Travel

Turkish Tourism Poster

    Happy memories. The second trip G & I took together was to Turkey. That would be about a hundred years ago now, but Turkey in general, and Istanbul in particular, still evokes very strong memories. Food markets, jumping on the tramway, dining in the flower passage. Toward the end of our stay, already…

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Barcelona

For me, at least, it took a couple days to warm to Barcelona. We entered Barcelona with high anticipation while knowing that our trip would be over soon. Toledo was a fun place to set our feet first. Madrid featured amazing museums and an introduction to the tapas culture. Then there was Zaragoza with its…

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Zaragoza

As a middle stage to our trip, Zaragoza was an excellent place to visit. It has a compact city center, amazing (and I do mean AMAZING!) tapas bars and an interesting religious festival called the Festa de la Pilar that goes of for days. We really enjoyed Zaragoza. Do try to go during the Festa…

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Madrid

After two days enjoying the small city charm of Toledo, we hopped a bus for the hour-long trip back up to Madrid for a few days of amazing museums, great neighborhood walking, tapas, copas de blanco and late-night dining.

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Toledo

We’ve been back from Spain for two weeks and are finally uploading a few photos from the trip. We’ll eventually post the rest in the order of  our visit: Toledo, Madrid, Zaragoza and Barcelona. Hope this gives you a sense of some of what we loved! You can either select thumbnails below to enlarge or…

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Awaiting lunch @bellstreetfarm…

Awaiting lunch @bellstreetfarm in lovely Los Alamos http://t.co/zx3nBQzq You walk in and it looks like a miniature version of  Ye Olde Soda Fountain (intentional mixed metaphor). Then you check out the menu and smack yourself because your hunger isn’t big enough for two entrees! Deliciosity! Nice wines by the glass, intriguing food options. But we…

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Try wines and tasty food!

Try wines by the glass and a fun assortment of things to eat. Also a nicely curated draft beer list and excellent local and imported wine for retail sale. We liked the Lovers Sandwich (ham and blue cheese on excellent bread) so much we had another one the next day. @ 15 Degrees C: http://t.co/5ZmPkoaz…

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New Zealand-The South

The last week of our NZ trip included 3 days hiking the Routeburn Track and just some general fun in and around Queenstown. Having left the town of Fox Glacier around 10, after already seeing the glacier itself and breakfasting at the Cafe at Lake Matheson, we steered the Tiida further south along highway 6…

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New Zealand-North of South

Having left the North Island by air, we started the Queen Charlotte Track (QCT) by sea. We walked three of the four legs of the QCT, staying at different lodges each night. The great thing with this walk is being able to hike with just a day pack while your main bags are shuttled from…

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