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Nerja, Malaga, and home again

Today was our final full day in Spain, so we checked out of our wonderful apartment, bid Jaun a fond farewell, and drove down to the Costa del Sol to Nerja.  This was a town with a sea view we had dreamed about, and we had read about paella on the beach in Nerja at a beach shack called Ayo's. …

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Added by Susan Umberger on September 21, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Ronda

Today we took off on a lengthy journey, but one we really wanted to do regardless of the weather.  We went to Ronda, Spain's home of bullfighting and the town which is split by lovely bridges over a steep gorge. It is indeed on of the loveliest towns we saw, even in gray weather.  The old town has a charm unlike any other, and the parks and outlooks, as well as the hikes, were soooo much fun!  We drove into town and parked in a lot that was well marked, with signage easy to understand about…

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Added by Susan Umberger on September 21, 2016 at 5:53pm — No Comments

Alcala la Real

Today proved to be the first day of a rainy weekend--it forced us to cancel our room in Gibraltar and reschedule our plans. We were a little disappointed, but knew there was so much to see closer to home.  And the day began with sunshine, as you will see.  The next day, Sunday, was our planned trip to Ronda.  We ended up doing that on Monday the 12th--it just would not quit raining once it started!  Oh well, it's still vacation!  

Today we visited Alcala la Real, which was highly…

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Added by Susan Umberger on September 21, 2016 at 5:43pm — No Comments

The Alhambra

We purchased tickets online for the Alhambra, although we could easily have purchased them on our prior day in Granada www.alhambradegranada.org/en/ ;.  But we wanted to arrive early and chose that time block and we had an early palace tour.  What gardens!  What beauty!  What views!  We drove there, parked in the main parking lot adjacent to the ticket office and…

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Added by Susan Umberger on September 21, 2016 at 5:28pm — No Comments

Seville--Day 7 and 8

We had a lovely drive to Seville, I know I keep harping about the roads (and we did get lost a time or two) but they are nice, well marked, and in good repair.  We passed through areas where we saw cork oak trees-some looked like they had just been harvested.  Once we got into Seville, we did get seriously lost, and ended up in a residents only zone, where we got a ticket.  (It came later in the mail after we got home, along with a notice from Hertz--they photo your license plate.  Even…

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Added by Susan Umberger on November 19, 2015 at 2:27pm — No Comments

Andalucia 2015 Day Five and Six

Cordoba!

Today we had planned a drive up to Cordoba.  We wanted to visit the Mezquita and I had tickets for the noon horse show at the Royal Stables in Cordoba, founded in 1570.  Being Kentuckians, we can only go so long without a horse or a bourbon!  Anyway, we got up early and got to Cordoba with no problems.  (Let it be noted that I have and used both a Garmin and Google maps on this trip, as well as paper maps, and we still got turned around sometimes.  A fact of life,…

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Added by Susan Umberger on October 26, 2015 at 3:45pm — No Comments

Day Four Andalucia-Local Villages

We decided it would be fun to drive around in the local country and explore the villages of Rute and Iznajar.  Juan, our wonderful landlord, had furnished us with grapes from the vine in the courtyard.  It was time to cut the vines back and he saved us some of the most delicious, sweet white grapes.  We took them on every picnic!  Anyway, armed with our maps and Garmin, we set off for Iznajar, driving the most spectacular scenery roads along the way.  They were harvesting some olives at one…

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Added by Susan Umberger on October 26, 2015 at 3:38pm — No Comments

Days Two and Three in Andalucia 2015

We met with Alexandra this morning and had a wonderful time chatting with her in the courtyard of our apartment.  It is delightful, with grape arbor, lemon trees, decorative pots, and laundry.  It all feels so homey, and even though Juan speaks very little English, and we very little Spanish, somehow we communicated-- sometimes through Alexandra.  I think Juan even talks too fast for her!!  She gave us maps and all kinds of pointers, as well as her personal recommendations…

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Added by Susan Umberger on October 19, 2015 at 3:34pm — No Comments

Andalucia 2015

Day One In Andalucia

We arrived in Malaga on time and ready to explore, and were met at the gate by our driver, who turned out to be Alexandra, Maria's assistant.  She helped us to handle all the details of car rental and then carefully drove us almost two hours to our chosen Untours rental, Posada Real in Priego de Cordoba.  We decided on the village location because we wanted to be close to shops and restaurants, and we were entirely satisfied with our decision.  Priego is a…

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Added by Susan Umberger on October 19, 2015 at 2:58pm — No Comments

Home again

Well, after indeed blowing my nose all the way home, we had an uneventful trip to the USA.  Direct flight from Paris to Cincinnati is the way to go!  Of course, we then have a hour and a half drive, but that is do-able.  We are tired, happy to be home, and yet missing Paris.

