Jane Not In Spain: Curaçao

Where?? That’s the common response when I mention a trip to Curaçao. A map is needed to explain this one. Located in the southern Caribbean off the coast of Venezuela, Curaçao was a Dutch colony for a long time. Since 2010, Curacao has been an independent country within the kingdom of the Netherlands. They areContinue reading “Jane Not In Spain: Curaçao”

Pacific City Oregon: An Awesome Weekend

Next stop Pacific City! A beautiful drive down the coast and it seems to be even more remote. After a little wine, we realize it’s a long drive back to Pacific City and we don’t want to miss the sunset. Back in the car and a beeline route back. The week ended with a bonfireContinue reading “Pacific City Oregon: An Awesome Weekend”

Buckle Up … Back to Portland

Another cloudy cold day on the Oregon coast. David and I are headed to the Portland airport to pick up a few wedding guests. It was another beautiful drive through the hilly forest. No stops along the way. We were trying to arrive at the airport in a timely manner. We planned to squeeze 5Continue reading “Buckle Up … Back to Portland”

Jane Not In Spain: Oregon’s Cannon Beach

It’s Monday and just after noon. My flight landed on time in Portland. My husband, David, flew from Minneapolis this morning and will be picking me up shortly. We will be attending a beach wedding at the end of the week and doing a couple airport pick-ups mid-week. The trip ends with a weekend atContinue reading “Jane Not In Spain: Oregon’s Cannon Beach”

Alaskan Cruise: Ship to Shore Seattle

Typically on cruise ships, passengers are asked to have their packed bags in the hallway by 10:00 pm the night before. The crew picks up the bags and organizes them for disembarkment in the morning. In the morning, everyone needs to be out of their stateroom by 9:00 am. Rather than have 5,000 guests tryingContinue reading “Alaskan Cruise: Ship to Shore Seattle”

Alaskan Cruise: Last Day Stop In Victoria

Sunday morning at sea … the further south we went, the better the weather. Our challenge of the day was to see if it would be possible to find today’s Packer game somewhere on the ship. YES! We found the Packers vs Buccaneers game at one of the ship’s bars. It was very odd becauseContinue reading “Alaskan Cruise: Last Day Stop In Victoria”

A Day at Sea: Alaska to Seattle

Today we start the journey back to Seattle with a brief stop in Victoria tomorrow night. Plenty of activities on board during the ‘At Sea’ days. It’s not raining today but there are gale force winds rocking the boat. The closed pools were sloshing and outdoor activities were cancelled. We took a visit to theContinue reading “A Day at Sea: Alaska to Seattle”

No Roads Lead to Juneau

Juneau is a mountain town and a coastal community surrounded by extremely rugged terrain making it one of the most scenic capital cities in the United States. It’s so rugged, it’s virtually an island with all goods and visitors coming and going by plane or boat even though it is part of mainland Alaska. TheContinue reading “No Roads Lead to Juneau”

Visiting Icy Strait Point & Hoonah

Our ship was scheduled to go to Skagway but had a last minute change substituting Icy Strait Point because of high winds in Skagway. Along with Icy Strait Point, a shuttle to the village of Hoonah was available. Icy Strait Point is a purpose-built cruise ship port that offers activities and excursions. The port isContinue reading “Visiting Icy Strait Point & Hoonah”

Ketchikan: A Morning of Crabbing

First stop is Ketchikan. Located at the southernmost entrance to Alaska’s Inside Passage, the ship works its way through a network of waterways and some of the most beautiful wilderness in the world. Ketchikan is known for salmon, incredible scenery, totem poles and rain … it is the rain capital of Alaska and on averageContinue reading “Ketchikan: A Morning of Crabbing”

Cruising to Alaska

Our ship is in and we’re ready to roll. Weeks before embarkation, we were required to download the cruise line’s app and complete required check-in information online. Also required within 48 hours was a verified covid test and receipt of a QR code with the results. Another “joyful” experience was completing the ArriveCAN app forContinue reading “Cruising to Alaska”

Sunday in Seattle: Exploring City Center

Back on the Hop-On Hop-Off bus. Today we’re hopping off at Seattle Center. The number one thing we wanted to see this weekend is the Chihuly museum. Like everything else, we had to buy tickets in advance and reserve a time slot. Pike Place Market is a popular spot but today we don’t have timeContinue reading “Sunday in Seattle: Exploring City Center”

Seattle — the Emerald City

Seattle is called the Emerald City because it has a vast number of evergreen trees that remain green and beautiful all year long. Hotel rooms in Seattle are very expensive. The moderately priced ones start around $200 per night. Since Theresa and I have experienced many albuergues in Spain, we were curious about American hostelsContinue reading “Seattle — the Emerald City”

JANE NOT IN SPAIN: Seattle & Alaska

We’re off on another adventure but this time it’s not in Spain. Theresa and I have just arrived in Seattle for a couple days and then we board a ship for Alaska. If I were a superstitious person I would have concerns right now. Joining us on the cruise will be my mother-in-law Sally whoContinue reading “JANE NOT IN SPAIN: Seattle & Alaska”

Returning to US: Required Covid Test

The CDC requires those traveling internationally to get a viral test no more than 3 days before traveling by air into the United States (US) and to show a negative result to the airline before boarding a flight. Before leaving the US, we purchased verified antigen test kits from American Airlines. We purchased and splitContinue reading “Returning to US: Required Covid Test”

Barcelona: Sagrada Família & La Boqueria

When it rains, it pours. And today was a pouring rainy day. Tomorrow we head to Madrid and the following day we fly home. However, we were notified that Renfe was anticipating a strike and we were advised to cancel our train tickets to Madrid and find another way there. The choices we had weContinue reading “Barcelona: Sagrada Família & La Boqueria”

Mallorca: The Serra de Tramuntana

The most spectacular views in Mallorca are found on the North coast in the mountains in the Serra de Tramuntana. Windmills, dating from the 16th to the 19th centuries are still a significant feature of the landscape on Mallorca. The ones with the “arrow” feature are used for extracting water into a reservoir. Many areContinue reading “Mallorca: The Serra de Tramuntana”