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2018/10/31 Googleween 2018
π 2018-10-31 01:01 in Google
I wasn't in the country last year, but was this year, so I took my light costume to work


sadly googleween for kids was a cluster from what I heard (too many people, impossible to even get to for some)
sadly googleween for kids was a cluster from what I heard (too many people, impossible to even get to for some)

Long line to get in, 30mn to wait to get through a security line:









Time for the costume contest. I played but didn't win :)























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2018/10/27 Redwood City's Seaport New Google Buildings
π 2018-10-27 01:01 in Google
While I was nearby for a conference, I went to check out some new buildings from the Seaport campus. It's still being built and most buildings aren't open for business yet, but what I saw was very nice, with a great view:








As I said, views from the buildings:



2018/10/26 Nepture Project at F8 Nightclub for Halloween
π 2018-10-26 01:01 in Clubbing
Just one day from Aly and Fila at 1015, Neptune Project did a 7H set at F8 Nightclub. I was not able to do the whole 21:00 to 04:00 due to the previous night and a conference I had to go to the next morning. Yet, I stayed much longer than planned due to how good the set was (not counting my friends playing in the secondary room, and those sets didn't suck either).




Main Room:





Aweome sets, I got home way too late, thanks to all ;)

Video summary:

2018/10/25 Aly and Fila at 1015 Folsom
π 2018-10-25 01:01 in Clubbing
Aly and Fila's Fadi, came to 1015 on a thursday night. It was not an ideal time for many, but eh, better than nothing at all. To be fair, I didn't love his set, but nice to see my TFSF peeps, including my friends who DJ'ed in other rooms:





DJ Blurr playing in the other room
DJ Blurr playing in the other room


Martin Cisco
Martin Cisco


Fadi
Fadi


Video Summary:

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2018/10/20 Denver Museum Nature and Science
π 2018-10-20 01:01 in Sciencemuseums
While in Denver, I figured I'd go see the Museum Nature and Science before seeing a few other things that day. Little did I know that I'd spend the entire day in the museum from open to close (09:00 to 17:00).

While the museum has lots of displays, most of them are displays of many animals around the world, and they were surprisingly well made:
















Pikas!
Pikas!

baby birds, so cute
baby birds, so cute













The prehistoric section was well made too:











Also a small Egyptian section:




Also a small section on native americans:


Also a section onthe human body:




Other rooms had very nice collections of crystals:






I didn't have enough time for it, I could have spent several hours there, but they had a special exhibition which was a lot of brain teasers. That was fun, but I had to limit my time there. Too bad it likely won't be there next time I'm in Denver.




And I finished up with teh space section:



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2018/10/19 Visitng the Wings Over The Rockies Air and Space Museum
π 2018-10-19 01:01 in Flying
The museum is in an old hangar that used to be part of an air force base that is now way gone, with even its runway replaced by houses. There is a nice B52 parked outside, which feels surreal since it seems that there is no way it could have gotten there with all the streets and houses around:










a nice B1A lancer prototype
a nice B1A lancer prototype



a land speed record vehicle
a land speed record vehicle













As a special bonus, they had the actual X-Wing starfighter from the star wars movies:



The museum also had a small space portion:



So, I'll be honest in saying that it was not the best plane museum I've seen, partially because it was not that big (about 2H to get around it), but also because despite the big hangar space, planes were piled up in a way that it was hard to see them, which was kind of a shame. Still, if you are in the Denver area, it's still worth a visit.

2018/10/18 Denver Aquarium
π 2018-10-18 01:01 in Aquariums
While in Denver, I had a look at the aquarium that is open late in the evening, and it was a decent size, worth almost 2H:













They had a beautiful octopus that was quite active when I visited:




so sad I didn't get to touch its suckers :)
so sad I didn't get to touch its suckers :)

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2018/10/18 Just Over 48H in Denver
π 2018-10-18 01:01 in Trips



I arrived Thursday afternoon with a bit of time to see the nearby History Museum which was actually quite good and needed 2 visits to finish it up (3.5-4H):





lots of mining history in CO
lots of mining history in CO




Mesa Verde is a cool old city under the rocks.
Mesa Verde is a cool old city under the rocks.

