Our tour of Portugal and Spain included a good deal of windshield time and today we were settled in for the 417 Kilometer (260 mile) drive from Granada to Madrid along the A-4 / E-5 Autovia del Sur.  The long hours of cross-country travel across…

The Barbary Macaques of Gibralter The opportunities for blog titles here were endless, but the one above seemed to fit best.  The Barbary Macaques in Gibraltar are the only wild monkey population in the European continent.  A fun fact is that monkeys usually have tails and apes have none,…

From the comfort of my tour bus seat, an ominous warning about desprendimientos 25 kilometers ahead was of no immediate concern.  Nevertheless, I did wonder what all the fuss was about. A later trip to Google Translate revealed ominous pictures of roadways covered with landslides of…

Our daughter and son-in-law had an out-of-town soccer tournament with their oldest, so we had a chance to host Madelyn this past weekend.  Her birthday was two days earlier and we promised her a day of belated celebration.  A picnic in the Smokies sounded the…

 Reflections on driving in Italy    “Here I go down that wrong road again     Goin’ back where I’ve already been     Even though I know where it will end     Here I go down that wrong road again”    – John Hartford, Wrong Road…

There, I got your attention.  And yes, we kind of drove over a cliff.  Details soon, but do you have that dream ever?   That terrible frustration dream where you are in an out of control vehicle down an impossibly steep hill (the hill where your car…

After another very great Gate1 Travel fly-drive deal for Italy, Marcy and I find ourselves back in Montecatini Terme – a town about 25 miles west of Florence.  We are very travel-weary but I think we have gotten used to the rhythm of how it feels to do…

Waterville is is a small town situated on Ballinskelligs Bay on the Ring of Kerry N70  route.  Our bus stopped here for lunch on a (surprise) cloudy, cool and misty day, but this was a colorful, friendly town with lots of photo opportunities.   Our first mission was to…

I went through my portfolio of Ireland pictures in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and I came up with such a random collection of scenes and subjects that I figured I would serve up posts in several batches throughout the day.   Come back and see…

 “A Face in the Crowd” is this week’s WordPress photo challenge — I knew right away where to take this one.  It was the most beautiful of days in one of the most beautiful of places on earth.   Giant’s Causeway is a UNESCO World Heritage…