Saturday, November 25, 2017

Fall 2017. Norwegian Epic. Caribbean Cruise.

Fall 2017. Norwegian Epic. Caribbean Cruise.


  • Nov 18, 2017. Port Canaveral, Florida
  • Nov 19, 2017. Nassau, Bahamas
  • Nov 20, 2017. At Sea
  • Nov 21, 2017. Falmouth, Jamaica
  • Nov 22, 2017. Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
  • Nov 23, 2017. At Sea. Thanksgiving Day
  • Nov 24, 2017. Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas
  • Nov 25, 2017. Port Canaveral, Florida

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Chiringuito Gourmet in Costa del Sol - Spain - Fuengirola



Chiringuito Gourmet in #Fuengirola #Spain. Follow #GlobalLearning2017 for more. #exploringfuengirola #chiringuitocurroplaya.

Fuengirola has many restaurants and cafeterias next to the beach. Chiringuito Curro Playa has great seafood and rice. We had views to the beach and a great waiter. Everybody was friendly. We are saving our good expeiriences to remember the place and go back. #exploringfuengirola. #globallearning2017

Chiringuito Curro Playa Facebook page
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Our Trips by Plane, Train, Bus, and Car



Our Trips by Plane, Train, Bus, and Car

Summer 2017. Spain and Gibraltar, UK

  • May 31, 2017. Madrid, Spain
  • Fuengirola, Spain
  • Marbella, Spain
  • Nerja, Spain
  • Gibraltar, UK
  • Benalmadena, Spain
  • Torremolinos, Spain
  • Mijas, Spain
  • Ronda, Spain
  • Estepona, Spain
  • Cordoba, Spain
  • Avila, Spain
  • Salamanca, Spain
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Port Sagunto, Spain
  • Valencia, Spain

Summer 2016. Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Amsterdam, France, and UK


  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Kuna Hora, Czech Republic
  • Krakow, Poland
  • Auschwitz, Poland
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Paris, France
  • Lourdes, France
  • London, UK
  • Southampton, UK (Baltic Sea Cruise)

Fall 2015. Colombia (FL)
  • Bogota, Colombia
  • Villavicencio, Colombia

Summer 2015. UK, Spain and Portugal 

  • London, UK
  • Stonehenge, UK
  • Windsor, UK
  • Greenwich, UK
  • Port Sagunto, Spain
  • Valencia, Spain
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Tordesillas, Spain
  • Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • A Coruña
  • Porto, Portugal
  • Aveiro, Portugal
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Merida, Spain
  • Ciudad Real, Spain
  • Bennisassen, Spain
  • Peñiscola, Spain
  • Granada, Spain
  • Sevilla, Spain
  • Cordoba, Spain

Fall 2014. Colombia (JL)

  • Paipa, Colombia
  • Bogota, Colombia 

Summer 2014. Spain, Italy, Bosnia & Herzegovina

  • Port Sagunto, Spain
  • Barcelona, Spain (Mediterranean Sea Cruise)
  • Sacile, Italy
  • Venice, Italy
  • Slovenia
  • Croatia
  • Medjugorje, Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Madrid, Spain

Summer 2013. Colombia

  • Bogota, Colombia
  • Zipaquira, Colombia
  • Tunja, Colombia

Summer 2012. California, USA



Summer 2012. Colorado, USA


Summer 2012. Canada


2011. Cartagena, Colombia (JL)


Summer 2010. Italy


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Our Cruises



Our Cruises



  • Nov 18, 2017. Port Canaveral, Florida
  • Nov 19, 2017. Nassau, Bahamas
  • Nov 20, 2017. At Sea
  • Nov 21, 2017. Falmouth, Jamaica
  • Nov 22, 2017. George Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
  • Nov 23, 2017. At Sea. Thanksgiving Day
  • Nov 24, 2017. Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas
  • Nov 25, 2017. Port Canaveral, Florida

