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Europe » Gibraltar » Gibraltar April 15th 2012

April 14, 2012-  Last night we tried to book ourselves into a tour offered by our hotel to Gibraltar, but it was booked. So I did some Internet research to try to find another tour and I didn't have much luck. SO... I decided I would rent a car to drive us to Gibraltar. This morning we had a leisurely breakfast before Emily's tour of Gibraltar pulled out of the station. We hopped onto the one highway and one hour later, we got off the highway. The Spanish seem to pretend that Gibraltar doesn't even exist, since they lost it to the English in 1704. The highway signs don't even mention Gibraltar, rather the little town on the Border called La Linea de Conception. So we meandered our way thru the town and got ourselves into ... read more
John and Yoko's wedding site
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Europe » Gibraltar » Gibraltar April 14th 2012

April 14, 2012- Last night we tried to book ourselves into a tour offered by our hotel to Gibraltar, but it was booked. So I did some Internet research to try to find another tour and I didn't have much luck. SO... I decided I would rent a car to drive us to Gibraltar. This morning we had a leisurely breakfast before Emily's tour of Gibraltar pulled out of the station. We hopped onto the one highway and one hour later, we got off the highway. The Spanish seem to pretend that Gibraltar doesn't even exist, since they lost it to the English in 1704. The highway signs don't even mention Gibraltar, rather the little town on the Border called La Linea de Conception. So we meandered our way thru the town and got ourselves into line ... read more
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Miss Gibralter 2011

Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Tangier April 13th 2012

April 13, 2012-   Our wake up call was very early today and our tour guide picked us up at 6:10 am and we were off on our way to AFRICA! We booked a  one day guided tour to Tangiers, Morocco. It was still dark outside and we made many stops on our way down the coast to pickup others that were going on the tour. We dozed on and off while enjoying the views of the Spanish and African Coast. Our ferry left from Tarifa, Spain and we had an hour ride on a hydrofoil ferry. The immigration process was smooth and we quickly found a seat on the crowded ferry. Rick Steve's gave us an idea that even thought we traveled 8 hours to Spain, we would see the biggest cultural difference as soon as ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Ronda April 12th 2012

April 12, 2012- Our hotel stay included breakfast and we were eager to check out the spread. Two items of note were the standard "Pan de tomato" and something we like to call "Pequena Debbie". The tomato bread is a tomato spread that you but onto toast. It tastes similar to brushcetta, and is delicious. We have been trying all different variations on this trip. The other item we discovered this morning was similar to a Little Debbie Swiss Cake Roll, but better. Amy and I split one. After breakfast, we headed out to visit Ronda during the day. Our first stop was the tourist information center. Just as we were walking up, I saw two buses chock full of tourists pull up in front...so I went from a normal pace to hyperspeed in order to ... read more
Arab Baths
Wrist Dunking
St. Mary Mayor Church

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Granada April 11th 2012

April 11, 2012- Last night, at the last minute, we booked ourselves into an Olive Oil Tour for today. We got up early, had breakfast, and were promptly picked up by Pablo, our driver. We were in a small mini bus, with 4 gentlemen from Saudi Arabia. We had a very short scenic drive to a small town just outside Grenada. Our drive was very picturesque as we drove very close to the Sierra Nevada Mountain range that is still covered in snow. Beatriz, our guide, met us in an olive grove just outside of town and explained to us the different kind of olives they grow here, the climate needed to grow olives, and the ancient communal irrigation system used by the town to water their olive fields. We hopped back in the van and ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Granada April 10th 2012

April 10, 2012-   The Hotel Corona de Granada boasted a breakfast buffet and we were all eager to check it out this morning. The buffet was similar to other buffets we have enjoyed in Europe and we were happy to have access to it to start our day off with the most important meal of the day. Our tour guide picked us up at the hotel this morning for our tour of Alhambra. We were excited to be the first ones on an open top bus. We pretended that we were rock stars going thru town. Amy did her best Vince Vaughn impression (from the movie The Breakup). She shouted to the streets of Granada..."Say it like you mean, don' t make me say it twice... Are you ready to see Chicago? You might be ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Seville April 9th 2012

April 9, 2012- Mondays Are More Fun When You Are On Vacation.  Our morning started earlier than recent days, as we broke our streak. We were up at 8am and out the door with our suitcases packed by 9:30. Our first stop was the El Torno Cookie Shop, where all of the baking is done by cloistered nuns. The Shop is manned by a lay person and we quickly picked out our cookies and found a nearby place to sit and enjoy them. We pondered what it must be like to live a cloistered life  and we decided it would not be so bad if we had such yummy treats at hand...and we figured being cut off from the world would not include dogs so we thought it would be fine.  Then we decided we could ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Seville April 8th 2012

April 8-happy easter to us... We slept in until 10am. We got ourselves together and headed directly for mass in the cathedral. The cathedral is so large we actually watched the mass on a tv screen. After getting right with god, we used Amy's guide book to pick a place for brunch and it didn't disappoint. we had a lovely meal on the second floor of a swanky cafe. Our waiter was delightful. Our next stop was alcazar, a moorish palace that is still one of the homes of the royal family. The palace was beautiful and we had to spend large amounts of time taking pictures in the tiled courtyard and gardens. We wandered around the attached park and found a peacock wandering free. The palace was really beautiful and inspiring, so we made a ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Seville April 7th 2012

April 7-After a very sound sleep, we snoozed the alarm and ended up waking up at 9am.Our hotel room was very nice but had no windows so it was hard for us to tell that the sun was up and we should start our day. After a run thru the rain locker, we headed straight for breakfast at a cafe just down the street from our hotel. The breakfast was good but the service was slow. This put us even further behind us, so we headed straight for the Seville Cathedral, which is the centerpiece of the town. This Cathedral is third largest in the world behind St.Peter's and St. paul's. This  cathedral was massive and we took our time to look around. After Rick steeve's self guided tour, we headed to climb the Giraldi tower. ... read more
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