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…

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 line…

At the Beach in Barcelona!!!

May 7 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 did!!!…

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. Then 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…

Billfish Denman Joins The Adventure!!

May 2, 2018 OK, back to the Denman adventure! I left Granada on a train today at 6:35 which really meant taking a “bus” to the next station as the one here is under construction to make way for new high speed trains. It also meant getting a taxi since my destination was 4 kilometers…

Labor Day In Spain

May 1, 2018 I left home on April 1st, and now it is May 1st – amazing! I am kind of getting tired of wearing the same clothes…. And, I wish that I would not have intentionally left my tennis shoes in London – even though they were on their last legs, so to speak……

Granada

April 29, 2018 It was an early start as I had to catch a train at 6:30. Given the time of day and distance I chose to get a taxi instead of walk – Plus I didn’t want to chance getting lost, at which I’ve become an expert – Ha!! Plus, the darkness before sunup…