Secrets, Castles, Caves and Magic

April 25, 2018 So yesterday, once I discovered the train station here in Lisbon, Portugal and knew that I could buy a ticket to get to a popular destination and a place of country pride- Sintra, that’s exactly what I did. Previously I had been researching tours and found that they were all quite expensive…

Feeling Groovy!!

June 12, 2018 Okay,  I acknowledge that I have gone overboard with the “groove” thing.  And, especially given that some of you may not have a connection to the songs of my youth that I have stolen the lines from.  I promise, this is the last one!!  Its not a stretch though as I really…

Groovin’, on a Sunday Afternoon

June 5, 2018 Yeah, and today is Monday…  That groove I was talking about getting back into and sounding all so excited about – well, it ended up being more like the grooves in my LP  records of old (or vinyl as the “hipsters” call them today).  Not as in a depression or a rut…

Getting Back In The Groove

May 16 & 17 I am getting back in the groove at home. MY groove. After an amazing and lengthy time away in Portugal and Spain. That phrase is one I have used many times without much thought yet just now it is striking a new chord. A groove is a channel, a trench, perhaps…

Home Sweet Home

May 15, 2018  I put my Solomon hiking shoes on again Monday after a hiatus of two days – and what a glorious spectacular day in the neighborhood it was!!! My neighborhood!! The Amazingly, Breathtaking and Beautiful, Awe inspiring Pacific Northwest!! In April and the first part of May I wandered the northern countryside of…

Homeward Bound

May 9, 2018 Another sunny day in Barcelona!!! It rained a bit last night when we were in for the evening, yet believe you me, I felt sun kissed AND Blessed overall!!! This morning we had time to cross off a few more places from our “to see” checklist and so we packed all but…

Last Full Day in Spain!!!

May 8, 2018 It’s hard to believe that it’s almost time to return to American soil – seems I have been gone so long and done so much! And in fact I have, so fortunate am I!   Not done yet, however! Last year I was pleased at 8:30 a.m. to be in the ticket…

At the Beach in Barcelona!!!

May 7, 2018 Today was previously forecast to be rainy, but in checking the weather this morning, we found that no rain was predicted until later in the day, Yippee! I made a conscious effort to dress like a tourist is shorts, tank top and sweatshirt – and boy, was I so Happy that I…

Last Sunday in Spain

May 6, 2018 We awoke to rain so took our time revving up the Denman Machine. Eventually, after Baguette, figs and tuna, we made our way to the Catedral knowing that admission is free on Sundays. We were quite early – yes, indeed we were- doors don’t open until 2:00!  So we headed over to…

On The Home Stretch

May 5, 2018 Today we took a bus to estación de tren and then rode back to Madrid at 9:30. Very tough to leave this gorgeous city with blue skies bidding us farewell… We transferred to another train there and headed off to our final destination in Spain – Barcelona. We are disappointed to know…

Holy Toledo!

May 4, 2018 Not only does History come alive, surround and embrace when walking the crazy, winding, confusing, disorienting, steep, narrow, rocky and cobblestoned streets of Toledo – a reverence for all things Holy is evident wherever eyes land! The almost brotherly coexisting of the Christian, Islamic and Hebrew cultures in Toledo, Spain, can be…

Traipsing Through Toledo

May 3, 2018 Best get yourself a beverage, or two before you sit down to read this novella! Lots of details and history…  “Toledo was founded as the Roman city Toletum in 192 B.C. by Marco Fulvio Nobilior. In 411 it was conquered by the barbarian Alanos and in 418 by the Visigoths. The Visigoths…