Monthly Archives: May 2013

Chocolate, Switchblades, and the Opera: Just another day in Austria

Opera La Traviata is nearing its climax, and Violetta is singing her final aria.  No, she isn’t a fat lady at all, in fact she’s kind of hot, and I don’t want her to die, even though it’s taken her … Continue reading

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Ah, Vienna!

  I had forgotten how much I love this city. I am walking down the Kartner Strasse, Vienna’s grand pedestrian boulevard linking the Opera House to its piece de resistance, the mighty St Stephen’s Cathedral, a 12th century architectural tour … Continue reading

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Hiking Northern Spain-The Way of Saint James: Santiago

         Well, I made it.  I am in the great 12th century Cathedral in Santiago, and I must admit, he end of the journey is somewhat of an anti-climax.  Yes, I have fallen to my knees in prayer.  After all, … Continue reading

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Hiking Northern Spain-The Way of Saint James: Pedrouzo

          I feel like I am running to keep up with Gail, who I’ve been with almost all morning.  It is, once again, raining and/or cloudy, but my knee feels great.  I have been told that I can … Continue reading

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Hiking Northern Spain-The Way of Saint James:Arzua

  It is raining again today.  All day.  I thought the rain in Spain was mainly on the plain?  Not in the hills?

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Hiking in Northern Spain-the way of Saint James:Palas de Rei

       The rain is soft but cold and it has been coming down all day.  Yet the spirits of everyone I meet are friendly…convivial, even.

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Sarria and the Way of Saint James

          I never thought I wanted to hike through north Spain before this trip.  Like the song, “I’ve never been to Spain”, I thought, and was OK if I didn’t go anytime soon.  

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Gaudi Barcelona Tour

    I don’t oversleep this morning so I have a very filling breakfast at Blanc Guest House.  Homemade Muesli, fresh buttery croissants, bananas, and cheesecake.  What a way to start the day!  Oh, and fresh OJ and coffee too!

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Barcelona Day Two-La Rambla

  I’ve already been here more than 24 hours, and the ground is still moving.  I don’t know if it’s a side effect of the seasick patches (TransdermScope), the Ibuprofin, or the fact that I just never lost my sea … Continue reading

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Solo Transatlantic Cruise Day 12-The end of the Epic and Barcelona Day one

  What a day!  I packed my luggage at oh dark thirty this morning and went down to the Guest relations desk to see if I could book a last minute shore excursion to Montserrat.  No chance, they say…too late.

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