Europe · 25 Days · 129 Moments · September 2017

AJ & Zoltan - Vacation 2017!!!

7 October 2017

The annual "climb Zoltan"
Climbing the fence to get the ball in next doors garden!
Szonja decided the bunny needed bunny ears! πŸ˜‚

5 October 2017

Budapest! πŸ‡­πŸ‡Ί
Second to worst legroom I've ever seen! Only Monarch were worse but that's a mute point now!

4 October 2017

View from the balcony & sunset!
Cheese bar in Madrid! And the BEST two cheesecakes I have ever had!!!
Yes we were those tourists! So much fun though!!!

3 October 2017

Night cap!
Turns out they were having a barman / cocktail maker competition- great night!
Happy hour at Hark Rock!
The park - and more scaffolding of course!
Madrid is not made for tall people! πŸ˜‚
Ha ha! The look on his face!
Lunch in the oldest continually operating restaurant in the world! Suckling pig was amazing!
Loving the little green girl!
Plaza Puerta Del Sol - plus the 0km mark, where all roads in Madrid start from (plus I think it's the centre of Spain)?!
Plaza Mayor

2 October 2017

The royal palace
Found a bar serving Oktoberfest beer!
Love the market!!!!
Yes this is our room for 3 nights in Madrid - Yes that's a hot tub on the roof top balcony!!!!!
Saw this poster at a bank in Madrid - now the windmills turning into giants in Don Quixote make sense!

1 October 2017

Fancy room in a vineyard for the night, amazing food then lots of wine!!
Hanging houses & rickety bridge!
Tried to stay in CΓ³rdoba for the night but no accommodation cheaper than $200 was available so found a B&B 30mins outside but they wouldn't let us stay (as the roads were being closed that night until the following evening so we wouldn't be able to leave the town the next day), SO gave us the keys to their apartment in CΓ³rdoba! Ha ha, spot of luck.

30 September 2017

Giant piece of salmon for dinner!
Flat plaines & windmills! Don Quixote mistook them for giants, we didn't!
Even with the tiny bathtub, the room was good, and we were the only room to get a patio! Yeah, cos this is how we rollπŸ˜‚

29 September 2017

Beautiful town!
The room has a bathtub they said... well technically they weren't lying πŸ˜‚
Through the gardens and down 236 steps through the caves to the bottom! Took quite a while to get back up! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜…
Scary scary scary!!! Ronda was beautiful though!

28 September 2017

Little room for the night but it had a giant patio!
Visiting a friend for the day, loved his home made pond! πŸ˜‚

27 September 2017

Typical! Just typical!!!
Still a very strange place!
The biggest monkey on the rock of Gibraltar! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
What a view! But it finally cleared β˜€οΈ
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BEST DAY EVER! Sunday Roast & a Steak & Ale Pie in an Irish pub, in Gibraltar!!!
Gibraltar was a mix between Birmingham & a typical Spanish seaside resort but in the 70's!
Walking across the runway in Gibraltar, very strange!
Typical! Sunny in Spain and this is the weather in Gibraltar! ☁️

26 September 2017

So Tio Pepe leave out a glass of Sherry with a ladder for the mice who live there! 🐭 ❀️
Second Sherry tasting - only 4 this time, but we did get tapas!
First Sherry tour - this included 12 tastings!

25 September 2017

I asked for a beer, this is what I got! Very strange how the glasses are larger than the measures, by quite a bit!
In the car lift - it was a tight squeeze!
Cadiz! Lots of stray cats too!
We were flying!!! GPS didn't have the new bridge update in it yet! πŸ˜‚
In this factory they make champagne stoppers! They make discs (2 at the bottom if each stopper) from the very best cork, then grind up the rest to make the rest of the stopper! Very interesting tour - and the guide reminded me of Vivian!
Newly cut cork tree! They can cut the bark every 9 years (but must wait 25 years before first doing so)! And look at Zoltan, he wanted to take a piece home, ugh!
Good morning moth!

24 September 2017

Little roadside stop for the night!
Bandstand roundabout!
Cliffs ugh! Beautiful though!
A few km walked around the point! Didn't realise it was that far & the crazy fishermen fishing from the cliffs!!!
Did some laundry but was late evening so the clothes didn't dry - found this fort so let the wet clothes in the sun in the car! πŸ˜‚
Family will understand this one! His daily duty!!!

