Galápagos cruise, day 5

Monday 15th January We awoke to a bell at 5:30 to find ourselves in a calm sheltered area next to Archipel 1. Most of our group embarked in the zodiacs for our final excursion to Bachas Beach. It was a wet landing! Once on the beach we dried our feet with small towels we had…

Galápagos cruise, day 4

Sunday 14th January Awoke about 6:30. Buffet breakfast at 7:00 included cereals, pancakes and fried eggs, toast and fruit. By 8:00 we had been transferred in the pangas to the shore for a walk up to see Darwin Lake initially before hiking further up to a viewpoint over the volcanic plain. Many dormant trees waiting…

Galápagos cruise, day 3

Saturday 13th January I wake about 4:30. It appears we have finished our navigation and we are in another bay. I drift in and out of sleep until Karen wakes. We rise about 6:50 in time for another delicious buffet breakfast. At 8:00 we board the pangas (zodiacs) and head off for our first activity.…

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…