90 Days on the road - India To UK in a rush

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Indirider, Jun 30, 2017.

  1. Indirider

    Indirider In search of Butter Chicken

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    Segovia was a special place to me,even though i have been here before.I wanted to come back and revisit some of the most beautiful memories i had in past.And it does not takes a genius to guess,that i was here with my girlfriend.Well, once upon a time i was stupid enough to be deeply in love.Happens more often with a emotional imbecile bloke like me.But,i won't bore you with my rants and bring in the pictures and places i visited next morning.

    If not for the memories, 'aqueduct of segovia' alone is worth a trip to Segovia :D.
    It was marvelous to stand next to this structure, which has been in place for 20 centuries, and think about the engineers and workers who created it so long ago.
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    This 13th century church was bit away from the main city center,looked deserted but beautiful from the outside.It is known as "Church of vera cruz".I did not go inside as the entry fees was 2 euros.
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    Alcazar of Segovia in the background.
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    Arco de la Fuencisla
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    Cheers
    Biru
  2. Indirider

    Indirider In search of Butter Chicken

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    I admired and enjoyed the classic touch and creativity in the structures and monuments which Segovia has to offer,I personally believe that the modern day structures has lost that charm and attraction. Avila was next in the order and as you approach towards Avila,you cannot miss to notice the historic walls of Avila.

    Walls of Avila are quite magnificent and encompass the whole of ancient Avila. Construction of these walls started at the end of 11th century and they are 2.5 kms long, 14 meters high and around 3 meters thick. They are still in pretty good nick or i would like say 'very well maintained'. Alfonso VI ordered their construction after his conquest of Avila in 1090. Moorish prisoners were allegedly employed to build the wall.

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    Unique and beautiful piece of Castilian Romanesque church. Don't forget to visit the interior. You will be delighted by the shades of yellow and red of the stones and the cleanness of the stone arches and vaults.
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    Cathedral Of Avila,An absolutely stunning cathedral that boasts many hundreds of years history.There is entry fees 7 or 8 euros if i remember correctly,but it is totally worth it.
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    Thai TukTuk here in Avila :O :D
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    Not so far away from Avila town,there is a view point.Which gives you better perspective/panoramic views of the old town.This point is popularly known as Cuatro Postes (Four posts).There is a cafe opposite to this,it serves some delicious food,i picked it up from google reviews and the food was pretty good.
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    And a popular stop for the guided tours :)
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    Cheers
    Biru
  3. Indirider

    Indirider In search of Butter Chicken

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    From here i was confused between Toledo and Salamanca.One thing was clear that i wanted to head South towards Malaga.I contacted my friend Antonio with whom i met on the ferry crossing from Turkey to Greece.He advised me to visit Salamanca and Toledo both :D
    Well,that didn't solved my problem.So i resorted on flipping a coin for better opinion and Salamanca won :D

    I parked my bike at a safe place and walked around the Salamanca old town.

    Convent Of St Stepehn - This is an unbelievable place. The extend and magnitude of the different elements is unique and breathtaking.After a while i was tired admiring the details spread around entire structure :)
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    La casa das conchas - Impressive building with 300 seashells on the exterior walls.Go inside to see the interior courtyard and see the old well still there. Climb the stairs to the upper balcony and look across the way to the bell towers of the beautiful La Clerecia.
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    La clerecia - Very beautiful baroque church. This was closed when i visited.There is a tower where you can climb to admire the aerial views of the town,costs couple of bucks though.
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    Around Old town.
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    Salamanca Cathedral
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    The new cathedral of Slamanca,this should be be visited with it's neighbor, the old cathedral. They had the brilliant idea not to demolish the old one. But build the new one just next to it. Do take an audio tour, it heightens the experience.As far as i remember,entrance fee is 5 Euro.
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    Cheers
    Biru
  4. DC950

    DC950 Microadventurer

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    wow, Salamanca is amazing!
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  5. Indirider

    Indirider In search of Butter Chicken

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    Last night was all about beer.
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    Ride to Seville was smooth and tarmac only.As i arrived in town,I begin with the regular tourist escapades which interests me.

    Plaza De Espana was quite majestic and regal. An absolute treat,Spanish architecture at its best. It's so elegant that it could have been a royal palace easily. And the crowning glory, the coats of arms and maps of its various cities in sumptuous colors is a rare treat. Nothing compares.I was expecting a free flamenco show delight,but i arrived during wrong hours i guess :)

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    Next up was Seville cathedral,which was slightly far from the plaza.I dropped the idea of walking all the way and carried my fully loaded bike to the closest point i can reach and navigate with the lame offline maps i have been using.

