Fall Colors

While going for a walk yesterday the sun came out and I just had to take pictures of the lovely fall colors.

Olympic Host

Barcelona. Where the Olympic torch burned in the summer of 1992.Stage of the 1992 Summer Olympics, the 1929 World Exhibition and the home of the famous architect Anton Gaudi. This vibrant Mediterranean metropolis, also the capital of Catalonia, was the last and shortest stop on our nine day cruise. Five short hours was all we…

Ancient to Modern

This is what greeted us as strolled through the lush gardens of Valencia after exploring the old town, pretty much the usual tourist sights and attractions we have already admire in Malaga and Cadiz: Cathedrals, markets, street cafes, endless narrow lanes with historic buildings reflecting the vibrant history of this cosmopolitan metropolis. Founded by the…

City on Seven Hills

Unlike any other port we have visited on this cruise, something quite distinct greeted us as we sailed up the Tago River into Lisbon. Approaching the impressive hanging bridge. almost identical to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge spanning across the wide waterway, my ears picked up a monotonous hum that intensified as we drew closer….

Flamenco in Cadiz

Since we wanted to learn and experience more flavors of Cadiz than just coffee and sangria, we decided to join a throng of tourists on a city tour. Out of the port on one of the many tour buses, we set off on a panoramic trip along the picturesque corniche overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Modern…

Casa Blanca

What was I thinking when we decided to just walk out the port and wave down a taxi? Having lived in Arab countries, I should have known what to expect. But somehow I did not anticipate what was about to come upon us. That goes to show that we always tend to forget the unpleasant…

Gate to Andalusia

Gate to Andalusia There is so much to see and discover in Malaga that six hours are barely enough to even scratch the surface of the most ancient ports of the Mediterranean founded by the Phoenicians over 2,000 years ago. Nevertheless, we got a good feel of this vibrant capital of the Costa del Sol…

Diamond of Light

Diamond of Light That’s what they call this floating vessel, our home for the next nine days. Almost brand new (built in 2009), this swimming city stretches across twelve decks and boasts a three level show theatre, a Las Vegas style casino, ten bars, three restaurants, two swimming pools and Jacuzzis, a top notch spa,…

Into the Blue

Into the Blue Taking our first cruise (Mexican Riviera) in 2009, we learned about the Italian Costa Cruise line. So we decided to give them a try for our next cruise. After several visits with Mr. Fritz Reichetseder, a travel industry veteran and the owner of Reiseoase, http://www.reiseoase.at, Gallneukirchen’s only travel agency, doing business the…

Sun Kissed Gems

Today we got on the regional train, paid a return fare of five Euros and after riding through a fairytale land of medieval castles and fortresses overlooking sprawling apple orchards, we arrived in Merano after a smooth forty minute ride. With the snow capped Dolomites looming in the distance, Bob and I caught the bus…