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 …

Madrid Spain Day 1

Our hotel in Madrid for the next 3 nights would be  the Hotel Villa Real on the Plaza de las Cortes. Before settling into the hotel would be a visit to the  Museo del Prado. The Prado - not Prada, Museum was celebrating its Bicentenary.  It officially opened on the 19 November 1819 as a …

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 …

Ronda Spain – a town on the edge!

The streets of Ronda are narrow and tight so our coach dropped us off at the local bus station.   It wasn't far just a 10 minute walk.   Some of our group went shopping, Sarah,  Peter, Muriel and I found a small restaurant to have some lunch.  My stomach was playing up so I …

Goodby 2019 and Hello 2020

Sitting here watching the devastating fires happening in Australia makes me realize how lucky I am.  Im in my lounge room with the TV on, lap top on my lap,  sun shining with a blue sky while others are on the beach or in boats shielding themselves from the smoke and flames.  I have friends …

An afternoon in Porto

Our last afternoon in Porto.  We decided to just let our feet take us around Porto. Dark rain clouds  were looming so we wore our rain jackets.  It was also very cold. We came across a market selling local wares and this is where the rain started falling. Porto is very hilly with most streets …

Provesende – Portugal – A Treasure above the clouds

    As our coach climbed the hills of the Douro Valley, through the fog and the clouds, I had no idea of the steep drop at the edge of the road. Im not very good at heights so the fog was a blessing in disguise. Even when we arrived there was still a swirling …

Castelo Rodrigo – The Secret Historic Village on the hill

    Our visit this morning would be to Castelo Rodrigo.  This was a surprise as we were to have visited the Coa Valley. Apparently the dock for the Coa Valley was closed. Castelo Rodrigo is one of the  historical hill top villages in Portugal.  I hadn't heard of this place at all.  Once I …