Friday, 27 July 2012

there and back again (with apologies to JRR)

Well this is going to take me some episodes to log - the rekindling of a love affair with Spain.  Galicia to be more precise, in the North West of Spain with it's own language, own climate and own Celtic traditions.  The possiblity of conquering both another extremity of mainland Europe and another pinpoint on the Shipping Forecast - and all on the same rock!  This in addition to ticking off a sizeable handful of Unesco World Heritage sites!

So where did we get to . . .

Sat 7th
Train to London, Eurostar to Paris, Trenhotel to Burgos
sleeper Renfe Trenhotel
Sun 8th
Morning in Burgos, train to Santiago de Compostela, collect hire car, drive to Muxia
Stay 4 nights at Casa de Lema and this is my review
Thur 12th
drive to Tui on Portugeuse border
Stay 3 nights at the Tui Parador and this is my review
Sun 15th
drive to Santiago de Compostela, hand in car
Stay 3 nights at Hotel Costa Vella and this is my review
Wed 18th
bus to Salamanca
Stay 3 nights at the Hostal Plaza Mayor and this is my review
Sat 21st
train to Madrid and afternoon in Madrid, trenhotel to Paris
sleeper Renfe Trenhotel
Sun 22nd
Eurostar to London, train to Sheffield, bus to Grenoside
and these are some of the travelling photos of the 'there and back again' bits - the many stations, trains and buses on this two day trek across three countries passing the wildest uninhabited hills and the most sophisticated cities in Europe.  It was wonderful to feel the distance we were going both in culture and miles as bit by bit the trains clackerty clacked along all through the night and into the morning sun.

and if you decide you'd like to read on the the next episode of Spain after looking at these pics, then click here

Greeted at St Pancras with a flourish
first into the Eurostar waiting room
All aboard the London to Paris
Gare du Nord
and across Paris to Austerlitz - and a peek at the new extension
our Trenhotel to Burgos ready to board
fab dining car
arriving at Burgos in the still dark early hours of Sunday
what to do now
deserted Rosa de Lima, ultra modern station way out of the city centre
next train not til 12:12 - so taxied into Burgos, dumped our cases in the bus station and explored Burgos for the morning
back at the station ready to train it to Santiago de Compostela
good timing

a week later, and our bus to Salamanca at a lunch stop en route - 40degC and rising
6 hour ride from Santiago to Salamanca along the Portuguese border
and after a wonderful stay in Salamana we depart for Madrid from another ultra modern station
on this train!
comfy seats
and Mike planning what to do when we get to Madrid
passing the stunning, ancient walled town of Avila
straight to the left luggage, to dump the bags so we could enjoy Madrid
Metro to Sol
ultra snazzy again
new stations all round - this is the underground at Charmartin
and our Trenhotel to Paris looks to be on time

passing miles and miles of spectacular hills
supping Albarino wine with our evening meal
passing cities
and sunsets
to die for (and the blurriness was due to the train speeding up not the wine!)
finally reaching Paris Austerlitz
and treking across to Gare du Nord for the Eurostar to London then the East Midlands train up to Sheffield
Estacian de autobus - SHEFFIELD!!!
and the faithful old 66A home - but it was 5 minutes late!!!!

and if you want to read on - to our first day in the magnificent Burgos - just click here

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