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Paul Wilcox
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Geek, gamer, dancer, Googler
Geek, gamer, dancer, Googler

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Well, this is probably the last Spain post before the whole photo album is ready. We finished up spending all day at the Prado Museum immersing ourselves in Spanish fine art. Then a nighttime stroll through Retiro Park and back to our hotel to pack for our early morning departure. We finished things off with a lovely dinner at a restaurant called Diurno, where the standout dish was a goat cheese salad.

Muchas gracias por todo, Espana! We will be back again someday! 
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12/2/16
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Today was our Spanish wine tasting day. First we visited Finca la Estacada, a large winery with a massive production of great wine for so cheap - everything we tried was well under 10 euros a bottle even if we'd happily pay $20 for it in the US. After a fantastic and large lunch, we visited a small production family winery in the next town over and got a personal tour from the owner.

We had such a large lunch that we weren't ever hungry for dinner, so we enjoyed our evening strolling through a neighborhood in central Madrid that we hadn't explored yet. Tomorrow the Prado museum and hopefully back on a normal eating schedule. ☺️
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12/1/16
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Yesterday a very cold but fun day exploring Avila and Segovia. Today we go wine tasting. ☺️
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12/1/16
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After ditching our rental car, we made our way into central Madrid, our final stop of our Iberian adventure. We walked around a lot, and eventually made our way to the royal palace which was magnificent (although sadly photographs weren't allowed in most of it. After our traditional evening stroll and wine/tapas, we capped off the day with dinner at one of Madrid's best paella restaurants, La Barraca - yum!

Madrid may be our final stop but we do have a couple of out-of-town adventures scheduled. Tomorrow: Avila & Segovia! 
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11/29/16
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Toledo's cathedral is really nice. We also had a great time wandering around the medieval streets. Sadly the Alcazar was closed for some reason.

We also managed to to have a really nice meal in a very fine restaurant, which was entirely deserted because it's the off season. 
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11/28/16
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Cordoba has a really nice Alcazar and a very impressive Roman bridge. But the true highlight is the Visigothic church-turned-mosque-turned-cathedral. I've been to a lot of cathedrals but I have never seen anything so crazy as this place. It feels like it should be full of prayer mats but then has touches of over-the-top Catholic fanciness that Just. Didn't. Match. Overall an amazing building and I would come to this city again just for that place. 
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11/27/16
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Granada. Alhambra. Even in the rain, jaw-droppingly awesome. 'nuf said. 
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11/26/16
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I don't usually post politics, but this is such a great geek crossover that I couldn't resist. Who would have guessed that the current US presidential election was so accurately predicted by the campy 60s TV show?

The Washington Post: The campaign that predicted 2016 to a T: Batman vs. The Penguin. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwv7Te0DA

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We retraced our steps through Ronda, but in daylight this morning. Then another drive, this time through pastoral countryside, brought us to Grenada. We had enough time to see the Alhambra from below, visit the cathedral, and do some shopping. Tomorrow we'll concentrate on Grenada's sights. 
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11/25/16
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Today we drove from Seville, through the hills and several of the region's white towns, through spectacular mountains, and eventually arrived in beautiful Ronda. We capped off this fantastic Thanksmaversary with an amazing multi course meal.

To all our friends and family in the United States, happy Thanksgiving! Turkey isn't a thing here in Spain, but we're still thinking of you. 
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11/24/16
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