Friday, 20 July 2018

Midi-Pyreneese to Carcassonne, France

Thursday 19th July 2018, Briancon, France.

15TH - 16TH JULY 2018 MIDI-PYRENEES TO CARCASSONNE

Leaving Cierp-Gaud in the Midi-Pyreneese we traveled on Tour de France roads to Carcassonne. 

After watching France win the World cup Football we left our hotel to the sounds of horns blaring and cheering for the next couple of hours as we walked to dinner and around the city.

The next day it was not only bucketing down with rain but there was thunder and lightning so we waited an hour or so before we ventured out to the Old City of Carcassonne which is Europe’s largest medieval fortified citadel.


Thursday, 19 July 2018

Santiago De Compostela and Northern Spain

Wednesday, 18th July, 2018 Gap, France


10TH - 11TH JULY 2018 SANTIAGO DE COMPESTELA

Santiago de Compostela is the capital of the autonomous community of Galicia, in northwestern Spain.
The city has its origin in the shrine of Saint James the Great, now the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, as the destination of the Way of St. James, a leading Catholic pilgrimage route since the 9th century. In 1985, the city's Old Town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (thanks Wiki)


12TH - 14TH JULY 2018 NORTHERN SPAIN

We traveled from Santiago de Compostela to Cudillero, a little harbour town, then the next day to Navarrete, then the following day we crossed the border into France.



Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Portugal

Tuesday 10th July, 2018 Santiago de Compestela, Spain.

PORTUGAL 6TH - 9TH JULY 2018

After leaving Badajoz in Spain we crossed the border into Portugal and stopped at the Amoreira Aqueduct which is huge and in the middle of town. Construction started in 1529 and finished in 1622. The overall length is 7790 metres/4.8 miles, there are 843 arches and it is 31m/102 feet high.

Then we continued on to Lisbon and caught the metro to the main centre and the tram to Belem to visit the Maritime Museum.

After Lisbon we headed north and stopped at Tomar to climb the steps and stand in the water canal of the Pegoes Aqueduct - which I found out about through Pinterest. This was an awesome aqueduct built to supply water to the Convent of Christ. Construction started in 1593 and completed in 1614. It is about 6kms/3.7miles long and has 58 arches and is 30 metres at maximum height.

Then we headed to Castello Branco for lunch and to look for the White Castle but couldn't find it and on to Figueira da Foz where we stayed at this great bed and breakfast. The next day we headed to Porto and planned to stay the night there but could not find any parking places in the narrow one way streets at all so we continued north to Braga. And now we are in Spain, I miss the Portuguese Custard Tarts already and hope to find some in Spain...

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Merida and Badajoz, Spain

Friday 6th July, 2018, Lisbon Portugal

MERIDA, 4TH JULY 2018

On Wednesday morning we left Cordoba, Spain and headed to Zafra and stopped for lunch and a quick look around.

Then we headed to Merida to see the aqueduct and the Roman Bridge.


Afterwards we went to Badajoz, pronounced Bad-a-hoze.

BADAJOZ, 4TH - 5TH JULY 2018

Badajoz is a town that dates back to the Bronze age, 4000BC and there are relics in the Museum of Archaeology in the Alcazaba, both of which are free to enter and very informative and very interesting.  The Alcazaba is an ancient Moorish citadel and was part of the Peninsular War (1805-1813).

The Puente de Palmas, also known as Puente Bobo, is the oldest bridge in Badajoz; the masonry was first laid in 1460. It has since been rebuilt a few times after flooding.








Thursday, 5 July 2018

Cordoba, Spain

Tuesday, 3rd July 2018, Cordoba Spain.

CORDOBA, SPAIN - 2ND AND 3RD JULY 2018.

On Monday morning we left Granada and headed to Cordoba. Monday afternoon we toured around the Mezquita-Catedral, the Roman Bridge and the tourist part of town,


On Tuesday morning we arrived at the Mezquita-Catedral at 8:30am when entry is free for 50mins.  The Mosque-Cathedral was built as a mosque and the structure is regarded as one of the most accomplished monuments of Moorish architecture In 784 Abd al-Rahman I ordered construction of the Great Mosque, which was considerably expanded by later Muslim rulers. Córdoba returned to Christian rule in 1236 during the Reconquista, and the building was converted to a Roman Catholic church, culminating in the insertion of a Renaissance cathedral nave in the 16th century. (Thanks to Wiki)





In the afternoon I went to the Castle of the Christian Monarchs or The Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos (Spanish for "Castle of the Christian Monarchs"), also known as the Alcázar of Córdoba, is a medieval Alcázar located in the historic centre of Córdoba. (Wiki) The gardens were beautiful.



Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Sierra Nevada and Granada, Spain

Tuesday, 3rd July, 2018, Cordoba, Spain.

SIERRA NEVADA - 30TH JUNE 2018

On Saturday morning we left Aguilas and headed to the Sierra Nevada mountains. The roads were windy, we climbed to 1500m and the views were spectacular.

We stopped in a small town at a hairpin bend called Trevelez for lunch, where they make a special ham or jamon.

Then we continued to Granada.

GRANADA, SPAIN - 1ST JULY, 2018

We walked up to the Alhambra which is situated at the top of the hill. The Alhambra is is a palace and fortress complex originally built by the Moors and It was originally constructed as a small fortress in AD 889 on the remains of Roman fortifications, and then largely ignored until its ruins were renovated and rebuilt in the mid-13th century. After the conclusion of the Christian Reconquistain 1492, the site became the Royal Court of Ferdinand and Isabellaand the palaces were partially altered in the Renaissance style. In 1526 Charles I & V commissioned a new Renaissance palace better befitting the Holy Roman Emperor. (Thanks to Wiki for the info.)





Then we walked down the hill, crossed the river and back up the hill on the other side to the lookout.