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Friday, October 14, 2011

Loja, Spain...the other Loja

We are traveling with our friends, Clarke and Brenda.  To read their version of this trip click here.

Dear Family and Friends,

When planning our trip to Spain, it was our intent to take a day trip from Madrid and visit Cuenca, Spain.  We call it "the other Cuenca."  Since our time in Madrid was limited to two days, we decided to for-go that plan. 

A couple of posts back I eluded to a secret about us having to change our routing to Spain.  The secret is that since we were diverted to Seattle instead of flying from Guayaquil to Madrid on October 2, and since we could not get a refund on our ticket, we just changed the date of the ticket and we will be returning to Madrid on March 1, 2012.  A few months from now we will be able to do all the things we were going to do this trip and more.

Today we drove from Seville to Granada.   We detoured from the freeway to drive through Loja, Spain.  We were so glad we did because we found out something we did not know about the "other Loja."

Loja, Spain had 15 seconds of fame in the 1933 Marx Brothers movie, DUCK SOUP.  Loja, Spain was used for the town of Transylvania.  

As we were driving into town we noticed a nice view point.  We parked and went over to take a look.  When we got there, we found that we were standing in the exact place that the scene was shot to depict Transylvania in the movie "Duck Soup."

This is a frame from the film that was on the monument.

This is how the scene looks today.

Here is more information about Lojas role in the making of Duck Soup if you are interested 

We drove into town.  Here is a picture I made of the tower that is in the background above.

Now we are in Granada and will be touring here tomorrow.


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