Sunny in Malaga, Spain

Life moves pretty fast, …if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. Ferris Bueller

Hi all-

We just reached our second port of call on our transatlantic cruise, Malaga, Spain.  The above quote probably sums up our last year.  We have been moving pretty fast for years and last year and this are our years to stop and look around.  We kicked off last year with our first transatlantic and spent great weeks in Rome and Umbria Italy, spent great time with friends in Palm Springs, road-tripped across the US to Utah and then North through Yellowstone and Montana and wintered in Florida.  Great times and great experiences.  Thanks to all of you who hosted us or helped us during our travels and gave us the time to start checking off some great bucket list items.

If you can find the time, I highly recommend a transatlantic cruise.  They are typically two weeks across to Europe in the Spring or you can catch them in late fall coming back to the US.  These entail repositioning the cruise ships for their high seasons either in the Caribbean or the Med.  Our cost for all inclusive passage, meals and entertainment was less than $500/ person and a perfect vacation from the phone, email etc.

Attached a few pics from Funchal (our first stop).  Best to all, G&P.

Soggy Morning Start
Soggy Morning Start
Goodbye Funchal … On to the Med.

Land Ho!

Hello all!  We just landed in Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal after seven days at sea from Fort Lauderdale on the SS Oosterdam.  It was a great ride with plenty of time to plan and read onboard as we sailed across the Atlantic.  As most of you know, we are starting our trip to walk the Camino de Santiago, a 500 mile walk across Northern Spain (see map).  Madeira is the first stop on our cruise which will have two more stops at ports in the Mediterranean before reaching Rome on April 2nd.  We will spend a day or two in Rome and then fly and train to Saint John Pied du Port, France, the starting point for the most popular Camino trail (the French Way).  It is great to be on land if only for a few hours and see this beautiful island again.  It is known for its Madeira wine and flowers.  We will post more as the journey starts but please feel free to comment or add feedback, questions or input to this blog (we are newbies).  Best to all! Greg and Penny

The Way
The Way