Next, I took a city bike (using the uber app, interesting) to the Denver Aquariuum




Then, I got lucky and the Botanical Gardens had a halloween themed night visit:














Friday morning, I started with a 2H guided walk through town. Denver spends a set amount of money on art, so there is a lot of it:














AFter the tour, I went to the Wings Over The Rockies Air and Space, which was interesting but probably worth only 2 to 3H at most:



Friday evening, I went to the Clyfford art museum during evening hours. Worth 30-45mn as I was not a fan:



Next door was the Denver Art Museum:




some guy took Japanese snow monkeys and took them to Texas to see if they would adapt. They did, but kind of questionable
some guy took Japanese snow monkeys and took them to Texas to see if they would adapt. They did, but kind of questionable






The buildings were nicely lit at night:


Saturday, I thought I'd start with the Denver Museum Nature and Science, which opened at 09:00. I was there from opening time and ended up spending all day until they closed. They're located in a nice park:



Then, giving that the museum took all day, it was time to go back to the airport.

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2018/10/16 A few days in Boulder, CO
π 2018-10-16 01:01 in Trips

While it was just mid October, Boulder had already gotten some snowfall just before I arrived. One morning, I took a bike to the University of Colorado at Boulder to tour the campus. It's nothing too special, but still worth a quick visit:









While in Boulder, I also went to visit the [Google office buildings there|perso/google/post_2018-10-16_Boulder-and-Thornton-Office-5-Years-Later.html]

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2018/10/16 Boulder and Thornton Office 5 Years Later
π 2018-10-16 01:01 in Google
It's been 5 years since I last visited the Boulder office. This time I was there for a sysadmin summit, although by then the office I went to last time was closed for renovations, so I was in a newer office, in which I took a few pictures, along with 2 closeby offices.

we got a bit of snow just before arriving
we got a bit of snow just before arriving



very nice patio and mountain view
very nice patio and mountain view




nice climbing wall
nice climbing wall

very fancy bike shop
very fancy bike shop











nice
nice



On my way out, I went to see some coworkers in the thornton office nearby (north of denver):


some weapons are missing, is that a bad thing? :)
some weapons are missing, is that a bad thing? :)

thornton used to be a doubleclick datacenter, not in use anymore
thornton used to be a doubleclick datacenter, not in use anymore






2018/10/14 Centre Pompidou
π 2018-10-14 01:01 in Museums, Paris
It has been so many years since I was able to enter Centre Pompidou due to a completely ridiculous line to even enter the building, never mind the exhibits which can have hour+ lines themselves too.
I thought pre-purchased tickets would help, but really not so much. Thankfully the line getting in wasn't terrible, but some temporary expos still had very long lins. So, we went to see the other ones first, and thankfully they were open late, so we were able to see the other ones later.

Modern art is well, variable. There were some interesting bits, others were so-so:
























I definitely wouldn't put this first in a visit of Paris, starting with how hard it is to get into it, but I'm happy we got to see it eventually.

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2018/10/14 Musee des Arts et Metiers
π 2018-10-14 01:01 in Paris, Sciencemuseums
I can't believe that in all these years, I never went to Musée des Arts et Métiers. It's a wonderful science museum that focuses on machines over the years, and doesn't have the hords of screaming kids, which is a huge plus :)


































Most people don't know that the first heavier than air aircraft was french and dated from the late 1800's. It was however a poor aircraft that was not well controlable, so history didn't remember it as the first aircraft:




More interestingly, the museum is attached to a church was was repurposed as display space:





We ended up spending much longer than planned there, and it was worth even more. Greatly recommended.

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2018/10/14 A Short Day in Paris
π 2018-10-14 01:01 in Paris, Trips
Coming back from Spain, we spent the afternoon in Paris before flying home the next morning.
In hindsight, I made the mistake of lining up a couple of museums when in fact we should have just spent the entire day out to enjoy the summer in Paris, which we otherwise never get to do.

We started with Musée des Arts et Métiers (on its own page):


And then we went to Centre Pompidou (on its own page):


Not often that we're in Paris during the summer, so we went around 1st Arrondissement:






We then went to Centre Pompidou, which included fairly good views:




Notre Dame before it burnt
Notre Dame before it burnt

Tour St Jacques
Tour St Jacques





la défense
la défense



Then it was time to go home. Nice lighting in CDG airport



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2018/10/13 Madrid's Museo del Aire
π 2018-10-13 01:01 in Flying, Spain2018
Just outside of Madrid, Museo del Aire is actually a pretty good air museum. It is free (but accepts donations), so it does not have a lot of funds, and some of the signs were damaged by weather and waiting replacement. Nonetheless, what they had is worth the trip if you're interested in planes. Minus side is the opening hours that are quite limited: only 10:00 to 14:00.

