Córdoba

Thursday 24 September Arrived by AVE high speed train. My Airbnb apartment is crazy big and cheap! It could easily fit a family of 6 but I have it all to myself. 🙂 And smack in the middle of the center. Wow... The lady who received me barely stopped chattering in her funny Andalucian accent …

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Sepúlveda

Thursday 17 September Driving up onto the beautiful, narrow, winding, medieval streets of Sepúlveda was like... wow... is this actually allowed?! It felt like such a privilege. I had booked an expensive 'splurge' hotel, more than twice as expensive as the one in Cuenca... but it was a bit disappointing. Just alright, not as fantastic …

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Segovia

Driving from Toledo (south of Madrid) to Sepúlveda (north of Madrid) I stopped in Segovia which is known for its 20 meter (60ft) tall Roman aquaduct. It was constructed without any mortar! It was renovated only recently and the town is booming again because of it. The plan was to stay for half an hour …

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Toledo

Tuesday 15 September After my disappointing time in Aranjuez I was happy to have found my way easily to Toledo. As recommended by my Airbnb hostess called Valle, I parked for free by the bus station and took a taxi to my apartment in central Toledo (which is draped over a steep hill). I was …

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Cuenca

Sunday 13 September Picked up my smurf blue rental car, a Skoda. Enjoyed driving through the Spanish countryside to Cuenca, a medieval town 2.5 hours east of Madrid. I stayed in a great hotel in Cuenca, for only €28 (Hostal Posada Huecar). Luxurious, big, charming room, balcony with beautiful views, nice bathroom. Only it has …

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Quedlinburg at leisure

Rain was predicted. I walked around all the little hidden streets of Quedlinburg, climbed a watchtower, had coffee at a cute cafe. Walked around some more at random and through parts I had not seen yet. It started to rain, so I sat in a cafe for an hour or so reading and having big …

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Wernigerode castle

Looked around the town, had expensive, not-so-good coffee on the touristy main square (staff was a bit snooty too). When I asked whether they had wifi for the guests, she looked at me like I had just escaped from a lunatic asylum. No wifi anywhere in this whole Harz region, not that I could find …

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