Monthly Archives: May 2011

Historic City of Toledo

My trip to Toledo did not start well. I had planned to catch the 10.30am train but had to change dorms in the hostel so couldn’t leave until after 10, so decided to sort some stuff out and then go … Continue reading

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University and Historic Precinct of Alcalá de Henares

Another day trip out of Madrid, this time on a frequent service commuter train. This is another town that has really got its tourist act together; there was a man in a booth by the railway station handing out maps … Continue reading

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Royal Monastery of Santa María de Guadalupe

You may recall that I decided not to visit here from Caceres because of the inconvenient bus times. The information I had suggested that the journey from Madrid would be around three hours. In fact, it took around four, leaving … Continue reading

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Monastery and Site of the Escurial, Madrid

After a day off in Madrid yesterday (having a siesta, reading in the park and visiting the Prado after 6pm when it becomes free), today I took a day trip out of town on a suburban train to see the Escorial, … Continue reading

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Old Town of Segovia and its Aqueduct

Another day, another bus journey, this time a one hour journey from Avila to Segovia, with lots of stops along the way at apparently unmarked roadsides. Unlike many of the other towns I’ve visited, there was a map of the town … Continue reading

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Travelling Lego Kit

For those of you wondering exactly how much Lego I’m lugging around with me, here’s a few photos to give you an idea. I have a listing of the contents, saved as a wishlist on Bricklink, but I don’t know if … Continue reading

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Old Town of Ávila with its Extra-Muros Churches

Avila has the most complete town fortifications in Spain, according to the UN website.  The walls are certainly an impressive sight from the train just before you arrive. On the walk into town from the station I passed a proper greengrocer’s (the first … Continue reading

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