Balboa Park in San Diego, CA
Aleksander Nevskij Church built to celebrate Princess Dagmar of Denmark’s marriage to Alexander Alexandrovich on 9 November 1866 and their later ascent to the Russian throne as Tsar Alexander III of Russia and Tsaritsa Maria Feodorovna. The church is dedicated to the Russian patron saint Alexander Nevsky.
Where: Ronda, Spain
When: February 2015–My sister and I arrived in Granada, stayed for 3 days and traveled to Seville for the next 6 days. Seville was homebase for the latter part of the trip and we took two days for field trips to nearby Cordoba & Ronda.
Weather conditions: Mid to high 60s F but in the higher altitudes it was very breezy and cool. The sunshine just poured over us throughout the day-perfect walking weather.
How did I get there? My sister booked a small group excursion on the internet which included city pickup and drop off and travel to Ronda with a guide. We had a stop in Zahara–one of the remaining white villages. The excursion also included a walking tour with a local Ronda resident and a visit to a winery for a tasting, the bullring tour, and a church once the site of a mosque. Tip: Always confirm the booking when you arrive into your city. We waited at the pick up site for almost two hours. We finally called to find out that the travel agency we booked through never followed through with Spanish travel agency actually executing the trip. Luckily for us, the tour guide was reached just as they left Seville and they turned around for us. We were so lucky!
How long?: We were picked up at approximately 8:30 am (8am if things had gone as planned) and we were dropped off in the city center by 5:30 pm [we were in good hands with Jesus as our driver ;)-his name was really Jesus].
I will admit that I am an intermittent travel insurance buyer. In the past, I sometimes “cheaped” out because it was so unlikely that anything would interfere with my travel plans. Now I know not to be so arrogant……… Continue reading