Half the collection is outdoors and the other half inside hangars:

















Multiple hangars with more aircraft:


















Nice collection of engines:







The last (or actually first) hangar had world war 1 planes:





I also have to give them credit for recognizing the French inventor, Clement Ader, who made the first heavier than air flying machine (using a heavy steam engine), 6 years before the wright brothers. Sadly that machine didn't work well but it still flew:


The museum was definitely worth at least 2H if you care about flying things :)

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2018/10/13 Spain 2018 Wrapup
π 2018-10-13 00:00 in Spain2018, Trips
Spain is definitely amongst the top countries in Europe to go visit. While I might still rank it behind Italy and France, it's a tough call between it and Germany, and I would put it in front of the UK (not counting London which is well worth seeing a week on its own).
It had lots of nice things to see, even if most were church related as Spain is indeed still a very religious (catholic) country. This doesn't count the few mosques that are left (most have been well destroyed and got a church built on top for good measure).

Late september/early oct seemed like a good time to go, not terribly busy or hot, although the main cities were still busy for sure: Séville very busy while Cordoba not at all for instance. Getting tickets for the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona was essential still while some other attractions would have had manageable enough waits, even if it was fine to skip them anyway where possible with advance tickets. Weather was still quite varied between sweating in Barcelona and quite cool in Madrid (down to 13C one day).
And yet, despite the temps that were more than ok, some cities still had stupid and pointless siesta hours that closed most everything from 14:00 to 16:30, really fucking up sightseeing (Hello Zaragoza, get a clue if you want more tourists, especially as a day trip from madrid with quite expensive fast train tickets). On the plus side, this is mostly going away in many cities, or wasn't relevant in October which wasn't considered summer anymore.

History wise, it would take me a while to go through it all, and I wouldn't do a good job anyway, but long story short the muslims invaded part of Spain and stayed a few hundred years until Christian crusades took them all out and destroyed all their mosques except for a select few (and the one in cordoba got an unsightly church built in a very middle, seemingly as a "fuck you"). The Jews also picked the wrong religion apparently and were invited to convert (eh, they only had to accept Jesus, and a few extra books), or were cordially invited to leave. A few remained underground and kept their faith while pretending to be christian and eating pork in front of witnesses.

I can't stay I really support bull fighting, but it was interesting to learn about the history and culture around it, as well as seeing the bull rings, and even a bull raising farm.

Food was good overall. My sampling palate enjoyed the tapas that most restaurants offered, sangria as well, and the many different ways you can eat pig :) (including milk fed pigglets).

The trip, thanks to Rick Steves suggestions (and I'll say that Rick Steves book seem frozen in time and lack really needed updates, as well as in the case of Spain providing a very questionable suggested routing, so we had to work hard to make our own that made more sense, thanks Arturo for the help there), we did go to see UK's Gibraltar which is worth the trip (and unlike what the book said, will happily use your euros if you don't have british pounds), and the day trip from Tarifa to Tangier, while not strictly necessary, was educational, especially with our private guide.
Not unlike France, most of the south is hard to visit with a car, but once you get to Madrid, public transport works fine. Going through smaller towns like Ronda was worth the car, though.

So, that was that for Spain, nice trip, most everything went according to plan. Here is the route:

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2018/10/12 Zaragoza Origami Museum
π 2018-10-12 01:01 in Museums, Spain2018
This was an unusual find in Zaragoza during our day visit. Off the beaten path but very worth the visit, very fancy pieces:
















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2018/10/12 Spain Day 19: Zaragoza
π 2018-10-12 01:01 in Spain2018, Trips

Zaragoza was the farthest city we saw from Madrid as a day trip. 2H fast (expensive) train:



We randomly picked a day that was a huge Christian festival, festival of Pilar. It was fun but also a huge mess, millions of people everywhere:









Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar was beautiful, but it was a total mess with all the crowds:





it's big, but it was packed
it's big, but it was packed














We took the elevator to the top, decent views:












Lots of Roman ruins and museums:

they had a nice amphitheatre
they had a nice amphitheatre






lead pipes, yum
lead pipes, yum


Sadly, some things were closed due to the massive festival, which was clusterf a times, not counting all the things that were closed from 14:00 to 16:00 for siesta:



we were forced to stop for a 15:00 lunch
we were forced to stop for a 15:00 lunch


