Thursday Door in Barcelona, Spain

We have arrived in the Port of Barcelona, where we will be getting off the ship. There is so much to see here I have decided to write several  blog posts to capture this beautiful city. If you like architecture you have come to the right place! But, I am a little short on time…

WeekendCoffeeShare: Hearts, Tarts, Queens and Guillotines

Come in, come in. This morning I am serving coffee with a heart motif and strawberry tarts. It is strange how my mind works…..let me tell you how I got to the hearts and tarts…….. This week I wrote a post about Mardi Gras (let the good times roll)…….how the celebration was started in Europe and…

Thursday Doors: Arcos de la Frontera, Spain

Today we are really on the frontier!  We are in the middle of nowhere, on a large outcrop of limestone rock along the Guadalete River. Over the years, the Romans, Visigoths, Muslims and Spanish, selected this spot to keep an eye on things! From the village round-about we rode a small electric train up the…

Arcos de la Frontera, Spain

We are going to the middle of nowhere……..off the beaten track is an understatement….it is not a happenstance between location A to B…….you have to want to go here……….yes, frontier describes it nicely! This morning we discovered the “White Village” of Medina-Sidonia and this is the view from the village as we get ready to…

Mardi Gras, ‘Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler’

Today is Mardi Gras, Let the Good Times Roll! But, what is this big party and how did it all begin? Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”, reflecting the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season.  This ritual of feasting began in Venice and Rome and…

A Morning in Medina-Sidonia, Spain

I posted the Doors of Medina-Sidonia, but today I thought we could see the rest of village, one of the “white villages” of Spain. Today is perfect, see that blue sky? However, I think the “white villages” is totally appropriate, because every house and public space is whitewashed white or whiter with red or brown…

Thursday Doors: Medina-Sidonia, Andalusia, Spain

The ship is docked in Cadiz, Spain and this morning we are off to the White Villages of Andalusia! What will we find here? The land is very flat, isn’t it?  Driving out of Cadiz it is dry, with sand as far as you can see! Are we in the desert? We have arrived at…

Scenic Sintra, Portugal

We are on the third leg of our jaunt from the Lisbon Port and our guide has been giddy about Sintra! The temperature and weather has taken on wild swings……….from a warm, balmy, coastal morning at Cascais to the freezing and blowing winds at the Cabo da Roca, our small group is eagerly awaiting to…

Cabo da Roca, Portugal

Portuguese poet, Luis Camoes, (1524-1580) described Cabo da Roca as the area as “Where the land ends and the sea begins.” That is where we are headed now. The most western point of continental Europe! Remember how sunny and warm Cascais was? We are traveling up, up, up, following the coast line and it is…

WeekendCoffeeShare: It’s About Extraterrestrials!

Welcome! Come in! Won’t you have a cuppa with me this morning? It’s quite gloomy and overcast out and a perfect day to share my latest adventure with you! This week I finished my jog of 97.7 miles on the Extraterrestrial Highway in Nevada. That would be the route along SR 375 in Nevada from…

I Love Cascais, Portugal!

It was a bright early Sunday morning when we traveled nineteen miles from the Port of Lisbon to the coastal fishing village and resort of Cascais. That could be me looking back for Cascais! Of all the places we have visited, so far, on our cruise, this is the one place I think I could…

Thursday Doors: Cascais, Portugal

I have to admit my favorite of all the stops on the cruise was Cascais, Portugal! The historic seaside fishing village was the perfect not-too-small, not too big place and I knew as soon as I saw the curvy streets this would be the place for me! So let’s look at some of their doors!…

WeekEndCoffeeShare: Snow Stuff

Well this is the Stuff, the White Stuff called SNOW! Last week we had sixty degree weather and this week , THIS!  Six inches of THIS!  But, today it is in the 50’s, so soon THIS will be gone, so we might as well enjoy it, while we have it! It does look beautiful and…

Thursday Doors: Braga, Portugal

Our last stop of the day is in Braga, Portugal! We have seen the castle and churches in Guimarães, Bom Jesus Sanctuary, high on the hill outside Braga, and had lunch at a beautiful restaurant in the country!  See previous posts on those!  Now we are going to the city of Braga, before returning to…

What Are We Going To Find in Oporto, Portugal?

Looking out at the orange rooftops of Portugal………….from the Explorer…….. This is the second part of our stop in Oporto, Portugal and if you’ve been following us, you know we have been moving right along to get everything in, before our ship pulls out of the port! Where are we headed after doing the gauntlet…