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Dec 8 afternoon – Pompeii (from Naples)

Dec 8 morning – Pompeii  (from Naples) I had to break this post into 2 parts. What an amazing day of light, history and stone we shared.        Not the petrified corpses that Pompeii advertised. But the moments of daily tasks and chores frozen in place.  The vessels for storing product in the shops. […]

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Dec 8 morning – Sorrento (from Naples)

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Dec 7 – Rome (in 6 hours…yeah right)

Dec 7 – Rome. Coach tour to x3 highlights. What an crazy rush – after a long drive in from Civitavecchia. We managed to eat a traditional Calzone, see the Vatican, the Colosseum and Brian made it to the Trevi fountain. (newly restored) On this whole journey I have been inspired, awed and overwhelmed by the history […]

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Dec 6 – Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Dec 6 – Monte Carlo interesting to wake up and walk off to yet another language. French today in Monte Carlo. Should be easy for us bi-lingual canucks…but I kept calling the ladies Senora and gratefully saying Gracias. And what a strange surreal world this place is. With yachts in the harbour, Lamborghini & Bentley […]

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Dec 5 – Barcelona Spain.

support for the sepratist Catalan movement is alive & well throughout Barcelona

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Digital sketches on the fly

I have an addition to my creative tools now. The phone in my pocket. Not only is it the best camera ever but it is now a handy sketchbook for little studies. There is a reason why I love my Samsung Note 4… the screen is huge and it comes with a great little stylus. I […]

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Dec 3 – CADIZ (near Seville Spain)

Dec 3 – CADIZ  Spain.  (the port nearest to Seville) Now in the Mediterranean. Brian & I had been to Seville back in 2003 and chose not to spend the day travelling back & forth on coach into the city – but walked off and into the old city of Cadiz. And I mean OLD. […]

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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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