Monthly Archives: May 2016

Pamplona, San Sebastian and Leon. 2016

Pamplona turns out to be a great city, even when the San Fermin festival is not happening and there are no bulls being run in the street. The narrow streets of the old town are filled with bars and restaurants and packed with people who clearly have this on their list of Spanish places to… Read More »

North to Pamplona

After a fabulous final night in Valencia which includes a dinner at Canela restaurant, in the shadows of the Torres de Quart, and a bit of fun at the Open Mic night at Radio City, we get our stuff together and set the GPS for Pamplona and a course Northward toward Barcelona before heading inland… Read More »

More strings to Valencia’s bow

After our cycle tour yesterday and exploring the old town, we headed to the shopping streets this morning before a drive out to the beachside areas including the marina build to accommodate Valencia’s hosting of the America’s Cup challenge in 2007. There’s some images in the video below:     Valencia: Shopping and Beachside from… Read More »


Our time in Granada comes to an end and it’s time to pack the car again and head to Valencia.  The route takes us through Jaen, which is surrounded by an enormous olive oil growing area which produces 20% of all olive oil produced in the world and which produces more olive oil than the… Read More »

Ambling through Andalucia

We left Seville on a lovely Sunday morning, heading South to take a look at the old port of Cadiz, from where so many Spanish journeys began, including the huge Spanish Armada which sailed in the late 1500s with the intent of invading England and providing them, amongst other things,  with a lesson in response… Read More »

Portugal to Seville

We checked out of our AirBnB apartment in Portugal on Thursday morning and grabbed an Uber to head out to Lisbon airport.  The Uber came within minutes and dropped us at the airport with no issues.  We were then able to join a shuttle to our rental car company’s garage nearby.  We’d booked this car… Read More »


We woke in Lisbon to a cold and rainy day: and it’s time to try to catch up on some washing! Finding a supermarket to buy a few essentials proves a bit more challenging than might have been imagined as the nearby streets are narrow, albeit full of character. Finally, after many queries to friendly… Read More »

From the Danube to the Altantic

Yesterday, Sunday, was our last morning aboard the MS My Story. We docked back at Passau around breakfast time and had fun saying our farewells to the many new friends we’d made amongst the the group from the Upper Cape Ski Club, who were travelling from Cape Cod in Massachusetts.  It seemed like the appropriate… Read More »

Krems to Melk

Our last cycle leg takes us upstream from Krems to Melk, still in Austria.  The scenery is wonderful and we a lucky to have a gorgeous sunny spring day. The cycle way is busy today along the Danube with lots of groups and families. After a brief village where Richard the Lionheart was held hostage,… Read More »