Category Archives: Europe

Lorca – 24th to 26th December

We arrived in at the Lorca Parador  at 3pm after a 4 hour drive from Cuenta.  Part of the route was on a twisting road until we reached the motorway that runs along the coast past Murcia.   The parador is … Continue reading

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Cuenta – 22nd to 24th December

We had a tapas lunch near the Plaza del Torico before leaving for Cuenta. Our first Parador of the trip was in a former monastery.  We paid a bit extra to have a room with a view of the famous … Continue reading

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Valencia Day 4

We visited  the Cervellon Palace. Fernando VII signed the Constitution here in 1812, as did María Cristina her abdication. Isabel II also lodged here, and it has been the centre of many important events. Then on to the Beaux Arts … Continue reading

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Valencia Day 3

We visited the Ceramic Museum today. The exterior is adorned with rococco putti and alabaster statues. The museum is within the former Palace Marques de Dos Aguas which dates from the 15th Century but was ‘refurbished’ in 1740. La Lonja or Silk … Continue reading

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Valencia Day 2

Today we rented bikes from the hotel and cycled the length of the Turia Gardens that was formed in the former riverbed of the river Turia which was drained and rerouted after a catastrophic flood in 1957. The old riverbed … Continue reading

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A trip to Xanten, Germany

Xanten is only an hour from Nijmegen and was an important Roman city way back when. They have a very good Roman museum and excavated baths as well as a reconstructed amphitheatre and villas. We rented a car and went … Continue reading

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Visit to John & Therese in Boulogne, France – 9th October

John and Therese were due a visit especially since they had been able to take back many of the bottles of wine etc that Bill had received for this birthday in Edinburgh.  Just 4hrs drive and we arrived early evening … Continue reading

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A trip to Dalfsen, Ommen and Kampen – 3rd and 4th October

The weather was forecast to be lovely and as it might have been the last nice weekend before winter, I found a hotel in an area we hadn’t been to.  The hotel was Mooierivier which means lovely river and it … Continue reading

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Gorinchem, Woudinchem and Loevestein Castle

A day trip to Gorinchem and Woudinchem and Loevestein Castle. Gorinchem was founded around the year 1000. On 9 July 1572, the Watergeuzen (Dutch rebels against Spanish rule) conquered the city and captured 19 Catholic priests and monks because they refused … Continue reading

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A day trip to Leiden – 30th August

A nice day and a cheap train ticket to use before it expired so a trip to Leiden.

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