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Nov 28 – LA CORUNA Spain

28 NOV  La Coruna, Spain The city of glass – provided just a flicker of its reflected splendor as the sun rose and the overcast skies wrapped up the day. In the northern coast of Spain La Coruna has the same tall narrow traditional architecture but with a bonus – the balconies are framed in […]

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Nov 25 – MADIERA Portugal

25 NOV  Madeira, Portugal With my Google destination in mind I waited to see what the weather would offer – and was first off the shuttle bus and headed for the taxi rank in the business center of port city Funchal (Foon-shall) My Portuguese translation sheet in hand and a moderately English speaking driver – […]

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Nov 24 – La Palma

24 NOV  La Palma, Spain Las Palmas travelling each night between the Canary Islands I had no sea/teaching days and 5 consecutive days of shore excursions. The next morning brought us into a small harbour quite near the town frontage. Huge bluffs of golden stone shone in the sun as we moved closer to the pier. […]

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Nov 23 – Tenerife

23 NOV  Tenerife Today I took my first guided tour with a gang from the ship. 3 gardens in Tenerife. Perfectly timed after a couple of days of solo exploring. I was really ready to simply get on a bus and be taken to lovely places. With rain and fog moving through we got to […]

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Nov 22 – Gran Canaria

22 NOV  Gran Canaria I was determined on this trip to avoid the touristy attractions and all churches. I can get so wrapped up with the grand architecture of cathedrals & convents– but it always feels surreal. Not the real life of a place at all. Fortunately they always have beautiful open plazas adjacent…and if […]

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Nov 21 – LANZAROTE Spain

21 NOV  Lanzarote, Canary Islands – Spain My favorite thing. To explore and discover a totally new place. Down roads and over hills never travelled (by me) before. Sketching, painting…taking the time to sit and absorb the place. I landed in Lanzarote with a mission…to get out to the Manrique Cactus Garden and back to […]

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19 Nov – LISBON

19 NOV  Lisbon, Portugal Having visited Lisbon for several days back in 2008 I was hoping to simply get back to the Alfama district – a hillside of narrow lanes and colorful walls with lacy iron balconies. What a wonderful arrival up the Tagus river with a foggy dawn rising,  city lights and the outline […]

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17 Nov – At Sea

17 NOV  At Sea Well some “movement” as the Commodore calls it – the infamous Bay of Biscay lived up to its rep. I was pleased to see a full group of 28 students the first day out. Hardy sailors all. My obligation aboard is to teach classes 10-12 and 2-4 on all sea days – […]

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16 Nov – Southampton

16 NOV  Southampton Seagulls and churchbells. There are walls. Very, very old walls. Everywhere. Popping up in the middle of the busy Christmas shopping arcade.  Bracing up a building with a modern office interior. Ragged remains that survived a world war. Turrets and towers facing the harbor that have seen captains and pirates in their […]

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Departure Van>UK

DEPARTURE     14/15 NOV Catch one ship – to get a taxi – to a plane – to get a bus – to get to another ship in Southampton. Well all the best laid plans eh. Brian & I figured a whole day would be time enough to get to my 6pm flight. What […]

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