Compared to last year, it has been an easier decision to book this Grand tour of Spain. After going as a single to UK, Scotland and Ireland last June, I now feel comfortable jumping aboard another tour from the same company, EF Go Ahead.
This will be 14 days starting in Madrid and finishing in Barcelona on busses and trains once again, with many side trips along the way. Sadly no direct flights from Boston, and I will be connecting through Dublin in both directions.
Looks like this group is around 24 peeps. I hope I do not come home with Covid this year.
I have got this white bucket hat specifically for this tour. I have a set of fine tip Sharpies to go along with it. This will become my souvenir of this trip. More along the journey.
Here I am, day before travel and I'm working hard to fit enough for 2 weeks in a single carry on. I was reading Rick Steves' Spain travel guide, and he states he can do a carry on for 3 weeks of travel. First time I am trying this out. Hope I do not forget anything.
I've been working with a local jeweler to create my very own necklace that looks like my logo that you can see in the above left corner of this page. I picked it up today 5/3, just in time for this adventure. I am beyond excited and amazed to see what a beautiful heart was created. I'm planning to wear this throughout this tour
OK OK, I'm not going to complain here, but I was told that Are Lingus is a low price carrier and perhaps it is the Spirit of the international market. The flights were booked by the tour company so I had no control of this. Remember, I am just reporting here, not complaining. Sure enough my seat # 44 was the last seat in the big - but old Airbus 330-300. I went looking for a USB charging port - none existed on this bird. No wifi either, and before takeoff there was an announcement that the entertainment system was not quite working. "I'm sorry," they announced over and over. At least I was close to the bathroom, and had 3 books l;oaded on my kindle.
I did not know how large the Dublin airpotr is. They said the connecting flights are a bit of a walk from the terminal where we landed. Luckily my bag was checked thru to Madrid. Even though we landed on time, it turned out that one of the passengers (up front) got sick on the flight, and paramedics had to come on board. This delayed deplaning by 10 minutes and then there was a 10 minute walk to the connecting terminal When I looked up to find the gate # of my flight it said another 15 minute walk ( Remember "I'm Sorry?" Made it there with about 5 minutes to spare before boarding. Now this plane was smaller, still full and had zero amenities. All drinks needed to be purchased. WOWA!
A quick estimate was about 150 peeps on line with 3 agents. A few more were added, but this was another 25 minute line to get through. Once through, then to bggage pick up and it was deja vu again. Follow the signs for baggage. A 5 minute walk to a tram, wait for the tram, another five minute walk to the pick up area.
Well, the good new is that my bag was there riding around n the carosel, and as soon as I got out the door, my tour guide called out my name - Had that white hat on so she could pick me out in the crowd - Worked wonderfully
The terminal was mobbed and taxis hard to get, so the tour director ad I hopped on a shuttle bus for a 10 minute ride to another terminal (SOUNDS NUTS) and got off and taxis were there and she put me in one to the hotel . Go there about 11:45 Madrid time which was 5:45 ,so I was up about 24 hours at this point.
I layed down for about 45 minutes but both could not and did want to sleep.. That's the way I do trips to Europe - get through the day and crash at the end. I grabbed a cab and headed to the Museum Reina Sophia, which is not on the tour's itinerary but has Picasso's masterpiece Guernica. The museum is loaded with Picasso, Dali, Miro and many other of the modern art world. Guernica broke any and all expectations I had, as any pictures you may see in book do not do it justice.. Sure they say it is a mural, but just seeing a picture of does not carry the sense of its size, I am guessing that is around 12' high and 25' or more long. All the elements in it are larger than life-size and although rendered in not quite 50 shades of gray, in person it is more awe inspiring than any landscape photo I have seen. Worth the trip, for sure! (They did not allow picture taking in many of the areas of the museum, so now I'm sorry)
I covered the entire 2nd floor gallery and saw many works from Picasso, Dali, Miro and many I have and have not heard of. It was crowded but so large there was still great opportunity to linger, read, listen and learn. Then I finished and headed into the central garden and walked around viewing the sculptures. I was headed to the back corner to see the sculpture on the right when I noticed someone looking back at me, To my surprise it was my reflection and I became part of the exhibit.
It was around 4 PM and I was getting tired - awake now for about 30 hours. Found a bench in the shade and took my shoes off and soon my legs wanted to be horizontal. That felt good.
Grabbed a cab back to the hotel and started putting this day's adventure together here before we had the welcome meeting and group dinner which was delish.
