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The Hemingway Hunter(s)

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With limited time to spend in Europe I was going to have to think of something sneaky and clever to get Sheena to let me have my way. While Sheena wanted to walk around fancy European trinket markets looking at…

On the Banks of the Rio Darro

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The grass along the banks of the Rio Darro hung tall and still under the roasting midday sun. Below the dipping reeds the water flowed crystal clear without hint of turbulence, like air with the viscosity of motor oil. A…

Antigua, Guatemala

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Antigua was once the capital of Guatemala, and held that honor for more than 200 years. And since the city is nearly 500 years old, the name Antigua (which means ancient) seems fitting. The city was once filled with grandiose…

Africa Calling

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Having arrived in Europe is both a triumph and a shock to the system. For the past two years we’ve explored the Earth’s faraway wild places with wonder and amazement. Every time we moved we were moving into the unknown,…

Inland Spain – escaping the hordes

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Spain is a country of contrast and often unjustly reputed as a haven for holidaymakers seeking competitive tanning, cheap lager and meals from photo-board menus. But escape the coastal concentration of package tour masses and head inland where an unspoilt,…

San Miguel de Allende

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San Miguel de Allende is located in the heart of Mexico. So fitting for the town that became the first in all of Mexico to be declared free of Spanish rule during the war of independence. Before the Spanish arrived…

Besalú, Cataluña, Spain 11/13

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It was in Figueres that we met up with our old friend Chema Huete, past editor of Solo Auto 4×4. The readers of this magazine followed our travels through South America in the late 80’s and our Siberian trip in…

Camping Riudarenes, Cataluña, Spain

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Leaving Barcelona, we headed east. It was getting late and we really needed to take a couple of days to reorganize, sort slides, answer emails, etc., so when we spotted an off the beaten track campground, we turned left. Soon…

Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain

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Arriving in Barcelona, we had three goals: Finding a safe parking place for The Turtle V, and revisiting both the Mercat (Market) de la Boqueria and the Basilica La Sagrada Familia. Carefully following our GPS instructions, we spent a good…

Colónia Güell, Cataluña, Spain 10/13

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During our visit to St Cirq Lapopie, France, we met Pablo and Cris, a nice couple from Santa Coloma de Cervelló near Barcelona who invited us to stop by on our way east. They kept insisting the nearby Colónia Güell…

Costa Blanca #3, Spain 11/13

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Escaping from the flock of Snowbirds and the super resort city of Benidorm, we arrived in Jávea (Xabia) by evening and rather than search for a campground—that turned out to be closed for the winter—we found safe parking on the…

Costa Blanca #2, Spain, 11/13

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With our grey water tank nearly full and our freshwater tank almost empty, we headed north to Aguilas to resupply. Leaving Cabo de Gata and the Costa Almería, we drove north on good highways towards the super resort city of…

Costa Blanca #1, Spain 11/13

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Cabo de Gata Coast is dotted with numerous deserted coves and beaches, but not all allow camping with self-contained motorhomes. Following a tortuous third-gear highway with numerous hairpins, we climbed over a coastal mountain ridge and descended again to the…

Cabo de Gata #1, Almería, Spain 10/13

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Getting an early start from Granada and the incomparable La Alhambra, we wanted to be ahead of the other 6998 tourists who had presumably visited the complex with us the day before. Too many churches, too many palaces and castles.…

Granada & La Alhambra, Andalucía, Spain 10/13

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We are in Granada now, a city that always had sort of a magical ring. “Welcome to the Monumental Complex of the Alhambra and the Generalife”. That’s what the brochure reads we picked up at the gate. Certainly “monumental” and…

Córdoba #2, Andalucía, Spain 10/13

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  Having seen the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos fortress and the Cathedral of Córdoba, we realized that there was much more to see in Córdova than we had time for in one day. Abandoning the dusty, noisy overpriced campground,…

Córdoba #1, Andalucía, Spain 10/13

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Arriving in the City of Córdoba, we basically had two goals. First was to take a quick look at the famous Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos fortress and take a peak inside the Cathedrál de Cordoba, and then, what was…

Miura Ranch, Andalucia, Spain 10/13

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As a young boy living near Guadalajara, Mexico, bullfighting was one of those things kids played, like cowboys and Indians. Having been to several bullfights over the years, I’ve always been intrigued about where these specially bred bulls come from.…

Monesterio, Extremadura, Spain 10/13

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As we mentioned in our first blog about Seville, we were fortunate to watch a professional ham-cutting contest. We had tasted this amazing ham during our previous travels in Spain and we always wondered how and where it was produced,…

Sevilla #2, Andalucía, Spain 10/13

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One of the interesting things we could clearly see in Seville was the influence of the Arabic culture that dominated here for centuries before Christianity finally won out. Among the many amazing sites to visit in the city, the Alcázar…

Sevilla #1, Andalucía, Spain 10/13

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Heading east, we could not miss the magical city of Seville (Sevilla in Spanish). It had a feeling of a walk-around town, though one could easily get lost in the meandering pedestrian alleys and narrow side streets. We did a…