HOLA FRIENDS!!! It's Thursday already, but I have to say, this week is going very S-L-O-W!!
A few sad things - yesterday with all the somber memories, I forgot to mention that it was also the 1 year anniversary since my sweet and loving Liberty died. I cannot believe how much it feels like it just happened.
Me and my Liberty girl (circa 2002)
Baby Liberty (September, 2001) 12 weeks old
The girls have been bugging me now for a while to get a dog. They never had the "puppy" experience, so they want to get a puppy.
Our plan is to adopt a puppy during the summer. Kelsey is particularly excited!! I see her with my Dad's dog, Mikey and how regimented and routined she was with this little guy in assisting in the potty training process.
I think she is going to be a great dog-owner!
Back to my walk down Travelin' Cousins Memory lane. Throwback Thursday has allowed Tanya and I to share lots of past trips and travel time with you, through the past few years.
We hope you have enjoyed these featured. I encourage you to peruse through out Throwback Thursday page for our many first-hand accounts of our travel logs.
From the journal I kept on my week-long tour of China in 1991, this travel series was a step back in time for me as I ventured with my childhood friend,
Beijing - about to walk the Great Wall (circa 1991) (c)travelincousins.com
Cheryl from Hong Kong to the excitement of Shanghai to historic Beijing, onto the ancient capital, Xi'an and back to Hong Kong.
So many crazy adventures documented through the eyes of a young, slightly irreverent 25-year old young woman (me!).
The Great Wall of China, Beijing (c)travelincousins.com
Yu Yang Gardens, Shanghai (c)travelincousins.com
Outside Terra Cotta Soldier Museum (no photos allowed inside) circa: 1991 (c)travelincousins.com
CLICK IMAGES ABOVE FOR THE FULL ACCOUNT OF THE VISITS TO THESE SITES!
The thing this account made me realize was just how important it is to keep travel journals because there is nothing like capturing your thoughts and impressions as they are happening. Photos only tell the visual story, but a journal is an opportunity to relive the experience from within.
Did you catch Tanya's scoop today detailing her trip itinerary on Day 2 and Day 3 of her Portugal/Spain trip?? Don't miss it!!! Stay tuned for some great Food memories from the past two years at Travelin' Cousins!!
Tanya's Daily Scoop NEXT TRIP DEPARTS IN: 7 DAYS
Made a list and Checking it twice!
Well folks, I am a Travel addict - there's no way around it. I've also been pinned with the nick-name the Vacation Nazi - which at times I actually have to agree with...
I am very schedule orientated and quite strict when it comes to that. Plus I know that you know - I'm not much of the type to just roam and wander without a plan. In fact - NEVER - that's actually kinda of nightmarish to me.
Sticking to my itineraries may seem exhausting but they are so very worth it.
Just like with a marathon or anything else of the like - I admit that traveling with me does take some training/conditioning...
Otherwise your tired might even get tired and you won't be having nearly as much fun as I'll be having!
One very POOPED Dave (c)travelincousins.com
Catching up on Zzz's (c)travelincousins.com
But the end results are experiences of a lifetime and EPIC memories!
My head is constantly planning travel and always looking for more! And then of course it doesn't help when I get emailed some absolutely amazing travel deals AND I have a hard time saying NO to vacations!
But there comes a time during the year, that there is just no more room in my calendar to fit anymore trips...that is without butting them right up to another. (I have been known to do that) So what I can tell you at this point is to stay tuned - because unless I can resist, this cousin might be adding yet another trip to the calendar!
In only one short week, we are gonna be on our way to Europe! Yesterday I shared with you what Day 1 on our trip will be like (click here if you missed that). Today I will share Days 2 & 3:
Day 2: Lisbon & Sintra, Portugal Activities - Rua Augusta Arch Park and National Palace of Pena Quinta da Regaleira Meals - Princesa do Castelo
Upon arrival to Lisbon, I intend to find some of the city's best view points and spot some wonderful and quintessential sights, which will include the:
Rua Augusta Arch
Located on Lisbon's main pedestrian street, and originally designed as a bell tower, the building ultimately transformed into elaborate arch. There are six columns and it is adorned with statues of various historical figures. With a terrace at the top of the arch that can be accessed through an elevator, offering 360º views over downtown. I'm hoping that we can do this!
Our next stop is one that I am most looking forward to while in this region: The National Palace of Pena
The palace stands on the top of a hill in the Sintra Mountains above the town of Sintra. It is not only a national monument and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is also one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal. And it looks so totally cool!!
Speaking of cool looking things, the next one is also topping my list of things to see in the region:
Quinta da Regaleira
An estate located near the historic center of Sintra. Classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO within the "Cultural Landscape of Sintra". Definitely a favorite and romantic location in Portual this property consists of a romantic palace and chapel, and a luxurious park that features lakes, grottoes, wells, benches, fountains, and a vast array of exquisite constructions.
Initiation Well - credit: flickr.com
Day 3: Bilbao, Spain Activities - San Juan de Gaztelugatxe Funicular de Artxanda Guggenheim & Puppy Zubizuri Bridge Meals - La Camelia
Our 3rd day is another one that I am looking quite forward to, with some of the sights here being original ones that started my trip planning to the city of Bilbao!
One of the largest museums in Spain, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is a museum of modern and contemporary art, designed by the famed Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry. When the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation selected Frank Gehry as the architect, its director, Thomas Krens, encouraged him to design something daring and innovative. And that he did! The building itself is one of the most admired works of contemporary architecture.
And of course while we are in town, we have no choice (because I put it on our itinerary - lol) but to check out: The Zubizuri
The Zubizuri (Basque for "white bridge"), a tied arch footbridge across the Nervion River. Designed by Dave's favorite architect - none other than Santiago Calatrava, the bridge links the Campo Volantin right bank and Uribitarte left bank of the river.
Now, I've got to tell you how excited I am about this next one: San Juan de Gaztelugatxe
Gaztelugatxe is an islet on the coast of Biscay. It is connected to the mainland by a man-made bridge. On top of the island stands a hermitage (named Gaztelugatxeko Doniene in Basque; San Juan de Gaztelugatxe in Spanish). The small church which is dedicated to John the Baptist dates from the 10th century and seems to have come from the Knights Templar.
You might think I'm crazy, but I LOVE stuff like this!
This will require a bit of walking, and 230+ steps to get to the top, but I'm sure that it is going to be well worth it and that there will be a HUGE smile planted across my face as I'm there witnessing this unique location in person!
Okay now being that it is TBT and since we are still celebrating our 2nd Anniversary, I'm gonna share a few fond memories from our archive Throwback Thursday blog with you: