“This one’s in G if anybody wants to blow along with me…”
I’m still searching for a heart of gold too, Neil.
Bidding a fond farewell to El Puerto de Santa María from the ferry (actually a catamaran) taking me to Cádiz. This photo was taken on a previous Cádiz Getaway (November 2013). This year the weather and sea conditions were such that the crossings were cancelled and we had to take the bus to Cádiz. NOT the same…
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Albéniz premiered Sevilla himself in a piano performance on 24 January 1885 and dedicated it to the wife of Count Morphy. Since it has been transcribed for classical guitar it has become one of the most important works of the classical guitar repertoire.
Many thanks to Sledpress for sending this to me!
By the time you read this I’ll be on the super-fast AVE train on my way to Barcelona (or I may even be there already). In any case, one thing’s for sure and that’s that I will be missing these guys like crazy. Four whole nights away! What was I thinking? My original plan was to stay three nights but then I realised this would only give me two full days in Barcelona and I wondered if this would be enough, especially after all that travelling. Then it turned out that to stay an extra night at my fab hotel would only cost an extra 45€, so what the heck. I mean, it’s been 7 years since I was last in Barcelona and who knows when I’ll get back again. And so, four nights. Which seemed like a great idea until I thought about the cats. Ah well…
I’m not sure quite how this happened, but sometime between going out to the gym this morning and arriving back home I’d decided that I should go to Barcelona next week for my birthday (!!!). Close followers of casa az (with long memories) may recall that I first went to Barcelona seven years ago to celebrate my 50th birthday. This was all before Twitter and food blogs and whatnot, so although it was a fun and interesting trip, I know I’ll get much more out of it this time round.
So I got home and immediately checked out flights. Ridiculously prohibitive prices. Then I remembered the AVE high-speed train now goes from Sevilla to Barcelona, via Madrid. And it turns out that if I modify my dates a bit I can get there and back again for 140 euros (airfare was double that!). But if I go on my birthday it would be an extra 60 euros. So… if all goes well I shall celebrate my 57th birthday here with cats and friends, then take a day off to pack and whatnot, and then head out to Barcelona the morning of the 9th. It’s a 5 1/2 hour trip, leaving at 9.00 and getting in at 2.30. Just in time for a late snacky lunch. But first I need a hotel!
I checked with Room Mate since I’d had such a nice time at their Málaga Lola Hotel last month, but they don’t have the same great 3-night offer. Then Twitter friend @criadera recommended Market Hotel, and I remembered that my friend Edu @differentspain had also mentioned that one recently. So we got into a Twitter chat and Market Hotel says they’ll get back to me tomorrow. Fingers crossed that I can get a nice room at a reasonable price. Meanwhile… squeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Looks like I’m going to Barcelona!