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March 8, 2023

The Hospital Virgen de la Luz of Cuenca !!!

I have to update this post, bringing back memorable and sad times in our trips to Cuenca, capital City of the province of Cuenca in the Autonomous Community of Castilla La Mancha ,in the kingdom of Spain, After all, my blog is a history of my life put together in travel and anecdotes. One sad moment was the first recognition something was wrong health wise with my dear late wife Martine. She refuse to let me know as we were ready to be out on our long summer vacation, but pains started ,,, This was the missing part of the story. Bear with me please.

I have mentioned the ordeal from the last hospital in Vannes, and the checkup she had at the health clinic in Villalba de la Sierra in the Serrania de Cuenca. I like to show in my blog her second checkup at the Hospital Virgen de la Luz of Cuenca.

This is a memorable town if writing brings to life good and sad moments in my life. For the soul is good to have it, for the memories, for the good times we spent together as a family with my dear late wife Martine. And we came down the mountains of the Serrania de Cuenca to visit the main city , Cuenca. Unesco World Heritage Site! Indeed is worth the trip and as we rented a house up the mountains at 1400 meters in Las Majadas (see posts) nearby. We came often here in our trips , and to Madrid lately, but not here since this sad trip of August 2017.

The sad story is that my dear late wife Martine was treated for pains in the medical center or Centro de Salud iVillalba de la Sierra while on our summer vacation, the first signs of her terrible cancer. Not knowing what it was yet, we were told to take her to the main area Hospital Virgen de la Luz in Cuenca. Here she went thru more tests still not pinpointing her problem until we reach home in Vannes in Sept 2017. She went out from me on April 30 2018 but will never be forgotten.  So even if it brings back tearful memories, I have to have it here as this blog is the soothing time for me over time, and have many memorials to her and pictures that will stay with me forever. She was a great wife and one heck of a mother, my Frenchie Martine.


walking in to emergency Martine ahead right in black

Ah after the hospital visit the medications were taken at the Farmacia Graner y Molina pharmacy on calle Fermin Caballeros of Cuenca. Again nice friendly folks and all rembursed as EU zone. Of course, this did not do anything but nice memories of the treatment given by the folks. Memories forever.


The Virgen de la Luz Hospital in Cuenca is a health center, dependent on the Castilla-La Mancha Health Service (SESCAM), since its inception in 1964. I must add quickly the hospital was very clean , fast friendly service, very nice folks who took care of us very well. I did then, and I say it again very thankful for the service given to my wife there; a group of great professionals. The emergency room we got int was in sector B building on the lower level. The hospital is at  Calle Hermandad Donantes De Sangre 1 or brotherhood of blood donors street. For a modern twist the local newspaper reported April 4 2021 that there are no more covid19 patients in intensive care in the hospital , great !!

However, there is a new hospital coming.  The new hospital complex being built in Cuenca by the Government of Castilla-La Mancha will have more than 114,000 square meters built, of which 74,800 square meters will be for hospital use, distributed in four large blocks: surgical, hospitalization, consultations and general services.  The future university hospital in Cuenca will have a total of 502 beds, 13 operating rooms, two of which will have special dimensions to house the so-called “smart operating rooms”, a maternal-infant block with Pediatric ICU, specialized consultation modules and even a thousand parking spaces for vehicles. The project is already 77% completed off the road N320!!!

The official Hospital Virgen de la Luz of Cuenca :

The hospital Virgen de la Luz health directory of the region of Castilla La Mancha :

There you go folks, I need to have this in my blog for my memories of always. One reason I keep the blog to continue my and my family’s history of travels, and anecdotes!  Paris1972 was the first time I saw Paris and stuck, Versailles2003 is when we moved to this beautiful Versailles in my belle France. It has been good more so for her spirit that have made us more French, allez les Bleus !!! Hope you enjoy the post and thanks for reading me over the years, appreciated.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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March 8, 2023

The Plaza de Toros of Cuenca !!

