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Nov 19, 2016 - Leaving Malaga

In several hours we will leave Malaga on the Royal Carribean cruise ship, Rhapsody of the Seas. It is a repositioning cruise by way of the Canary Islands and Nassau to Miami, Florida. As wifi is usually exorbitantly priced on ships, this might be the last you hear from us for two weeks. Brian will be celebrating his 68th birthday on the 23rd, and we might be in Tenerife on that day. Sharon and Babu left yesterday, with the rental car to the airport in Malaga, to catch a flight to Barcelona, and on to Athens where they will spend some time...

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Nov 17, 2016 - Mountains and beaches

The mountain communities of Ojen, Moda,and Coin drew our attention today. It was only 30 km up through the winding mountain passes to the third town. Lots of olive trees, laden with several different colours of what we think might be different varieties of olives. Lots of mountainous rock, and lovely vistas. Not much to see or do in these three towns except drive through, and imagine what it would be like to live here permanently, and what you would do with yourself. We drove up a hair raising narrow road into what was labelled as a nature...

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Nov 17, 2016 - Another continent, Africa!

We were picked up at the corner of our street by a large tour bus at 7:45 a.m. and headed off in the dark toward the south western tip of the country. Past Gibraltar once again, past Algeciras, Terife on the Spanish coast, is the most southerly point of the European continent. The countryside here has dozens of metal windmills turning the breezes into electricity. Two 'pillars of Hercules' have been pointed out to us: one mountainous outcrop of land on the Moroccan side, and Gibraltar on the Spanish/British side. Terife is where the ferry...

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Nov 15, 2016 - Bits and pieces

Just a few updates. It seems to me that when I look back over our journey that it's pretty glamorous. However, we are doing it very inexpensively, overall. We are eating in the condo, making our own meals, and buying groceries probably cheaper than at home. We are renting a car for 60 euros per week, dividing the cost in half for each couple. And this condo which rents out for 950 euros per week, we managed to get for 250 euros for the week, via the travel club that I belong to. Babu seems to be in great physical shape, as he goes for...

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Nov 15, 2016 - Ronda

Leaving in our rental car from Puerto Banus, we headed down the coast for 5 minutes before finding the turn off to the mountain town of Ronda, only 50 km, but over one hour of focussed driving up winding hair pin turns to over 4,ooo feet above sea level. We were delightfully surprised at the quaint, bustling, mountain town with ancient buildings and arched bridges. We walked for several hours around the parks, streets, and squares. We skirted several bus tour groups, and snapped pictures of gorges, farm land, and architecture. This town...

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Nov 14, 2016 - Gibraltar

We drove to Gibraltar today and it was great. British, so we could understand, ate a fish and chip meal, took the cable car to the top and back, so we didn't walk down. Saw a couple of monkeys/apes at the top, took plenty of photos, watched the ships go through the Straits, and could see Africa in the mist across the water. We parked our car along the street at the paid parking, on the Spanish side of the city of La Linea, but the meter on our block was broken, so the traffic meter man told us it was free today. We spent the extra money...

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Nov 13, 2016 - Costa del Sol

We find ourselves in the Costa del Sol portion of Spain, having flown from Barcelona to Malaga. The plane fare was one third the cost of the train, so seemed most expedient. Sharon had booked a car for us on line, and after waiting for our turn at the rental counter (many rental agencies doing a very brisk business), and locating the vehicle in the airport garage, we headed out of the airport with Babu driving, and me attempting to navigate. We proceeded to get lost in the maze of off and on ramps, clover leafs, traffic circles, and one way...

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May 9, 2015 - Malaga Spain

Located on the Mediterranean Sea in the southern part of Spain, Malaga is the gateway to the Andalusian countryside. Part of the "Costa del Sol", this seaside resort town is home to a number of impressive palaces, including the Moorish Alcazaba, built in the 11th century, and Gibralfaro, originally a palace built by the Phoenicians but in the 14th century Moorish Caliph Yasuf I constructed a fortress over it. Malaga is also the birthplace of Pablo Picasso and home to the Museo Picasso which was dedicated by the King Juan Carlos and Queen...

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Apr 19, 2015 - Malaga, that's ma' la ga, not ma la' ga

We left Gibraltar about 11pm. This never sits right as one can never see as well driving at night. I mean, if they can't get time of sunrise and sunset right on a regular basis, what else can't they do? Is that just too much to ask?! I was actually thinking about getting into the incredibly busy with traffic Mediterranean Sea. Why do I think about these things?! I mean, it's a big ship, who can possibly not see it!!

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Mar 5, 2015 - Travel Day to Costa Del Sol

The wind howled all night - those roosters knew what they were crowing about for sure! Steve and I didn't sleep much with all the noise from the wind whistling and banging things around. We awoke early, got dressed and finished our packing. We had planned to drive to Gibraltar and spend the day before heading to our resort, but the wind was blowing hard in Gibraltar too and was only in the 50's. So we scrapped that plan and decided to head directly to Costa del Sol, and stop for a couple short side trips along the way. Maria packed us some...

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Spain - March 2015

Nov 18, 2014 - Malaga, Spain

Tues.18 Nov. 2014 MSC Sinfonia Weather:-19 Degrees/Sunny Malaga, Spain 13:00  19:00 6h Today our excursion to Mijas, Spain was fantastic, we were only 24 people, about half German speaking and the other half English speaking and we were fortunate to have a very good guide so that is always a bonus. Mijas is situated in the lowlands of the Sierra de Mijas mountain range and is surrounded by pine forest it has a population of 7,500 permanent residents. A settlement is known to have existed in Mijas for many centuries, Romans used Mijas as...

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Med. Melodies Encore

Oct 5, 2014 - Malaga

We arrived at Port in Malaga at about noon at which time we disembark and went on our excursion of a taste of Malaga and its region. We had a good and complete breakfast since lunch was not on the menu for us. We left the ship at about 12:15pm to board bus no 17. Our ride today took us to a genuine local cultivator of a wide variety of fruit trees. Among them were; oranges, figs, avocato, lime, lemon, oranges and grenadine... We had a small spuntino and went on our way to a little village named Allora. We walked through the old part of...

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