20 Years From Now...

"20 YEARS FROM NOW," Mark Twain said, “you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than the ones you did.”
THIS online journal is dedicated to our next 20 years!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Cordoba's Great Mezquita-Cathedral

The Mezquita-Cathedral of Cordoba is an architectural, religious and historic wonder. It has been used for thousands of years by peoples from various cultures and religious beliefs and today combines a unique Muslim/Christian blend that is visually stunning.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


On Monday, March 20, 2017 we arrived in Cordoba for a weeklong stay. Within seven or eight minutes of hailing a cab from the train station we reached our destination on Calle (Street) Blanco Belmont, but neither the driver nor us could find the number of our Airbnb flat. I made a quick phone call to our host, Juan, who came to meet us and once we saw the narrow staircase leading up to the flat (far right below) we no longer felt like complete tourists for not finding our way - especially as the cabbie had difficulty as well.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Madrid: Palaces to Paintings

While we were in Madrid we toured the largest palace in Europe - the Royal Palace. It was an easy walk from our flat on Calle Major and the audio guide (viewed on a Samsung tablet) provided close up shots of each specific item and that additional technical perk really enhanced our visit. 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Intro to Madrid

The week of March 13-19, 2017 we explored Madrid, beginning with our home base a lovely Airbnb flat completely renovated with all the mod cons. Although it was located downtown, on a main street and was literally steps away from the Plaza Mayor, there was not a sound once we stepped inside. Sheer bliss! 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Sintra's Pena Palace

While we were in Lisbon we ventured outside of the city to tour Sintra's Pena Palace. This fairyland palace with it's gorgeous exterior, spectacular mountain-top views and sumptuous interior is one of the most spectacular we've ever visited.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

5 Benefits of Travelling Light

No doubt you've seen those frazzled people at the airport huffing and puffing as they push a luggage cart piled high with suitcases - so many in fact they can barely see where they're going. Not only do they have to spend precious time lining up to check in all their earthly belongings, but they'll likely have to pay extra for the privilege. Once upon a time we were those frantic travellers. Now, we travel with carry-on luggage only.* Not only does it make travelling simpler, it saves money and reduces stress.

John's bag on the left. Dianne's on the right.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

A Weekend in Lisbon

During our first visit to Lisbon we bypassed the Santa Justa lift almost daily, but did not venture upward to the viewing platform. This month we stood in line for 30 minutes on Saturday, March 11/17 to ride the elevator - and are so glad we did.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Lisbon's National Tile Museum

Our first visit to Portugal in 2015 introduced us to the beautiful tiles that adorn so many of this nation's buildings. When we arrived back in Lisbon this month our first destination was the Museu Nacional do Azulejo (National Tile Museum). 

Monday, March 20, 2017

A Return to Lisbon

We knew from our initial (and all too short) visit last year that we wanted to spend more time in Lisbon and earlier this month we did just that. Flying from Boston to Lisbon via TAP Portugal was an easy and enjoyable five-hour flight. We arrived at 7:15 in the morning and by 9:00 am had settled into our cozy Airbnb flat

Saturday, March 4, 2017