This is again my dear memorable Cuenca, in the province of Cuenca, Autonomous Community of Castilla La Mancha, kingdom of Spain, this town is also Unesco World Heritage Site ,and should be me think. One more tradition kept here is the plaza de Toros of Cuenca ! I like to update this older post with new text, and links using old pictures, Hope you enjoy the post as I


As you have read, I have written several posts on the town and surrounding, we love it there and spent several summers with the family high in the mountains of the Serrania de  Cuenca. I like to tell you a bit more on the Plaza de Toro or bullfighting arena of a real tradition of Spain , The Plaza de Toros of Cuenca (bullfighting arena) is located at Avenida de los Reyes Catolicos, s/n on the road out of town near the Parque de Santa Ana. It was first built in 1848 with two floors and 5,000 spaces. Later, in 1913, another enclosure was built, which lasted only a few years.


The city council built the current enclosure or arena in 1926 with the present of Santa Coloma bulls, for the right-handed Marcial Lalande, “Valencia II ” and Martín Agüero. The square, of reinforced cement, has pens, twelve stalls and the necessary dependencies to make bullfights easier. The San Julian Fair, the last week of August, comes with a fairground installed and a series of activities take place such as theater, parade of floats, bullfights, circus, etc…. In addition to a wide and varied sports program that includes an equestrian competition. As a culmination to these festivities, you will see great fireworks.  We were lucky while here to see briefly the Fiesta de San Juliàn August 24th, the traditional feast of the town in honor of their patron Saint.



A bit of history I like

Cuenca had counted on three other bullrings before the current was built. The first was known as the Pintado or painting, located on the grounds occupied by the delegation of Finance of the local government, in the parque San Julián, (see post) annexed to other areas where the cinema Palmeras was.

The second arena, known as La Perdigana or, which was located on the site of what was then Cine Xúcar and Hotel.  The third plaza, in the neighborhood of Casablanca, to which it was known like the one of Caballeros or knights, inaugurated in 1913, and in which they acted the torero with swords ,the first of the 20C, among them Juan Belmonte, in 1915.  This square was shot down after the 1920 fair. Six years was Cuenca without bulls during the Fiestas of San Julián, occupying  the bullfighting part in the Plaza Mayor, as was done annually by the fairs of San Mateo or on the occasion of some extraordinary event. On September 5, 1927, in the new bullring in Cuenca as we know it today. It is good to tell you that the first special mention was the presence of Manuel Rodríguez “Manolete” three times, in the years 1943 and 1944. One of the greatest bullfighers of all time. The Fairs are in summer so as the time approaches look up the site Maxitoro  or Taquillas oficial Cuenca, for ticket information and more on the contenders. It is an experience to live it at least once, and then some more…


The Cuenta tourist office on fairs see San Julian and San Mateo

The official Taquillas tickets for the Plaza de Toros of Cuenca :

The Maxitoro info on Cuenca fairs

There you go folks, a dandy nice tradition of all things Spanish, The Plaza de Toros of Cuenca is unique and worth the detour even if not into bullfights ; it is historical and architecturally nice. Again, hope you have enjoy this post on the Plaza de  Toros of Cuenca as I.

And remember ,happy travels, good health;, and many cheers to all !!!

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March 8, 2023

Getting around in Cuenca !!!

Always memorable unforgetable Cuenca, in the Autonomous community of Castilla La Mancha, and Kingdom of Spain ! We have many many memorable moments of our trips to Cuenca, we intend to continue the tradition of going by there in the future. I have written many posts on Cuenca , and decided to update this older post for the memories of always and fresh links and text. We came there by car but move about in public transports and would like to tell you a bit about them. Therefore, here is my take on getting around in Cuenca !!! Hope you enjoy the post as I

Indeed ,the fastest way to get to Cuenca is by train, especially since the inauguration of the Madrid-Levante AVE line in 2010. Originating in Madrid, the AVE departs from Atocha station and takes just under an hour to reach Cuenca. Those trains also pass through Albacete, before reaching Valencia or Alicante. From Valencia the trip to Cuenca takes just under an hour. For its part, from Alicante it takes about an hour and a half. The Cuenca AVE Train Station is located on the outskirts; by Avenida Cerro de Estrellas s/n going out towards the N420 direction Mota del Cuervo  at about 5 kms or 3 miles; to get to the city center you can use line 1 of the urban buses.

