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I'm back from vacation *PICS* (done uploading)

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by bigjbear, Oct 21, 2005.

  1. bigjbear

    bigjbear 1 ton status Staff Member Moderator

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    Hi guys, I'm back from Spain. We had a great time, but its good to be back in the USA. Saw loots of cool stuff and met many intresting people, including family members. I'll post up some pics this afternoon.
     
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    bigjbear 1 ton status Staff Member Moderator

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    While we were in Madrid we stayed at a hotel called La Victoria 4 (which was handy, because it was also the adress). The street is where the meat goes after the the bullfights. In fact, the tapas bar across the street has tile work that is in Madrid postcards. The place to buy tickets was right next to it and the area is labeled on tours for the being the place to go after a bullfight. We saw some crazy stuff, one horse was knocked down by a bull. Two matadores were hooked by bulls, one was knocked down & the other flipped into the air.

    Bullfight in Madrid:

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    bigjbear 1 ton status Staff Member Moderator

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    While we were in Madrid we also went to the Royal Palace & Cathedral along with the Plaza Mayor:

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    I can't leave out the Museum of Ham & Tio Pepe sign:

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    That's it for Madrid. I'll post some other citys, including some great castels later.
     
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    All I can say is, Wow!!!!!!!! :bow: :bow: :bow:
     
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    Looks like you had a good time. The pics are great. :waytogo:
     
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    Toledo

    Now on to Toledo. The hotel we stayed in here was very old and built just inside the city walls. The courtyard was was formed by the them on one side.

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    The Cathedral was Isabel the Catholic's.

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    Next two are from Avila, first the city walls & in the second one you can see some huge stork nests on a bell tower:

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    Next is the Plaza Mayor in Salamanaca, it is considered to be the most beautiful one in Spain. The next day we saw the Spanish Royal Family on the balcony:

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    The city walls from our side trip to Almedia, Portugal:

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    Back into Spain, we went to a bodega and stoped to see this castle in Vallodalid. It is now used as office space for the local goverment:

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    great pics, MAN i love those doors. :bow: :bow:
     
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    bigjbear 1 ton status Staff Member Moderator

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    One from Zamora:
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    This is Penfiel (faithful castle), so named because it was never conquered by the Moors. It is now a wine making museum:

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    A rural Plaza Mayor from the castle (loving the big zoom lens):

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    bigjbear 1 ton status Staff Member Moderator

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    Last set. There are a thousand (literally) more, but I don't want to bore anyone.

    Segovia's alcazar:

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    The Roman aquaduct in Segovia:

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    Another door for you Boggerless (the wood work is amazing):
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    This door is somewhere in Madrid. I'd have to look at my notes to tell you where.

    Hope everyone enjoyed looking.
     
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    ABSOLUTLY AWESOME :D what a great vacation, for us all. :haha:
     
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    Nice pics! Castles are awesome, I need to get my butt to Germany to see Neuschwanstein. Some awesome stuff in Switzerland, too.
     
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    bigjbear 1 ton status Staff Member Moderator

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    I kind of went crazy taking pics of castles. There were a ton more. I'm thinking about having one of them tattooed on my shoulder.
     
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    Dam thats sweet, we have been thinking of going to another country too, but we coulnt pick one to go to lol :haha:

    GREAT pics!
     
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    bigjbear 1 ton status Staff Member Moderator

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    Hell, a map & dart will work will work if you don't have a place picked out. I've kind of done that with the US. Pulled out my map and said "That place sounds cool" and went. A better way to do it overseas would probably be to look for airfare below $300 and go there.

    I really wanted to go to Spain because that is where my father's family is from. (If the region ever stabilizes I'll visit where my mom's family is from.)
    I'll probably make a post of the little town where the family was from later on. Its a great little farm town. I need to re-size more pics before I do, though.

    If you are thinking about going, I'd say go for it. My only two regrets are not learning more Spanish first, and not going sooner. Also, rent the smallest car your group can fit into. And don't bother with a car if you only plan to stay in a large city, they are worse than useless there.
     
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    I couldnt handle driving on the wromng side of the road :haha:
     
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    Nice - thanks for the pictures.
     
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    All of Continental Europe drives on the right, same as we do. Just those crazy Brits do it backward :D
     
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    Thanks for showing us the pics! It looks like your also a picture hound. Nice photos.
     
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    Love those castle pics...thanks
     

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