Our Galápagos Islands cruise begins

January 11th Woke up to take advantage of the views from our hotel room balcony. There in the harbour to our delight was our catamaran, the Archipell II. Hotel Espana didn’t have a dining room but had organised a deal with the Abra Cadabra cafe just down the street so off we went with our…

Our Galápagos adventure starts

The Galápagos islands had been on our list for a long time but they were mostly just distant islands in a dream we felt. However as time and circumstances change sometimes dreams become a reality. So it was for us. For the past year one of our sons, Lee, had been living in Colombia to…

Segovia

On our third day in Madrid we decided to do a day trip to Segovia by train. After breakfast we walked through a fleamarket in La Latina area near our apartment on the way to the Metro. Took the Metro up to Chamartin station where we boarded a fast train to Segovia. On our arrival…

Madrid, day 2.

We were blessed with another fine, sunny day in Madrid. Even though Madrid has many galleries and museums the weather dictated that we should start the day in one of their other beautiful assets, Buen Retiro park. Given the weather we walked from our apartment. We walked through the area around Plaza Tirso de Molina…

Madrid, day 1.

Again the distance between Toledo and Madrid was covered in super fast time on our AVE train. After finding our way out of Atocha station we came to the Metro. A kind local showed us how to buy a transit card and loaded it up for our journey. The way he organised it meant we…

Historic Toledo

After three days in Salamanca we were bound for Toledo. The first part of the journey was fast. The AVE train sometimes reaching nearly 300 kms/hour. We flashed by the countryside, most of which was pretty dry looking. Occasionally we passed some awesome looking old towns. This one is Avíla. In Madrid we changed from…