I apologize for the interruption in communication. On the last day in Portugal, and then during my transit in Spain, I did not have access to the Internet: neither in trains, nor at train stations … It was like a conspiracy. I arrived in Moscow on Monday and was a bit unwell initially. But now I have access to the Internet- I bought a local SIM card.
I liked Portugal: Lisbon is a beautiful city, with signs of the former colonial grandeur. I also visited the charming Sintra, a city of palaces, and, by the way, Byron’s favorite place. I was in transit in Madrid and visited, for a couple of hours, the Prado Museum: as usual, I was deeply moved by the Spanish art: Goya, Velasquez, El Greco… In Moscow I communicate mostly with my mother – we were very happy to see each other after one year.
I apologize for the interruption in communication. My hosting company had technical problems: for several days I could not use the site to update records and even my own sites disappeared.
Now I am in Seville, yesterday had a day trip to Cadiz, tomorrow again on the road: by train via Madrid to Lisbon.
My trip has been successful so far. I spent 5 nights in Barcelona, and before that, one night each in Melbourne and Dubai in transit, had tours in Barcelona, Monserrat (a monastery 50km away), Andorra, and now I am in Cordoba. All the places I have visited are beautiful and inspiring.
Am placing two photos of fruit trees I saw in Cordoba: a lemon tree in Alcazar (royal palace) and an orange tree on a street. By the way, there are lots of orange trees here everywhere teeming with fruits. They have bitter taste, I was told, and the local council is supposed to pick them up soon. You could use them for making jam. Also, am placing three photos from Andorra, one of smallest countries in the world.
Congratulations to those of you who live in the northern hemisphere on the onset of spring, and to those of you who live in the southern hemisphere including Australia (this also applies to me), on the onset of autumn. Both seasons are good and desirable. For many, this is the period of the awakening of nature and the beginning of warmer weather, and for many, including residents of tropical cities, it is the beginning of cooler and more pleasant weather.
I myself will say goodbye this weekend to the Australian autumn which has just begun, and will be moving into spring in the northern hemisphere.
Good luck everyone!