The main bus terminal at calle Fermin Caballero is in city center near the train station adif  (normal trains not AVE) with buses to many cities including  Toledo  and Madrid!  This city train station is at Calle Mariano Catalina 10 . Other bus companies that have lines from Madrid bus station call Madrid Sur, also knonw as Méndez Álvaro station to Cuenca are Avanzabus and Aisa.


The Cuenca-Fernando Zóbel AVE station is a high-speed train station on the outskirts of the city of Cuenca, administered by Adif, and inaugurated with the inaugural trip of the Madrid-Cuenca-Albacete high-speed line that entered service with the inauguration of the Madrid-Cuenca-Albacete / Valencia section of the Madrid / Castilla-La Mancha / Valencian Community / Region of Murcia high-speed line on December 18 from 2010. ADIF provides rail service to the city along with the Cuenca train station, located in the center of the city, and in which the Iberian gauge trains serve, connecting Cuenca with the towns of the province, towns of the East of Toledo, towns in the province of Valencia and the city of Valencia itself to the North Station. On the southeast façade of the station, with an area of 5,400 m², is the area made up of a public space plaza, the waiting stand for taxis and the docks for buses and for buses. Line 1 of the Cuenca urban bus connects the station with the city center.



The Cuenca train station is located in the heart of the city. It exclusively offers medium-distance services, both stations AVE and City, are connected by line 12 of the urban bus, so if you want to travel from one to the other you should have no problem. Thus, it is possible to reach it from Madrid in 3 hours thanks to the regional train, with a daily frequency of 5 trains in both directions. To get to the historic center of the city, the main urban bus lines are 1 and 2. From the central station you can easily walk to Cuenca’s old town, bus line 1, with a stop in front of the station, which will take you will take the Plaza Mayor in half an hour.


Now our experience has been with Line 1 as this one takes you from the old town Plaza Mayor on a nice circular ride thru the city and into the two train stations and the bus terminal.  The ride is very nice clean buses , friendly service and very cheap 1.20€ for single ride! The Calle Alfonso VIII is very nice with an underground tunnel ,Puente de la  Trinidad bridge, the Plaza de la Constitucion, to reach the bus station Calle Fermin Caballero! from here you go thru some residential area towards the AVE train station outside city limits, and you come back into the city passing by the train/bus station again ; the Calle Colon has nice buildings to marvel at the architecture of yesteryear, the picturesque Plaza de la Trinidad , and the Calle San Juan takes you nearby the park Huécar back into Calle Alfonso VIII which is hilly taking you back to Plaza Mayor. A very nice ride who needs the tourist bus lol !


We ,also took Line 2 for shopping on city outskirts at Centro Comercial El Mirador. This is a circular line too, and takes you from the parking of the old castle , passing under the Arco de Bezudo (an arch ,marking limits of city) the old ruin castle passing by Plaza Mayor, and you get to see the main artery Avenida Castilla La Mancha, and the Plaza de Toros (bullfight arena) another big artery with govt building is the Avenida Reyes Catolicos and later the centro comercial El Mirador shopping center , and you can continue the ride passing pretty much the same streets as above and on Line 1 back to the parking for the old castle.


The Centro Comercial El Mirador we went to check out Carrefour for groceries for our rental house and had a beer at Cerveceria 100 Montaditos . For reference mall webpage :

The city of Cuenca on the bus terminal (see line 1 and 2 as they pass by trains stations) :

The ADIF AVE Fernando Zobel train station :

The ADIF Cuenca train station :

The Transviago Cuenca urban bus lines :

There you go folks, a lovely town Unesco World Heritage Site and recommended for a visit. Of course, for its size the public transports are tops, for a escapade from Madrid not even need a car and that is major from me. Again, hope you enjoy the post on getting around Cuenca as I.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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