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Liss Poulson Small
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What is your favorite place in Europe so far?
Barrio Santa Cruz, Seville, Spain
Where would you most like to go next?
Switzerland! Already planning for our next Untour.
Tell us about one of your favorite places to stay on an Untour. Do you have a favorite host? Apartment? Village?
Our stay at "Las Sirijuelas", just outside Carcabuey was magical.
Do you have any special interests or hobbies that you follow when you travel?
I love to create multi-media travel journals as I go - writing down impressions, doing a small sketch or watercolor, pasting in ticket stubs and photos. I enjoy cooking (and eating!) so I approach local cuisine from the angle of "I want to try to make this at home!".
Which Untours have you already done?
Spain: Andalusia
What advice would you give others considering an Untour?
Be prepared for an adventure. Your Untour can be as exciting or as relaxing as you want, but it is up to you to do your homework to get the most out of it. Read all the materials that are sent to you ahead of time, familiarize yourself with the maps, and chart your course. About a month before our Untour, I had fun plotting out the places I wanted to visit and seeing which routes would make good day-trips. It's also nice to go to the library and research the history and culture of the area ahead of time - makes your stay "on the ground" that much more interesting and fun!
What is your favorite Untour? (so far)
Spain!

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Tales of Andalusia - Part Ten

Monday October 1 - Setenil de las Bodegas

Our local Untours host, Maria, had told us at orientation in quickly whispered Spanish: "Visit Setenil de las Bodegas when you go to Ronda". We were pretty tired when we ended our adventurous day in Ronda, and it was seven in the evening, but we decided to go to Setenil anyway. It was on the way "home", more or less.

We drove into the town during that golden hour of the evening, and it was… Continue

Posted on August 27, 2009 at 6:23pm — 2 Comments

Tales of Andalusia - Part Nine

Monday, 1 October: our adventure in Ronda continues

Behind the Casa del Rey Moro, with its mysterious mina, is a terraced garden designed by the same man who created the Parque de Maria Luisa in Seville.

We spent a long time enjoying the quiet and the shade. Leaving the gardens, the cobblestone street wound its way down to the two older bridges of Ronda. We stopped for cerveza and tinto de verano - it was a hot… Continue

Posted on March 5, 2009 at 8:00am

Tales of Andalusia - Part Six

Sunday, 30 September Domingo al Cortijo - Sunday at the Farm:

Sleeping in late this morning really set the tone for today - vacation! Actually it's all been feeling very relaxed and vacation-like, but this day was especially lazy. It was almost eleven by the time we took our cafe and tostadas out onto the patio for breakfast. We heard some noises down by the pool. Peeking over the railing, we saw a gentleman caring for the pool... must be Dolores's… Continue

Posted on March 5, 2009 at 7:48am

Tales of Andalusia - Part Eight

Monday, 1 October

Our day in Ronda was magical. The drive was gorgeous - two and a half hours through farmland, around mountains, past embalses and picturesque towns. I couldn't stop taking pictures.

Every town has either a church or a ruined tower up on a hill, with white-washed houses nestled on the slopes below. Where the town ends, miles of… Continue

Posted on March 4, 2009 at 7:30pm

Tales of Andalusia - Part Seven

Driving in the Subbetica

... thought I'd share an excerpt directly from my travel journal:

"Gabe really gets driving here. He quickly figured our how to get in and out of Carcabuey, which is full of sharp turns, one-way streets, pedestrians, and other vehicles. He soon saw that the thing to do in a pinch is drive on the sidewalk, and quickly added that maneuver to his reperatoire! He also confidently explored what we believed… Continue

Posted on March 4, 2009 at 7:00pm

Comment Wall (17 comments)

At 10:37am on September 5, 2007, Powen Shiah said…
Hi Liss! Glad you're here with us at the Untours Cafe. Your multimedia travel journals sounds really interesting, maybe you can share the new Spain one when you come back from your first Untour!
At 10:55am on September 5, 2007, Liss Poulson Small said…
Thanks, Powen! I definitely plan to share my next one!
At 11:13am on September 5, 2007, Bill Kover said…
Liss:
Welcome to the Cafe. We look forward to reading your travel journals.
At 1:21pm on September 5, 2007, Liss Poulson Small said…
Thank you! I really enjoyed looking through the photos of your last trip to Switzerland.
At 1:39pm on September 5, 2007, Doris M said…
Liss, thanks for the lovely comment on my Spain album. I love Barrio Santa Cruz too. When we stayed in Seville, we had a wonderful small hotel that was right on the edge of it; what a great place to walk around in the evening - the food was great and still reasonably priced even this past May. I look forward to seeing your multi-media journal...you'll love traveling with your new digital camera!
At 2:03pm on September 5, 2007, Liss Poulson Small said…
I truly can't wait, Doris. I spent my junior year of college living in a little flat near the Santa Maria la Blanca church. So good to hear that prices are still reasonable. Which cortijo did you stay in this past Spring? And may I ask the name of your hotel in Seville? Perhaps I know it...
At 4:25pm on September 5, 2007, Doris M said…
No wonder you know Santa Cruz so well! We stayed at the Hotel Dona Manuela in Room 301 which had a balcony looking out over the Murillo Gardens. It couldn't have been more perfectly located. We walked by the Santa Maria la Blanca church so many times! Very near Ronda, we stayed at the Cortijo de las Piletas - an incredibly beautiful place to which I'd love to return. I'm thinking about doing a blog on Andalusia - the memories are beginning to rekindle!!
At 6:12pm on September 5, 2007, Eleanor - 'El' said…
Liss, many thanks for your comment about the "solar dryer," and of my husband appreciating my labor.
During social hour of a swimming group to which we belong, I often share worthwhile hints, especially those from Heloise. Numerous times members will ask me if we have stock in "Vinegar" because it seems that I'm always sharing ways to incorporate it at home or while on the road. It would have been great if we did have stock, but we don't. Instead, we purchase gallons of it, especially when on sale, and use it often.

VINEGAR HINT: Apply immediately to area a mosquito or horsefly has bitten. It will stop the itch and decrease the swelling. It worked during one trip to Niagara Falls when a horsefly had bitten me while we had toured an Old Farmstead. I was kept awake all night due to the pain. The next day, we obtained vinegar and I held the soaked paper toweling on the swollen area. Relief arrived, and I was able to enjoy the rest of our holiday.

Welcome aboard, and we await your travel log on Spain.
At 9:51pm on September 5, 2007, Marlene Hench said…
Thanks Lisa. It was taken along the River Seine on a night cruise in Paris. I found out why they call it the city of lights. With all your hobbies, you must make Paris your next trip!!
I want to hear about Spain. That one interests me a lot. Our daughter has been to Barcelona and Spain during a student exchange trip one year way back in late 1980s.
At 12:40pm on September 6, 2007, Liss Poulson Small said…
How romantic, Marlene! Yep, the Paris Untour is on our list! (such a long list it is) I was in Paris for 3 weeks as a sixteen year old... lucky girl. I'd love to go back. I could talk for hours about what Spain was like in 2000, when I was last there, but I am excited to be able to talk specifically about what the Spain Untour is. Just a few more weeks to go!

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