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The train was my hotel...
The best trip I ever had in
Spain (and I've had several) was by the beautiful Transcantabrico
train that goes from Santiago de Compostela on the western coast
across the northern most regions (usually within sight of the Atlantic)
and then cuts down to Leon. The train is your hotel! Accommodations
are all suites with double beds, a minibar, private toilet and bath.
The train stops every night so you can have a peaceful sleep--and
so you won't miss the gorgeous scenery. Food is all-inclusive and
you stop at 3-star and 4-star restaurants every day (I got so I
just picked at everything they served since if I'd eaten it all,
I'd have turned into a balloon). Breakfast is on the train -- and
it's terrific. You're met at places like Oviedo by an air-conditioned
bus that takes you to Roman ruins. The guides are superb. Ours was
tri-lingual and a joy to be around (her name was Gabi). Stops in
an old medieval town like Santillana del Mar, in the Picos de Europa,
in old fishing towns, and many other picturesque, culture-rich places
made this a fabulous vacation. It was also nice to develop a camaraderie
with the other passengers, as well. I traveled for 8 days and 7
nights on the Transcantabrico. Passengers may take the train from
west to east, or from east to west. Either way, it's unforgettable.
It is like a wonderful cruise on rails. For further information
Carol, Falls Church, Virginia, USA
A Flaminco show in Seville...
I'd like to recommend a Flamenco
show that takes place in an 18th century building in the Jewish
quarter of Seville.
It allows for only maybe 30 people at a time to watch, with two
rows of chairs around three sides of the stage. There is a small
square wooden stage in the middle of the room, and maybe three musicians
and whatever dancer is performing that night, with no amps or anything
like that. It is in a courtyard that is relatively small and surrounded
by high walls on all sides, and covered by a tent ceiling. There
are Moorish details (lamps, arches, painting) all over the space,
and the front wall behind the stage is completely covered in hanging
vines. It was breathtaking and intense -- I recommend it to anyone
wanting to see a skilled performace that doesn't seem contrived
for bus loads of tourists. The space is also home to a lovely restaurant
and a small museum dedicated to the lives of Jewish people in the
history of Sevilla. But, there's an even better Italian restaurant
just down the street, called San Marco. The Flaminco show takes
place at the Casa de la Memoria de Al-Andalus (located at Ximenez
de Enciso 28, 41004, Sevilla).
Shannon, Des Moines, Iowa, USA
a cowgirl in Granada...
Cabacci Horse Center
is a small family-run horse riding center in Guadix in the mountains
outside of Granada. Prices are incredible. You get your accommodation,
breakfast, and horse riding facilities for about 100 euro per person
for the weekend. There are also week long and non-rider programs.
The accommodation is in small detached wooden cabins, with a set
of bunk beds and one double bed. There's a large modern bathroom,
air conditioning and small TV. You are also given full use of a
giant kitchen, with industrial sized stove and two refrigerators.
See their website at: http://www.cabacci.com/ukINDEX.HTM
Picasso in Malaga...
a wish of one of Spain's most renowned artists, King Juan Carlos
inaugurated a museum dedicated to the work of Pablo Picasso in the
artist's home city of Malaga. The museum holds a permanent collection
of 204 works, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics
and engravings. Born in Malaga in 1881, Picasso went to live in
Paris in 1904. He pledged never to set foot again in Spain as long
as dictator General Franco was alive. Picasso dies in 1973. Franco
died two years later, allowing Spain to return to democracy.
(Source: National Post, October 28, 2003)
Spain can be dangerous...
don't carry a purse. I learned this from first-hand experience.
I live in France and go to Spain often -- Madrid being my
favorite city! On a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon I was
walking in the crowded park with my sister and daughter. Suddenly
I was accosted by someone who stole my purse, knocked me over
with great force and broke my arm. It was so very fast that
no one could do a thing. Since then I have heard many such
horror stories about my beautiful Madrid. I still return -
but I am very careful there.
note: I recently read about thieves who pose
as 'Policia' on Barcelon's busy, crowded streets. They stop
tourists and ask to see I.D. from your wallet. If you don't
give it to them they pretend to be very offended and warn that
they will arrest you. Those who fall for the scheme by these
fake police generally get their wallets back, but without their
is a perfect spot to suggest that JourneyWomen read the article
Ways to Trick Thieves as You Travel. We believe that knowing
these facts will make you a more protected traveller.