Spain - April 1 - last touring day

Jul. 21st, 2017 10:01 am
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April 1 – We drove through La Mancha territory, saw a number of windmills from the road, then went to Toledo. First stop was a ‘factory’ where we looked at steel swords, etc. but I didn’t buy anything. The swords were fairly priced, though. After that, we went to the Toledo Cathedral which was huge, with lots of gold in the altar area but it seemed rather cavernous and dark in other areas. The Church of Santa Tome with its El Greco painting was interesting in the artwork, but seemed ordinary otherwise. We also went to a synagogue with Moorish architecture which was very interesting. I’d been to all of them before the last time I was in Spain but it was good to revisit. After that, we walked down to the Roman bridge and then drove to Madrid.

And then the next day, home.

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Spain - March 31

Jul. 20th, 2017 11:33 am
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March 31 – An early start, we arrived in Granada about 11:30 AM, then immediately went to the Alhambra. It was as beautiful as ever, and this time, the lion fountain was all in sunlight so I got some great shots. After that, we went over to Generalife gardens. Some were having a hard time walking around and it is a bit of walking but the sunlight was gorgeous and it was a perfect temperature and day.

After going back to the hotel for a little while, we were off to see the Carthusian Monastery, started in 1516 and finished nearly 300 years later. Alas I wasn’t able to take photos inside, then next was to the Royal Chapel where Isabella and Ferdinand were buried (1505-1521) but again I couldn’t take pictures inside. Sigh. Then we went off to dinner which was lovely.

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