Summer 2016. Navigator of the Seas. Baltic Cruise. Cap. Aris Medina, Venezuela


Fall 2015. Norwegian Star. Western Caribbean Cruise



  • Dec 13, 2015. Tampa, Florida
  • Dec 14, 2015. At Sea
  • Dec 15, 2015. Roatan, Honduras
  • Dec 16, 2015. Belize City, Belize
  • Dec 17, 2015. Costa Maya, Mexico
  • Dec 18, 2015. Cozumel, Mexico. Downtown
  • Dec 19, 2015. At Sea
  • Dec 20, 2015. Tampa, Florida

Spring 2015. MSC Divina. Cofradia Cruise




  • Mar 21, 2015. Miami, Florida
  • Mar 22, 2015. At Sea. Wonderland
  • Mar 23, 2015. At Sea. Simply Italian.
  • Mar 24, 2015. Philipsburg, St. Maarten. Airport
  • Mar 25, 2015. San Juan, Puerto Rico. Pirates. 
  • Mar 26, 2015. Grand Turk, Turk & Caicos. Lighthouse. Michael Jackson
  • Mar 28, 2015. Miami, Florida. 

Summer 2014. Serenade of the Seas. Mediterranean Cruise. 


  • May 23, 2014. Barcelona, Spain. Gauchos
  • May 24, 2014. Cannes, France
  • May 25, 2014. Livorno, Italy. Pisa. 
  • May 26, 2014. Civitavecchia, Italy. Rome. Vatican City. Sixtine Chapel.
  • May 27, 2014. At Sea
  • May 28, 2014. At Sea
  • May 29, 2014. Piraeus, Greece. Athens
  • May 30, 2014. Kusadasi, turkey. Ephesus
  • May 31, 2014. Santorini, Greece
  • Jun 01, 2014. At Sea
  • Jun 02, 2014. Salerno, Italy. Pompeii
  • Jun 03, 2014. At Sea
  • Jun 04, 2014. Barcelona, Spain.

December 2013. MSC Divina. Christmas Cruise. Pursell






  • Dec 21, 2013. Miami, Florida. Witches
  • Dec 22, 2013. At Sea. Simply Italian Songs
  • Dec 23, 2013. At Sea. Wonderland
  • Dec 24, 2013. Philipsburg, St. Maarten. Tribute Opera
  • Dec 25, 2013. San Juan, Puerto Rico. Pirates
  • Dec 26, 2013. At Sea. Starwalker
  • Dec 27, 2013. Great Stirrup cay, Bahamas.Forever My Way
  • Dec 28, 2013. Miami, Florida
Spring 2013. Monarch of the Seas. Lucas Cruise. 


  • Mar 15, 2013. Port Canaveral, Florida
  • Mar 16, 2013. Nassau, Bahamas. Hike to Castle
  • Mar 17, 2013. Cococay, Bahamas
  • Mar 18, 2013. Port Canaveral, Florida


December 2012. Holland America. Christmas Cruise. Ramirez

  • Dec     , 2012. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 
  • Dec     , 2012. Grand Turk, Turk and Caicos
  • Dec 19, 2012. San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Dec     , 2012. St. Marteen
  • Dec     , 2012. Half Moon Cay



Fall 2012. Carnival Paradise. Zumba Cruise. Sherwin



  • Oct 11, 2012. Tampa, Florida.
  • Oct 12, 2012. At Sea. 
  • Oct 13, 2012. Cozumel, Mexico. Tulum
  • Oct 14, 2012. At Sea.
  • Oct 15, 2012. Tampa, Florida
Fall 2011. Freedom of the Seas. 


