Welcome to another week of Travel Photo Thursday. While it hasn’t been a hectic week travel wise, it has been frantic on the work front. Thankfully, midterms end tomorrow, and once all the marking is done, it will be back to normal. I am dreaming and reminiscing this week, and my thoughts are turning to the time I spent in Spain not that long ago. I may have posted some of these shots before, and if so, I do hope you’ll enjoy them again (it’s been awhile!). I’m sharing with you a few of my favorite Spanish memories, and there were many.
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When I was a kid, I remember we used to say “Holy Toledo” a lot. Maybe that’s part of the reason I have always wanted to visit this historic Spanish town. I ended up taking a one day bus tour from Madrid. I would have preferred going on my own, but since it was so cold when I was in Spain, I just couldn’t get excited about freezing my rear off walking up and down Toledo’s windy, steep hills. Imagine my surprise when we parked the bus and took an escalator from the bottom of the town to the top! Despite the cold, the tour guide did a great job sharing her knowledge of this grand little town. I can’t wait to go back on my own, and stay a day or two, and so some REAL exploring. This was my favorite shot from the day; reminds me of a jigsaw puzzle.
Then, just when I thought I couldn’t be charmed any further, there was Segovia and it’s amazing Roman aqua duct. This was another day tour out of Madrid, and can you believe it, the day was colder than the day spent in Toledo! The sun was a real life saver that day. The guide on this tour definitely would have preferred being at home snuggled up to a warm fire. Friendly did not describe this man. His dour, stern expression kept us moving fast. Like Toledo, I hope to return to this charming slice of Spain.
Segovia’s Roman Aqua Duct…
Being there in February meant that I avoided the crowds, but again I didn’t avoid the cold! The architecture and view marry to make this such an awesome attraction. You don’t have to wonder why it is literally swamped with visitors in season.
Seville also brings back some fond memories. I spent a sunny and pleasantly warm day wandering through the city’s historical Alcazar.Wouldn’t this make a beautiful painting?
A view of the garden…
Of course, Spain wouldn’t be Spain without its out this world food and wine!
The biggest and freshest olives I have ever had the pleasure of popping into my mouth…
And it’s wine…
Spain in January and February has you missing the crowds of summer. The downside is, the weather can cold! Before visiting any of Spain’s world class museums check to see when they offer free admission. I visited Madrid’s Prado a half dozen times during my nine days in Madrid. I only paid admission ONCE. Another thing about the Prado, it is open on Mondays!
Do you have a favorited memory of Spain, or is it on your list?