In the stories of old, Hercules smashed through the Atlas mountains because he did not want to climb it, thereby creating the Strait of Gibraltar and opening up the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean. The ancients believed that Hercules stayed in these caves before completing the 11th of the 12th labors imposed on him … Continue reading In Pictures: Hercules Caves with Kids; What to see near Tangier, Morocco in a Day?
Cape Spartel--the northwesternmost point of Africa where the Atlantic ocean connects with the Mediterranean sea. And if the conditions are right, you might just be able to see the two waters kiss. A mere 15 kilometers (or about a 30-minute bus ride) outside of Tangier, this nature's reserve park, 300 meters above sea level with … Continue reading Cape Spartel: A Day Trip from Tangier, Morocco to Where the Mediterranean Sea Kisses the Atlantic Ocean
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! As part of our "father and sons" bonding time, my kids and I make music in both English and Spanish throughout the year. We are slow in publishing these songs because, hey, I'm a fulltime father and we have other things to do. 😊 Here's one (music and video on Youtube) that we managed to finish before this Christmas--a children's flamenco Christmas version of the popular Christmas song "The Little Drummer Boy" mixed with the Spanish equivalent "el Tamborilero".
Sounding his call to "chuches" (candies in Spanish) in the Grand Socco of Tangier, Morocco. Here is a well-known market square with all kinds of vendors selling fresh fruits and more. It has been a year since our one-of-a-kind trip to the African continent! No way!! It was still in a pre-COVID world when we … Continue reading Our Family-Friendly Visit to Tangier, Morocco with Kids in December over the Holidays
After 36 days of family camping with kids from Spain to Poland and back, with a month break in Poland in between, we're finally home in beautiful and sunnysideup Andalucia! It took us over 4,116 kilometers, 56 driving hours and over 20 days on the road in a roundabout kind of return trip to avoid … Continue reading Day 36 Road Trip with Kids: To Home, Jerez de la Frontera in Pictures
Day 35 of our family camping road trip this year. We are almost home. Last stop: Sines, the first port of Portugal. Why Sines? Apart from Ferdinand Magellan, the first European to "discover" the Philippines, Vasco da Gama sparked an interest in me since childhood school days about the great explorers who went out into the great unknown when everyone else said, "Are you nuts?", or something to that effect. Here's our day in Sines in pictures, paying homage to the great nutjobs of their times.
Looking down old town Porto from the Luis I bridge. On day 32 of the return trip of our family camping road trip, we leave the way of the pilgrims in Santiago de Compostela, the Virgin Mary's stone boat in Murxia the end of the then-known world in Fisterra, for Porto, Portugal in this roundabout-kind-of-way, … Continue reading Day 33 Road Trip: A Day in Porto with Kids in Pictures
From the Virgin Mary's stone boat in Murxia we drove a little over half an hour south to the "land's end"--Fisterra (as the name means) where some pilgrims continue to walked from Santiago de Compostela to reach kilometer 0.000 on the Camino de Santiago. It's also here where Mother Mary of Jesus supposedly had rested … Continue reading Day 31 Road Trip to Where Virgin Mary Rested at the End of Land, Fisterra–the Final Destination for Pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago
It's important for the one of us who is a practicing Catholic, and more of a curiosity for the other, to visit the place where the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus, allegedly landed on a boat made of stones to encourage James (Santiago), the apostle of Jesus, to continue to spread the word of Christ … Continue reading Day 31 Road Trip with Kids: A Pilgrimage to the Coast where the Virgin Mary Came on a Stone Boat to See James, the Apostle, in Muxia, Galicia
We are usually a slow-go family. However, this time we experimented with (for us) long day trips (read: 1 to 1.5 hour) from our base camping site in Santiago de Compostela to see the Tower of Hercules. Here is our "legendary" visit to the oldest Roman lighthouse that is still in use today in A … Continue reading Day 30 Road Trip: Following the Footsteps of Hercules in Northern Galicia