Off to bed now at 11 PM here, so a good crask i about to happen after being (mostly) awake for 36 hours.
...and a few have signed my hat already.
On the irst entire day in Madrid we stated with a tour of the city. We hopped on our bus and started driving through the hotel neighborhood when I noticed this frog on a street corner. If you know me, and my frog, ahem, obsession, that explains the picture. We drove around for a bit with a guide sharing some of the sights, which were not too exciting, but we did get off in a few places to walk around.
We stopped outside the Madrid Bull Ring where the bloody slaughters still go on. I hoped tp get in but, alas we only walked around the outside perimeter. However I did get a chance to wrap my arm around a statue of one of the "heroes" of the sport - not that I even know his name, WE DO MAKE A CUTE COUPLE, THOUGH.
The Temple de Debod, was a gift to Spain from Egypt when the Aswan Dam was built. It would have been flooded out if not moved. So how do you move an ancient temple, Why, brick by brick, of course, and 3 years of labor.
This is found in the Plaza de Espana. A large beautiful area that leads to Spain's Royal Palace. I took a few shots but none really worthy of sharing here IMHO.
I was worried I might get to Spain and not run into that windmill fighter and his buddy Sancho, but they were there in Madrid.
This happened as we walked
We were now running behind schedule (imagine that!) and hopped on the bus to visit the famous Prado Museum, home of works from many of the old Masters. The original plan was to have over an hour with a guide leading us to some of the select masterpieces by El Greco, Velazquez, and Goya, but we ended up having less than half that. And is was a busy crowded Saturday, with many peeps and groups and guides going in many directions at once which was not my favorite way to be in a museum. Perhaps the shortened time was a blessing. A little further along, I will share a self discovery that will reinforce this thought
I grabbed some lunch at the Prado with some tour mates adn then went off on my own a short walk away to spend the afternoon in the lovely Retiro Park. There is a little man made rectangular lake where they rent row boats, that all appear to marked Madrid on one side. I stopped for a while to just hang out in the shade, on the grass, to enjoy a beautiful 80 degree afternoon. Just another green beach to me.
After I enjoyed my lazy, relaxing layout on the grass, there were 2 more sites to explore in the park. I was so pleasantly surprised to find that they were both extensions of the museum I visited the day before, Reina Sophia. The first stop was the Palacio Velazques which housed a small but nice exhibit of modern art, which I really enjoyed, Yup,
As I walked around, a few light bulb went off for me. Walkinmg around this building, seeing each one I realized my smile was getting larger and larger. Now (plug time coming here) I contributed a short piece to a soon to be published anthology titled The Art of Touch (coming 10/15 from the University of Georgia Press). The piece I wrote is titled Touching the Nooks and Crannies of My Soul.
These modern art works were doing exactly that and I have never felt that with viewing any of the old Masters that filled the Prado, and so many other Museums I have been to. I can now state that I am a modernist, whatever that may mean!
The other stop was another Palace, thisone was aptly named, adn you cans for yoursel why. Totally brehtaking.
Outside the Crystal Palace was a fountain and in it was a black Swan. swimmin with group of turtles. hese days a black Swan is so associated with rare negative , unplanned events, I was not quite certain what message I was getting. Had just made a fabulous self discovery that felt rare qdn POSITIVE for sure. Well after all, it is just a bird.
Some young suckling pig after some starte taps was a joy with a small group of who opted for this evening. great conversation and fun was had, and the food was delish.
They dressed their part and popped in to entertain with singing which even the group joined in with I even joined in myself (who the heck am I?) A lovely day and evening was almost done.
Well I did have to document it all here. Until tomorrow, be well.
Today, we drove about an hour south of Madrid for full day touring and walking up and down the hills of Toledo, the old capitol of the Spanish Empire.
We had 2 hours on our own - which I used to get lost on my own, meaning I just wandered around with the Sunday crowd, on what is Spain's day for celebrating Mother's Day. Wandering was fine, with lots of exercise as later in the day we would have a guide taking us around and providing more information.
...stop in the first restaurant that has gazpacho on the menu!
Which I did as I wandered around the alleys which are wall to wall touristy stores. Toledo is famous for their steel and swords, so there wher many stores seeling these and other medieaval armor. More on this later...
I dropped in to a nice restaurant and although was feeling bloated, ordered gazpacho and some roasted potatoes in a spicy garlic mayo sauce with salt - Both were mouth watering and excellent. But then....
