Monday, August 17, 2015

The Trains in Spain

We spent quite a bit of time on trains in Spain. All of it was enjoyable. The trains are clean and comfortable and exactly on time. At the top we are at the station in San Sebastian in the early morning. It was a train that made about ten stops on the way to Barcelona, taking about 5 and a half hours to get there. Along the way, we made a stop in Pamplona, where the running of the bulls was still going on. Riders dressed in the typical garb of those who had taken part in the festivities wait for their train. Below that are two shots of Atocha Station in Madrid. In 2004, there was an attack on commuter trains arriving from various places. Many people died in the attacks and over a thousand were wounded. There is a large tropical garden in the center of the station, as well as a number of statues honoring famous Madrilenos. Below those photographs is another view of Atocha and then the interior of our AVE train as it hits 100 mph. The station in Seville follows. On the way back from Granada to Madrid, we bussed an hour and a half to a new station that will one day connect the AVE with Granada. For now, it's a bus ride and then the AVE to the capital.

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