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Trip report--Peggy & Maryfran's trip to Spain

Trip report--Peggy & Maryfran's trip to Spain

Nov 29th, 2004, 10:48 AM
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Chele60, You are so nice! And I'm delighted if you found the post helpful in planning your trip and in gearing up for the adventure.

By the way, I forgot to post the link to the last small group of my photos - including a couple from Cuenca and the remaining few from Madrid, including a couple of the Palacio San Martin, in case anyone looking for a great place to stay in Madrid would like to see what the hotel looks like.


There are lots of great posts about Spain on this site, including some of my favorites - one by SharonRayMac, several by OReilly, and too many others to mention! Happy reading!
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Nov 29th, 2004, 08:26 PM
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Thank you so much for posting your detailed and delightful trip report and for sharing your wonderful photos. I'm a fellow Washingtonian (Seattle) and am planning another trip to Spain in May and so much of your information has been helpful.

You brought back so many good memories in your descriptions of Alhambra and Mezsquita and other cites we've been to and have given me ideas for our next trip. I laughed when you told us about Peggy's experiences speaking Spanish--I've been studying for 2 years, but am not a stellar student and noone assumes I'm going to understand, so they seem to slow down for me. That and start laughing (my husband claims I'm the one who laughs first, but it doesn't matter--we all have a good laugh!) Also, I think you're real sports about the driving. We got "stuck" in more than one little village (and my husband didn't believe me when I told him the signs translated to "dangerous curves", so this trip, I plan to use trains, buses, and taxis.

If you have time, I'd appreciate if you could answer a few questions. How did you book Hotel Rector and Infanta Isabella and do you recall how much you paid for them?

Thanks again for sharing your adventures with us.

Best wishes,

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Nov 29th, 2004, 11:23 PM
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Mary Fran - Fantastic trip report. I really appreciate that you stuck with it and did the trip report even though Spain did not resonate with you the same way as other places had. I'm so glad you didn't take the advice to not do the trip report.

I also loved all the photo slide shows that went along with your trip report. I found them to be quite inspiring.

Chele60- you'll find loads of trip reports about Spain on Fodor's. Do a little search for "trip report" and Spain and you'll be fixed for some very fine reading.

my trip report...(Blushing, blushing with joy that someone found my report worthwhile to mention) Here's the link. It's lengthy, and I included loads of links so you can find detailed information. http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...2&tid=34483366

Somewhere within my report I referred someone to OaktownTraveler's epic report and listed the urls for them. It's another lengthy, but fun, wonderful read.

O'Reilly also goes by Ger... You might search for OReilly, Ger, trip report and Spain on Google to find those reports. (Sometimes Google does a better job with the searches than Fodor's search feature.) Here's one of Ger's reports.

Speaking of Ger... One of the best trip reports ever is a fun trip report Ger wrote about Bridget Jones in Barcelona. I could not find this on Fodors, but did find it at Slow Trav...here's the url.

For other Spain Trip reports on Slow Traveler:
http://www.slowtrav.com/tr/default.a..._orderby=uname (you'll see some names you recognize from Fodor's... bobthenavigator, Ger/OReilly and others)

Have a tremendous time planning your trip!
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Nov 29th, 2004, 11:23 PM
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And to Pegontheroad... fantastic trip report... thank you for sharing!
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Nov 30th, 2004, 04:24 AM
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Thanks so much to both of you for a wonderful trip report--which with the additions by others is about to become a classic on Spain. We took a similar trip 3 or 4 years ago and it was wonderful to relive it through your descriptions. I really appreciate all your work in presenting this report. Thanks.
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Nov 30th, 2004, 07:45 AM
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Artlover, I think (but am not positive) we booked both the Infanta Isabel in Segovia and Hotel Rector in Salamanca on www.charming-spain-hotels.com/en/. We booked a superior double at the 14-room Hotel Rector for 127 euros, and a medium double at the 37-room Infanta Isabel for 97 euros.

The important thing about Infanta Isabel, in my opinion, is to make sure your room faces the Plaza Mayor, because the view is simply wonderful!

As for the driving, we loved it, except those few times when we couldn't avoid driving in towns, and even those experiences passed for adventure and fond memories for us.

It's really nice to hear from you all. Happy travels!
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Nov 30th, 2004, 09:47 AM
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I forgot to post the link to my photos of Cordoba. If anyone would like to see the photos of the Mezquita, great countryside, and our posh digs at Hotel Los Omeyas, here it is:

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Nov 30th, 2004, 09:52 AM
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OOPS! WRONG LINK. Those are photos of Granada. Here's the link to the Cordoba photos:

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Nov 30th, 2004, 10:04 AM
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Thanks for the wonderful trip report. I have enjoyed reading it and seeing your photos, too (love the comments about what people are wearing, etc).

Perhaps I missed it, but was there a link to your Seville photos?

I am going in March, and would love to see some pictures.

Thanks again ladies!
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Nov 30th, 2004, 10:22 AM
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Cruisin, My Sevilla photos are still on the crashed hard drive of my laptop! Argh!!!! Our computer guy at the office has taken the laptop and I'm pretty confident he'll be able to recover the photos and bring my old laptop back to life. I'll post them here when and if he is successful in recovering them.

I used the laptop's failure as an excuse to buy a new one with built-in CD writer, so in the future I'll copy the photos to disk nightly and be assured there will be a backup.

Ah, yes ... what people were wearing. Me and Joan Rivers and our inimitable fashion commentary, the catty advantage of being invariably so smartly dressed ourselves.
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Dec 1st, 2004, 11:30 AM
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Mary Fran,
Thank you for the information. I will check it out.
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Jan 8th, 2005, 07:29 PM
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Mary Fran - just found this after you answered my recent Spain question (don't know how I missed it the first time). Anyway, great info and I love your photos. Did you manage to retrieve your Barcelona and Sevilla photos from your crashed computer? If so, could you post the link I'd love to see them.
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Jan 8th, 2005, 07:49 PM
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Loved this report, "girls really have fun" nods to that (awful) song
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Jan 8th, 2005, 08:32 PM
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No, unfortunately, my old laptop is still languishing at the computer doctor's, and I'm not holding my breath that he'll be able to retrieve the photos. He won't take any money from me, but he definitely works at his own pace.

Incidentally, I think the Granada photo link may have gotten broken. Just in case, here it is again:


We really did have a great time on that trip, though I whined about my feet and the food at the time. Someone please pommel me next time I do that, okay?
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Jan 8th, 2005, 08:58 PM
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Mary_fran, I loved the way dotphoto introduced your wonderful photos. Being house bound for a month, had my glass of wine and watched you have fun and see beauty, thanks.
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Jan 8th, 2005, 09:07 PM
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It's so nice to hear from you! I'm glad my report and photos and a glass or two of wine helped you pleasantly pass an evening.

We had several inches of snow fall today and yesterday, so I too have been enjoying being curled up on the sofa with my laptop and some liquid refreshment, visiting photo links and trip reports on Fodors.

Im blessed to have my indomitable sister Peg to travel with, almost unfailingly cheerful and kind, even when I get crabby and peevish.
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Feb 18th, 2013, 01:00 PM
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I had forgotten about this trip report but accidentally found it again. Great trip report, Mary. It's always fun reading your stuff because you write so well, and of course, it's fun to relive that memorable trip.

When I saw your mention of Caceres, I remembered how nervous we were about cutting into the roast suckling pig. We could just feature the pig getting away from us as we sawed at the skin and sailing across the room.
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