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Africa » Morocco » Tangier-T├ętouan » Tangier April 24th 2017

Geo: 35.7728, -5.8235It was 8am when we left our hotel in Granada and set out for the ferry to take us over to Morocco. Another clear day with a promise of warmth in the air. We drove south through a rich agricultural landscape and then we began to climb up into the mountains.We stopped at a roadside service place for a break and then onwards and upwards. We were heading for Ronda where we were to have lunch. As we drove we found we were but one of a number of tourist buses all seemingly heading for the same destination. Poor Lucy was most disconcerted. She couldn't understand why there were so many, especially this early in the season.When we arrived into Ronda the consternation grew as the parking area for the buses was full and ... read more
Along the watefront in Tangiers
Statue of John Bosco
Foundress of the Carmelite's

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Granada April 23rd 2017

Geo: 37.1765, -3.59793On Saturday we left Valencia at 8am. The streets were very quiet at that hour and we were soon out and on the road. We headed south and for a while were close to the coast. We stopped about 10am at a seaside town, Villa Joyioso where we walked along to the beach and then had a coffee at the local yacht club which was very pleasant. This town was just past Benidorm one of the big resort towns with huge buildings overlooking the seaside and jamming into any high spots .I preferred the small seaside village in which we stopped. Back on the road again we drove through agricultural land with Moorish castles which had been converted by the Christians in later years, dotted along the high ground. Granada and its surrounds was ... read more
Compulsory jetty walk
Moorish castle on the way
Cloister of our hotel

Europe » Spain April 22nd 2017

Geo: 39.4702, -0.376804We left Barcelona at 8am to drive south towards Valencia. We drove along the coast for much of the first part of the trip and it was a scenic drive with the ocean to one side and countryside dotted with farms etc to the other. We had a stop for a drink and toilets at a roadside complex much like others along freeways in Europe. The bus is equipped with WiFi which is handy for checking on footy scores etc and as there are only 20 of us there is plenty of room to spread out and have a double seat each if we want to.Along the way we stopped at a Roman aqueduct, the Pont de Diable, not as large as the Pont de Gard but srill intact and commanding over the countryside.We ... read more
Town Hall Square
Lovely architecure

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona April 21st 2017

Geo: 41.3879, 2.16992Our second full day in Barcelona was filled with the sights of the astonishing architecture that is the outstanding feature of this city. Our morning tour first took us past three beautiful houses buillt in the Catalan Modernist style. One of these was designed by Gaudi but there were other architects just as famous here , We then travelled up to the top of Mount Juik, the highest spot in Barcelona. This housed the Olympic Stadium and other venues such as the swimming centre etc. All of this is still used by the local people and is now a tourist attraction. We stopped at the Miramar, the lookout which gives a fabulous view over the city and the harbour, It was a fine day, albeit rather cool and we could see for miles around.From ... read more
View from Mount Juik
Barcelona  from Mount Juik
Statue at the waterfront

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona April 19th 2017

Geo: 41.3879, 2.16992For this trip we returned to Bunnik's Tours which had served us well when we went to South America. We booked the land content with them and Claire at Top Deck Travel got us some cheaper flights with Qatar Airways.So on Easter Monday night, April 17th we left Adelaide on a direct flight to Doha where we changed planes and connected to Barcelona. In all it was 20 hours in the air with an hour's break in the middle. My back didn't enjoy all that sitting!At Barcelona there was a horrendous queue to go through passport control and then we met up with our tour Director, Lucy and several others of the group. There are twenty of us all up and all seem to be about our age and very pleasant. We were then ... read more
Park Guell, the columns
Gaudi's house in Park Guell
Outside Gaudi's house

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Adelaide October 21st 2016

Geo: -34.9258, 138.6Our last day in Delhi was spent at the hotel. We caught up on internet news etc and I wrote my blog. The cricket turned out to be on the following day so I went for a swim in the hotel pool instead. Lunch was OK at the buffet. We gathered in the Rouge Bar at 7pm (when it opened) for final drinks with the group. We had been lucky in that the 13 of us all got along well. The group just in front of us had 37 in it. What a difference a day makes. We were going to be the first to leave the next morning so it was goodbyes all round. We had planned to have dinner in the upstairs restaurant but it was booked out (although there was nobody ... read more

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi October 19th 2016

Geo: 28.6137, 77.1834Monday night we decided to abandon the buffet as we had had enough and try the Mughal Restaurant at the hotel. We had drinks in the bar first with our fellow travellers and then about 8pm went into the elegantly decorated dining room. There was a traditional singer accompanied by a drummer and keyboard player for entertainment. The restaurant had three menus to choose from; an Indian, a Continental and a Chinese. We opted for the Continental though Fletcher did have an entree of Salt and Pepper prawns from the Chinese. I decided to have creme of chicken soup followed by a Tenderloin steak which Fletcher chose as well. There is so little meat in the buffet offerings. The fun came when ordering wine.From the wine list Fletcher chose a Pouilly-Fume from France. The ... read more
Large statue of Shiva on the road to Jaipur
Hanuman as well.
Hindu Temple we stopped between Jaipur and Agra

Asia » India » Uttar Pradesh » Agra October 17th 2016

Geo: 26.9847, 78.1019We left Jaipur at 8am on Sunday morning. We had over 200kms to travel to our next stop, Agra. It was another clear sunny, warm day and the traffic was not so busy. The trip would prove to be far easier and more relaxing than the previous one.Our driver first stopped about two hours into the journey at a local Hindu Temple. We all spent about 20 minutes exploring this place. It was very colourful with many worshippers, mainly women and children, paying homage to the gods. They seemed to be making offerings of puffed rice and small white flowers. They walked around the altar in a clockwise direction several times and then sat down. They were very welcoming and the children gathered around us waving and saying "Bye-bye."From there we travelled onwards on ... read more
Entrance gate to the Taj
I'm actually at the Taj Mahal
The Mosque next to the Taj

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaipur October 15th 2016

Geo: 26.9196, 75.7878We left Delhi on Friday morning at 8am. We were told it was a 6 hour drive to Jaipur and we would have lunch in the hotel when we arrived.The traffic was as chaotic as ever and it took us 3 hours to clear the metropolitan area of Delhi.The trip was long but interesting. I wondered when we would see some rural areas as the land alongside the road was very built up. However eventually there were fields with animals such as goats and cows wandering amidst the rubbish which lays in huge heaps along the Highway. After 4 hours we had a loo stop at a cafe and gift shop complex. We had a refreshing beer there. From that point on into Jaipur the most astonishing sights were the huge number of trucks ... read more
Our neighbour hood camel
Wind Palace facade Jaipur
Detail of patterns

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi October 14th 2016

Geo: 28.6137, 77.1834We left Adelaide on Wednesday, 12th and flew first to Singapore and then, after a two hour stop over, on to Delhi. The flights were fine, but as they were with Singapore Airlines we couldn't access the lounges which was annoying. Arriving in Delhi at 9 pm local time we quickly cleared customs and emerged to find our on the ground transport.I had booked this trip through Trip-a-Deal. For $1999 a head they offered all flights, 4-5 star accommodation, all ground transport from Delhi to Jaipur to Agra and back to Delhi plus all meals. A bargain I couldn't pass up! When we arrived in Delhi we were met by a representative from Special Holidays who are managing the land content of the trip. 10 of us assembled and were driven to our hotel. ... read more
Flowery dress in the Mosque
The Mosque from the archway
The King's Entrance to the Mosque

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