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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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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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