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Offline Lestutu

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gearing up for Spain and France
« on: August 13, 2013, 03:00:06 pm »
Heading across the ocean is not our usual way of holidaying, but the opportunity  to visit Spain and southern France, and do some riding, is too good to pass up. This is the key motivation, but as anyone doing the research and planning will know, the decision is the easy part. Tracy and I have settled on an itinerary, well, sort of; she's keen on the art, architecture and other noble things, I have a a special interest in those hopelessly romantic South Africans who joined the Republican cause during the Spanish Civil War. It's a relatively harmonius compromise as that will allow us plenty of opportunity to see Spain, and hopefully do plenty of riding. As serious foodies and part-time hedonists, we also fully intend to sample the food and and wine on offer. In fact, the French leg structured around a red wine rout.
I'm therefore starting this topic in the hope that more knowledgable WDs will contribute some suggestions, and that I'll be able to share information about the trails and tribulations of organising a bike in Spain...
So, here's the plan: On September 14 we're flying out of KSI, via Dubai, to Barcelona. We're spending three days in Barcelona, cross the Pyrenees into France for a week, then hop back into Spain, and conclude the trip in Salamanca to attend the International Wilderness Conference in early October.
But first, there's the %$&#* Shengzen visa ...
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Re: gearing up for Spain and France
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2013, 03:52:07 pm »
Schengen Visa shouldn't be too much hassle (although I say so living within easy driving distance of the consulate / agency).  You have to get yours from the consulate of the country in which you will be spending the most time, which was France in our case, and it really wasn't too much of an issue.
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Re: gearing up for Spain and France
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2013, 03:58:42 pm »
The hassle ... and having to pay someone to do it with money I'd rather spend myself ...grrrr
The journey IS the destination!