Most of the time when I spend many hours on airplanes and airports as I did a few days ago, the pressurized environment does a good job on my normal digestive and, ahem, elimination function. I was eating less and less and feeling quite bloated. The food here at lunch I kind of forced down as it was so delish. As soon I was done, I paid my check and headed to the bathroom. Only 2 rooms, and a line for the women's room, So, I just walked into the men's room (Toledo is a bit slow on unisex bathrooms I guess) and spent 10 minutes in there filing the pot, cleaning up, and as I opened the door to leave, I saw the women's room door open so I went in there to finish the job. I guess this is a new way to add to my touring, lol.
It may sound a bit strange, but that was the highlight of my day in Toledo. If this ever happened to you, you would understand.
OK, if you have been following my adventures from last year's trip you might know that I am castled and cathedraled out. This visit was with the guide and it was a quite large cathedral. I really have not much to say about it as it was crowded and my interest was waning. If you are into big ornate cathedrals pay it a visit some day.
The guide took us to a small church which was famous for an Old Master's Masterpiece. This was El Greco. Well, if you read my self discovery yesterday about Old Masters and their work, you will now how I responded to this, But the image is shown for you to have your own thoughts.
We also visited a National Monument of an Old Synagogue from the 1300s. A smal empty building of Moorish iarchitecture. I listened to the history, but really do not know what to make of it. Back in the 1300s the Spanish Jews, Moslems and Chrisitians all lived together in peace. As you know, this did not turn out well. Mostly still doesn't
Back to the Swords and Armor stories . There were a few stores that looked like the producers of Game of Thrones purchased their character's wardrobes there.
But there was a store that had these helmets on display right on the street. I was almost going to go in and ask if the armor was made from Mandalorian Beskar, but my better angels held my back from most likely making a fool of myself as I never saw any Grogu (Baby Yoda) dolls present Yes, This is the way, and appears to have been the way centuries ago.
Apologies to those who have no reference to the Mandalorian Series.
Tomorrow on to Cordoba and Seville. Stay tuned.
Early rise and off to the Madrid train station for the high speed train to Cordoba. Train stations are always an adventure. Will share more when we meet.
Couple hours later we arrived Cordoba and entered though the old Roman walls, and first path through the old Jewish quarter adn I had a chance for photo op
Of course I cold not resist taking this shot. I think we both look cute, although it might be hard to argue who has the more modern look. LOL
Pretty much the purpose of touring Cordoba is to view the UNESCO Heritage Site of the Mosque-Cathedral. Originally built staring in the late 700s and had addition upon addition , through the Moors and Christians and even has a cathedral built within it. Pictures do not do it justice but it is an imosing structure in all directions, built through the centuries Personally I had the feeling it was like Battlestar Galactica (strange reference, but you know I have many of these) as addition upon addition as it travelled through time adn space..
Free time for lunch is always a bit challenging for me. Another hot day and I started with a group but then I chose not to wait at a table and just went outside and grabbed a waffle and gelato for lunch and took a siesta in the sun on the steps of nearby wall entrance. Perfect lunch for this introvert! Successful recharge.
Back on the bus and headed south towards Seville but stopped and a large Organic Olive Farm for a lesson about olive oil. Above pic shows us for to select your olives. We learned to smell and hoot properly taste the oils (let me know if you want the secrets here) and what we should be looking for and how to best stores, and most important that all oils will get rancid within about 2 years. So avoid massive quantities (Sorry Costco)
We tasted #s 4 and 5. Sure enough you could smell them as the chartewrleir described. And the secret tasting method worked. The aromatic orange infused oil smelled amazing and the taste test was not just tryin to dink it, but we were given a small dish of ice cream with the oil drizzled on it. Needless to say awesome! We were advised to try it on fresh warm brownies. This is now on my to do list and I purchased both of the oils we taste. They are in cans and easy to pack. A great adventure was had.
Another day of over 10K steps (now each day here) and now in Seville. A big city , beautiful and bicycles everywhere with marked paths on the sidewalks. I almost got hit a few times, but my tour mates saved me. Above is another large gorgeous plaza, once again named Plaza de Espana. This one was large and beautiful and we had a chance to walk around it. Vendors abound , music and dancing happening, and tons of mosaics of the many regions of Spain. The day was a hot one reaching 95 degrees, so we tried to catch any shade we could find.
As we moved on to explore the old areas and Cathedral areas, we entered a street that was next to the old city wall and had this Roman acqaduct peeking out.
