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The Unexpected Things You See


I took these pictures while the cruise ship we were on was departing Funchal in the Madeiras. No idea what ship it was, but it was clearly a replica of some significance. An amazing sight on the open Atlantic.

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Our Memoriam to Dale Rempel


On our arrival in Lisbon. Portugal, we were saddened to be informed that my cousin Lynn’s husband Dale had succumbed to cancer.

Keeping in mind that we are not Catholic, and neither are Dale and Lynn, we decided on a proper tribute (we think) in that we were in Spain and Portugal, both of which have a multitude of beautiful cathedrals.  We decided we would light a candle in remembrance in each cathedral we visited.

Out travels now took us to Montserrat, Barcelona and Funchal in the Madeira Islands.

Our first candle on this part of the trip was lit in Funchal, the capital of the Madeira Islands.  The church is The Church Of our Lady of Monte.

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The interior of Church of our Lady of Monte in Funchal.

Our next opportunity was in Barcelona.  We actually visited 2 churches here and lit a candle in each. The first was the iconic Sagrada Familia.  This first shot is of the interior.

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This is one of the exterior.

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Our next stop was Cathedral of Santa Eulalia, or the Barcelona Cathedral.  Another amazing structure.

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A candle for Dale

Our next visit was Montserrat, a hillside monastery.  We visited 2 churches here.  the first was a chapel that we had to first take a cable car and then walk a couple of miles along the mountain to get to.  The Capella de la Santa cova.

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Capella de la Santa cova

People left articles here in remembrance as well as candles.  We left these seashells on a bench.  Please look for them if you are ever there.

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Our last stop was the Santa Maria de Montserrat, the main basilica.

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This was the last candle that we lit.  We will miss you Dale.

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Wandering Wednesday – Thanks For The Help


Just a short note to thank the people who responded to my post on suggestions and advice for our trip this fall.  We valued the comments, and a few email conversations and have an itinerary set (sort of).  We will be heading off to Lisbon, Portugal for 3 days and nights.  From there, we are doing Madrid and area, then Cordoba and area.  In the middle, we will be doing a 7 day cruise to the Canary Islands and to Madeira.  From there it is off to Barcelona and area, then home.

This trip is going to be spectacular (to us).  The more we investigate, the more anticipation takes hold.   From a camel ride in the Canary’s, to ice skating on a cruise ship to staying in a Paladore, the new experiences will abound.

This will be the view from our Bed and Breakfast in Lisbon.
Photos of ZUZABED & Breakfast B&B, Suites and Apartments, Lisbon
This photo of ZUZABED & Breakfast B&B, Suites and Apartments is courtesy of TripAdvisor

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