Douro River and the Wonderful World of Port

Posted by Pat on November 10, 2017 in Travel |

28 October 2017 One does not need to cruise the Douro River Valley for Port because most all wine houses can be found along the Cais de Gaia. However, river cruises up the Douro, though what is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the oldest demarcated wine region in the world, is a pleasant and […]

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Oporto, My Porto

Posted by Pat on October 29, 2017 in Travel |

26 October 2017 Architecture, cathedrals and towers, food and Fado, wine and Port, polpo and jamon, bookstores and Harry Potter, the Ribeira and cafes. Porto, let me sing thy praises. An explanation on the naming of the city. Portuguese call it Porto, the English Oporto, evidently because of linguistic misinterpretation. Way back when, the English […]

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Lisboa Portugal

Posted by Pat on October 27, 2017 in Travel |

24 October 2017 I return to Lisboa after 45 years. Will I recognize its changes? Will it have changed? How have I changed? I certainly am a different traveler from the novice who visited Lisbon on a budget. In June of 1972, I wrote:

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Sevilla

Posted by Pat on October 25, 2017 in Travel |

21 October 2017 Just 46 minutes and about 15€ southwest of Madrid by train is Sevilla. Our Hotel Doña Manuela is ideally located overlooking the northern end of the Jardin de Murillo and the Royal Alcázar. Its neighborhood of Santa Maria La Blanca offered a plethora of cafes and bars. Perfect! Sevilla is easy to […]

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CÓRDOBA

Posted by Pat on October 23, 2017 in Travel |

19 October 2017 A 90-minute train from Madrid’s Atocha station takes me to the beautiful, historical city of Córdoba. Our hotel, La Boutique Puerta Osario, sits in a narrow, quiet street a few minutes from the train station. Most sights of interest lie within easy walking distance. Hotels still push paper maps; I have come […]

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Madrid and Toledo – Spain’s Temptations

Posted by Pat on October 20, 2017 in Travel |

15 October 2017 Spain has become one of my favorite countries, a temptation to return again and again. I lacked appreciation, too much a novice during my initial 1972 visit to Madrid and Barcelona. However, my return in 2016 left me with the desire to explore in more depth. Thus, once again, I sit enjoying […]

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In Flanders Fields – The Flanders Field American Cemetery

Posted by Pat on April 14, 2017 in Travel |

11 April 2017 “In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now […]

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