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Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Zamora August 18th 2018

Saturday August 18,2018 Today John and I met up with Sally and Jay in the pretty town of Tabara. The Spanish market is very popular with the locals and tourists alike. I got a ticket and we walked around and came back to the Fruit Stand, where we got some lemons and leeks for the house. John also bought a lovely white table linen for his aunt while I got a nice blue dress. Afterwards, we stopped at a small grocery store in town and bought a few things, plus ice. Then John and I drove towards the medieval & hilly town called Puebla de Sanabria. We walked up and down the narrow and steep streets. We finally made it to the top to admire the panoramic views of this beautiful city. Later we drove to ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Zamora August 17th 2018

Friday August 17,2018 Today John and I visited the beautiful and historical town of Tordesillas which is in the Douro River Valley between León and Madrid. I enjoyed the churches, museums and the medieval mansion. Amazing, unique and baroque & exquisite Moorish architecture throughout this village. I had lovely white asparagus with salmon sauce and John had soup. Both of us ate mushroom ravioli in this sweet restaurant. The meal was delicious! After walking around the town for most of the day, we finally arrived at their pretty plaza mayor where John and I had a nice simple Spanish supper. We both had ice cream or gelato for dessert . I also stopped in a few gift shops which were wonderful. We drove out of Tordesillas around 8:30 and arrived back at the villa around 10:30 ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Zamora August 16th 2018

ThursdayAugust 16,2018 Today John and I traveled to the beautiful historical city of Avila. We enjoyed walking along the medieval wall and capturing panoramic views of the city. I also liked seeing some of their hidden churches scattered throughout the town. There were a lot of Roman,Moorish and Christian architecture among the buildings we visited. The city was great with it’s ambience, food, people and rich culture. John and I returned back to the villa around 6:30 pm in order to be ready and help with dinner. Marcelino-our neighbor was coming over for dinner and good conversation. Before Marcelino came over, a few of us had a dip in the lake to cool off the heat. We had an amazing, wonderful and delicious appetizers and meal! We were all up till about 11:30 pm(Spanish time). I ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Zamora August 15th 2018

Wednesday August 15,2018 This morning John and I got up a bit later and had breakfast with Sally and Jay. John and I decided that we would go to the world heritage city of Salamanca. We both walked about 8 miles from one end of the city to the other end. I enjoyed finding and looking at Celto Iberian stone animals, Roman arch bridge, religious buildings that had Romanesque,Gothic and Baroque architecture. We both loved looking at the oldest university in Spain. John and I ate our first meals together in one of the most beautiful plazas in the world! John ate paella while I ate grilled shrimp.Yummy! We left Salamanca rather late and drove through the town of Zamora. At 10:15 at night-we had a late dinner and finally got back to the villa @ ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Zamora August 14th 2018

Tuesday August 14,2018 This morning we all got up a little bit earlier in order to walk around the town of Zamora and get some errands done. We all showered, ate breakfast and dressed. Sally,Jay and I left the villa around 10 am. It was a lot of fun walking around the older and historical town. We drove back to the house and relaxed until lunch. The three of us had a lovely lunch and then again rested till my friend John arrived at a small town nearby called: MontaMarta. I gave him a huge hug and introduced Sally to him, then I went with him in his rental car and followed Sally back to the Villa. John met Jay and I showed him to his room. Afterwards, he ate some snack and then we all ... read more

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Zamora August 13th 2018

Thursday August 9,2018 I awoke at 3:15 am and got dressed. I brought my suitcase and bag down quietly and waited with Sally. I said “good morning” to Jay and we got into the taxi which drove us to StanStead airport for a 7 am flight to Bilbao.The three of us checked in our luggage and went through security, my bag was inspected which took a bit longer than the others. Finally we walked to the terminal and found a nice cafe to have some breakfast. Then we went to our gate via a tram and arrived at #16 going to Bilbao,Spain. We waited for our seats to be called and boarded the Easy-Jet airplane bound for Bilbao!! I sat next to Sally while Jay sat in a different row of seats in front of us. ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Zamora August 13th 2018

Friday August 10,2018 Our first morning at the Villa and it was amazing! We got up and had breakfast and started our day. The three of us got into our rental car and drove towards Carrefour - a big grocery store. We bought a lot of groceries for awhile and also because my cousin Henry and his family were driving to the villa for two days, from their holiday in a northern town called: Gijon . They will arrive tomorrow afternoon and It will be amazing and wonderful to spend time with Henry,Rachel,Ella and Felix! We relaxed and rested till 5pm and then Sally and I walked down to the lake and had about a 30 minute swim which was fabulous! Around 7:30/8:00 pm, Jay began to make dinner for the three of us which ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Zamora August 13th 2018

Saturday August 11,2018 This morning I woke up a bit later but I am on holiday! Sally,Jay and I had breakfast, showered and got dressed. Afterwards, we drove to a town: Tabara. We walked around the market stalls and bought a few groceries as well. It was a lot of fun! This town is a very popular town with a lot of visitors. The three of us drove back and relaxed and had some lunch. Then Henry,Rachel,Ella and Felix arrived back at the house and it was lovely to see them. Around 5pm-Sally,Rachel,Ella,Felix and I went down to the lake and went for a 35/40 minute swim. It was fabulous! After that, we relaxed until it was time for dinner which was around 8:15pm. The seven of us sat down to a lovely supper and dessert! ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Zamora August 13th 2018

Monday August 13,2018 Today we went grocery shopping in Zamora. We all came home and rested and relaxed on the terrace of the villa. Then later Sally and I swam in the lake and went a little further to swim across to the other side of the lake. We rested and chilled until it was time for supper. The three of us had a lovely supper and dessert and then played a few rounds of boggle which was fun! I moved to a different room and organized my friend John’s room at the villa. Time to go to bed! GoodNight!... read more

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Zamora August 12th 2018

Sunday August 12,2018 This morning, everyone slept in and awoke late and then we had breakfast. After breakfast,I went in search for the regular Banana Grams game but alas, it is not at the villa. I decided to clean and organize the big chest of drawers. Games, art, writing, maps and other things. Then after lunch I relaxed on a lounge chair, read, wrote and had a siesta. We all had a late lunch and just chilled afterwards until the strong wind carried one of the outdoor Umbrellas and knocked it down. Luckily-no one was hurt but it was a bit scary. After that, we just chilled and relaxed the rest of the day. Later that evening-Sally,Jay,Henry,Rachel,Ella,Felix and I went to Marcelino Pateco’s house for Tapas. He had made croquetes, potato frittata, ham, courgette sandwiches, shrimp ... read more
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