Realizing that we were only a few blocks from the terrorist attacks that happened a couple of days ago, and that Republique square is steps outside our…

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Added by Susan Umberger on January 10, 2015 at 11:45am — No Comments

Tuesday October 14 2014

Today was a day for packing in earnest, all the clothes were dry ( no dryer but it worked out fine--electricity costs too much to dry clothes with it!)  We walked to the caramel store-Jacques Genin-to purchase more caramels for our house sitters and pet sitters, then strolled around our neighborhood.  My scratchy throat has developed into a real cold, and I am glad it happened late in the trip--I can blow my nose all the way home!

We make our way to Notre Dame and Pont St. Michel,…

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Added by Susan Umberger on January 10, 2015 at 11:40am — No Comments

Last days in Paris 2014

Monday October 13 2014

Today we started to do some laundry and experiment with packing to see if our cheese and champagne would fit!  We brought our big suitcase (it's purple and we call it Barney) on wheels but it was mostly empty when we came.  And I always try to bring very few outfits, and even leave or discard some stuff along the way.  For example, I brought old trail hiking shoes and old nike flip flops to Amalfi and left both behind--I needed new ones and could buy…

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Added by Susan Umberger on January 10, 2015 at 11:29am — No Comments

Sunday October 12 2014

Today was mostly a relaxing day--it was cool and rainy again.  We decided to shop a little at the Carousel under the Louvre, and then decided to have some onion soup while we were out.  Found a wonderful  little restaurant near the Quai Branley Museum and went in to a cozy homey atmosphere.  Wonderful soup, and they were quite OK with that being our order.  We waited out some rain showers then went past the wonderful vertical garden wall into the Museum.  This is a museum of indigenous art…

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Added by Susan Umberger on January 10, 2015 at 11:19am — No Comments

Saturday October 11 2014

Today was another big day for us--we decided to go to the Paris flea market at Clignancourt.  There is a famous gypsy jazz (manouche) guitar school there along with a restaurant called Les Chopes des Puces.  So, mustering up our maps money, and good walking shoes, we took off.  It was a gorgeous day, and this part of Paris was a revelation.  Sooo many poor refugees here, so much poverty, so little beauty...

The flea market was…

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Added by Susan Umberger on January 10, 2015 at 11:12am — No Comments

Days 10-12 Paris

Friday October 10 2014

Today was a day full of tours, the walking kind!  Before we left, after a lot of research, I had booked a tour through an organization called Paris Greeters.  These tours are free, guided walks led by Parisians of some of their neighborhoods. They had contacted us before we got to France and asked about our interests and dates that would work for us.  I had noted Rhea's interest in woodworking and guitar making, and mine in…

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Added by Susan Umberger on January 10, 2015 at 11:02am — No Comments

Days 7-9, Paris 2014

Tuesday October 7, 2014

Today was designated as a shopping day--for souvenirs and mementos to take back home to the wonderful folks who care for our house and pet while we are away, for family, and for our 30th anniversary!  We did not get an early start, being a little tired from the day before, but after a relaxing morning we ventured out.  First we took the bus to Opera, and from there walked to Lafayette Galleries.  What an amazing glass dome in the department store!  It…

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Added by Susan Umberger on November 24, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Days 4-6 Paris October 2014

Today was Tower Day! We started off early to get to Montparnasse Tower, a huge skyscraper that gives a wonderful view, from the roof, of the Eiffel Tower and of Paris and its other landmarks. We got there at opening, and though there were lots of tourists, we were soon whisked up to the top floor. From there, we ignored the picture taking ( just say "non, merci"and go on), and then we climbed another two or three flights to the roof. The views were spectacular, even tho the day was not the… Continue

Added by Susan Umberger on November 22, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Days 1-3 Paris Untour 2014



Days 1-3 Paris Untour 2014

Well we have recovered and are back to the usual days, and it is getting much colder out, so I finally have time to do a report about our trip to Paris. It's a big city! I had no time, or inclination, to blog after each day as I have done in the past, but I did make notes and took 674 pictures and a few movies, so here goes:

We arrived at CDG at 6 AM, due to a schedule change by our airline. It made our arrival inconvenient, as Untours checkout…

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Added by Susan Umberger on November 12, 2014 at 3:53pm — No Comments

Back home again

We were picked up at 7:30 by our driver and Mary--she arrived promptly at 7:15 to pick up the phone.  We had used it a few times for reservations etc, and tour bookings so it did come in handy.  Thanks, Untours!  We got to the Rome airport in plenty of time and managed to check in with Alitalia.  Somehow in the online process we had lost our seats that had been booked, but still got seats together in the middle of the plane, so no problem.  We were about half and hour late leaving Rome,…

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Added by Susan Umberger on October 14, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

day Seven Rome

And so today is our final day here in Roma.  We've had a wonderful time here, even better than expected.  Having one glitch doing web check in with Alitalia, but we will just have to work that out at the airport tomorrow.

Today we were picked up by a van from Greenline Tours. (I booked this tour online through Viatour, mainly because they did the Villa d' Este and Hadrian's Villa on Tuesday and it ws a half day thing--still have to pack up!)  So were were driven to a location where we…

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Added by Susan Umberger on October 14, 2013 at 9:39am — No Comments

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