Sorry, nuff said about these buildings. My brain is having a hard time with all of them. Too much to discuss here.
In the courtyard of the Cathreal was this small unassuming fountain. Why am I showing this? This is the oldest object still stanidng here, built in the 400s by the Visigoth's who built an early temple on this site. Yes , the 5th century. Wowza!
Now getting assimilated to Spanish eating hours. lunches happen close to 2 PM and dinners can happen between 8-10pm. After the Cathedral visit I joined a few mates and was able to get a few Tapas dishes, calamari, spinach with chick peas and potatoes with garlic aioli, which were delish, but I could not even finish. Dinner waited until 10PM and that was just a big salad.
The first time ever I attended a Flamenco show and it just blew my mind. Sorry, no pics were allowed. Two male singers, male and female dancers, and a guitarist were amazing for an hour. I would go again.
After, we walked back to our bus, still full light at 9PM and we walked across and along the Rio Guadalouvir. Had one of my mates snap a shot of me.
So many bikers. might be fun to explore this city someday on 2 wheels.
Wednesday May 10 was another long day on the bus...Yup the next few days may be the same. We left Seville and a few hours later we stopped in a small town built on a hill above an amazing valley plateau, name Ronda, which is known for raising the bulls who will meet their end in the bullring. Training them to be any and rage full I am guessing.
Well on the street, I saw this blue Vespa, which is the same color as the Lego version I assembled last month.. Is this a one ? Hmmmm.
Outside the ring is this fella, keeping guard, I guess. The general opinion that guides are telling us, is that the present generation is against it, even the few places where it is still legal, and bullfighing is doomed in Spain.
You can add the words here
Of course, I couldn't resist
Don and I have something going on, for sure. I kept reminding him to find his passion, dream big, and follow them no matter how impossible they may seem, and to always live his truth.
But, you would expect no less from me, eh?
The Med from my hotel window. It is a quite bcuilt up beat town. High rises, apartments and hotels and a wonderful walk and hang out area around the marina. Shops and food abound.
Ran out before dinner to get this shot, Had dinner with the group in the hotel and then a dance party. My heart rate (137) was wayover the recommended max for my age! But what fun.
Leaving Spain, and entering Gibralter requires passport in two booths. Must be a language issue, LOL
Double the customer required. Spain and Gibralter in both directions. Can't figure out why this makes any sense.
Day was starting as a bummer as the Rock was mostly in cloud cover. What will be will be I had a part telling me, while another part was pretty frustrated. Give it time I said to both, and we were rewarded by the cloud cover lifted in the afternoon ang I got a classic image. I'll skip the cloudy one.
You need to listen...It is a big rock and I had no idea there was a cave tour within it. We did not climb or take the cable car up, but were in a mini van tour up to the cave with a guide, and of course we saw the famous monkey that are notorius for stealing any food visitors may have. They are some tough looking beasties. There were a good number of e-bikers going up the road too. Maybe someday, eh?beasties.
This was the kind of thing I've always heard about, so even if Gibralter itself was not a biggie for tourists, it was nice to be on and in the Rock
St Michael's cave would of course have some pretty special lighting in it. There was music playing and a pretty nice light show. However this view of, apparently the Saint was a bit unnerving!
Yup, right after the picas snapped the bottom monkey took off after me. I had no food,but moved quickly.
The group had a lovely proper English 3 cours lunch at a lovely restaurant - Moniques Bistro along the Marina in town before we hopped back on the bus and I got a little beach time in Malaga, before grabbing a pizza in another Marina in the evening.
Great to visit theRock.
We now are putting on the miles between cities and sites. Out tour director is keeping informed and entertained with stories and Spanish music along the drives, as well as giving us time to "nap," uncomfortable as it may be. The day was broken up with a beautiful lunch at a lovely restaurant in Granada,before we headed out at 4 PM for our 5 PM tickets to spend a few hours walking, with a guide to tour the 22 acres (not all of them, phew) of La Alhambra. It was built by the Moors over centuries before the Christians conquered it. I am not going to relate any history here. For that you can read, or go on a tour yourself, to appreciate it.
Apparently these tix are a hot item. Now you have to have your name on the ticket and show your passport as proof that you are the original owner of the ticket. All great advance work by the tour director. This is to avoid a hot secondary market for them.
The you walk on some hills and steps, and it was good that we had a guide, as there were many buildings and gardens
Onei of the first building we went nto was aa Christian Palace where we entereda square building and was met with a Roman style coliseum structure. This fit under the "Its good to be King" department.
