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Old 05-27-2022, 07:46 PM
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Made it home safely (Apr 12 - May 12). Had a great time and saw many new places.
We started off right with icy drinks on our way from FL.

Most of the sidewalks in Ponta Delgada have a different tiled surface. We had an excellent lunch at a cafe on the central square. Was the only rain we suffered on the trip.

With our tuk-tuk tour driver in Lisbon. We took a tour of the Alfama district and spent a pleasant afternoon enjoying lunch with a couple we met from England. Needless to say, we sampled several port wines over the 3hr+.

Santiago de Compostela as a city was much, much more than we had anticipated. We will be returning to spend several more days as there is so much we missed. We will either walk or bicycle part of the Camino de Santiago to earn our certificate (no one wants to spend more time then necessary in purgatory ).

The Guggenheim was excellent and Bilbao is another outstanding place to visit.
We enjoyed so much we canceled our time schedule in San Sebastian and stayed in Bilbao.

We enjoyed Biarritz and had a balcony overlooking the ocean, but one really needs to rent a car to get down to the ocean. While we enjoyed, we likely won't return. Needless to say (check out the name of the cafe - Le Comptoir du Foie Gras), we enjoyed some excellent pâté.

Spent a day in St-Emilion and had a wonderful lunch (again, almost 3hr). With so many good wines available almost anywhere in France and most waiters being professionals, we generally ask our waiter to select the wine. We've yet to be disappointed. The wine maker of the wine my wife had was having lunch with the owner at a neighboring table. This pic is looking down into the central town square. We ate at the Lard et Bouchon, which is located in a cave cut into the side of one of the hills the town is built on.

Moules Frites in Bordeaux. Enjoyed our walk along the waterfront. Every cafe/bistro seems to have hamburgers these days. I had to try one and it was excellent. Not much different from a good gourmet burger here. Again, excellent wines (but twice the $$ as excellent wines in Portugal/Spain).

TGV from Bordeaux to Paris. We took the slow one (3hr9min at 180mph). Got there in time to check-in and have a late breakfast. Terrific carafe of Brouilly red, which we were not familiar with and suggested by our waiter.

We enjoy visiting the smaller churches to view the windows like these in the St-Severin. The brilliant colors of these ancient windows on a sunny day are amazing. We enjoyed excellent omelettes at a cafe just outside the entrance. The Jardin Luxembourg was in full bloom and we enjoyed a 1/2 day cooking class that included shopping at an open-air market prior to cooking our meal.
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Old 05-27-2022, 08:36 PM
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Glenn… very nice, thanks for sharing!
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Great pics and it looks like you had fun. Thank you!
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Thanks Glenn, looks like a wonderful trip.
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Thank you, all. We really had a great trip after being mostly shut-in by covid for about two years.
Catalonia at the end of September and Nice next winter.
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Madrid is one of our favorite cities with the excellent museums and the 'old town' area between the Fuente de Neptuno, Plaza Mayor & Plaza del Sol. Full of tapas bars & restaurants. Will you be walking/biking any of the Camino de Santiago while in Asturias? Have wanted to do so, but so many places to see and so little time.
We will be in Lisbon this trip, but only for a day before heading up to A Coruna and on to Bilbao. Am guessing a Douro river cruise is in our future.
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Sorry I missed this - we had a terrific trip, and also found Santiago de Compostela amazing, especially being there during Holy Week. We didn't walk the Camino, but did enjoy Aviles, where the founder of America's oldest city was born. Glad you had a great trip as well.
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Sorry I missed this - we had a terrific trip, and also found Santiago de Compostela amazing, especially being there during Holy Week. We didn't walk the Camino, but did enjoy Aviles, where the founder of America's oldest city was born. Glad you had a great trip as well.
Could not agree more about Santiago de Compostela. We are 'puzzling out' our time next year and how to split it between northern Spain & southern France. The north coast of Spain does not get nearly the credit it deserves for the many wonderful places to visit.
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My wife just got back from Maui and all I got was this lousy t-shirt. She said Mick's place makes a good steak (that made me feel better ). She and our daughter had a good time. Flying there & back was a mess. Time to cue-up some Fleetwood Mac.

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