What camera did you use for the trip? Is there a TR?I am just catching up, because of Internet problems for the last 2-3 days, but am also enjoying your photos. Some of those of Segovia & Salamanca could just about have been stolen from my camera. I agree with you about the Plaza Mayor in Salamanca - it was the best we saw. Luckily we had no pop-up shops to spoil the view and it was lit up especially for their National Day. My wife preferred the one in Madrid - but what would she know?
I agree that the Renfe trains are excellent. We had trips in both Preferente & Touristica and they were all good. In the 7 long distance trips we took the longest delay for departure/arrival was 45 seconds!
Most of the better photos were taken on a Pentax Lumix TZ90 - actually my wife's one. You will see that we took a number of photos from similar places as you in Segovia & Salamanca - but that makes sense as they were usually the best place to take photos.What camera did you use for the trip? Is there a TR?
Mine is a first gen Olympus OMD EM10, with two lenses, a Panasonic Leica 8-18mm F2.8-4.0 and an Olympus 45mm F1.8 prime.What camera are you using or is it a phone. I really like the way you write your TR - keep it up and thanks. Nostalgia is a wonderful thing. Had a wonderful couple of weeks in Spain about 18 months ago
Thanks!Enjoying your report.
We were in Sevilla a couple of weeks back and enjoyed it a lot.
Seeing the normal queue at the cathedral we noted the tour group entrance was empty and played the dumb tourist, and were duly directed to a ticket window nearby and went straight in.
The cathedral is just huge and impressive.
Also noted the queue for the Alcazar Real was very long in morning when we went past, but at 4pm we just went straight in, passing some tour groups queuing. This was late May, and maybe it gets busier closer to high season.
Ah the Alhambra! I can write one whole report about getting those damn tickets! (maybe I will )Must admit we didn't do much advance planning and just went with the flow.
Didn't look for the cathedral roof tour but we did see the upper floors of the Alcazar palace, and were ready to go before the 7pm closing time.
That was the Saturday of the Copa del Rey final (Valencia v Barcelona) so Sevilla was party town overrun with supporters all having a good time. There was a lot of singing, fireworks and drinking as both sides were still winners before the game. Valencia broke Barcelona's streak 2-1.
Maybe we got lucky that many tourist beds were occupied by football fans less interested in place like the Alcazar. Later the restaurants were also pleasantly less crowded as the fans headed to the stadium.
The only place our slack approach really came unstuck was the Alhambra at Granada, where the palace interior was sold out, but we got a ticket for everything else.
Sadly, I think you are right when it comes to the "main attractions" in the major tourist destinations that every tour group includes on the itinerary.Ah the Alhambra! I can write one whole report about getting those damn tickets! (maybe I will )
But yeah, the girl I met in Sevilla also couldn't go to the Nasrid Palace, apparently even the Generalife/Alcazaba tickets were sold out on her day...
Obviously there are pros and cons to too much advance planning but I'm a control freak and won't be comfortable if I don't sort things out as much as possible. This approach is not for everyone of course but on balance I think in places like Sevilla/Granada it pays to be organised.