Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Cordoba, Spain

 We stopped at the Mosque of Cordoba, with its
many, varied architect styles.
 It was both a mosque and cathedral at different points in history.

 The Roman bridge was also very interesting and beautiful.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Ronda, Spain in the Malaga region...

I am sure this was taken from the bus window.  The countryside in Spain was very beautiful, very green.
 with simply amazing views.

 We toured a bull fight ring and museum.

 We were on our own for dinner and   
went to a very small restaurant, where English was 
sometimes understood and sometimes not.
 After dinner, the owner brought out a bottle of
green apple liqueur.  It was very, very good.
Then, of course, there's always dessert.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Seville, Spain - on my birthday!

After Evora, we headed onto Seville, Spain.  Driving into Seville - on my birthday - we see graffiti.  I enjoy seeing graffiti.  It is usually colorful.

 Seville is also in the Andalusia area.  It is famous for 
flamenco dancing.  
We visited the Alcazar castle.
On the night of my birthday, we had dinner together as a group.
 Baked fish and garlic mashed potatoes.
 And... my birthday dessert.  
Yes, I turned "0"... again.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Torremolinos, Spain

On the coast...
 While strolling through the streets, actually looking for a cathedral...
we came across a Fish Foot Spa Lounge.
I can't remember the price, but I do remember
that it was really reasonable.
Pat and I were the only ones who wanted to do it.
We couldn't get MaryAnna and Laurie to participate.
 It was so much fun - and really tickled.  
My feet were so very smooth when we were done.
So glad I did it.
 Just had to stop by Burger King and take a photo.
 We had dinner at a restaurant right on the beach.  
I think I would have to say it was probably the best meal of the trip.
I know this mojito was the best I've had.  
 Dinner consisted of:
fried white fish,
fries, and
mixed vegetables.
 We stayed at the Hotel Don Marco which was across from the beach.
 And, of course, we had to walk along the beach.
Such a nice, memorable night.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Super Sleuths

My youngest daughter, Kimberly, and two of her friends, Ashley and Bree, went together and bought  "Hunt A Killer" which is a monthly subscription consisting of crime facts and evidence, specific to one crime.  It is an ongoing crime and each month more information is given in an attempt to solve the crime.
They recently got together and looked over the last three months' worth of information.  They haven't figured it out yet but they are definitely working on it.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Granada, Andalusia, Spain

We spent some time at The Alhambra Palace and Gardens.
 I just thought this little First-Aid car was cute.  
We had to do quite a bit of walking and this was parked
right at the top of the hill - in case someone needed a ride down.

 I LOVE this photo.  But then I love the color green.
 Tapas.  We had tapas as a snack in the afternoon.
 I honestly can't remember what these were because we 
tried several different things that day.
 This was churros and chocolate.
The chocolate was like soft fudge - really thick.
And good.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Throw Back Thursday to High School Days

I grew up in Columbus, Indiana - a great place to raise a family.  During high school I was on the gymnastics team - not a star gymnast but I sure did love it.  One of my classmates posted this photo on line a while back and I just had to have it.
I am on the top row, last one on the right.
My high school had, and may still have, a really good
reputation in the area of gymnastics.
The men's team won almost every year - at least at that time.

I guess you can see I am proud to be from 
Columbus North High School and Columbus, Indiana.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Evora, Portugal

We spent part of a day in Evora, Portugal.
That's Pat, myself, and MaryAnna.  
Laurie was there but still under the weather.
 This is the Cappella dos Ossos -
Cathedral of Skulls in Evora.
 It is amazing they used bones to build the cathedral.
 ... and me. 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Back to Spain...

These photos were taken in Toledo.  
I think the countryside is absolutely beautiful!
 The photo below is a pastry - in a shop window.
 They make a type of jewelry in the Toledo area - Damascene jewelry.
It is a mixture of metals.
 What I loved about this picture is the magnifying glass.
My parents had a couple of these and used them quite frequently.
A nostalgic moment.
 We stopped for lunch and ordered "stuffed potatoes."
It was really good - corn, ham olives, cheese, sauce.
 All though Spain, we came across pastry and chocolate shops.
Hard to pass them up.
This happens to be a marzipan shop.
 Pastries, donuts...
 St. Martin's bridge in Toledo...