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…

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…

A Walk in the Gardens of San Carlos, La Coruña, Spain

Walking through a very nice historic neighborhood………. which sits on a knoll surrounded by an old brick wall……….we walk on………. Our last walk in La Coruña, takes us to the San Carlos Gardens where the English General, Sir John Moore is buried.  I didn’t know anything about Sir John Moore, but to the Spanish, he…

A Walk In the Garden of Pazo de Mariñan, Spain

One thing, that cruising offers, is the variation of what to see after reaching the ports. The excursions were classified by how much time off the ship you wanted, what you were interested in seeing, and the level of your mobility. Or you could just go ashore and see things on your own. We personally…

Thursday Doors: Saint-Émilion, France

First one big doorway! We have arrived in Bordeaux traveling from the Bay of Biscay down the Gironde River, where there was sometimes only four feet between the ship’s bottom and the river floor. Yikes! Hold your feet up! The drawbridge was very impressive too! Today a group of us are traveling to the village…

Jo’s Monday Walk: Dinan, France

Our ship has docked in Saint Malo, France and I am off on an excursion to Dinan.  After about a half hour drive we arrived in the village square that still allows cars in it and a parked near a statue of a man on a horse…… so we learned all about him first. The…

Where’s My Backpack: Travel Theme, Branches

This year the trees look so colorful to me and I like the contrast with their dark black branches! I didn’t have to go far for these pictures either, they were taken in my backyard! And here is the same photo painted in the Waterlogue App…….. And the yellow-leaved branches really are show offs too……….

Cruising:In the Beginning There Was a Port

You have to get to the ship. That’s a good place to start on our first cruise ever………at the beginning. Deciding on Regent’s Seven Seas Explorer, the only 6-star ship in the world and classified as the most luxurious, was easy……it had everything we wanted and it’s all inclusive, meaning everything is paid for up…

Jo’s Monday Walk: Sandhills Horticultural Gardens

My last two posts have featured photos of Pinehurst and Southern Pines, NC,  deemed two of the best small towns to live, in North Carolina. I really, really like small town life. Less traffic, stops to sit a spell and watch the world go by, great community living, and plenty to see, places to shop,…

WeekendCoffeeShare: The Garden of the Pines

If we were having coffee I would tell you that last week I posted doors on Thursday Doors from Pinehurst and Southern Pines, NC. Of course there are many lovely doors there, but I could not pass up a walk through the gardens either.  I wanted to share those photos with you today. I can…

Thursday Doors: Pinehurst, North Carolina

It has been a whirlwind of travel for me over the past several months! Have you missed me? Well I’m back with lots to talk about and places to see! First, lets get a relaxing game of golf in! Let’s see, that would best be played at Course #2 at the famous Pinehurst Golf Club,…