The details of tiles, ceramic, wood pillars made from Cyp ress that are over 700 years old, precious metalwork, and even the methods of providing water to the entire area is most difficult to comprehend. Overwhelmed I surely was, but I now have the experience of having put my feet within it.
The most often sene view of the Alhambra is from the Moorish Palace
Still overwhelmed with each step I took.
I learned that this fountain and the 12 lions shown were made by Jewish craftsmen and each one has a different face, that represent the 12tribes of Israel.
Quite a surprise to learn this.
After 90 minutes I was beat. I hung out for a 1/2 hour by one of tthe gardens with a few mates, while the rest of the group made it to another palace building.
Down the hill that is. Must have been the low rent district.
One of my tour mates suggested the La Alahambra needed to go on my hat,
It was a one night stay in Granada, before we had another long drive, so in the morning, on the bus I gave it a try. Hat is getting filled in, eh?
Tiring,. We had a few stops, one was a tour of the cave houses of Guadix.
No, I never heard of these either, but there are 2500 of them in Granada and over 11K in Spain.
Build a cozy, well insulated lace to live. You can see the air circulaing chiming popping out of the ground
I am just going to use the word cozy here. Most amazing. They now even have water and plumbing, so it ain't your old man;s Bat Cave
We got to our hotel a round 5PM and went for a walk at 7 to a nearby beautifuil park. For some reason there were 2 of these guys on a pedestrian bridge. Sure looks like something out of Ghoat Busters.
Early Sunday moring on thebus with a guide to take us on a tour of Valencia. To me, all the old towns have now blended together. Yup, old can mean from the 1200s and the centuries are all blentding together. Forgive me, if this is your thing. Here our guide shows a map of he city and where we were.
Lots of churches, a central market place and so on and so on.
Just a random shot.
OK, I am the one who may have been stupid today. (RANDOM SIGN SEEN ON THE MORING WALK ABOVE -SEEMED APPROPRIATE!)
I thought for sure that I had signed up for the afternoon boat ride adn Paella lunch, but as I was already on the bus, it was discovered that it was not so. I left the bus, with my tail well tucked in.
Plan B was to walk the park, find something to eat and maybe go to the Aquarium there. Mission was accomplished. Left at noon and back at 5PM. Met up with a few mates at the Aquarium at 4 and walked back with . See , the sign was right twice.
A river ran through the center of Valencia until 1985 when it overflowed and caused damage toover 60% of the city. The river was then diverted around the city and the dried out river bed was turned in to a fabulous park with gardens, an Opera House, Science Museum. many gardens, bike paths and pools and playgrounds.
The architecture of everything is wowza (my terminology) The map shows what the layout is, and I will just follow with some images.
What a playground
Only one side shown, eachside is a marvel and different
The Opera Hous, The Hemisphere and the Science Museum
sMultiple building and tanks, and display areas..
An amazing park and city.
On to Barcelona
Another 4-5 hors on the bus = our last long ride - on the way to Barcelona for 4 days of new advntures. The group has totally bonded by now and everyone is cool and unloving. This has been a great tour with all the peeps and all the places.
We even made it to Barcelona ahead of schedule, and managed a short walk around the hotel neighborhood to get our bearings.
With bull fighting a dying sport, how better to transform a town's ring than into a shopping mall?
As we enterred Barcelona we passed this and the monument to the Three Seas, The Atlantic, The Mediterranian, and the Canterbrian )?)
I had a plan to visit the mall in search of aBacelona - FCB - football shirt, as thry won the league championship the night before.
Six of us walkd about 30 minutes from our hotel tothe Arena Mall. We grabbed a snack - for me, dinner, adn walked around for some shopping. I scored my goal and got a Barcelona jersey. A great decision on my part because we were so busy touring it was hard for others to find time to get any of they wanted to
Honestly, I really knew little to nothing about Gaudi up until being on this trip. People said I had to see Gaudi's hoses but I had no idea what to expect. If you knew what I would see, you will perhaps enjoy some of these pics. If you, like me, had no idea, justtake a good deep breath in and hold on to it, because if you are like me, you soon, too, will be breathless.
Take a moment to read the description above. If you have been following me, you have heard how I have been "cathedral out." However the Sagrada Familia is a catherdral of a different colr - oh, many different colors, in fact. There is a not unfamiliar Gaudiness of the details on the outside on its many different sides. I will only share a few pichtures but I ave had difficulty comprehending the enormity of what has been created. The inside has multiple columns of simple beauty and the stafined glass section cross the rainbow o light. We heard that the column support all the weight and there are no weight bearing walls.
