Relaxing in Reading, the New Forest and Los Angeles….

Reading is the home of my dearest friend Kim and we are lucky enough to be able to stay with her and her family whenever we are in the UK. There is nothing better than being able to wind down with people you know, in an environment which feels like home and that’s how it is when we stay there. After nearly 7 weeks away … Continue reading Relaxing in Reading, the New Forest and Los Angeles….

Goodbye Madrid….the Grand Tour ends

Our last day in Madrid was set aside to visit the Museo Nacional del Prado, with our “skip the line” tickets again being organised by the obliging Sergio. As luck would have it, our hotel was within in easy walking distance, so we set off after breakfast to arrive in time for the 10am opening. The walk in the early morning air was pleasant and gave us … Continue reading Goodbye Madrid….the Grand Tour ends

Madrid – a little bit of culture

I have to admit I am not an aficionado of modern art so I was a bit dubious about our first port of call, the Museo Reina Sofia, the Spanish National Museum of Modern Art where Picasso’s famous Guernica resides. The building itself is stark and unprepossessing and was formerly a hospital, but has a lovely interior courtyard. We arrived well before opening time with our ‘skip … Continue reading Madrid – a little bit of culture

Another great day in Madrid …

The team we dealt with at the AC Palacio Retiro were brilliant, nothing was too much trouble, and in particular, a very pleasant young man named Sergio was extremely helpful. We mentioned we might like to take a private tour, and within minutes he was back, with one which we felt would suit us – four hours with a private driver, in a Mercedes – … Continue reading Another great day in Madrid …

Marvellous Madrid …

Madrid truly is marvellous. I had no idea what to expect from Spain’s capital city, but I had heard others say they didn’t like it. We loved Barcelona and thought it might remain our favourite, but Madrid topped it. It is an elegant city full of wide boulevards,  pretty buildings, beautiful trees, stunning museums and galleries.  It felt a lot like Paris to me… I simply … Continue reading Marvellous Madrid …

Captivating Cordoba …

Cordoba was bewitching due, for the most part, to the fabulous and unique Mezquita (also called the Mosque-Cathedral of Corboba, or the Great Mosque). The drive from Seville to the Parador in Cordoba was surprisingly quick and in no time we were being shown to our spacious Junior Suite – three huge rooms with a wraparound terrace, looking out over the town.   The Paradors on this … Continue reading Captivating Cordoba …

Seville – the Cathedral and the Alcazar

After our orientation tour with Pepa, we knew what we had to do – the Cathedral and the Alcazar, so we got up early to beat the queues – except we didn’t. By the time we got to the Cathedral, the queue was rather long, which meant a half hour wait in the already hot morning sun. We could see that the queue for the Alcazar was of a … Continue reading Seville – the Cathedral and the Alcazar