The Bailey Bunch

The Bailey Bunch

The Bailey Bunch

The adventures of the Bailey family on holiday and travelling

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Jerez de la Frontera September 1st 2016

On our final trip out - a visit to Jerez. The new town is nothing to right home about but the old town is a delight. Full of great sights and sites - none more so than the Alcazar. Set in the heart of the town it is part Moor fortress, Baroque palace with exquisite gardens, grounds including a beautifully proportioned mosque and delightful baths, light by Arabic stars in the roof. After the evening stroll a flamenco night in the Taberna Flamenco. A converted sherry warehouse now a restaurant and flamenco house. Food was fantastic and the flamenco from the dancers everything it should be - sinuous, sensual and passionate with fantastic soulful singing and great guitar music too. ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Andalusia August 27th 2016

So after a few days of indolence by the pool and a goodly amount of catch up on reading books we took to the road and given the breeze decided to go into the hills. First stop was Medina Sidonia - lovely medieval hilltop town. Home of the Dukes of the same name - the 12th Duke having led the Spanish Armada out of Cadiz towards invading England. Beautiful town though hard work on the knees when the only car park is so low down. Worth it for the views from on top. Magnificent panoramas right across to the coast up to Cadiz and over into the mountains. Wonderful church of Santa Maria de la mayor with stunning nave and side chapel in gold and silver decoration. After a further wander lunch on the hilltop with ... read more

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Seville August 21st 2016

Now a quick dash up the Autovia to Seville to see our friend Ginny over from the US on holiday. Delightful to see her and catch and delightful to be in such a spectacular city. The most wonderful architecture and design. Fantastic buildings from the cathedral, university, commercial buildings to the 1929 Expo in Plaza D'Europa. Simply a stunning feast. Most wonderful tour in a horse drawn carriage. The evening cooled thankfully from an achingly painful 42 degrees at 6:15pm to a cooler temperature - ideal for strolling, sitting, eating and drinking with friends. ... read more

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz August 21st 2016

Back onto trips after a day or two of lazing. In the morning off to Cadiz to have a quick look around the old town before special lunch appointment. The old town is quaint with narrow streets and some fine architecture. The jewel is the cathedral - spacious, filled with light from the central dump and filled with astonishing side chapels. Each one separated out to mark a saint etc. Each with a semi circular recess belied by the straight exterior walls. It was impressive in scale and design. A well spoken commentary on mobile device explains each area with good historical and social narrative. It was a delight. Then having momentarily disposed of children on the beach it was off to Aponiente a Michelin starred restaurant in Puerto de Santa Maria. Not in an obvious ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Conil de la Frontera August 20th 2016

One of the great things travel affords is the opportunity to experience different forms of light in different places, whether this be sharp daylight against a blue azure sky or the textures of orange against a setting sun. No pollution atmospheric or light helps of course.... read more

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Tarifa August 18th 2016

Up early for a drive down to Tarifa. The most southerly point in mainland Europe. Founded as a port in 7th century with a delightful castle, small old town and hefty walls. Also the venue for ferries across the Straits of Gibraltar to Tangier. More importantly venue for whale watching trips. After a great, informative talk on the types of dolphin and whale found in the straits its time to be out and about. Common dolphins at first in Tarifa Bay then out into the main strait. Moroccan fisherman line fishing (good to see) for tuna are the bait for the Orca. Sublime to watch them surfacing and chasing the tuna. A real treat. Then onto the beach to watch the kiting.... read more

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Conil de la Frontera August 17th 2016

A lazy day today spent in the shade by the pool before stretching legs to see the lovely Atlantic sunset and moonrise ... read more

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Conil de la Frontera August 16th 2016

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cortes de la Frontera August 16th 2016

First day proper yesterday was spent recovering from a very late flight into Gibraltar followed by an even longer effort to hire the car. Finally we set off and arrived at Roche Vieja in the very early hours of Monday. so yesterday was all about just getting sorted. Today was first proper day and we went over to Verjer de la Frontera a beautiful hill top walled town about 20 minutes away. It overlooks the River Barbate and has been settled over the centuries by Bronze Age people, the Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals, the Moors and then the Spanish (in a variety of forms) and Napoleons army too. It is close enough to Cape Trafalgar to have the gunfire from Nelson's ships. Today it's peaceful with the citadel a maze of steep alleys, narrow streets, enticing courtyards ... read more

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Conil de la Frontera August 14th 2016

Our next adventure starts in Andalusia....... read more

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