Thankfully a few things were still open:












One of the open things was the very cool Origami Museum (click for its own page):


Eventually we went to the other part of town to visit, we went to Aljafería Palace:










And then it was finally time to take a late 300kph train back to Madrid:


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2018/10/11 Salamanca Automotive Museum
π 2018-10-11 01:01 in Cars, Spain2018
Salamanca, just 2H from Madrid, had a surprisingly good car museum which we went to visit during our [visit of the city|perso/spain2018/post_2018-10-11_Spain-Day-18_-Salamanca.html].










car converted to coal during the war
car converted to coal during the war

















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2018/10/11 Spain Day 18: Salamanca
π 2018-10-11 01:01 in Spain2018, Trips

Salamanca was the farthest yet. Only a single fast train per day at non ideal times, leading for a shorter day in Salamanca. Jennifer used the time to rest in train:


We started with a surprising good car museum worth 2H (follow the link for more):


After the car musuem, we stopped by Casa Lis, a nice art deco museum, and yet another "no pictures" place:






Next was the great Leronimus Cathedral:







oh my, I hope it's not load bearing
oh my, I hope it's not load bearing
















La Clerecía, University of Salamanca, Museo de San Esteban and Convent,























Nice Views:



Walk through town:



yum
yum




The visit was not super long due to the 2H train ride each way, and only one direct fast train per day, so we had to head back not too late.

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2018/10/10 Spain Day 17 part 3: Avila
π 2018-10-10 01:01 in Spain2018, Trips

Our last excursion from Madrid for the day was Avila. We took a train from El Escorial and arrived mid afternoon. A bit late, but just enough time to visit:


we asked our cab from the train station to take us to a viewpoint
we asked our cab from the train station to take us to a viewpoint



Avila has the best city walls in Spain
Avila has the best city walls in Spain

By the city entrance, we have San Vicente de Ávila:









We then got a tour in a Tuck-tuck:





Next, we went to visit the main Cathedral:
















We then went to walk the beautiful city walls:







We then had a very rushed visit of Convent of Santa Teresa de Jesus and then caught a bus back to the train station for a train home:



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2018/10/10 Spain Day 17 part 1: El Escorial
π 2018-10-10 01:01 in Spain2018, Trips

Our next excursion from Madrid was El Escorial - Valley of the Fallen - Avila. We started with Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial:


good thing the entire train didn't crash
good thing the entire train didn't crash

Quick cab ride from train station, sadly yet another place that doesn't allow pictures. This was getting old by then:


























The outside was nice too:




Next, we took a cab to Valley of the Fallen.

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2018/10/10 Spain Day 17 part 2: Valley of the Fallen
π 2018-10-10 01:01 in Spain2018, Trips

After El Escorial, we took a cab to Valley of the Fallen that waited for us there as there is no usable transport.

It's a Francoist regime monument, Catholic basilica and a monumental memorial which is very controversial as it's equivalent to being a monument to hitler.

It's yet yet yet another place that doesn't allow pictures.







Francisco Franco
Francisco Franco






we then hurried back to our cab to catch a train to Avila, our 3rd location for the day.

2018/10/09 Spain Day 16: Aranjuez
π 2018-10-09 01:01 in Spain2018, Trips

Per recommendation from Arturo, we tried to go see the Royal Palace of Aranjuez. Sadly, when we arrived, it was closed without notice, so we only got to see the gardens. Sigh, mostly wasted time (2H going there and back, and 2H onsite...)

We took a morning local train:



It was a 10mn walk from the train station, and we only got to see the gardens, which thankfully were still ok:













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2018/10/09 Visiting Campus Madrid and Google Madrid Office
π 2018-10-09 01:01 in Google
Google has a building for entrepreneurs in Madrid, called "Campus Madrid" where tech people are encouraged to network and hang out. We had a quick visit:





A few days later, we stopped by the Google office in the newer part of Madrid:













there was a 3D printer in the printing room, nice
there was a 3D printer in the printing room, nice



2 nice cafes:

Spanish meal hours. Lunch until 15:00, and 'pre-dinner' until 19:00 so that you can have your real dinner around 21:00 :)
Spanish meal hours. Lunch until 15:00, and 'pre-dinner' until 19:00 so that you can have your real dinner around 21:00 :)





Funny thing was on the same floor was a wells fargo office:


