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City of Almeria

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No beach weather today. The themperature is still high but the sun is covered by a thin leyer of clowds. This is the best weather for visiting a city: so we decided to drive to Almeria. The first we tried to find was the catedral. It was exactly like I remembered from TV broadcastings during the Semana Santa: a very old building behind a court of high palms. The church was very nice inside. The same way like the other big andaluse catedrals: a very nice altary, the choir seats in front of it and all around a lot of small chappels, everyone dedicated to different saints. I think that this church was restaured lately because the paintings were very colourful. We stayed there a long time. Is was very pleasant. After that we searched the arab castle:the alcazaba. We didn't know the way so, after asking two men from the street we reached ... the famous walls of Saint Cristobal. Maybe we didn't understand what the men said. They told only in spanish of course. Anyway we were very impressed by the view that we had of the Alcazaba from the distance. Then we really found the right way to it so finally we could visit it. As europeans we didn't need to pay the ticket (same way like Baelo Claudia some days ago). The first sector was a big park full of flowers and trees. The other two sectors were not yet ready and a lot of workers were around. All that was surrounded by the old walls of that old arab castle. All in all it was a pleasant visit. As a final step for today we made a short visit at the restaurant Mediterraneo in San Miguel because we were hungry and very very thirsty. Moreover it was not very far out our route. It was magical again. Like we recalled from last year. Tomorrow we will leave this piece of paradise. Who knows where we will arrive. The direction is Catalunia but 900 km in one day are a lot. By the way these day we made over 300 km driving around from beach to beach and the sum is about 3464 km so far.

Posted by fpizzinini 10:30 Archived in Spain

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Quite an interesting experience.....and engaging narrative....Almeria sounds like a fascinating place......

by cindyjoe

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