattle, looking at the sights through their viewfinders. At least some groups don’t inflict a … Continue reading

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Renaissance Monumental Ensembles of Úbeda and Baeza

I stayed an extra day in Granada to catch up on my laundry, cook a mountain of vegetables, plan my next few journeys and have a lie in.  It was during the planning that I discoverd that rather than an … Continue reading

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Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada

I arrived in Grenada at 11am after a four hour train journey from the port town of Algeciras, located and checked into a backpacker hostel situated off a street full of hippy shops in the Albayzin area and set off for … Continue reading

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The Medina of Tetouan

This is a small but nonetheless tricky to navigate medina that is apparently the most complete in the country. It dates from when an earlier town was rebuilt in the 15th century by Muslims expelled from Andalusia. It is walled … Continue reading

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Fez to Tetouan

Another five hour bus journey from Fez, through green hills and wooded mountains brought me to Tetouan, a town mostly visited by tourists for the nearby beaches as far as I can tell. I’d not been able to identify any … Continue reading

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The Medina of Fez

A short and cheap train ride from Meknes is Morocco’s second largest city and medieval capital, Fez. It was founded in the 9th century, enlarged in the 13th and 14th and houses the world’s oldest university. It has a slightly different … Continue reading

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