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Old 04-29-2016, 06:02 PM   #2861
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You didn't ask for them, you didn't want them......but here are our boring pics anyway:

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Old 04-30-2016, 09:27 AM   #2862
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I like the pictures that I may visit Spain and Portugal some day. Not this time though.


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Old 04-30-2016, 10:03 AM   #2863
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If anyone encounters problems with the previous link, this one may be preferable:

https://docs.google.com/presentation...it?usp=sharing

Hit 'Present' top right corner, then the arrows or space bar to advance.
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Amazing photos, Nemo. I am stealing your itinerary for next spring.
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Old 04-30-2016, 10:23 AM   #2865
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Amazing photos, Nemo. I am stealing your itinerary for next spring.
You might want to visit northern Spain just a wee bit later than we did, maybe even a couple weeks so that the rain's done.
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Old 04-30-2016, 02:29 PM   #2866
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When did you go? They said go in mid July to minimize the chances of rain but it's generally a wet region.

There is suppose to be a variety of terrains, like beach villages, mountainous regions, etc.

San Sebastian looks pricey.
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When did you go? They said go in mid July to minimize the chances of rain but it's generally a wet region.
We just got back on April 24......wetter, but less tourists.
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There is suppose to be a variety of terrains, like beach villages, mountainous regions, etc.
We didn't hit the north coast.......after years of a misspent juvenescence spent hanging around beaches, they, like me, have diminished in appeal.

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San Sebastian looks pricey.
Tourist town, close to France....
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Old 05-01-2016, 08:12 PM   #2869
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You didn't ask for them, you didn't want them......but here are our boring pics anyway:

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While I did not know I wanted them, I did.

Loved your photos!!

Thanks for sharing. I am going back to see if you shared information on how you arranged your trip.....would so love to do something similar....
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Great photos, Nemo! Thanks for sharing.


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I am going back to see if you shared information on how you arranged your trip.....would so love to do something similar....
Our next jaunt, leaving here on Halloween evening, is, apart from the day trips out of Malaga for the 18 days or so before we catch a westbound transatlantic*, pretty much finalized........but today we placed a deposit on this:

16 nights departing May 9, 2017 on
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Cheapest Inside $275
55+ Rate $261
Cheapest Oceanview $415
55+ Rate $394

Cheapest Balcony $695
55+ Rate $660
Cheapest Suite $695
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No brochure rates were provided by Pullmantur. The prices shown are US dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability.Select alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are included with this itinerary. Prices do not include port charges, government taxes or fees, airfare or (where applicable) airport taxes and fees.

ITINERARY

DAY DATE PORT ARRIVE DEPART
Tue May 9 Puerto Limon, Costa Rica 4:00pm
Wed May 10 Colon, Panama 7:30am 3:30pm
Thu May 11 Cartagena, Colombia 11:00am 8:00pm
Fri May 12 At Sea
Sat May 13 At Sea
Sun May 14 St. Maarten 10:00am 6:00pm
Mon May 15 Antigua 8:00am 6:00pm
Tue May 16 At Sea
Wed May 17 At Sea
Thu May 18 At Sea
Fri May 19 At Sea
Sat May 20 At Sea
Sun May 21 At Sea
Mon May 22 At Sea
Tue May 23 Funchal, Madeira, Portugal 8:00am
Wed May 24 At Sea
Thu May 25 Lisbon, Portugal 7:00am


(*Since we're getting old(er)......OK, OK, since I'm getting old(er), we find that using these repositioning cruises as buses is waaay more comfortable than flying, and if it wasn't for the time frames/unavailability we'd take them in both directions.)

At this point, (subject to possible drastic change), we're contemplating arriving in Lisbon with minimal luggage and freewheeling from there......i.e. grabbing a local bus/train to a small town and looking for accommodation when we arrive......rinse & repeat.

When driving a car it's not much of a problem, but using public transport at my (our) age it could turn out to be untenable....(and a PITA).

To be continued.......
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Well, looks like DW and I will be going to Italy next year.
Good thing I didn't get around to paying for the airfare, there has been a change of plans. Since our last family get together there is one new grandchild and another on the way, we don't live near each other so not everyone has been formally introduced. So, instead of an Italian get-away for 2, we are now hosting a family get together - one week cruising around the Caribbean Sea.

I'm not a big fan of boats and water but I do enjoy getting the family together, so this'll be a blast.
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Good thing I didn't get around to paying for the airfare, there has been a change of plans. Since our last family get together there is one new grandchild and another on the way, we don't live near each other so not everyone has been formally introduced. So, instead of an Italian get-away for 2, we are now hosting a family get together - one week cruising around the Caribbean Sea.

I'm not a big fan of boats and water but I do enjoy getting the family together, so this'll be a blast.
Congratulations on the grandchildren. Getting together on a boat for a week sounds like a great way to do it.
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I'm starting to work on an early fall southern France and part of Spain trip.

We'll fly to AMS to visit family first, then fly to Lyon to start the trip. Fly back to US from Barcelona. Want to visit Provence and Riviera in France, and probably Andalucía as well as Barcelona in Spain.

Now I just need to start filing in the details!
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Those are all great places. Never saw them together though, broke them up into several trips 1-2 week trips.

Lyon won some designation as the best-lit city in Europe.
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Those are all great places. Never saw them together though, broke them up into several trips 1-2 week trips.

Lyon won some designation as the best-lit city in Europe.
From what I read they have a pretty good museum on Roman ruins in France, and that's one of the things we're interested in seeing. So seems like a good place to get started.

Might take 3 weeks for southern France/eastern Spain. Depends on our list.
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Good thing I didn't get around to paying for the airfare, there has been a change of plans. Since our last family get together there is one new grandchild and another on the way, we don't live near each other so not everyone has been formally introduced. So, instead of an Italian get-away for 2, we are now hosting a family get together - one week cruising around the Caribbean Sea.

I'm not a big fan of boats and water but I do enjoy getting the family together, so this'll be a blast.
Congratulations on the new editions . I have been on one family cruise and it was a lot of fun .
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Hearst Castle

We just booked a behind the scenes tour of Hearst Castle. We will be traveling up and back on a private rail car. We will also go to some wineries in the Paso Robles area before getting back on the car where we will be served hors d'oeuvres and dinner.
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Love all the travel stories. Recently booked a trip to Florence, Italy. 11 nights with an overnight in Cinque Terre and day trips to Rome and Venice. Gave the kids a choice which included Paris, Hawaii, and New England; they choose Italy.

Timed it just right as airline tickets have gone up $600 a piece since I booked.

Now for planning the details. Any travel tips for Cinque Terre?
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Nemo...we travel in much the same way. We now limit ourselves to a carry on bag only, actually a 19/20 inch roller each. Does not matter if we go for a week or two months that is what we take. Plus a very small backpack for my ipad. Part of the reason is our ability to handle luggage on various forms of transportation-including public transportation.

We have found taking less to be very liberating and more than once it has enabled us to make unscheduled airline connections in order to avoid lengthy terminal delays. When we shop for clothing the question we always ask ourselves is how will it travel, is it light, and will it complement our existing clothing.
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