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December 30, 2012

Spain: Ávila


Ávila's walls

Ávila’s walls

Our road route from Salamanca to Seqovia took us near Ávila Spain.  Guidebooks say that Ávila is famous for its imposing medieval walls, the most complete fortifications in Spain.  (more…)

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Spain: Salamanca


Vaulting high above Salamanca's nave

Vaulting high above Salamanca’s nave

Leaving Portugal we headed off to Spain via the modern freeway system.  Breezing by at the side of the motorway were the oak forest grazing grounds for free-range black-footed (more…)

December 23, 2012

Portugal: Alto Douro


Heading to the Douro River

Heading to the Douro River

Where do the grapes come from?

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December 19, 2012

Portugal: Porto


A tram rolls through Porto's streets

A tram rolls through Porto’s streets

Twenty years ago during a particularly pleasant work related boondoggle I visited Porto Portugal for the first time.  Though I include the stop on my travel resume, the visit was (more…)

December 7, 2012

Spain: Padrón

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Though a statue honors the local pepper sellers, we found it hard to find pimentos de Padrón in Padrón.

Though a statue honors the local pepper sellers, we found it hard to find pimentos de Padrón in Padrón.

Since our first visit to Northern Spain we’ve had a strong affinity for pimentos de Padrón.  These some times spicy little green peppers are addictive; our cravings have led to clinical (more…)

December 6, 2012

Spain: Santiago de Compostela


Catedral de Santiago de Compostela

Catedral de Santiago de Compostela

The web of routes that make up the Way of Saint James have one thing in common; they all lead to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia Spain.

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December 2, 2012

Spain: Tower of Hercules


Tower of Hercules in A Coruña Spain

Tower of Hercules in A Coruña Spain

The pictures on the Internet looked cool.  And Wikipedia’s description of the Tower of Hercules made us want to visit even more.  Torre de Hércules, as the Tower of Hercules is known in Galician, is an ancient Roman lighthouse located on a peninsula near A Coruña in the northwest of Spain.  This we had to see.

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Spain: Lugo


The Roman Walls of Lugo

The Roman Walls of Lugo

On the way from Oviedo to Santiago de Compostela we stopped in Lugo to see the walls.  Though we can stare at walls pretty much anywhere, Lugo’s walls aren’t just any walls.

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Spain: Oviedo


Cathedral of San Salvadora in Oviedo

Cathedral of San Salvadora in Oviedo (HDR)

Oviedo is a delicious, exotic, beautiful, clean, pleasant, tranquil and pedestrianised city.  It is as if it did not belong to this world, as if it did not exist … Oviedo is like a fairy-tale.”

—Woody Allen

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