2018/10/08 Madrid Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
π 2018-10-08 01:01 in Museums, Spain2018
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is a very nice small-ish but very complete museum on all kinds paintings over the years. As a nice gesture, it was one of the few museums that actually still allowed pictures. Thanks to them for that:























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2018/10/07 Spain Day 14: Toledo
π 2018-10-07 01:01 in Spain2018, Trips

Todelo was the next city we went to by train as a day trip from Madrid:







We then went to Museo del Greco:






Toledo has other jewish museums and buildings:







Monasterio de San Juan de los Reyes:









More walking through town:


Museo de los Concilios y la Cultura Visigoda








Santuario Sagrados Corazones:



nice views from the top
nice views from the top

Alcázar de Toledo/military museum
Alcázar de Toledo/military museum




More random things:






We then went to visit the Alcázar de Toledo:



















The Alcázar has a nice church inside:





















After a long day in Toledo, time to go home:


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2018/10/06 Spain Day 13: Segovia - La Granja
π 2018-10-06 01:01 in Spain2018, Trips

After arriving in Madrid, we used it as a base to go visit a bunch of neighboring towns as day trips by train. Our first one was Segovia and La Granja:

with a fast train, we got there in around 1H
with a fast train, we got there in around 1H

Segovia is known for its Roman Aqueduct
Segovia is known for its Roman Aqueduct





we followed the aqueduct to its destination where you could get water
we followed the aqueduct to its destination where you could get water

Quaint spanish towns have good food :)



We went through the Catedral de Segovia and its viewing tower:












Nice views around town:











The town also had a jewish quarter and some more museums:










After being done with Segovia, we took a cab to La Granja for its Royal Glass Factory:















After about 1H in the museum (which was worth a bit more), we had to leave to go to the Royal Palace of La Granja of San Ildefonso:



















I hope they're not about to have sex, this looks questionable
I hope they're not about to have sex, this looks questionable


very big gardens
very big gardens

sadly, they sucked and turned off all fountains for the season despite it being Oct 6th
sadly, they sucked and turned off all fountains for the season despite it being Oct 6th


and that was that, very nice palace and gardens. After getting kicked out of the gardens, we had just enough time to get a taxi back to the train station.

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2018/10/05 Madrid Archeological Museum
π 2018-10-05 01:01 in Museums, Spain2018
Madrid is full of museums, but a very nice one is the Archological Museum that we had to go twice to due to runinng out of time the first day. We had to pay again, but it was cheap enough that it didn't matter. It was well worth 5-6H on its own:























A nice section on money






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2018/10/05 Spain Day 12-15-16-20: Madrid
π 2018-10-05 01:01 in Spain2018, Trips

Madrid was the last city went to for our trip, but we used it as a base to hit a lot of nearby, or not so nearby cities (Segovia & La Granja, Toledo, Aranjuez, El Escorial Valley of the Fallen Avila, Salamanca, and Zaragoza).

Getting around was a mix of walking, subway and taxis, but they also had other options:

you can start from the center
you can start from the center





Madrid had lots to see too, so after arriving from Cordoba the night before, we went to visit the west side of the city starting with the royal palace and the Cathedral de Amuldena. It was yet another place were pictures were forbidden, which means I ended up with fewer pictures:





















Next, we went towards the navy museum, which sadly was mostly closed for renovation. The paying part of the expo was conveniently open though:





We then went to a building nearby that had terrace views:





And then we walked to the archeological museum and had a good vidist (which ended up having to be done in 2 days as it was much bigger than planned). See the page on Madrid archeological museum


The next morning, we started with the Prado Museum which was another museum without photos (again!), so I have fewer:













you can't take pictures, but you can make your own slow copy :)
you can't take pictures, but you can make your own slow copy :)

After Prado, we went to see the excellent Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum (on its own page, which thankfully allowed pictures.



Then we finished Prado (we had to juggle with opening hours) and finished the long day with Reina Sofia (Modern art, not that great outside of Picasso's Guernica, which they have plenty of people to stop you from taking pictures):







don't ask
don't ask


And that was it for a very long day. After our mostly wasted trip to Aranjuez, we went to Google for late lunch, and got a few pictures from the buildings:



We also went to see Sorolla Museum nearby:





We also had a few nice dinners, including milk fed piglets :)


Jennifer was quite happy :)
Jennifer was quite happy :)

It was good enough that we went back for more another night:


another satisfied customer
another satisfied customer


Some evening/night pictures from various days:





The last day, I started with the Air Museum outside of town (on its own page):