We have heard how so many of the old cathedrals thoughout Europe have taken hundreds of years to complete. This one is still incomplete after a 150 years, which explains the cranes you will see in some of the pics..
Now, again, take a deep breath.
I was walking with my group and turned a corner, and ... could not believe what was in front of me. At first it just looked like globs upon globs of -I do not quite know what? On closr inspection the details of scultures - fabulous one all up and down the expanse of the building was overwhelming. Even as our guide was pointing and explaining I could not keep up with him. SO totally awesome, and so different than any other cathedral I have seen.
Look deeply everywhere. Copy it , blow it up. Be amazed!
This just a hint of the column and a suspended crucifixion within. The pic does not even come close to the experience
The details throughout -in and out, are quite amazing.. The intent was to build a edifice that would welcome all faiths.
No two of the towers are the same height, It still strikes me that jsut as the ols classic cathedrals , this is stilling built after 150 years.
Just keep breathing
On a hill overlookin the city of Barcelona. Barcelona is one of the densest citiesa round. People are everywhere, walking, on bikes, on scooters, on moterbike, adn motor cycles and cars. They seem to coexist but for me, it was much too peoply!
HavingThere is the old and the new. Gaudi building and those of others , Everywhere you look, everywhere you walk, there is something interesting to behold.
Our afternoon excursion was to see more of Gaudi creations. At the Park Guell, there are a number of building and other creations that thiamin created.
On another hillside, we walked up and down and all around viewing these from different angles. All amazing.
In addition to the house with the amazing roof ( running out of words here, the lower right is the outside of a wraparound bench that is totally inlaid on both sides adn is sculpted with an apparent built in lumbar support. It goes on for tens of meters all around the square.
Onc again, the details
An apartmetn building right in the middle of town.
Each floor has for, 300 sq meter apartments that are around the periphery of the building., This model is located in what is called the attic. I have never seen an attick that looks quite like this - a workshop maybe, a museum? Then there is the roof with sculpture by Gaudi and exhibitions from other artists.
A structural model of the Sagrada Falillia
Some of the group was leaving as they did not opt for the extension days, and we had lovely dinner to celebrate the tour. Just adding a few pics of some of the folks with me. Here is Sherry, me, and Darlene. We had many laughs along the way.
with Georgia, me, Leonor (Tour Director) and Rose Smiles all around.
OK ok ok , I had to have one of these pics on the tour. No apologies.
Maybe on another visit
This was a chronological view of Picasso's life. This painitn was a self portrait by the 13 year old Picasso.
It was fascinating to see what a great artist he was and how his focus on styles evolved over time.
Of course I was pleased to see Picasso's toad. What would you expect from me?
I had no idea he dabbled in this work.
Of course I put myself into a Picasso frame. Why the hell not?
After the tour, I went for a walk and found my street, Grace's Promenade.
Found the Lego store and loved their major wall sized Gaudi buildings
228,000 pieces. You in?
On the road to Montserrat on our last day of touring
Our bus dropped us off at the top of Montserrat adn we were on the overlook looking down at this monesatary.
You can see the cables for the cable car.
Just another day in touring Spain and seeing another marvel that I would have never expected.
This is what it is all about.
Well, got dropped off at Terminal 1 and had to discover that Aer Lingus was a long shuttle bus away. I found d my way with plenty of time but some more exercise that wasn't planned. First leg was to go from Barcelona to Dublin. I still do not understand why my route went this way.
My passport shows the time spent in Spain
7 plus hours from Dublin to Boston. Landed Boston around 7:5 or 1:15 AM Barcelona time. ANother long day , but home successfully.
Even though I told myself to have no expectations for this tour, I had such a wonderful experience in each stop of city adn each place visited.
I had no issues with the bus rides or the walking, and found the group of people so friendly and wonderful and fun to hang with for the two weeks.
Highlight s- if I must:
I saw Guernica., which was the only item on my must see list. I saw it the day I arrived as the museum it was in was not on the tour schedule.
Reina Sophia - Modern Art
The Flamenco show was outstanding and so glad I saw it.
I put my feet in the Mediterranium and got to the beach.
The Cave Houses
The Parks, The Squares, The Plazas
I am so glad that I chose to come on this tour. So many experiences that I will alwasy treasure.
Many thanks to all my tour mates and tour director who helped make this experience so good, so good, so good!