Looking back, the trip was above and beyond our expectations, which were admittedly very high. We felt welcomed the moment we landed in Barcelona. Every detail of the visit to each destination was carefully attended to. High speed trains connected us between Barcelona and Madrid, then Madrid to Malaga and Nerja where a car had been arranged. This allowed us to explore nearby cities, to spend an afternoon on the deck of our own sailboat, and to visit the Alhambra in Granada where we were met by a knowledgeable guide. We almost felt guilty for walking to the front of almost every line, whether it be The Goudi Cathedral in Barcelona or the Pastéis de Belém Bakery in Lisbon. Our guides knew the secret elevators, the locals story, and always freely shared their knowledge of their home areas. In each city we were given time to explore on our own, but suggestions for museums, restaurants, and shopping areas were up to date, accurate, and insightful
You have no greater champion than me for this travel company and this agent, who created a hand crafted adventure custom made for the needs of my family. When a minor hitch would arise, our agent was always available by text or phone for timely advice. This travel agent has the unusual ability to listen to what your needs and expectations of the journey are, and to facilitate a journey of exploration, learning, and leisure.
Where do you start on a journey filled with surprises and adventure. The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, the evening of Flamenco or the Royal Palace in Madrid, learning the difference between the 3 types of hams, Cookies from the Cloistered Nuns, Tapas at the Plaza Major and being so full we didn't know how to find room for the next Tapas. Museums of art from Picasso to Monet. Archaeology from the Bronze age to the Inquisition. Side trips including one to Fragiliana where the local culture emirates from the staircases and doors that lead to magnificent views of the hills and valleys left us breathless.
I mentioned to our travel company that my wife was a lover of plants and flowers. It was with some trepidation that we set out with two 21 year olds to a Bonsai Master near dinnertime. We were led to his home by our host who came to our hotel to guide us to their studio and home. The small old trees, the story of each plant, the students, and his host providing refreshments and sharing her angle on the enterprise of the garden were very well received. Beyond a Bonsai master, he is a philosopher with unusual insight and candor.
If I could have extended the trip I would have enjoyed an extra day in each of our destinations. However, the knowledge and insight that our travel agent added to our adventure was really priceless. I could have spent endless hours trying to plan Airbnb stays but every location was central, every breakfast extraordinary. I can't think of anything I would have wanted to do that I felt was left out.
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