Our last 2 days in Madrid – And a touch of Flamenco!

Our second day in Madrid and we woke up to pouring rain. After breakfast we would be boarding the coach to do a scenic drive around Madrid.  Unfortunately we couldn't see much as the rain pelted down.  I tried to take photos but it was mostly rain on the coach window. Sorry the picture is …

Stunning Toledo Spain

Arriving into Toledo we were taken around the most scenic views I have seen, winding around  tight roads eventually  pulling in to a parking area where we literally jumped  off the coach to take in the views. The ancient city of Toledo stands on a hill above the Castilla-La-Mancha plains of central Spain. There is …

The Windmills of Consuegra Spain

Another early start thank goodness breakfast was lovely lots of gluten free food and I was given a wrapped gluten free biscuit with choc chips to have later. After an hour and half  our coach pulled into a roadside stop for those us to have a quick toilet break. Our next stop was in the …

A Taste of Granada and Alfarnatejo Spain

We arrived in Granada at our hotel with just enough time to change clothes and then head back out to dinner.  It would be a fun night of laughter, good food, lots of wine and beer and music.  Our entertainment would be a group of Tuna Musicians.  No not fish 🙂  The restaurant was the El …

Herdade do Esporao – Winery

    Today we were off to Herdade do Esporao a beautiful winery  in the Alentejo.  It was going to be an amazing day of learning, laughing, eating and drinking. A little bit of history - The winery was first established back in 1267.  We were told that no wine was produced until the 1990's.  They …

Capela Dos Ossos – Chapel of Bones Evora Portugal

Remember we were going to have an early cuppa on our deck?  Waking up to pouring rain put that on hold. We wandered down to the restaurant for an early breakfast.  I asked if there was anything gluten free.  I couldn't believe my eyes what they brought to my table.  Yummy gluten free croissant, Pasteis …

Evora Portugal

Our hotel in Evora the M'ar de Ar Aqueduto overlooked the Agua de Prata Aqueduct, a luxury hotel in a converted 16th Century Chapel. The Aqua de Prata built back in the 16th century  provided clean drinking water to Evora by connecting the city to the nearest constant flowing river, 9km to the north. The …

Lisbon to Evora via Setubal

We left Lisbon around 9am and would be heading to Evora Portugal where we would stay 2 days. Most of us dozed as the coach motored along.  After an hour or so we pulled up for our first break at Azulejos de Anita.  We were going to learn more about how the  tiles are made …

Lisbon and Beyond

An early start to the day with breakfast and then off on our day trip to see the sights of Lisbon and beyond. Our first stop would be at Freedom Park -  Parque da Liberdade.  Back in 1903  it was renamed to King Edward VII a tribute to King Edward VII of the UK, who …

Clube De Fado – Lisbon

We arrived at the Sheraton Hotel Lisbon where we would be staying 2 nights.  Our room was lovely and we had views out over Lisbon and the hotel pool directly below. In the distance you could see what looked like through the clouds a cross upon a tower. This was actually the Figure of Christ …