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Hard Work Pays off…

My colleagues and I qualified for the Trafalgar Acclaim trip to Northern Spain. The excitement was busting out of my veins in November 2018.

Our trip was scheduled to be 8 days and on a Luxury Escorted Coach style. LUXURY. Hard work really does indeed pay off.

The temperature in Spain was said to be 10 to 18 Degrees  , however in other areas like Luarca and Avila it was a staggering 6 Degrees. I had to make sure that I pack clothes from the warm side of my wardrobe. These items being; a warm jacket, gloves, scarf and comfortable walking shoes, because we going to be doing a lot of sight-seeing. Lastly,ensure that I pack my rain coat and umbrella for the rainy days.

Hola new country which means hola new cuisine.  I have made myself a list of traditional foods in which I would like to try. Let me tell you  what I was looking forward to trying the most; Patata’s Barayas, Paella, Spanish Omlettes, Jamon (Cured meats) and Tapas. I made sure I had my taste buds ready.

Below is a picture of my colleagues and I getting ready to board the Emirates. We flew via Dubai to Madrid. Ready… Steady… Go…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We flew on the A380 from Dubai to Madrid. And need I say the seating was very comfortable with large screen TV.

 

 

 

 

Hindu Meal  on board the flight from Dubai to Madrid.

DAY 1:

21 NOVEMBER 2018 – ARRIVAL MADRID

On the 21st of November we arrived in the bustling Spanish Capital, Madrid. We took a quick photo stop at the famous Plaza De Toros which is Madrid’s famous bull fighting Arena/Bull ring.

As you can see from the above photo, the weather was a bit cold. After we were done sight seeing and taking photo’s we went off to our Hotel for a much needed hot shower , then took a quick walk down Serrano Street which is like the retail street with the brand shops , before meeting our Welcome Reception , then we went onto Dinner.

DAY 2: 

22 NOVEMBER 2018 – MADRID – SALAMANCA

We departed from Madrid,  had a stop in Toledo en route for a little sightseeing. On the route we visited the architecturally beautiful Church of Santo Tome, home of one of El Greco’s most famous paintings – The Burial of Count Orgaz which is utterly mesmerizing.

From that remarkable view we went to visit the Synagogue during our guided walk through the narrow streets with our Local Specialist.

We then ventured off to see the walled city of Avila before arriving in gorgeous Salamanca.  The breath-taking scenery forced us to have an overnight accommodation.

DAY 3: 

23 NOVEMBER 2018 – SALAMANCA – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Joining our local specialist for a sightseeing tour which included a visit to Spain’s oldest University as well as a walk through the imposing Plaza Mayor. In Zamora, known as the “museum of Romanesque art”, we saw the 12th century cathedral with its richly sculptured Bishop’s Door and scaled Dome.

Later we arrived in the pilgrim city of Santiago de Compostela. This for many people, would have been the end of their “camino” pilgrimage route that has its origins as far back as the 9th century.  After such as educational tour we checked in for our overnight stay at Santiago de Compostela Hotel.

DAY 4: 

24 NOVEMBER 2018 – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

We paid the Cathedral and the Plaza do Obrodoiro a visit, it is a square dominated by four district architectural style. The region has long waterways stretching inland, which are said to be the mark left by God’s hands when he cleansed himself after creating  the world. Remarkable right ?

This is me and my colleagues, having some fun in the rain.

DAY 5 :

25 NOVEMBER 2018 – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA – OVIEDO

A stop in Asturian fishing village of Luarca gave us the opportunity to soak up its seafaring charm before arriving into Oviedo which is in Northwest of Spain.

Here we got to enjoy a traditional “Be My Guest Dinner” with cider tasting with the Castanon Family at cider mill.

DAY 6: 

26 November 2018- OVIEDO-SANTANDER

The grotto of “Our Lady of Covadona” was an amazing visit, here we had the chance to visit the Basilica which is made from pink marble of the surrounding hills. We enjoyed the spectacular scenery as we traveled through the dramatic Picos de Europa which sits between two main pilgrim routes and has numerous historic market towns.

Later we arrived in Santander, which is the capital of the Cantabrian region where we dinned at our hotel.

DAY 7: 

27 NOVEMBER 2018 – SANTANDER – MADRID

Below is a picture of us in Burgos were we visited El Cid’s tomb in the vast Gothic Cathedral.

Journeying over to the Guadarrama Mountains to Madrid to enjoy our Farewell Dinner, sadly it is our last night in Madrid.

DAY 8: 

28 NOVEMBER 2018 – DEPT MADRID

Last day before our evening flight  back home, back to South Africa. We spent it walking on the streets of Madrid , visited the Christmas markets in the Plaza Mayor.

Finally off to the Airport …with lots of beautiful memories and happy hearts.

 

“hola” to Spain

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