Coimbra, Briefly

Viking’s Douro river cruise starts out with a two-night stay in Lisbon, followed by a bus transfer to the ship in Porto. Along the way, there’s a stop about midway in Coimbra where we visited Portugal’s prestigious Coimbra University. The college was established in 1290 in Lisbon and relocated multiple times, but it’s been permanently … Continue reading Coimbra, Briefly

Our Tour of Toledo

On our last full day in Spain we went on a tour of Toledo, which is a short bus ride from Madrid. Our tour included almost all the travelers (~dozen) who were also on the Viking extension with us in Madrid. An early stop was at a scenic overlook of the old city, located on … Continue reading Our Tour of Toledo

Madrid Sights

On our first outing during our time in Madrid we headed to the Royal Palace. Its front facade is shown in the picture at the top of this page. The Palace surrounds the gigantic Plaza de la Armeria, with the similarly imposing Catedral de Santa Maria la Real de la Almudena church nearby. This video … Continue reading Madrid Sights

On the Road Again…

Happy New Year! If all you had to go on was the picture above, you might guess that we were back home in Montana. But this was just our layover on the way to our destination. Here, this might be a better clue: We had a nice, long layover at the Zurich airport (“Flughafen” is … Continue reading On the Road Again…