  • Caribbean


Fall 2007. Liberty of the Seas. 
  • Labadee, Haiti. 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

2017 - Spain, Madrid

2017 - Spain, Madrid

Esta vez en Madrid nos reunimos con compañeros y amigos de la Marina: mi comadre Ymara y su esposo Gustavo Blanco - Uribe con quienes dimos un paseo muy bello por el rio Manzanares luego de tener un rico almuerzo Colombiano. Con  Rosa Maria y Jose Luis Pardo en el Centro Comercial "Principe Pío", con quienes almorzamos y pasamos una linda tarde y con el CA Jose Noriega en su Cafetería "Tradicionarius Las Ventas" donde comimos un delicioso desayuno y un rico café.

Puerta de San Vicente
Centro Comercial "Principe Pío"

This time we met in Madrid with colleagues and friends in the Navy:  Ymara and his spouse Gustavo Blanco - Uribe, with whom we gave a beautiful walk along the Manzanares River after having a delicious Colombian lunch. Rosa Maria and José Luis Pardo in the Shooping Mall  "Principe Pio", with whom we had an Italian lunch  and with CA Jose Noriega in his Cafeteria "Tradicionàrius Las Ventas" where we ate a delicious breakfast and a wonderful coffee.

Con Mary y Jose Luis Pardo

Con Jose Noriega en "Tradicionarius Las Ventas" - Cafe








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Saturday, July 1, 2017

2017 - Spain, Avila

2017 - Europe - Spain, Avila

A la ciudad de Avila llegamos en automovil desde  Malaga por el Oeste de España pasando por bellos parajes cerca de la ciudad de Merida y luego montañas con grandes precipicios en la Serranía de Gredos. Estas montañas nos recordaron a los Andes Venezolanos y pudimos observar las vacas negras Avileñas cuando las estaban arreando y llevando a sus establos en el atardecer.


Al llegar a Avila fue una bellisima sorpresa la visión de una ciudad amurallada tan grande, era de noche y estaba iluminada. Ávila es mundialmente famosa y admirada  por ésta muralla medieval que la rodea. Otra agradable sorpresa fué el hotel donde nos hospedamos  dentro de la muralla y denominado  "Palacio de Monjaraz". Este hotel es un proyecto familiar, que en la actualidad dá continuidad a la adquisición y rehabilitación  de ésta Casa - Palacio. El Palacio de Monjaraz es un hotel con encanto, cada una de sus estancias lo trasladan a uno a otra época, cada rincón de ésta casa tiene su historia, su leyenda y su singular belleza inducen a la reflexión y el bienestar. Perfecto para una escapada romántica.


Avila es la capital de provincia más alta de España, con 1.182 metros de altitud, y la cuarta ciudad de Europa. Tiene un perímetro de más de 2.500 metros con 87 torreones. Si de día resulta espectacular, la panorámica de esta ciudad amurallada es sorprende durante la noche y el atardecer desde los conocidos Cuatro Postes, un mirador privilegiado para el visitante.


Avila es famosa tambien por La iglesia levantada sobre la casa natal de Teresa de Cepeda y Ahumada (Santa Teresa de Avila). La Iglesia forma un conjunto con el convento carmelitano y por debajo se encuentra  la gran cripta abovedada de enterramientos, actual museo teresiano y única dentro de la arquitectura religiosa española.
En el más puro estilo Barroco Carmelitano, la iglesia tiene planta de cruz latina con nave central y capillas laterales, cuatro por banda. Con el Altar mayor al Noroeste, no sigue la orientación litúrgica establecida, alteración que responde al hecho de hacer coincidir el presbiterio con los aposentos donde nacería Teresa de Jesús. En el brazo derecho del crucero se abre el acceso a la capilla de Santa Teresa, coincidente con estancias de la residencia paterna, y, enfrente, la "huertecilla donde la Santa hacía sus ermitas".



