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HOW TO DINE LIKE GWYNETH PALTROW IN SPAIN

Greetings. In my last post we visited the Alhambra and its beautiful Generalife, a fantasyland left behind by the Moorish Sultans that once ruled Southern Spain. After our visit to the Alhambra, we met up with our driver who took us to the nearby area known as Albaicín, the ancient Arabic quarter of the city […]

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COME WITH ME TO THE FANTASYLAND OF A SULTAN

Hello. Please come with me to the fantasyland of a Sultan. Over 700 years ago, Moorish Sultans ruled Southern Spain. It was the fantasy of the Sultans to recreate paradise and, in my opinion, they did a marvelous job of it when they created the Alhambra. This 1.5 million square foot wonderland is the finest […]

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VISITING THE 700 YEAR OLD PALACES AND GARDENS OF THE ALHAMBRA

Buenas Dias. As we continue on our Iberian Odyssey Cruise, we have at last reached the land of my ancestors: WONDERFUL, ENCHANTING, MAGNIFICENT SPAIN!  Our ship dropped anchor in the small southern coastal town of Motril, gateway to Granada, Spain. Since Granada is home to one of my favorite places in the world, the Alhambra, […]

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A VISIT TO THE BRITISH COLONY OF GIBRALTAR

Greetings. Last week I invited you to come cruise with me as I embarked on a 7 country voyage aboard Oceania’s Riviera. I first gave you a tour of the ship here. And then I showed you our lovely hotel in Lisbon, the Olissippo Lapa Palace Hotel here. Finally, I gave you a whirlwind tour of the city of […]

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HOW TO SEE LISBON PORTUGAL IN A DAY

HOW TO SEE LISBON PORTUGAL IN A DAY Greetings from Lisbon, Portugal. Lisbon is where we would embark on our 7 country European & African cruise aboard Oceania’s new ship, Riviera.  Having only a single day to take in the sights of Lisbon before embarking on our cruise, we decided to hire an expert guide […]

HOW TO SEE #LISBON #PORTUGAL IN A DAY | The #Alfama District | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com
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A VISIT TO THE OLISSIPPO LAPA PALACE HOTEL IN LISBON

Greetings. In my last travel post I invited you to take a cruise with me aboard Oceania Cruise Lines, Riviera. But actually, before we do that, I want to show you around Lisbon, Portugal. It was in Lisbon that we joined the 3rd leg of Riviera’s maiden voyage. In order to insure that we met […]

Sundays With Celia Vol 31 | A VISIT TO THE OLISSIPPO LAPA PALACE HOTEL IN LISBON | www.AfterOrangeCopunty.com
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“HOLY TOLEDO” – A VISIT TO THE CATHEDRAL OF TOLEDO, SPAIN

“HOLY TOLEDO” – A VISIT TO THE CATHEDRAL OF TOLEDO, SPAIN “Holy Toledo”  isn’t just an expression!  The historic walled city in central Spain known as Toledo is positively packed with religious sites.  The city is often compared to Jerusalem and its historical landscape has been called biblical.  That is because this very unique and richly diverse […]

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A VISIT TO THE ANCIENT WALLED CITY OF TOLEDO, SPAIN

A VISIT TO THE ANCIENT WALLED CITY OF TOLEDO, SPAIN When people ask me for advice about where to go in Spain, I always say, “Start in Madrid.”  Madrid is centrally located geographically in the center of Spain and is a major airline hub.  But more importantly, beyond the attractions and beauty of Madrid is the […]

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