ZippySails

Vessel Name: Zipporah
15 November 2017 | Lagos, Portugal
07 November 2017 | Lagos, Portugal
05 November 2017 | Seville, Spain
05 November 2017 | Seville, Spain
04 November 2017 | Seville, Spain
04 November 2017 | Seville, Spain
03 November 2017 | Seville, Spain
02 November 2017 | Albufeira, Portugal
01 November 2017 | Albufeira, Portugal
31 October 2017 | Albufeira, Portugal
30 October 2017 | Albufeira, Portugal
29 October 2017 | Cascais, Portugal
29 October 2017 | Portimao, Portugal
25 October 2017 | Cascais, Portugal
24 October 2017 | Cascais, Portugal
23 October 2017 | Cascais, Portugal
22 October 2017 | Cascais, Portugal
21 October 2017 | Cascais, Portugal
20 October 2017 | Cascais, Portugal
19 October 2017 | Cascais, Portugal
Recent Blog Posts
15 November 2017 | Lagos, Portugal

Ready For The Long Haul

D Day has arrived. Four months of touring some of Spain and Portugals best places comes to an end. Now for the trip home. One bus ride and four planes later with a night in the London airport and we should arrive in Minneapolis tomorrow at 3:00. Why so many legs? Its the tightwads on the loose ways. Needing to use airline miles this was our option. But hey speaking only for myself, I love airports! See many of you soon!!!!!

07 November 2017 | Lagos, Portugal

The Final Europian Mainland Frontier

Well I see I stopped writing after the lunch at the tapas bar before getting back on a bus to go to our home sweet home, the boat back where we left it in Portimao; still floating, always a good thing and waiting for us to take her to her final destination on the Europian coast. We are leaving her in Lagos, a very well protected marina with a live a board community. Perfect place to have peice of mind while we fly home to the States and Canada for the holidays.

05 November 2017 | Seville, Spain

Last Chance For Tapas

How many times have we passed the tapa bars in the last four months, lots. At first we were afraid to sit down because we didn't know exactly how to order! I guess I can say we have learned a little since that time. Still we always wanted an authentic tapa bar, not one designed for the tourist. With the help of our bike tour guide we decided to take the plunge. I know it sounds a bit dramatic. He recommended some local places out of the tourist area, places that don't offer an English menu. He was right, we didn't even know exactly what we were going to be served, thats half the fun!

05 November 2017 | Seville, Spain

The 1929 World Expo

Besides the Flamenco dance originating here and the Bullfighting as well, the most notable influence in the city of Seville are the buildings and parks constructed for the 1929 and 1992 World Expos. They can be seen throughout the city, the grandest of them being the Plaza de Espana, a great display of porcelain incorporated into the stones of this beautiful building. It lies directly cross from the largest park the parque de Maria Luisa. The other influence from their past that is easily noticeable is the transformation of the mosques that were first build by the Islamic people but later turned into churches after the Christians conquered them.

04 November 2017 | Seville, Spain

Seven Hours, Really?

Oh my GOSH, how much history can one take in a day. We have taken a total of 5 tours since I have known Doug, 4 walking and 1 biking. Its always a tough decision whether to take a tour or not. One could spend a fortune taking a tour at every new place one visits. We usually base the decision on whether [...]

04 November 2017 | Seville, Spain

Flamenco Dancing

The list of cities I have seen in the world is growing. As shared before I used to think a city was a city and not my favorite place to be. For sure by the time we left Lisbon I was struggling with a lack of being in the great outdoors. Thankfully we did have that space at the timeshare, and while not [...]

Ready For The Long Haul

15 November 2017 | Lagos, Portugal
Mary
D Day has arrived. Four months of touring some of Spain and Portugals best places comes to an end. Now for the trip home. One bus ride and four planes later with a night in the London airport and we should arrive in Minneapolis tomorrow at 3:00. Why so many legs? Its the tightwads on the loose ways. Needing to use airline miles this was our option. But hey speaking only for myself, I love airports! See many of you soon!!!!!

The Final Europian Mainland Frontier

07 November 2017 | Lagos, Portugal
Mary
Well I see I stopped writing after the lunch at the tapas bar before getting back on a bus to go to our home sweet home, the boat back where we left it in Portimao; still floating, always a good thing and waiting for us to take her to her final destination on the Europian coast. We are leaving her in Lagos, a very well protected marina with a live a board community. Perfect place to have peice of mind while we fly home to the States and Canada for the holidays.

Last Chance For Tapas

05 November 2017 | Seville, Spain
Mary
How many times have we passed the tapa bars in the last four months, lots. At first we were afraid to sit down because we didn't know exactly how to order! I guess I can say we have learned a little since that time. Still we always wanted an authentic tapa bar, not one designed for the tourist. With the help of our bike tour guide we decided to take the plunge. I know it sounds a bit dramatic. He recommended some local places out of the tourist area, places that don't offer an English menu. He was right, we didn't even know exactly what we were going to be served, thats half the fun!

The 1929 World Expo

05 November 2017 | Seville, Spain
Mary
Besides the Flamenco dance originating here and the Bullfighting as well, the most notable influence in the city of Seville are the buildings and parks constructed for the 1929 and 1992 World Expos. They can be seen throughout the city, the grandest of them being the Plaza de Espana, a great display of porcelain incorporated into the stones of this beautiful building. It lies directly cross from the largest park the parque de Maria Luisa. The other influence from their past that is easily noticeable is the transformation of the mosques that were first build by the Islamic people but later turned into churches after the Christians conquered them.

Seven Hours, Really?

04 November 2017 | Seville, Spain
Mary
Oh my GOSH, how much history can one take in a day. We have taken a total of 5 tours since I have known Doug, 4 walking and 1 biking. Its always a tough decision whether to take a tour or not. One could spend a fortune taking a tour at every new place one visits. We usually base the decision on whether we feel we can get enough out of an area by ourselves or feel there is something unique about the history of the place a guide could bring out. We felt a bike tour might be the way to see what Seville was all about. What we saw on our own had us anxious for more. Did I say we ended up biking for 7 hours, learning enough to last me a long time in the history department. We signed up for 3 hour tour with Antonio so what changed? Antonio and the fact that Doug and I were the only ones that showed up, and that a three of us had all day free. Antonio gave us a private tour of that entire city. He didn't want us to miss a thing. He spoke English as fast as he spoke Spanish and that being faster than we Americans speak English! His stories were fascinating both of the city and himself. He took pictures of us by all the important buildings to email us and gave us recommendations for local tapa bars and music. If you ever get to Seville look up Antonio at the Seeby bike shop.

Flamenco Dancing

04 November 2017 | Seville, Spain
Mary
The list of cities I have seen in the world is growing. As shared before I used to think a city was a city and not my favorite place to be. For sure by the time we left Lisbon I was struggling with a lack of being in the great outdoors. Thankfully we did have that space at the timeshare, and while not in the great outdoors like the mountains it was out of the big city and had walking trails through the small towns and countryside. So I didn't know how I would feel going to Seville but I badly wanted to see the Flamenco dancers. This dance originated in Seville, what better place to get a taste of it. We made a night of it our second evening there booking a dinner show in the El Palacio Andaluz where there was a bigger production going on and afterwards attended a performance at a local club to get a taste of that. Both were good in their own rite. What surprised us were the male dancers. Much like the Irish clogging well known in Riverdance the men are the main attraction. Their footwork is mesmerizing. Flamenco dancing has the frilly dresses and hand clackers but the primary dance involves the clogging. Of course the black haired Spanish men don't hurt their cause.
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