Azulejos of Portugal – our attempt at traditional tile painting

  After lunch and a bit of a rest in our room we went up to the lounge to catch up with our fellow travelers. As we were going through the reception our Cruise Director Phillipie with his beaming smile and shinning eyes asked us if we were going to do the Tile Painting.   …

Morning tour of Porto

After a hearty breakfast onboard the Scenic Azure we set of for a Porto Panoramic Tour.  We would take the same roads that we went on the Hop On Hop Off bus the day before but with a very informative commentary.  So much so we told Carla that she should do the commentary for the …

The Hop on Hop off Bus – Porto

After a delicious breakfast at the Sheraton Porto we went to the front desk to organize our tickets for the Hop on Hop off bus.  We chose the Red one as we have found in other cities that one has been the best.  At only $15 euro's each it was quite good.  There were no …

First Day in Porto for the sisters

3 flights and many hours later  we arrived safely in Porto.  Our flights from Australia were ok.  I think I actually slept a bit.  Which is not the normal for me. I flew from Melbourne to Singapore and Muriel from Perth to Singapore.  We then flew from Singapore to Frankfurt.  We had a couple of …

A River Cruise, Why Not!

Have you ever thought of going on a river cruise?  If not why not?  You may very well change your mind once you read this. We recently went on the Scenic Azure on the Douro River in Portugal. From the moment we stepped on board we knew this cruise was going to be amazing. This …

Hola from Seville

Thought I better touch base with everyone. It's Good Friday here in Sevilla Spain. Yesterday we arrived after our bus trip from Evora, in Portugal. It's Holy Week here. They recreate the passion of Jesus Christ. The dress etiquette here for women is to wear the mantilla on Holy Thursday and Good Friday. Men wear …

Tips on traveling with a chronic illness

    In less than 2 weeks Muriel and I will be heading to Europe.  To be more specific Portugal and Spain.  Paula will be home recuperating from a knee replacement. As most of our readers know that I have many chronic illness'.  So  travel takes a bit more effort and forward planning.  I just …

Great Ocean Road

Back in January Muriel, myself, her son Chris and his girlfriend did a two-day trip of the Great Ocean Road here in Victoria. Monday saw the 4 of us line up in Chris's car to board the Ferry from Sorrento to Queenscliff.  The trip takes about 40 mins   The cars line up to board …

Paris on Foot

Armed with a crappy map the cruise ship company provided,  we proceeded to walk back to our ship.  It was berthed right by the Eiffel Tower.  Montmartre to the Eiffel Tower!  On a map it doesn't look that far does it.  Maps are so deceptive. I think we walked more miles than needed, as I …

Montmartre – Artists Village

Montmarte...I fell in love with this bohemian village on our first trip to Paris. A place where poets, artists and writers lived as it was a cheap place to live.  I could imagine sitting in one of the many cafes in a past life writing about the people I saw each day.  Joining me would …