Spain - Canary Islands - Tenerife - Puerto de la Cruz

by Kimp 7. July 2018 00:26
Hanging ten and riding on cloud nine, describes Puerto de la Cruz Tenerife to a tee. Great water temperature year around, a plentiful variety of fresh caught fish, great beaches, a large relaxing water park, and a quaint old town. Words just aren't good enough. Is there a negative? With so many positives, who cares? [More]

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Spain - Canary Islands - Tenerife - Santa Cruz

by Kimp 23. June 2018 23:30
A Spanish Island off the North Western coast of Africa, that is one of the Canary Islands. Tenerife has one of the best climates in the world, with average air temperatures between 72-82F (22-28C) and average water temperatures between 66-73F (19-23C). A dozen world-class surf spots and a great reef break in Winter, it is known by European surfers, as the Hawaii of Europe. Cheap Accommodations and a variety of beaches, add to the beautiful scenery, seen while sitting on the board and waiting for the perfect wave. Natural Laurisilvas (Laurel forests), unique flora and fauna, a massive volcano, lava landscapes, every kind of fresh fruit there is, and very friendly locals, make off the beach activities just as enjoyable as hanging out on the beach. With crappy weather in the UK, this is favorite winter destination for people from the UK, making English the most prevalent language spoken here.




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Spain - Pamplona - San Fermin Festival

by Kimp 20. July 2015 11:54
The San Fermin Festival is often called "Running with the Bulls". It was made popular when Ernest Hemingway visited and wrote about in his 1925 Novel "The Sun Also Rises".
Now it has grown to about 1,000,000 people visiting this festival every year. [More]

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Spain - Toledo

by Kimp 30. June 2013 02:23
Toledo sits on top of a hill and was the Medieval Capital of Spain. The hill is surrounded on three sides by the Tajo river. In early times it was Roman. When Rome fell, Spain separated from Rome, but was able maintain Roman culture. That period was called Visigothic. That ended in 711 when Moor's attacked from Africa and took control of Spain.



In 932 Toledo was captured by Abd-ar-Rahman III who enforced freedom of Religion. That's when Jewish people started immigrating there. For a time, Jewish, Christian and Muslim all lived and practiced their own religions in Toledo. The Jewish people stayed until after WWII, when they started migrating to the United States. [More]

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Spain - Madrid

by Kimp 21. June 2013 23:40


Madrid History:

Madrid wasn't always the capital of Spain. Toledo was. In the 9th century, the Muslims built a fortress at Madrid (which means three rivers), to protect Toledo from attack by the Christians. The Christians were able to conquer it in 1085 and in 1561 it became the Capital of Spain, mostly because Toledo is on the top of a hill and could not be expanded. In 1806 France and Spain were allies against the United Kingdom after the UK wiped out the Spanish Navy. Spain was unable to convince Portugal to take their side in the matter, so they invited French troops to enter their country to attack Portugal. The Spanish people were upset that French troops were allowed to enter and revolted against the king. Napoleon sized that opportunity to capture the Spanish kingdom for himself. However there was a large resistance to this amongst the Spanish population and eventually the resistance teamed up with Portugal and the UK to retake the throne in 1813. [More]

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Spain - Sevilla

by Kimp 4. July 2012 04:23
Sevilla has the oldest bull ring in Spain and also the toughest spectators. Sporting a beautiful river, lots of history, lots of religious symbols, awesome tropical landscaping. The weather is beautiful, the prices are inexpensive, the people are religious and relaxed, and the women are very sensuous. [More]

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