Europe

As you read in my first article for this trip, we arrived at our hotel at about 11:30pm so we had a bath and went to bed. At 07:00 I went down to Reception to ask about our tour group and only got negative responses. It turned out that I was pronouncing our Tour Guide’s name incorrectly. Once I had written it down all was revealed. The receptionist told me how to pronounce his name and then I saw a group sitting at the back of the dining room. We joined them for breakfast before going on a guided tour of Sarajevo.

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Madrid fountains in street behind hotelFountains in street behind our hotelMadrid is beautiful! It is filled with fountains, plazas and magnificent buildings. Even though we had woken up to 8 degree weather, a lot warmer than yesterday, we wrapped up warmly and decided to walk aiming to see as much as we had seen from the hop on, hop off bus the previous day.

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Madrid was bleak! Yes, it was mid-Winter but it felt even bleaker than any of the other places we had visited in the past month. This could have been because all the trees and shrubs had lost their leaves and had been well pruned, or because we were nearing the end of our trip and we felt bleak or was it due to the hugely increased security personnel on every street corner. Whatever it was it just did not feel as welcoming as it did in 2002.

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Today is our last day on a speed train as we travel from Malaga to Madrid for the last stop on our month-long journey across Scandinavia and Europe. We felt we were now ‘old hands’ at travelling on these trains and we smiled as we watched other passengers get excited as the speed of the train increased moment by moment until it reached 300km/hr. They would jump up and take photos as the speed increased. For us it was ‘old hat’ thinking,‘been there, done that’ as we were now quite blasé about the whole system.

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Today is Saturday and our last day here in Fuengirola. It has been really wonderful to have had some full days of rest and others where we have had interesting times spent discovering the history and development of some ancient towns of Southern Spain. The weather was generally beautiful except for a little misty rain on one or two days. Today, the weather was absolutely perfect for what we chose to do.

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Ronda bottom of the gorge 2When I was in Spain with my sister in 2002 we visited the town of Ronda after which getting around became rather difficult for me. On our second night of our stay at Club la Costa there was a welcome and information meeting. We were informed of the facilities at the Club and a variety of excursions that we could enjoy. We decided to do 2 of these, one to Ronda and another to Gibraltar.

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I was born into the early part of the Baby Boomer generation, the 3rd of what came to be a family of 6 daughters. Although both our parents, who are now deceased, had been raised in rural Natal (now KwaZulu-Natal) and the 2 eldest daughters were born in a country town, the other 4 of us were all born at home in Durban. Read More

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