We leave this afternoon (Friday) for Boston. With a couple of hours to spare there, we might try and sneak in a quick visit with my Friends Angie and Luke?
From there, it's off to the Azores for the weekend -- an archipelago of 9 volcanic islands in the North Atlantic Ocean between the US and Europe.
|They're right in the middle of the map above.|
It doesn't seem like many people I've talked to know about the Azores. I saw them in a movie once...or so I thought. There is a scene in Knight & Day (comedy with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz) where they are supposedly in the Azores. It looked amazing, so I decided I wanted to go there someday. Turns out, it was actually filmed in Jamaica. Ha! Oh well, I still want to go...
There is plenty to do there...mostly hiking and seeing lakes, waterfalls, etc. Just hoping for some nice weather to get out and enjoy. Right now, the forecast is for 60's and cloudy with a slight chance of rain.
Oh, and we're renting a car there. Could be interesting if they only have manual cars. I haven't driven one of those in years. In fact, the last time I did was when I was living in Tahoe...and I let the car roll backwards in to the car behind me at a stop light on a hill. Woops. Let's just say some prayers for some automatic cars on the island.
Anyways, on Monday, we fly to Lisbon, Portugal, for two days. One of those days will be spent traveling to Sintra and Cabo da Roca. They both look amazing:
|Cabo da Roca is the westernmost point in all of Europe|
On Wednesday, it's off to Barcelona, Spain, for two days. We booked a cheap little hotel right off Las Ramblas. Not a whole lot planned for there, but there is definitely lots to do and see. We thought we were going to get to see a FC Barcelona soccer game, but the schedule changed and now we're missing it.
On Friday, we fly to Ibiza. This might be what I am most excited for out of the whole trip. I hadn't even heard of Ibiza before Matt, but as soon as he told me about it, I knew I had to go there.
We fly to Madrid on Sunday morning, where we plan to hit up the Sunday flea market El Rastro (one of the biggest in Europe). The super chic hotel we booked for the night just happens to be overlooking the best street in all of Spain for tapas, so our evening/night should be covered there.
Monday morning we fly to Dublin where we have a few hour layover. Maybe we will get out of the airport for a beer or two? Then home to KC via Chicago.
Two nights in Azores, two nights in Lisbon, two nights in Barcelona, two nights in Ibiza, one night in Madrid. Wish us luck! :)
(All of our hotels are supposed to have wifi, so I'll try and update along the way as often as possible!)