I just posted (pending approval) photos of the Etoile Park Hotel in Paris 1973 and 2008. I had Eleanor stand in the exact same spot she did in 1973. In my blog archives under "The Last Time I Saw Paris...Revisited" are more photos and comments about our visit with the lady inside at the front desk.
Linda, thanks for asking me to be your friend! I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have about Spain. We like to focus on one area so we were only in Andalusia but any questions you have about Southern Spain - fire away and I'll see if I can help!
I have been to Spain 3 different times - but have never been to the northern part... except Barcelona. If I could answer any other questions about other areas I will. I have friends from Madrid and also barcelona so if I can't help I can ask for their advice!
Hi Linda! I see that you recommend Rick Steves' books. We have also found many of his suggestions to be good ones, but would love more of your thoughts on books to read before and perhaps even during traveling. Come join our discussion on the new Book Forum!
There are Journals and guidebooks in your apartment with recent restaurant information. Lots of choices but rijstafel is a must. We used the Leiden museum for free internet (with museum card). Street market is great. Buy flowers there. We liked Kroller-Muller and Zuiderzeemuseum.
Hope I'm not too late on this. My friend and I just got back from two weeks doing Budapest, Vienna, Salzburg and Prague. We also used the museum of ethnicity in Leiden for free email with the museum card. We certainly did the market in Leiden for rotisserie chicken. If the black and white kitty adopts you after your first chicken, give her a pat for us! We just wandered around a lot - Leiden is very picturesque and there are lot of pubs waiting to be discovered. We also very much enjoyed using the rail system. We visited Delft, Den Haag and Amsterdam quite a few times.
Thanks for your comment on the photo. This photo was actually taken 39 years ago when I was stationed in Germany. I have digitized a lot of the 35mm slides that I took and have started adding them to my page. I got into your blogs and read your account of a French bullfight. Did you notice the photos on my page of a Spanish bullfight. I took those photos in Barcelona in 1970. Your description of the event is quite similar to the one I saw in Spain with the exception that it did not end so good for the bull. They would also use horse riders with long spears, called picadores, to weaken the bull by stabbing him in the shoulders. Next a toreador would come out and fight the bull for a short time so the matador could study the bull. He would have a pink cape. The matador would be next and would end the event with the killing of the bull. I prefer the French version of a bullfight where the bull lives to fight another day. I don't know if Spain still conducts their bullfights in the traditional way.
On a different topic, have you ever used Google Earth to plan your trips. I have used it extensively on a recent trip to Austria and to scope out areas that I would like to visit. It also helps me identify the photos I have taken. I would say it is almost as good or better than a guide book from Rick Steves. If you are directionally challenged at all this should give you a better feel for the area you visit.
I was just on Google Earth looking for the bullfighting arena in Barcelona and think I found it. I will have to look through my slide from my previous visit to see if I can find a landmark. My memory from 39 years ago is not so good. I have been using Google Earth to find many of the sites I visited. The photos that are attached to the coverage really helps. I can get to the general area then start clicking on photos until I find something that matches my photo. I have even used it locate where other photographer have taken a photo. I located the spot where Jean Agneta took the photo she entered in the recent photo contest, "Alpen Tower". That is such a beautiful shot that I would like to go there when we tour Switzerland. Sorry to hear that you lost so many photos. I worry about that too. I got our host to copy about half of my photos on a CD when we were in Austria.
Now I'm getting confused. I thought I had responded to your comment regarding the "degree of difficulty" of several side trips, but now I don't see it and I'm not sure I actually sent it. Is that the last post you were referring to? In my response I had asked about dining in and aroud Nafplio.
I would have to find my travel journey; however, I do remember it was the lower level of a pink house within walking distance of the town. The owner spoke
Spainish and was not married. She was very gracious but we really saw very little of her. We had a wonderful trip....
We absolutely loved it! I loved the local markets and how we could pick up food for dinner. I also enjoyed the Abbey and the lavender fields. We even drove to Monaco and also to the South of France. One of our best trips.
I think I answered all your questions in a private email. However, I did want to add that we also took a weekend trip to the Riviera when we were in Provence. We concentrated on Nice, Antibes, and Vence; however, and skipped Monaco. Was it neat?
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