Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Home, sweet home!

Old country house

Two kitties were mighty happy to see us last night.  They love their kitty sitter, but Mom and Dad are still best, just as it should be.  KC is asleep on my desk right now; Missy honored me with a brief lap sitting before going over to curl up here in her office bed.  MM checked email, and is off to town to have breakfast with the guys.

Gosh, we haven’t been apart for more than a few minutes in a month.  This feels strange, but I’ll get used to it.

Life is back to normal, meaning that the suitcases are open and ready for moi to empty and let the laundryfest begin!  No room steward popped out to assist me, but I do have a full pot of good coffee brewed to help get my motor running.

It was a long day yesterday with the flight from Lisbon to Amsterdam; change of planes, and then a very long flight to ATL; and a two-hour drive home.  Amy had a delish pot of soup waiting for us (she’s my favorite child!).  Despite being tired and sleepy, it was sooo good getting some home cooking and getting hugs from the wee ones.

By the time we hit our (great) bed, we had been up and awake for 24 hours.  We may be getting too old for that routine.  Naw.  We’ll forget and do it again when the next opportunity arises.

So today I need to also work on a grocery list.  Haley, my other favorite child, is hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year for the whole clan.  I am taking a couple of my traditional side dishes—glazed carrots and parsnips, and Marinated Roma tomatoes—so I only have light duty this year.  I’m good with that.

Cheers from cool Mayberry, y’all!  It’s time to get busy, and get suitcases put back on the shelf.  But for how long?

Sunday, November 23, 2014

ATL bound!

Leaving for the airport in a few minutes for our 5a flight. We will be back on sweet Georgia soil this afternoon. Yippee!!!

Mayberry, here we come.

Miles and smiles, y'all!






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Bom dia from Lisbon




This was our view as we disembarked the yacht this morning, schlepping our bags to the metro, headed to the airport hotel. Successfully.

We are now plopped down on a comfy bed, checking email. At last!




Yes, peaches, the view from the john/tub/shower is straight across the bed, but there is a privacy curtain that can be pulled if wanted. Who cares? We are only here until o' dark thirty when we have to roll out to catch our 5a flight. To get home, I am willing to do that! I am not a morning person, but I do wanna be home. So does MM...and we will do whatever it takes to get there, with a little caffeine thrown in by the time we hit that Georgia road northbound to Mayberry

The weather is quite overcast in Lisbon today. Our agenda is very laid back to non-existent, with an early bedtime planned. Not that I can fall asleep on command, but I will certainly try. We may simply sit here and watch the aircraft arrivals from our window. We have a good view of inbound flights, unless the wind shifts...and my fly boy loves to watch airplanes.

It has been a good trip. I have about 1300 photos to download when I get home. Yikes! More later.

Life is good, y'all, and will get better tomorrow!


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Friday, November 21, 2014

Cadiz kind of day

But first, let me tell y'all that the occupants of state room 335 learned an expensive lesson: be back at the ship/yacht at the appointed time. They were not, so the captain (nicely) waited 15 minutes (he didn't have to), then (nicely) put their passports ashore and we left...without them. As we should. At least we are going to another city just down the road apiece, so hopefully they catch a train and meet the yacht today in Cadiz.

We enjoyed our excursion to Mijas yesterday for the wine tasting. It is a city of narrow streets up on a hillside, so the busses had to park and stay put while we walked around. We learned that the local taxi is actually a donkey!

They were cute...and loud! If the donkey is a taxi, they wear a little tag on their head, complete with their particular number in it for proper identification. We didn't need their services, however.

So we are now off the yacht at TV Cadiz cruise terminal, checking for email before we wander around. Hotmail only. Again. Bugger.

Tomorrow is a sea day, so I won't have Internet as we sail:motor back to Lisbon for our Sunday morning disembarkation. We will overnight at an airport hotel and catch a 5 something AM flight back to Atlanta. Monday will be a long day!

Ciao, y'all!

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Almeria and Malaga

Yesterday was Almeria on a sunny day. We walked the Los Ramblas, and then went into the old town, which is always what we want to visit. We did not find a HO HO bus, unfortunately, but we did find Internet.



The desire for a siesta overshadowed a desire to see the onboard afternoon entertainment: a flamenco dancer (or dancers?). This was the first time local entertainers had been brought onboard. Oh well...

So today we are going on yet another local wine experience. Like we need more wine, especially in the AM, but we are here and that is when it is offered, so we are doing our second "complimentary" tour (as opposed to those tours that cost extra).

We have been to Malaga a couple of times, so this will indeed be a new adventure.

Later gator! At the wine museum. Cheers...ciao!



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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Cartagena, Spain

This is an ancient city, founded more than 2,000 years ago. It is one of Spain's busiest commercial centers. The harbor is flanked by towering fortresses, and speckled with sections of old city walls, beautiful flower studded balconies, school children, and tourists everywhere.



Our bus ride was delightful. So was finding wifi to download messages. We were quite happy to purchase a Coke for the password.

MM and I enjoyed a stroll through the pedestrian area above, and seeing all the chatting school children on their outing. We sure miss our wee ones!

So we strolled back along the harbor to the yacht for yet another delicious lunch, and an afternoon of reading. Yes, we are enjoying the easy life for at least awhile longer...till Sunday!

After dinner, we sat and listened to the 3 musicians/singer till they took their break. There were 5 folks listening. Pitiful. Not the entertainers, the lack of audience.

Today we are walking around the old district in Almeria. Hello, Golden Arches!


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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Valencia




Ola! It was a fine day in Valencia on Monday. MM and I took the shuttle that let us off near the cathedral, so we took a walk through the pedestrian area, being tourists.

We found the famous Golden Arches and used their wifi to make a blog post and try to receive mail. The system only liked hotmail, not gmail, so we were unable to download our major inboxes. Bugger. At least the blog launched so the kids would know where we were and are still alive and well.

We checked out the central market, shown above, and just soaked up that part of the city, before taking the shuttle back to the yacht. Lunch and a nap both felt good.

The musical entertainment onboard consists of a group of four, and a duo. Both play (in separate locations), first as we go into dinner at 7:00 (and away from where they are playing...a few folks stay and come into dinner late), then they play again (at the same time) at 9:15, long after dinner is over. We don't want to sit around waiting on them to begin. Strange way of scheduling, in our humble opinion. We would love to enjoy live entertainment.

Oh...the yacht has 5 masts, not 4 as I said earlier. Sorry that I short changed them by one. I don't have a good photo yet to post, but I will. Eventually.

Today finds us docked in downtown Cartagena, so we can walk in, no shuttles needed. We have never been here, and it appears to be an interesting city.

We hopped on the HO/HO bus and checked it out...we are now on a free wifi prowl. Bingo!

Sunny smiles.

Ciao, y'all!

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