Chefchaouen

On our way back from Spain, we stopped off to see some of northern Morocco. In part, this was to enable me to finally finish my self-appointed task of seeing every UNESCO heritage site in Morocco. We stopped in Tangier for a few days (that’ll be a post later), then headed to Chefchaouen, a small little village in the Rif Mountains known for its use … Continue reading Chefchaouen

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Gibraltar Is an Odd Place

Gibraltar is an odd place. It’s tiny and most of the space is taken up by a massive rock in the middle of the peninsula, namely the Rock of Gibraltar. “The name Gibraltar is the Spanish derivation of the Arabic name Jabal Ṭāriq (جبل طارق), meaning “Mountain of Tariq” (Wikipedia). It’s a British Overseas Territory, similar to Grand Cayman island in the Caribbean, and like … Continue reading Gibraltar Is an Odd Place

Juan’s House

While driving along the southern Portuguese coast, Erika saw through the trees the rooftops of an odd structure. We turned around and wound our way up an obscure driveway to discover an abandoned mansion inhabited, we think, by a man named Juan. There was a vast language barrier, us knowing no Portuguese. We picked up that the house was being built by Argentinians, but someone died … Continue reading Juan’s House

The End of the World

We recently traveled to the end of the world, or at least that’s what it might have felt like 500 years ago, and truth be told it felt a bit like that. Our recent travels in Portugal took us to Sagres, the most southeastern point in Europe and, strangely enough, the title of a song by The Tallest Man on Earth. The peninsula is historically strategic … Continue reading The End of the World

Albufeira

We stayed in a most lovely seaside town when we went to Portugal, called Albufeira!  Although the town center was quite touristic (catering to mainly British tourists from what we saw), outside of this area the town was charming and picturesque.  The beach was incredible, too–the sand is actually finely crushed shells which make it a lovely color and very soft to walk on.  Instead of booking a hotel, we … Continue reading Albufeira

Castro Marim

Just over the Portuguese border from Spain is a little village with a big castle called Castro Marim. Tourist season was over, so we missed the shows that they apparently put on, which include dramatizations of medieval life and fighting knights. Unlike other castles we have visited, this one does well to show what life might have been like instead of just an empty shell which … Continue reading Castro Marim

Seville

After all the hustle and bustle of Barcelona, arriving in Seville was somewhat a relief. The city has a wonderful ‘old town,’ where our hotel was located and we spent lots of time wandering around this part of the city. But, the highlight of our time in Seville was getting to see friends from Washington State, Jenny and Loch. The day we spent with them … Continue reading Seville

Barcelona

After spending a few days along the northeastern Spanish coastal region known as Costa Brava, we took the train to Barcelona for a couple days as a stopover on our way to Seville. The capital of the Catalonia region, much like elsewhere in the area, there were flags everywhere in support of seeking independence from Spain. It seemed every balcony had one flying. Even the language … Continue reading Barcelona

Monkeys!

As perhaps not everyone knows, there are monkeys in Europe. They live within the tiny enclave known as Gibraltar, a peninsular Overseas British Territory abutting with the southernmost point of Spain. It forms one half of the Straights of Gibraltar, or alternatively, one of the “Pillars of Hercules” with the other being on the opposite side of the straight in Morocco, near Tangier. Yesterday, Erika and … Continue reading Monkeys!

Figueres and the Dali Museum

Salvador Dali was born in the town of Figueres, Spain which lies near the Spanish border with France along the Mediterranean coast. It is also the site of the Dali museum, the place in which he spent his last few years, and the place he is buried. It’s a wonderful little town quite proud of its most famous artist. Below are images of the town, including … Continue reading Figueres and the Dali Museum