Remarkable Ronda Gorge, Moorish Town

Remarkable Ronda Gorge, Moorish Town

Ronda is a mountaintop city in Spain set dramatically above the El Tajo gorge. An incredible stone bridge, spans the deep ravine which separates Ronda’s 15th-century ‘new’ town from its old Moorish section.

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I had never heard of Ronda until reading through the itinerary for Tauck’s Week in Spain tour. A trip we took this past fall. I briefly described Ronda in an overview of our ten-day Iberian vacation in, See Spectacular Spain in September.

Ronda is built astride a huge gash in the mountains carved out by the Río Guadalevín. It is one of the oldest towns in Spain. Built on two separate cliffs, Ronda is connected by the most famous bridge in Spain. Even though it was built in the 18th century, it is known as “The New Bridge.” Old is really, old in Ronda. Think Caesar old!

Often appearing on lists of not-to-be-missed Spanish towns, Ronda is described as one of the most beautiful and visited cities in all of Andalucía. And, despite arriving with high expectations, Ronda did not disappoint. The views took my breath away. And the strong breeze nearly took my hat too! (more…)

Illuminating Visit to the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh

Illuminating Visit to the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh

The Andy Warhol Museum is located on the North Shore of Pittsburgh, the place of Warhol’s birth and my home town.

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Although the museum opened in 1996, my husband and I had never been there – until a couple of weeks ago.

I’m not sure if we should have gone sooner, or the time was just right, but we really enjoyed our visit. It was informative, interesting and not at all what I expected. A most pleasant afternoon.

Andy Warhol was an American artist, director and producer, and leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. The Warhol claims to be one of the most comprehensive single-artist museums in the world. It features, paintings, works on paper, published prints, sculptures, photographs, films and videotape.

Located in nearly 90,000 square feet of what was an industrial building, the museum spans seven floors of gallery and exhibition space. Come along for highlights of our Warhol visit.  (more…)

See Spectacular Spain in September

See Spectacular Spain in September

We visited Spain as part of a Tauck eight-day tour last September, adding pre and post days in Barcelona and Madrid.

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Debbee on tile decorated bench in Gaudi’s Parc Guell.

Hubby and I like to travel in September, primarily to avoid the crush of tourist crowds. For most locations, the weather is quite pleasant, rates are a little better, and we also get to celebrate our anniversary in style.

We decided to splurge on a Tauck tour because we liked the itinerary, accommodations, and that they took care of all the logistical details — in a country we didn’t speak the language.

Throughout Spain, we stayed in five-star hotels ideally situated, The local  guides were exceptional, adding enormously to the experience. Transportation was seamless and pretty plush, with a bus driver who provided extraordinary service. Lastly, although most of the couples in our group were a generation older, socializing with them enhanced the vacation.

Join me now on an overview of our trip to Spain, with major highlights of each destination.

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Embrace the Season in Upper Quebec City

Embrace the Season in Upper Quebec City

Do Like the Locals

We’re spending time exploring Upper Quebec City in this third post on a December holiday vacation to Canada.

Debbee-skatesIn part one, a Christmas Card from Old Quebec City, I shared the magic of the Old Port area during a nighttime walk.

Then, in Stroll Lower Quebec City During the Holidays, I provided background on the boutique hotel and restaurants we enjoyed, along with pictures of the area under a heavy blanket of snow. We also took a ride up the funicular to the plateau above.

Upper Quebec City is the area we explore in this post, which includes riding a thrilling toboggan run, ice skating outdoors to French holiday music, walking the streets in and outside the walled city, and visiting the Christmas markets.

My travel log hasn’t been in chronological order, rather concentrating on the two main areas of Quebec City over our four-day visit.

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Stroll Lower Quebec City During the Holidays

Stroll Lower Quebec City During the Holidays

Christmas Village Fantasy: Part 2

Revisit Lower Quebec City, the second of a three-part travel log of a December holiday visit to Canada. The four-day trip north of the border was my husband’s and my Christmas gift to each other. 

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Over the holidays I shared a Christmas Card from Old Quebec City, which featured an enchanting evening stroll in the magical glow of twinkling lights.

In part two of the travel log, I’ll show you the cobblestone streets of Lower Quebec City during the day, where we stayed and ate, and then take a scenic ride on the funicular to the upper plateau.

Part three will explore the Upper City, Christmas markets, the toboggan run, outdoor ice skating, and more restaurants.

Bundle up before we venture out!

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Magical Phipps Winter Flower & Light Show

Magical Phipps Winter Flower & Light Show

The Gift of Membership

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Join me on a nighttime tour of Phipps winter flower and Christmas light show.

As I mentioned in the post, Christmas Card from Old Quebec City, my husband and I gave each other gifts of experiences this Christmas. After spending a fabulous four-day weekend in Quebec prior to the holiday, we agreed to a modest budget for presents on Christmas Day. One gift was a couples membership to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, along with a timed ticket to the evening holiday lights show.

It was the perfect evening to go too, because it was the same day our sons flew home and we both needed something to shake off the blues. It was awfully cold the other night, but that’s where my lovely new sweater wrap came in handy!

Join me now, in the warmth of your home, while we stroll on through the conservatory and outdoor Christmas light show. (more…)

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