In September 2015 we went away on holiday, travelling via Shangai to Spain, Portugal and Morocco. It was the best holiday I’ve ever had and I loved almost every minute. The one part I didn’t love so much was when we both got diarrhoea on the last day before the 2 or 3 day trip home. I also wasn’t ecstatic to lose my iPad (later found again only a few hundred Km away in the last hotel). Otherwise though: best holiday ever!
I recorded the 5 week trip over on a separate WordPress.com blog called 60Cool. I’d prefer to have all my writings collected here on KnowIt though so aim to bring those posts over here.
I debated with myself simply quietly posting them with their original dates, but have decided instead to gradually add them as new posts. While I’m at it I may tidy things up a bit and do the processing the photos missed out on while I was on the road.
Why 60Cool? Well, I turned 60 last year and had been saving for a few years prior to be able to make the trip. My original plan had been to visit Iceland and Greenland, perhaps doing a wonderful looking sailing trip on a small cruise boat (30 passengers) down the west coast of Greenland.
Unfortunately getting to the Arctic from New Zealand costs a bomb. Getting all the way to Greenland is difficult and even more expensive. We just couldn’t do that trip.
The ‘consolation prize’ was Spain, which I’d visited twice before and loved each time. The great news is that I loved it all over again, as did Deb, visiting for her first time.
I wrote a few planning posts that I won’t bring over, but here’s part of one still relevant post:
We aim to enjoy the moment
I’ve finally completed the rough itinerary for our trip. We have a few sights we definitely want to see, a couple of tours booked, rental cars and a couple of hotel rooms booked. For the rest, our plans are fluid.
We both quite like the idea of soaking up ambience, relaxing in cafes and being flexible and spontaneous with our time and activities. We aim to enjoy the moment.
Neither of us is keen on extensive visits to museums, art galleries, churches or shopping. There are some buildings I want to see the outside of, and a couple I’d like to see in more detail. I’m hoping to see some birds and wildlife and to take a look at those northern hemisphere skies if we can find anywhere dark enough.
For the most part in Spain and Portugal we rented a car and stayed out of the cities. That gave us enormous flexibility and a whole heap of wonderful experiences. The following photos provide a little taste of what was to come.
So, stay tuned for the next while as I drip-feed posts and photos from last year’s Fantastic Five week trip of a lifetime, reliving the experience and sharing it with readers of KnowIt.