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Report 1969: Five Wonderful Weeks in Northern Spain

By caplanco from Colorado, Fall 2011

Trip Description: August 30 - October 4 Caplanco and "M" traveled the northern route through Spain from Galicia to Barcelona, ending with two nights in Madrid, enjoying some great food, art, sites and beaches along the way.

Destinations: Countries - Spain; Regions/Cities - Barcelona, Basque Country, Catalonia, Costa Brava, Madrid, Other Spain Region

Categories: Hotels/B&Bs; Vacation Rentals; Art Trip; Beach; Cooking Classes; Day Tours; Foodie Trip; Shopping; Sightseeing; Walking/Hiking; Independent Travel; 2 People

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My husband Michael (M) and I left Denver on a non-stop Lufthansa overnight flight to Frankfurt on Aug. 29, arriving there on Aug. 30. The Frankfort Airport is huge. We remembered our last time here when we didnít have much time and it seemed to take hours to go through security and find the concourse for our connecting flight. It actually took an hour from the time we deplaned to arrive at the Lufthansa Business Lounge to wile away two hours until our flight to Madrid. It was nice to have enough time so that we did not have to rush to go the very long distance to our gate. After collecting our luggage in at Barajas, we went outside to find the free shuttle to the Hotel Axor Feria.

The Axor Feria is about 10 minutes from the airport (Ä55 per night) and is a modern business hotel done in red, black and white. Our room was a nice size with a very modern bathroom and good air conditioning (A/C). Typically, there were only Spanish TV channels and dubbed movies. When we asked at the desk about a place we could walk to for a light dinner, we were told to go to a large shopping mall about four blocks away. So we spent our first night in Spain at the super mall. And for dinner we had hamburguesas, fries and beer at the Octoberfest restaurant.

WARNING: You will notice throughout this report that there a lot of restaurants mentioned and food described; we love to eat well.

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