La fachada, planteada a manera de retablo, se organiza en tres cuerpos, destacando la imagen de la Santa, en mármol, y los escudos de los Cepeda y Ahumada, la Orden de los Carmelitas descalzos, el del Conde Duque de Olivares, el de Intendencia y el de Doctora de la Iglesia. En la misma plaza, se encuentra la Sala de las Reliquias y una pequeña tienda de recuerdos. En 1886, iglesia y convento son declarados Monumento Histórico.
En Avila tambien nos reencontramos con nuestros amigos Jacqueline y Willi , con quienes almorzamos y probamos el famoso "Chuleton Avileño" y al dia siguiente nos invitaron a su casa a comer unas deliciosas arepas venezolanas que ya nos hacian falta.



We arrived to the city of Avila by car from Malaga West of Spain passing through beautiful landscapes near the city of Merida and then mountains with great precipices in the"Serranía de Gredos". These mountains reminded us to the Venezuelan Andes and we saw the black cows Avilenas when they were herding and leading to their stables in the sunset.
Arriving at Avila was a beautiful surprise the vision of a walled city, it was night and was lit. Avila is worldwide famous and admired by the medieval wall that surrounds it. Another pleasant surprise was the hotel where we stayed within the wall and known as "Palace of Monjaraz". This hotel is a family project, which currently gives continuity to the acquisition and rehabilitation of this House - Palace. Monjaraz Palace is a hotel with charm, each of its rooms they move one to another era, every corner of this House has its history, its legend and its singular beauty induce reflection and welfare. Perfect for a romantic getaway.

Avila is the capital of highest province of Spain, 1182 meters in altitude, and the fourth largest city in Europe. It has a perimeter of more than 2,500 meters with 87 towers. If day is spectacular, the panoramic view of this walled city is surprised at night and sunset from the well known four poles, a viewpoint for the visitor.
Avila is famous also for the church built on the birthplace of Teresa de Cepeda y Ahumada (St. Teresa of Avila). The Church forms a set with the Carmelite convent and below great vaulted crypt burials, is current teresiano and unique museum within the Spanish religious architecture.
In Carmelite Baroque style, the Church has Latin cross plan with nave and side chapels, four per band. With the main Altar to the Northwest, does not follow the established liturgical orientation, alteration that responds to the fact to match the presbytery with the quarters where he would be born Teresa de Jesús. On the right arm of the transept opens access to the chapel of Santa Teresa, coincident with the paternal residence stays, and, opposite, the "huertecilla where the Santa made his hermitages".


The façade, posed as an altarpiece, is organised in three bodies, highlighting the image of the Saint, in marble, and the shields of the Cepeda and smoked, the order of Carmelites Discalced, of the count-Duke of Olivares, the quartermaster and doctor of the Church. In the same square, lies the Hall of relics and a small souvenir shop. In 1886, Church and convent are declared historical monument.
In Avila we also met with our friends Jacqueline and Willi, with whom we had lunch and we ate the famous "Chuletón Avileño" and the next day we were invited to their house to eat some delicious Venezuelan arepas which already we were missing.












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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

2017 - Spain, Ronda

2017 Europe - Spain, Ronda

Ronda es un bellisimo pueblo blanco que encuentra en el corazón de la Serranía de Ronda, a unos 100 km de la ciudad de Málaga, en la region de Andalucia al sur de España. Tiene una población aproximada de 35.000 habitantes.
Desde el puente nuevo se pueden ver  unos paisaje e inolvidables sobre el Tajo de Ronda, sobre el río Guadalevín.
Este último puente  fue terminado en 1793, uniendo la zona antigua con la nueva. El Puente Nuevo es el monumento más grande y famoso de la ciudad de Ronda.
Puente Nuevo - Ronda

Puente Nuevo - Ronda

Ronda is a beautiful white village that located in the heart of the Serrania de Ronda, about 100 km from the city of Málaga, in the region of Andalusia in southern Spain. It has a population of approximately 35,000 inhabitants.
Unforgettable views over the Tajo de Ronda, on the Guadalevín River can be seen from the new bridge.
This last bridge was completed in 1793, joining the old town with the new. The new bridge is the largest and most famous of the city of Ronda monument.