Europe is a wonderful continent. Culturally & geographically diverse and incredibly easy to navigate from the Arctic to the Mediterranean or even the Atlantic to the Pacific. The best way to explore the region is by train with a vast network of train tracks criss-crossing the continent, connecting amazing cities and countries. Arm yourself with […]
Continuing our long weekend in Bilbao……… As we had plenty of time over the next two days to explore the rest of Bilbao, we decided upon side trip. San Sebastián was the most obvious choice, but we plumped for the ‘third’ Spanish Basque city of Vitoria-Gasteiz. Return bus tickets cost us €12 each for the […]
I had been to many areas of Spain (starting with an infamous ’83 trip to Benidorm), but never the Basque region. In my youth I only knew of the violent separist movement who wanted independence for the region that straddles Northern Spain and Southern France. In relatively modern times it was the Guggenheim Museum and […]
I made it to my first Spanish League Premier game on Sunday for the match between Athletic Club Bilbao and Osasuna. I have always had a soft spot for Bilbao ever since discovering that they only have players playing for them that are born in the Basque Region, an area give or take, the size […]
The Torre del Oro (Tower of Gold) in Seville taken in 2011 from the Guadalquivir River. Built in the 13th Century it was erected by the Almohad Caliphate originally as a watchtower and was later to become a prison during the Middle Ages.
Apart from the Alcazar, the other must see is the huge and mightily impressive Mezquita. The Moorish mosque has unmistakable arches as well as a wonderful carved ceiling and ornate mihrab. It also now houses a Catholic cathedral within its midst – sacrilege to many and certainly out of place by my reckoning.
Today’s photo comes from Cordoba in Spain. The small city is a beautiful place to visit and the Alcazar and their gardens a must see. The gardens are immaculate as this picture illustrates.
I took this photo of Alhambra in Granada in September 2004. Framed by the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the iconic Moorish structure looks wonderful. I thoroughly recommend a visit – if you do go make sure you book an entry time in advance to avoid queues and disappointment.
Continuing my review of some of my most memorable overseas train journeys……. Shooting forward twenty odd years from my previous memorable train journey, in 2012 Mrs Wilbur and I undertook a mini train tour of Spain taking in Santiago de Compostela, Córdoba, Cadiz and Seville. We pre-booked an overnight train journey from atmospheric Santiago to […]
There are three main individual attractions to the wonderful compact city – the Roman aqueduct, the gothic cathedral and the remarkable alcazar (castle). In keeping with its trio of gems, the whole place is a great place to visit. It is dramatically situated surrounded by snow-capped peaks, the cobbled old town meanders around ancient churches, historic […]