Category Archives: Summer 2012 Travel Reports

July 3 (and 6): Reflections from Madrid (and my living room)

Sorry.  I worked on my “Finale” entry tonight, but spent too much time people watching at a side walk cafe and ended up being too tired to finish when I returned to my room.  Besides, I always tell my students that … Continue reading

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July 1-3: Last Days

Children Folk Dancers Last night entertainment: Folk Dancers   A 4 year old with a bottle of bubbles; now what does THAT remind me of? UNESCO gets some % of every cruise fare. Don’t know the whole story on that; … Continue reading

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July 1: June 28 – July 1 morning.

The last three days have been both fun and interersting and, until about an hour ago, I planned on reporting on the fun, in chronological order from Thursday, June 28, to tonight, June 30. Have changed my plans and will … Continue reading

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June 28: Feelin’ lazy and lovin’ it

              Yesterday we finally left the dock and, since then, I have adopted what might be called a cruise mentality. I did not sign up for excursions for yesterday or today — in part, … Continue reading

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June 26: Cabin and Porto

  View in one direction from cabin picture window (next to my bed!) View in other direction from picture window (still docked) Tour of Sandeman “factory”(?) A toast to Sandeman’s white port (Yum!!!) Today started early.  Breakfast is from 7:00 … Continue reading

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June 25: Lisbon to Porto

 My trepidation about the subway and the bus station was totally eased by the kindness of two “angels” (punctuation people, for sure). While trying to figure out the ticket machine, without unnecessary error, I asked the 30ish man standing at … Continue reading

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June 14: Reflections ON Lisbon

I haven’t explored or studied the city as much as I “should” — mostly just looked it over (twice) from the top of a tour bus.  In terms of architecture or style, it seems to have a little bit of … Continue reading

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June 23 (a bit late): This just in — Sample of Italy pix

View of old Civita Bagnoregio — from the “new” city of Barnoregio. Under 20 people in old; 300 in new. Shorn sheep the next day. Notice the addition of 3 lambs — two white and one brown. Sheep grazing (constantly!) … Continue reading

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June 23: Reflections from Lisbon

(If this narrative sounds a bit somber and “poor me”ish, you can look forward to the happy ending as expressed in the P.S.  Now, don’t peek before you read the post!) In my Home page commentary, I made note of … Continue reading

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June 22: Lisbon Earthquake

Wikipedia to the rescue — no matter where one may be!!  The Lisbon earthquake was in 1755.  If you’d like to know more, the wikipedia entry is both thorough and interesting. And now, to the sidewalk cafe I go!  There … Continue reading

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June 22: Not much new

Did take one of the bus tours this morning and it was a nice break but, as always, I didn’t absorb much of the recorded information.  However, one bit of info really caught my attention.  There was a VERY bad … Continue reading

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June 21: A real “tourist” for four days

Arrived in Lisbon this afternoon and, for the first time on this trip, am truly on my own.  Of course, Pueblos Ingles students and staff kept us busy during my first week.  Then, in the Italian countryside, it was TOTAL … Continue reading

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June 19: at La Quiete

There is a new voice added to the song of the birds and the breeze through the trees (not much of the latter today) and La Quiete was less quiet, though CERTAINLY not “loud”.  Three lambs were born during the night and … Continue reading

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June 18: More from Italia

GQ has gone to the village of Barnoreggio (walkable, and therefore a very short drive) to get some proscuitto and melon for our lunch.  Yum!!  Yesterday, Sunday, we drove to Orvieto, somewhat of a tourist center and not far from … Continue reading

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June 17: Happy Father’s Day!

I arrived in Italy yesterday.  My flight was from Madrid to Lisbon to Rome and we were quite late leaving Lisbon.  Then I could not find my friend, GQ, in the meeting room and THEN. .  . it is at … Continue reading

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June 14: Eve of Good-bye to Pueblo Ingles

A final one-on-one   It’s a bittersweet night here on the last night of Pueblos Ingles session #653. Talent show was. . . you guessed it, best yet. One of the skits was just too, too funny (a faux urinal … Continue reading

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