Visiting Mario in Castiglione della Pescaia

Sunday 1st October - Thursday 5th October 2017 Castiglione della Pescaia, Tuscany beach town - visiting my friend Mario Rainy drive On Sunday I had another fun breakfast in pasticceria Stella in Lucca, lots of hustle and bustle. Today I was changing bases to Castiglione della Pescaia, a cute seaside town where Mario’s parents have …

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Lucca – lovely historical city

Thursday 28 September - Sunday 1st October: Lucca, Italy The drive went rather smoothly except for the maniac Italian drivers. A little rant just below! Halfway through I wanted to have lunch and asked my navigation system for a restaurant. Wow, it took me way off the route to the bleakest village you can imagine, …

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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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