El Capricho. Gaudi in Cantabria, before Barcelona.

We left Burgos on Monday March 6, heading north to Santillana del Mar, our base for a full day of paleolithic cave viewing on Tuesday. Something I had planned the entire trip around- when the caves would be open for tours. We also planned to see El Capricho, the second home Gaudi built/designed for a…


The Romanesque and Gothic Cathedral of Avila

After 2 days of meandering about Madrid, we picked up our rental car and drove about 90 minutes north eastish. The autostrada on this Friday was open and empty and we saw green pastures on our sides and snow capped mountains in front as we whipped along to the medieval walled city of Avila. We…

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Portugal Day 6: Tavira

On Day 6, we decided we could no longer recycle our clothes; we had to find a laundromat because it was just ridiculously expensive to have the hotel do our laundry. We googled and found one conveniently located near to the old town of Tavira. I had quality time to shop while Steve noodled on…

Travel ferry ride to Isla desrta

Two Weeks in Portugal. Day 5: FARO

We left Alvor on Tuesday November 16 to spend the day in Faro, the capital of the Algarve. We entered the “cidade velha”, underneath the imposing arch that acts as an usher for the the narrow cobbled streets and heavy hinged doors that characterize the medieval essence of the old town, all of which is…

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Two Weeks in Portugal. Day 2: Lisboa

It was mutually decided by a party of one, because truly only one of us is a Planner and the other never knows what he is doing or planning to do until the moment he does it, to take Tram 28 up to the Alfama and spend the morning wandering around. Because Tram 28 is…