"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years." - Abraham Lincoln

New friends, chocolate galore!

Posted on June 30, 2016 by Sioux under Green Door

  After Paris came Brussels, and I was glad of the fact that I would be staying with someone I knew, albeit having only met once.   A friend of my sister’s lived in Brussels and at our first meeting she had extended an invite to come and stay should I ever be on the […]

The city of love….

Posted on June 29, 2016 by Sioux under Green Door

  My next stop after Barcelona was Paris. Supposedly the city of love. My initial reaction when getting off the train was not one of love! The air was smelly and the place was dirty.   The taxi drive to the hotel, which should have taken about 15 minutes, took 35, and when I questioned […]

Mountaintop monastery

Posted on June 25, 2016 by Sioux under General

  On day 3, I did a full day trip up to the Montserrat Monastery. An hour from Barcelona by bus and then a trip up some very steep mountain sides on the lenticular train. I walked across the mountain paths from the monastery to the cross on the opposite mountain side and also up […]

Sagrada Familia

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  One of the stops on the tour was at The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família is a very large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, designed by Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí. I didn’t get off the bus as the wait to get inside the basilica was said to be over 2 hours. A pity, as the interior […]

Barcelona: Part 3

Posted on June 24, 2016 by Sioux under General

  The Montjuïc Communications Tower, popularly known as Torre Calatrava and Torre Telefónica, is a telecommunication tower in Barcelona. Construction began in 1989 and was completed in 1992. The white tower was built for television coverage of the 1992 Summer Olympics Games in Barcelona. The 136m tower is located in the Olympic park, and represents an athlete holding the Olympic Flame. The base is covered with trencadís, Gaudí’s mosaic […]

Barcelona: Part 2

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  On my 2nd day, I walked up one of Barcelona’s two most famous streets, the Rambla (a wide promenade in the old city) to get to where the tourist bus departure point at the square known as Placa de Catalunya. The Rambla is one of nine that emanate from the square, and even though the square […]

Gone fishing….or not….maybe just out to play….

Posted on June 15, 2016 by Sioux under General

  BARCELONA – PART 1: And so began my European odyssey. What started off as a planned cycle across Spain became a trip to various cities in Europe. Being as how my visa had been issued by the Spanish embassy, I figured it would be prudent to make Barcelona my first stop. The language difference was not […]

Heading for the fairest of the fair…..

Posted on June 1, 2016 by Sioux under General

  Having family in Cape Town, I had to go visit before I left SA again as I would be gone for a year this time.   A quick 4 day visit but I got see my daughter and both my sisters. Sadly no time to see friends, so I’ll just have to go back […]