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Marion
Reno, Nevada, USA
I am a renaissance woman working full time to live, to love, to learn and to be interesting.
Interests: genealogy, taxes, music, travel, blogs, hiking, reading, history, Spanish
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Saturday, March 5, 2016 Friday was a very long day. We flew from Istanbul to San Francisco. As we were leaving our hotel I took a picture of the cat who has obviously adopted the hotel. It was outside the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2016 at Marion's Blog
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Thursday, March 3, 2016 Tomorrow we fly from Istanbul back to San Francisco so today was the last day of our trip. This morning we took the bus to Taksim square and wandered around a bit then had a coffee.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2016 at Marion's Blog
Barb, we bought some ceramic tiles, a tablecloth, a box for my box collection and some gifts. What year were we in Turkey when we were kids? Was it 1966? Are there Turkey pictures in your book about that year?
Toggle Commented Mar 3, 2016 on Istanbul Day 2 at Marion's Blog
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We really have had all kinds of weather. The only thing I didn't need to bring was two short sleeve shirts!!
Toggle Commented Mar 3, 2016 on La Granja at Marion's Blog
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Happy Birthday Duke!! Wednesday, March 2, 2016 Duke and I did the Golden Horn loop on the hop on hop off bus this morning. Afterwards we had lunch in a little shop in the bazaar. They rolled out the pita... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2016 at Marion's Blog
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Monday, March 1, 2016 We had a very busy day today, our first day in Istanbul. We Saw a lot and had fun. First we visited the Blue Mosque. Then the Hagia Sophia. It was originally a Byzantine church consecrated... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2016 at Marion's Blog
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Monday, February 29, 2016 It didn't snow overnight and since Duke had already dug out the car we were able to leave La Granja relatively easily. There was a bit of traffic but we got to the airport in Madrid... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2016 at Marion's Blog
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Sunday, February 28, 2016 We woke up this morning to about a foot of new snow. We had planned to drive and visit several sites in this area since we are staying in La Granja two nights. But we are... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2016 at Marion's Blog
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Saturday, February 27, 2016 All through the night last night we could hear the wind howling outside our window and see snow falling. This morning we woke up to a winter wonderland. The guy at the gas station told us... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2016 at Marion's Blog
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Friday, February 26, 2016 Today we headed south on a cold blustery day. We stopped at the archaeological site of Numancia an Iron Age hill town where the local Celtiberians held out against an enormous Roman siege in 133 BC.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2016 at Marion's Blog
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Thursday, February 26, 2016 Many of our Parador and other hotel packages have included breakfast. The breakfast buffets have been wonderful - eggs, meat, cheese, bread, fruit, coffee, juices. But when breakfast is not included in our package the price... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2016 at Marion's Blog
Barb, I think the sheep are raised for wool. It would really be nice to find a local wool shop but no luck!
Toggle Commented Feb 25, 2016 on Hondarribia to Olite at Marion's Blog
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Wednesday, February 24, 2016 This morning we drove into France and went inland a bit so we could explore some of the Pyrenees. We finally found some sheep that met all our photogenic criteria and were in a place where... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2016 at Marion's Blog
Oh!!! You made my day! I've been looking! I've seen a few yarn stores but always with fabric etc. nothing too exciting but with these beautiful long haired sheep there must be some good yarn some place!!
Toggle Commented Feb 23, 2016 on Hondarribia at Marion's Blog
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Tuesday, February 23, 2016 Today was a lovely rest day. We went for a long walk, explored the town and walked along the water front to the edge of the breakwater. It rained a bit but it was warm enough... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2016 at Marion's Blog
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Monday, February 22, 2016 This morning we left Bilbao and drove east along the coast. We are in Basque Country. We saw lots of Basque graffiti and beautiful sheep. We kept trying to find the perfect sheep picture but never... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2016 at Marion's Blog
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Sunday, February 21, 2016 When we left Cangas de Onís this morning we headed up the road to the shrine at Covadonga. We climbed up to the cave where they were getting ready for mass. We had a coffee in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2016 at Marion's Blog
Yes, and there one other table with 16 more people. So many of these places especially this one I keeping thinking how much fun it would be to share it with you'n
Toggle Commented Feb 21, 2016 on León to Congas de Onís at Marion's Blog
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Saturday, February 20, 2016 This morning we picked up a rental car in León and headed north. It is a beautiful sunny day. The route took us through the mountains. We are staying in a Parador in Cangas de Onís.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2016 at Marion's Blog
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Friday, February 19, 2016 Today we spent the whole day in León. We went to the Museo de León. It had artifacts from people who have lived in this area starting as far back as 300,000 years ago. A lot... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2016 at Marion's Blog
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Friday, February 19, 2016 Today we spent the whole day in León. We went to the Museo de León. It had artifacts from people who have lived in this area starting as far back as 300,000 years ago. A lot of the more recent stuff was found when they were digging foundations for buildings in the last hundred years. I love the idea that people here might find Roman artifacts in their back yard! It helped me enjoy the museum more that it had labels in English as well as Spanish! We wandered the streets of León. Stopped for chocolate.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2016 at The Marion Vermazen Podcast
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Thursday, February 18, 2016 Our train from Vigo to León left at 7:45am. We actually had to set an alarm to get up in time! The trip was about 6 hours long and went through quite a bit of snowy... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2016 at Marion's Blog
I bought The High Mountains of Portugal by yang Martel in English. He wrote Life of Pi which I didn't like that much but I'll give him another try!
Toggle Commented Feb 18, 2016 on Portugal to Spain at Marion's Blog
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Wednesday, February 17, 2016 This morning we left our Pousada in Portugal and drove to Portugal's second largest city, Porto. It was a bit of a challenge but we eventually found the rental car return place, dropped off the car... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2016 at Marion's Blog
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Tuesday, February 16, 2016 This will be our last night in Portugal. Today we drove west through the mountains to a Pousada in the mountains not far from Porto where we will turn in our car. We stopped in the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2016 at Marion's Blog