Thursday, 23 March 2017

Spaghetti Westerns

Back in the early 60's Almeria was the film location for the so called spaghetti westerns, the dollar trilogy were my favourites. Every kid with a cap gun wanted to be Clint Eastwood. 

We ended up at Texas Hollywoods Fort Bravo an hours drive away at Tabernas, still a working film set, an episode of Doctor Who was filmed here in 2012. 

A bar room brawl, cancan dancing and shoot outs with mean looking cowboys was the entertainment, I liked it all, Sue not so much.



He shot the sheriff 




Riding into town looking for trouble




'Injuns'


These girls cold twirl.










On the way home we stopped at a olive farm to sample and purchase a few oils to take home with us.



Four of our boating buddies are heading back to the canals this weekend, we will follow on shortly. We are not going to do the long drive to the Chunnel, we have booked the ferry to Portsmouth from Santander.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Seville



We took a 5 hour drive to be tourists for a couple of days in the capital of southern Spain's Andalucia region.




What a great city, it is a tourist hot spot these days through it's architecture including palaces and cathedral, many plaza's, flamenco dancing and tapa's bars, but in it's heyday it was a major trading port.



Plaza de Espana- built in the 1920's


Wealth, gold and silver flowed in to the city following some of the great Spanish empire expeditions to the Americas- the bloke England sent across the Atlantic only came back with fags and spuds! .. bit of history for you there.

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Seville Cathedral



Christopher Columbus tomb.


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Sevilles hop on hop off bus is a good way to see the cities main attractions so we made good use of it.


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We took an hours boat trip on the  Guadalquivir river





Flamenco busking.

We had a guided tour of the Seville bullring & museum, love it or hate it, it is part of Spanish cultural heritage.
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Plaza de toros de la Real Maestranza de CaballerĂ­a de Sevilla

The bull ring.

Not sure what this is depicting.



This proud guy won his freedom by beating the matador ..obviously this was some time ago

Matadors chapel


Golden tower... gold brought back from  South America was stored here.



We managed to get a quick look around our last tourist location, the Real Alcazar's palace rooms & gardens before it closed for the day.


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Carved/inlaid window shutter door.


Tram



We stayed in the heart of the old city, the Hotel Juderia which was difficult to find in the maze of narrow streets where satnavs become useless at picking up a signal, I ended up parking up and grabbing a hotel porter to show us the way.

The Hotel is spread over several buildings, passages have been tunneled under the streets to connect them.



Wednesday, 22 February 2017

A Bed Post


The guys are  hill walking without me, my fitness regime is on hold, I've been struck down with the lurgy, what started out as debilitating man flu has now got a strangle hold on my lungs.




Here in Spain as well as being able to get my BP tablets over the counter without a prescription, you can oddly enough do the same with antibiotics, hopefully they will quicken my recovery.

Our friends Martin & Cathy are heading back to their boat on Monday booo!, - we will miss them, but our other boaty friends Gordon & Dot arrive on Monday - hoorah!, we are looking forward to catching up with them.




Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Buddhist of the Sierra de la Filabres

Todays trek started after a drive to the quiet mountain village of La Serena literally translated as calm or peaceful.


After parking the car the first impression is of a time gone by when we contemplate the scene of an old woman doing her washing at the village fuenta (launderette aka fountain)








 Walking out of the village we use a well worn track used in the extraction of iron ore by a large scale 19th Century mining operation.

We did a circular route with one detour, which took us around three hours to complete.


It looks like a lot of effort went into flattening this piece of land to grow a few almond trees.





Perhaps an old smelter.

Rugged landscape

Roly and Barry










We detoured off the track and on to a tarmac road to take in a Buddhist temple high up in the Sierra de la Filabres.



Temple



You can see a couple of thin steel chimneys close by, the monks live in cave homes below.

Centre of picture is a new Buddhist retreat being built






Our most enjoyable walk to date - may do it again before we leave Spain.