Next, I went to the Basilica of San Francisco:






From there, I had a quick look at Museum Cerralbo:








We then went to Caixa Forum for its interesting architecture:




And last, but not least, was a good walk through the botanical gardens:








Then, it was time to leave and catch a flight home

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2018/10/04 Spain Day 11: Cordoba
π 2018-10-04 01:01 in Spain2018, Trips

Cordoba was a good stop between Seville and Madrid, we went to Cordoba for its Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba, but it has more:










This is what the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba looks like



the mosque was modified and a church built in its middle, quite weird
the mosque was modified and a church built in its middle, quite weird

nice walled garden outside
nice walled garden outside


pretty light patterns from the windows
pretty light patterns from the windows




a chapel in the middle, kind of awkward
a chapel in the middle, kind of awkward


Next was the Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs:





We then had a look at Casa de Sefarad to learn about jewish heritage (which was also mostly wiped):






Last but not least was the archeological museum:




And it was eventually time to take a train to Madrid, our last area to visit for the trip:


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2018/10/03 Spain Day 10: Sevilla
π 2018-10-03 01:01 in Spain2018, Trips
After tarifa, we drove to Sevilla, wher ewe spent 1.5 days


we started with the Alcazar at opening time for our timed tour. Very nice palace:

























Next, we took a cab to the Archeological Museum:





After the museum it was then a beautiful walk in the park and towards Plaza de Espana:











From there, I had a quick look at the Military Museum before it closed:









The Catedral de Sevilla and El Divino Salvador were next:
















From there, we went to the flamenco museum. Never really loved flamenco, but it was fun to see a bit of it:





we watched enough to get a feel, but without being stuck for the whole performance
we watched enough to get a feel, but without being stuck for the whole performance

Still had more time to walk through town (long days):






So we went to the local bullring, which was less interesting than the one at Ronda:





Next was a cab to the north of town to the Basílica de la Macarena, they host a Shrine of the Virgin that get paraded through town at the right time of the year:




feels like the ku klux klan was there :)
feels like the ku klux klan was there :)


shrine
shrine

A few views:





The next morning, we took a cab to the Conjunto Arqueológico de Itálica, some half preserved roman ruins, which incidently I recognized in an episode of gmae fo thrones later:

I had the cab drive us by the bridge
I had the cab drive us by the bridge









Later on game of thrones, I recognized it:



After the visit we took another cab to the station for a train to cordoba and a day visit

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2018/10/02 Spain Day 09: Tarifa to Tangier
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sunrise over Tarifa from our patio
sunrise over Tarifa from our patio



we then took one of the fast 1H ferries to Tangier
we then took one of the fast 1H ferries to Tangier

Our private guide met us at the ferry and took us around:



We then went for a camel ride by the sea:




Next we went to Hercules Caves:








From there we went back to the old town (Kasba) and its markets:




lots of cats
lots of cats




our knowledgeable and multilingual guide
our knowledgeable and multilingual guide












nice views:




Then, we took the ferry back to Tarifa and walked around the old city a bit:



sadly the city walls were closed
sadly the city walls were closed


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2018/10/01 Spain Day 08: Gibraltar
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We arrived the previous evening in time for sunset:





The next morning, great breakfast, and we then walked to the Gilbraltar border across the border:





Once the border was crossed, we took the bus to the botanical garden and wildlife park under the cable car:

the bus drives across the airport runway
the bus drives across the airport runway








Speaking of runway, it's probably the only major international airport with a stoplight to allow people and cars to cross the runway in between plane landings. Spooky...






cars released right after the plane landing
cars released right after the plane landing

fun to walk it and see the runway like this
fun to walk it and see the runway like this

We then took the cable car up:


great views from the top
great views from the top







Gibraltar has many monkeys running around:








There are several military installations you can visit, including: O'Hara's Battery






lots of tunnels
lots of tunnels



We then did a lot of walking down to the different attractions:






Next was the suspension bridge, world war II tunnels and city under siege:



the british dug out a lot of tunnels, impressive
the british dug out a lot of tunnels, impressive






great view of the airport (and where the enemies would attack from)
great view of the airport (and where the enemies would attack from)








long walk down and back up
long walk down and back up

We then walked down to walk around town:


much lower taxes, so people buy cigarettes and alcohol and take them back across the border
much lower taxes, so people buy cigarettes and alcohol and take them back across the border

view of the windows in the rock
view of the windows in the rock

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