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Walking Over Haddon in The Peak District

I confess I'm a fair weather walker, which means I often want to walk on our holidays, but whether we go is always dependent on the weather. I have a Goretex jacket but it's like a talisman. I own it, but I don't want to wear it and I hope vainly that just by having spent so much on it an schlepping it with me that it's going to ward off the rain! As you can see my travel planning involves a good deal of "magical thinking!" In California our cultural exuberance (paired with low standards) means we shamelessly call anything a "hike"  - as if we've scaled Everest in an afternoon. Here in England I'm not sure I even qualify as a "walker" because that denotes a level of seriousness I've failed at previously. Minimally it means you're wearing boots  and have an Ordnance Survey map (and possibly a compass) in your back pocket. I guess I'm more of stroller to be honest and I've blogged about my strolls all over the world; m…

Alma Sevilla Hotel - Palacio de Villapanes


We started our trip with four nights in Seville. It was a place to recoup from the jetlag and ease our way into our Spanish trip. We were very happy with our hotel pick, the rather grandly named Palacio de Villapanes. Well located out of the main tourist area, the hotel was very attractive, with excellent front office staff who coordinated with  Iberia when our bags were delayed for a couple of day. Yes, this is the unfortunate reason I'm wearing the same outfit in so many of my photos! It was an inconvenience but even this experience wouldn't encourage me to travel with a carry on alone.
The heart of the restored palace with Moorish arches
Lovely modern garden which we enjoyed.

The hotel, with its colonnaded courtyard and outdoor areas, was reminiscent of the inward facing riads in Morocco and Beit Salahiah  which we visited in Aleppo last year. It was emblematic of  much that we would see in  southern Spain with a skilled blending of old and new combined with multiple stylistic influences from both the east and the west. 
Stylish modern rooms.
All of the bathrooms had separate showers and baths.
Highly recommended, the basic rooms have great bathrooms but they are fairly compact. I would suggest one of the larger rooms for the most comfortable stay, we upgraded on arrival.
Trendy modern tile work.

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