ALL ABOARD WITH CARL

ALL ABOARD WITH CARL

Veteran Journalist Carl Larsen writes about travel news and adventures.

SPLENDID ISOLATION? DAY THREE (HUMP DAY)

SPLENDID ISOLATION? DAY THREE (HUMP DAY)

Not much new here on day three. One thing of note is that I now make my bed. I learned how in the Navy many decades ago, but I’ve been spoiled for the last thirty-some years by my loving wife who takes on this chore. Evidently, my housekeeping abilities don't equal...

RON & MARY’S TAPAS & ANCESTRY ADVENTURE

RON & MARY’S TAPAS & ANCESTRY ADVENTURE

Tomorrow we're off on a three-plus month adventure that will take us from San Diego to Spain, Miami to Montreal, and to New England. We’ll be staying two nights in Madrid to get over jet lag, then bullet train to Alicante, where we’ll spend a month and a half. Then...

Safe, Sated and Satisfied Mexican Riviera Cruise

Safe, Sated and Satisfied Mexican Riviera Cruise

  We didn’t have high expectations for our recent Mexican Riviera New Year’s cruise on Holland America’s Koningsdam–we just needed a convenient pandemic cruise fix out of our hometown port of San Diego. We had sailed twice years ago on Holland America ships and...

Villajoyosa: Spain’s Happy Beachtown

Villajoyosa: Spain’s Happy Beachtown

Our visit to one of the city’s chocolate factories had a sweet ending, but the genuine star of our visit to Villajoyosa was the seaside town itself. The adventure begins at the top of the old town, where the remnants of ancient castle walls merge into narrow three and...

Alicante’s Castle Santa Barbara

Alicante’s Castle Santa Barbara

Alicante's Santa Barbara Castle, among the largest medieval fortresses in Spain, is the symbol of this historic city. It also dominates the dramatic view through the wall-to-wall glass doors in our apartment. After watching it for the last twenty or so nights, we...

The Trouble With Tabarca Island

The Trouble With Tabarca Island

On our trip from the Alicante airport to our apartment of the many stairs and no elevator, our nice landlord pointed out a sleek orange catamaran docked in the marina. “That’s the Kon Tiki,” she said, “the ferry to Tabarca Island. It’s a good day trip. The island is...

Playing James Bond at the Palacio

Playing James Bond at the Palacio

Celebrating an Aztec football win at the Palacio Estoril Hotel bar with a 007 “Vesper” martini. Shaken not stirred. Ian Fleming stayed here as an intelligence officer during the war and frequented the casino next door. That’s where he met a spy who inspired James...

A Delicious Routine in Portugal

A Delicious Routine in Portugal

After a month in Portugal, things are becoming routine, like making Saturday and Sunday breakfasts. This morning I made us bacon, cheddar cheese, and egg sandwiches. What makes it special was that the beautiful rolls were super fresh. This morning I just walked a few...

A Festival of Food & Stuff: The Cascais Farmer’s Market

A Festival of Food & Stuff: The Cascais Farmer’s Market

One joy of living in Europe is going to the market. We already posted a story about the spectacular supermarket here in Cascais. But to get super fresh farm-to-table produce, local farm-raised meats, and just-caught seafood, European farmer's markets can’t be beaten....

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