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    Alcazar of Seville,this palace is fabulous. I enjoyed the visit, it is very impressive. The Moorish architecture is interesting and beautiful, the gardens are a pleasure to wander through.Make sure you don't visit this place on weekend or be ready for a long queue for buying tickets.
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    From historical perspective,Seville Cathedral is one of the top most cathedrals in Europe which should not be missed.Christopher Columbus was buried here,you can see his magnificent monument once you are inside the Cathedral.This place was originally the location of a mosque and echoes of the same can be felt in the architecture. Sheer size of the cathedral is spectacular.
    Moreover, there are many beautiful doors and chapels in the cathedral that are worth inspecting closely, as well as an amazingly detailed alterpiece.And try to get to the top of the cathedral - there's not much stairs (more of a steady incline). Views along the way towards the top are beautiful too

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    And just outside the cathedral,A talented bloke trying to impress people with his skilla.Much better than begging for money.

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    Cheers
    Biru
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  6. Indirider

    Indirider In search of Butter Chicken

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    I moved to Cordoba from Seville for more Moorish architectural dope.As i arrived in Cordoba,I booked myself in a hostel,dumped all luggage and went out to soak myself in beer.While the weather was getting hotter everyday,it was a much necessary move and part of diet to keep myself hydrated :D

    The other day,i had to deal with a nasty hangover.Went slightly overboard with the tequila.But atleast i was sane enough to roam around the town and take pictures.


    This is a historic Tower in Cordoba that has been converted into a museum of sorts.I skipped going inside,cannot take history lessons anymore.Already overdosed with heaps of information :)
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    Very next to above tower is this bridge.Pretty old,built by Romans.It seems that Romans were one of the finest civil engineers.Great example for architects and civil engineers of current generation on how things have to be built and stand for thousands of years.
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    Arco del Triunfo is one of the three entrances of the old city,well preserved but quite busy.
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    Mosque Cathedral of cordoba - Without a doubt,One of the most extraordinary monuments to visit in Spain and Europe. It shows how Muslim and Christian architectural styles can live in harmony.This used to be an mosque on which was built a Gothic and Baroque cathedral.Entry fees was 10 Euro and there was separate fees for entering a tower,which gives you aerial views of Cordoba.i didn't go ahead with the tower,there was a huge queue :D
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    I took my time to walk around the city center and i have to admit,i was awestruck by the beauty of it.I have not been to many other places in Andalusia,but i had started to believe that this has to be the most beautiful city in Andalusia.I maybe wrong though :)
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    Cheers
    Biru
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  7. BansheeBiker

    BansheeBiker Adventurer

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    Ride Reports like this are the new Lonely Planet!
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  8. Indirider

    Indirider In search of Butter Chicken

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    I know it can get slightly boring :)
  9. Indirider

    Indirider In search of Butter Chicken

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    I thought i would stay in Cordoba for rest of the day,but change of plans and i packed my stuff and started towards Granada.Plan was to head South,visit Sierra Nevada in between.Follow the Spanish coast and visit Gibraltar and move on to Portugal.While planning all this,i was pretty sure that i am going to end up following some different route.But anyway,it is essential to plan because "Failing to plan is planning to fail".

    I looked up over internet on what not to miss,while you are in Granada.Alhambra pops up in the top of the list.Weather today was extremely hot,so i decided not to include too many places in the agenda.This kind of hot weather makes me sweat like a goat and smell like a donkey.Not that i am complaining,such talent comes in handy in crowded places where you don't have to 'excuse me' everyone,that smell does all the talking for you :D

    I arrived at Alhambra,confused where to park my bike.Most of the parking lots were occupied and place was full with people and i was bit skeptical about leaving the luggage unattended.But,i had little choice in that front.I went to the ticket counter and they told me that,i can't visit Nasrid palace as they have limited ticket for it on daily basis.I took the ticket for the rest of the areas which were available for access during that time.

    As you enter the area you won't fail to notice that, this entire place is just magical and brimming with history. To be honest, it's big enough to spend hours there and you'd likely still end up feeling like you've not seen it all, especially if you're a history buff. I skipped the tour guide or audio guide mumbo jumbo as i had limited time. Word of advice though: don't go middle of the day during the summer - it gets very hot up there.
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    I was in no mood of visiting any other place in Granada,weather was very unkind.
    40 kms of deserted landscapes and i arrived at Sierra Nevada which houses the highest peaks of Andalusia. Entire town was empty and deserted.Further ahead of this was the end of the road,there were some cafe's and wild horses around and some lost tourists like me.There was a walking trail beyond this point,but i chose to keep my image of being lazy unharmed.
    As i have some fries and coffee,this horse tries to eat my tent.Damn it,not again :)
    I had to lure the horse away from my bike by offering some fries as advised by shop owner,But it seems the horse was not ready to settle down without a burger.Looks like the horses and cafe owners are working together :D

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    From here i went to Malaga,I wanted to stay in Malaga but all the hotels were pretty costly.I continued along the coast in expectation that the smaller cities along the coast might have some cheap options.But i was wrong,as i reached Marbella it was already dark.I did quick analysis over booking.com and hostelworld and the cheapest place i could find was a hostel in Ronda.And while i write this,Ronda was never there in the plan and i had seriously no idea how beautiful Ronda will be.I just went there to stay for the night and it turned out be a pretty awesome decision.

    Cheers
    Biru
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