An Unusual Cemetery in Comillas in Northern Spain

Cemetery of Comillas, Cantabria, Spain

Comillas is one of many small townships we visited as we travelled across northern Spain from La Coruña to Lourdes, France. Located in the autonomous community of Cantabria, Comillas is a charming and beautiful town most noted for its cemetery, old university, palace, monuments, and Gaudi’s summer home. We visited here about 3 years ago, yet the photos […]

A Photo Exploration of the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco

The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco California

I remember the first time I saw the Palace of Fine Arts. I was young, maybe 9 or 10, yet it stuck with me. I think it ignited my love for travel, for recapturing that magical moment of discovery. For me, San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts is a place of peace, of wonder. It’s also a coming home to […]

A Royal Palace: Photos of the Homes of Queens and Kings


Q is for Queen, but today’s photos are about their homes and the gates that surround their Palace.  Each of these structures is unique and different. Masterpieces of their time. Literally, fit for a king. We saw many palaces as we traveled around the world, nearly all from the exterior. Only in Scotland were we premitted inside a […]

Our Visit to Rabat, the Capital City of Morocco

rabat casbah

Train travel in Morocco is really easy.  Too bad the air conditioning in the first class compartments wasn’t working today. So we made it to Rabat a bit sweaty. Rabat is different than Fes or Meknes.  It is quite a bit less touristy.  Because it is the Moroccan capital city, there were quite a few […]

Palace of Versailles is a Must See When Visiting Paris

Interior of the Palace of Versailles, just outside Paris France

The Palace of Versailles is breath-taking.  Initially a small hunting lodge built by Louis XIII in 1623 it was eventually enlarged into a royal palace by Louis XIV. It is a masterpiece inside and out. A must see located just outside of Paris. We toured the interior before making it out to the world famous gardens. All of […]

Canals, St. Marks, Bridges, and a Gondola in Venice Italy

Gondolas in Venice Italy

Venice is the final port on our 12 night Mediterranean cruise. We arrived the day before we disembarked, giving us an opportunity to come ashore in the evening, and return to sleep on the ship. Such an interesting city, I wish we had spent significantly more time here. However, we didn’t, so we only had time […]

Penguins on the Peninsula of Magdalena in Santander Spain?

The Palacio de la Magdalena in Santander Spain

Santander is full of surprises.  It is another interesting city along the Cantabrian coast of Spain, and the office of Tourism in Santillana Del Mar recommended it as a fun place to visit with great surfing beaches. We were told by others it is popular among the Spanish, sort of a hidden gem with beaches equivalent […]

Highlights of a Free Walking Tour of Madrid Spain

Photos of Madrid

Today, I fell in love with the sights and sounds of Madrid, Spain. We had a free walking tour of the city from Sandemans. We have toured withSandemans in several cities around the world (Dublin, London, and Barcelona). Unfortunately, our Madrid guide was not quite up to their high standards.  At least not the one we […]

Photo Tour: Plaza Del Sol in the Center of Madrid, Spain

Plaza Del Sol

Lucky for us we were staying just outside Plaza del Sol in Madrid, where it is always busy. We loved touring in Madrid, but also enjoyed just hanging out and watching the people. No better spot for this than Plaza del Sol. Day or night, it was filled with interesting people. Here are a few […]

Oslo in a Day: Ski Jump, Sculputers and Vikings Ships

Ski Jump in Oslo

Only one day in Oslo, the capital of Norway, is not the optimal way to see this beautiful city. For us, it is our only current option as it is the final port of our cruise through the Fjords before we head back to the UK.  We all had our wish list, and none of […]

Photo Tour: Beijing’s Summer Palace

beijing summer palace marble boat

There is so much to see in Beijing.  Yesterday the Forbidden City, today we visited the Summer Palace, where the Emperor used to live from April until the weather turned cold. It’s bigger and I found it more striking than the Forbidden City. Actually, it is a lot bigger, covering an expanse of 2.9 square […]

Inside the Forbidden City, Beijing China

Forbidden City

Right in the center of Beijing, and walking distance from the apartment we are staying at, is the walled Forbidden City.  Aptly named as the Emperors and Empresses lived here for over 600 years and it was forbidden to commoners.  Obviously all that has changed, and now it is a beautiful museum in the center […]

Initial Impressions of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Petronas Towers are the worlds tallest twin structures.  We decided not to go up, as the observation deck is the bridge at floor 44 and we are going to Dubai in a few weeks and plan to go up in the world's tallest building.

The first stop on our 250-day adventure was immaculate Singapore, so I am not sure we were quite ready when we arrived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  Our first impression was a quick bathroom stop before we cleared immigration or customs. It was also the girl’s first exposure to squat toilets, along with some confusion as […]