23 September 2017

Gotta love google translate - πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
Cute place & amazing sunset!
The beach!!!!
Finally Sangria!!! (Was like a fruit salad with some wine added in)! Yum
Lighthouse with a stunning view!
Never seen so many birds circling, the were white stalks!
Kittens in the tree!
This is one of the property dogs, he's big & called Sultan!!! πŸ˜‚

22 September 2017

Dinner of the house - octopus & prawn stew with rice!
Best accommodation so far! Amazing place, so peaceful, and they have dogs, cats, chickens, geese, donkeys J ducks!
Evora, quaint town & more scaffolding!!!
We happened upon the centre of Portugal!
The most expensive meal we had so far! Not even €70, with beer, shots, over 1L wine, and not even €70!!!!!

21 September 2017

The university - where all students wear the Portuguese capes!
Strangely Apt graffiti
The OLD Cathedral in Coimbra
An old... building in Coimbra
Driving past a dam and found a river boat going through! Look how everything in the top has been lowered to fit thru! Even the captain is peeking out of the roof!
Visit to the Sandeman vineyard - but this tasting was not as fun as I have a bad belly & Zoltan had to drive :(

20 September 2017

Sunset over the valley
Dolphins! πŸ˜‚ and view from the pool - amazing!
Little cafe for lunch, the food was amazing, the bill was even better!
Beautiful drive through the Douro Valley
Roadside coffee with a view!

19 September 2017

Loved this place so much we stayed all night! #2 restaurant in Porto on Trip Advisor, and it was good! We had the cheese plate twice, plenty of port & wine, and it was Amazing value for money! The owner & family so friendly! (Feeling the effects this morning though) πŸ˜‚
Cable car up the hill, so don't need to walk, yes please! And they give you a free port tasting when you buy a ticket for the cable car!
Turns out I like port... Tawny is my favourite! Not an owl, lol!
Turns out we were the only people in the group who did the premium tour - so once we finished our 2 ports, we were asked to move... into a private room & were given even more port & a spit bucket... πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚yeah right!!!
Strangest thing about the Sandeman tour is the floor role are wood, not stone! This way it protects the barrels when they were rolled!
Sandeman Tour!
Beautiful streets & riverside restaurants (the huge metal bridge looks really out of place though)
Hard Rock Cafe, Porto for a beer... look at the tables, they are horizontal on the hill - great idea of having screws on the bottom to adjust!

18 September 2017

A stop on the way to Portugal & we see so many pilgrims (crazy people walking that far), on their way (to the scaffolding)! :(
Ha ha ha!!!!
Made it to Santiago de Compostella and it's cold, raining & scaffolding everywhere! Inside there was mass, I had to leave as I was in tears, so many people hugging & shaking hands, so happy just made me cry with joy!

17 September 2017

So this is how the evening ended.... Zoltan talks about Palinka, vineyard owner bring out grappa, then caffeine grappa & more wine - oh lord!
The next hotel, middle of a vineyard, guarded by a (friendly) dog!
Lots of walking, need a beer, this place was next to the cathedral, expected it to be $$$, only €2.20 per beer!!! Loving Spain!
So this was a strange find in the souvenir shop in LeΓ³n! πŸ˜•
Cathedral in LeΓ³n, 1100sqm of stained glass windows!!! Turns out we are still on the Camino of St James!
Coffee & breakfast, only €8 for everything!!!
Loved this place :)
The biggest key ring in the world!

16 September 2017

Cute little guesthouse - and see the giant keyring for the room key on the bed!!!
Look Becca & Jhonny! We doing it too (only much faster) ;)
Filling the corkcicle - this cracks me up!
Stocking up on the essentials!
Happy tap!
Lovely old hotel!

15 September 2017

FINALLY a bath!!!!! Then a little schnacki (a 'snack' said in Jhonny's accent) πŸ‡³πŸ‡± πŸ˜‚
Olite - again more castles!
Not sure what was going on but seemed like a kind of running of the bulls celebration - thankfully, we saw no bulls!
Ujue - more castles and this amazing bread/stuffing like local dish!

14 September 2017

Hotels restaurant was inside caves, lovely little medieval town!
View from our room tonight!
Yes I did it!!!! πŸ˜…
My favourite of the day! πŸ˜‚
Lunch & the best sign EVER!!!
They sell (cheap) buckets of fags!
The car park in Andorra was made for people of my height! πŸ˜‚
Awesome little hotel for the 1st night, only 7 rooms, in the middle of the mountains, amazing views & great wine (the most important thing of course)!

13 September 2017

Exploring our first stop, Besalu and finally Cervesa & Paella! Plus the chair was even too big for Zoltan! πŸ˜‚
Finally reunited!