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Madrid
#1
Have you been to Spain? Is it hot there in May? How to avoid crowds? To lurk in natural parks? Is corrida a crap?
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#2
I've been to Barcelona in early June, the weather was really comfortable.
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#3
I have been there. On the plateau, the weather is very dry and comfortable.

One thing I noted which is different from other Euroland countries. Spanish have this thing about death. If a family member dies, the rest of the family, especially the women, go around wearing black all the time. It's almost morbid. Of course it has been decades since I visited, but I will bet you that you will see some of them out there.
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#4
Franco was still alive the last time I was there, street crime was almost non-existent; unlike Portugal, you could take a taxi or walk back to your ship without worry of being robbed.
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#5
Wearing black is not a Spanish-thing, per se. Albanians, Slavs, and many people from that area will wear black for longer than a year after the death of a family member.
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(05-05-2011, 11:35 AM)WmLambert Wrote: Wearing black is not a Spanish-thing, per se. Albanians, Slavs, and many people from that area will wear black for longer than a year after the death of a family member.

Bill, I have never been to Albania, or some of those Slavic countries. But I Have been to Spain, and was giving him my experience there.

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#7
In Russia only a woman wears black for some time after her man or son dies. It is more so in rural and small urban areas rather than big cities. I read that Spain has been rising as a tourist hotspot after joining the EU and their money support, it must have been something changed. What about nature? The central Spain looks like Nevada desert...
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#8
You are somewhat right there. Pretty much the entire plateau in central Spain is dry like much of the entire Southwest US. Neither of the areas really qualify for hard desert, like Gobi, Sahara, Kalahari, or some others. Only in Andalucia will you see anything akin to the US Sonoran/Mojave area.

It's all too dry for my pallette anyway. East Tennessee has spoiled me on that.
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#9
Thought about Santiago de Compostella Piligrimage Path in northern parts, but oceanic climate tends to turn the sky grey most of time. Is coastal Portugal much different?
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(05-05-2011, 08:21 PM)Green Wrote: Thought about Santiago de Compostella Piligrimage Path in northern parts, but oceanic climate tends to turn the sky grey most of time. Is coastal Portugal much different?

For some reason or another, we never made it to Portugal.

But May is pretty hot on the Iberian peninsula. The best time to go there is in early spring, after the rains. Everything is green and beautiful.

Try Here.

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My farewell from Moscow! S1 On Friday I'll send a card from Spain!S6


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(05-12-2011, 01:08 AM)Green Wrote: My farewell from Moscow! S1 On Friday I'll send a card from Spain!S6

Be safe. And watch out for those crazy drivers. One of my friend's oldest daughter was killed bicycling in Italy, by a crazy man behind a Fiat's steering wheel.
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#13
Madrid. Chilly, hot and rainy in one day. Yes, it´s comfortable* L. A lot of Americans and French. Less Germans. A few Russians.

I decided to rent a bike and didn´t take one from home but it seems like a walk by foot across this city is a good excersise as well. Spaniards don´t follow the traffic lights in here at all. On Friday I´ll be in Krakow. Hiney
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#14
If you are going to be in Poland Friday, that doesn't give you much time on the Iberian peninsula.
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#15
Well, I ordered three weeks for a visa but 10 days must be enough, my Spanish girlfriend is busy with another guy.S4
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#16
Ok, here we go. Spanish flag.
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/830/flagji.jpg

Cercedilla, north of Madrid.
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/171/evropak.jpg

Big Brother of Peru.
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/14/perugod.jpg

Auschwitz-Birkenau camp (near Krakow).
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/809/auschwitze.jpg

Arbeit mach frei. On its place.
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/220/arbeitb.jpg

Birds of Auschwitz.
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/832/birdsy.jpg

Kids of Auschwitz.
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/10/kidsit.jpg

Barracks.
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/847/barracksz.jpg

My apple. Somebody left an orange.
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/11/aplpe.jpg

Istanbul. The worker, girl and peasant. (?)
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/696/troyka.jpg

to be continued...
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(06-14-2011, 07:03 PM)Green Wrote: Barracks.
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/847/barracksz.jpg

Just imagine how many victims were crammed into that tiny little space. I have seen a few pictures of the numbers stacked together. Utterly inhumane.

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#18
I am afraid, it's not the only "stress" they had. Let's continue.

Europussies.
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/198...ssies.jpg/

Roman road north of Madrid.
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/850...omana.jpg/

Classic picture of Madrid. Park Retiro.
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/32/parkretiro.jpg/

Aztec erotic art.
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/813...erica.jpg/

Riding to Toledo on the bus. American girl and her friend on the front seat.
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/839/americant.jpg/

Wawel Castle in Krakow.
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/864/wawel.jpg/

Aviation museum in Ukraine.
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/96/muzei.jpg/
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#19
That Roman road is amazing, after all this time.

I've never had it fully explained to me, but I wonder if the Romans went and periodically filled in the joints with clay in order to make the roads smoother. As they are, they would be one bumpy road for horse drawn vehicles.

And since Romans knew the science of concrete, I would have thought that they would have used it more in their road making.
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#20
Try to google for "calzada romana cercedilla".
The road is partly destroyed but there is a lot of well-preserved sections in the valley going uphill in the pine forest. I found the sign "X" on a boulder at the beginning. Maybe it was a number of the road. In fact, there was a pretty elaborated network of roads under the Romans.
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