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Feb 28th, 2011, 08:55 PM
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RHK's spring trip: Spain, Italy and Morocco

SPAIN, MOROCCO (WE HOPE) AND ITALY
MARCH 1 TO APRIL 6, 2011


We have owned a time share (weeks 9 and 10) in southern Spain for about 3 years, a gift from Karen’s aunt and uncle. We have never visited there, nor had they in over 20 years of ownership..

We decided we should check it out, and why not do two other exchanges while we are at it.

The logistics are in place and we leave on Tuesday March 1, 2011… Its FF miles on American to Barcelona via London, where we change to B/A. We will spend a few days in Barcelona in an apartment, then go to the t/s south of Malaga for a week. From there we fly to Marrakech, Morocco via Madrid on Iberia where we will spend a week in another time share. As of this week we still plan on this portion of the trip, unless unrest increases in that country. From there we will fly on Ryan Air to Pisa, Italy. We have a rental car from there to another week’s timeshare in Loro Ciuffenna, Tuscany. From there we go to Umbria, near Todi, where my sister lives for about 4 nights. Finally we head to Rome where we leave the car and spend 4 nights in Rome in another apartment. I was last there in 1965 and Karen has never been there…. We fly back to Boston on April 4 via London on B/A and finally on A/A.

For those of you who do not know us from the Asia and other boards, we are frequent travelers. We are 67 y.o. and fully retired.

I plan to write from time to time while on the road and look forward to your suggestions, comments and complaints… Hey, it’s the Europe board, there have to be complaints…

My friend Bookchick assures me that you will be kind to me….

Bob & Karen
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Feb 28th, 2011, 09:02 PM
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i have a back-up plan if the situation in morocco gets bad... we will fly to england for a week, and then fly on to pisa.
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Feb 28th, 2011, 09:05 PM
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Have a good trip Bob and I hope you will get to enjoy Morocco!
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Feb 28th, 2011, 09:16 PM
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Bon voyage! I look forward to following along...
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Feb 28th, 2011, 09:29 PM
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B and K: Good, fun traveling for you two! Hope some of my suggestions materialize into satisfactions...if not, let's not hear about it!

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(from the better side of the tracks around Greater Boston...my Quincy v.s. your Needham...no contest...toss in Cam-town's Cigalechanta and Andy Pandy...still no contest!)
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Feb 28th, 2011, 09:43 PM
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Yay! I do hope you get to Morocco because I really want to hear about it.
You haven't been to Rome since 1965? For shame! I have 2 trip reports here if you need food advice, plus lots more on my blog (yes, I know you know this). ;-)
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Feb 28th, 2011, 09:50 PM
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Bob, looking forward to read all about it, now you be good to Karen!
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Feb 28th, 2011, 10:00 PM
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Bon Voyage. I'm with you for the duration.
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Feb 28th, 2011, 10:05 PM
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Yay! Bob's reports are always so much fun.

But... Bob, why is your spelling so perfect? Are you trying to put on a good first impression?

I don't know about going to Marrakech...Aren't you afraid you'll have Crosby Stills, and Nash singing, "Don't you know we're riding on the Marrakech Express?" stuck in my ear the entire time.
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Feb 28th, 2011, 10:54 PM
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Have. Great trip it all sounds fabulous. Contact me if you end up diverting to the UK. Your room is ready.
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Mar 1st, 2011, 04:39 AM
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Hello rhkkmk

Welcome to the Europe boards!

I can tell from your pre-trip writing that this trip report will be a good one to keep an eye on. I, too, hope you get to Morocco (I say this selfishly as it is on the top of our wish list for 2012).

Happy travels!
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Mar 1st, 2011, 04:39 AM
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Bob and Karen--sounds, as usual, like a fabulous trip. I do hope you can get to Morrocco--the colors, the food--ah, so fabulous. However, even without Morrocco, your trip is jealously-provoking. Barcelona is one of my favorite places in the world.

Have a great time, I look forward to your reports. I'll be in Peru while you are gone. We'll trade stories over lunch after our returns.
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Mar 1st, 2011, 05:25 AM
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Have a great time. Pls let everyone know when you have the rental car, so all other drivers can get off the road and out of the way.

Yet, I think we have seen this trip before: The Road to Morocco, with Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour.

Have fun.
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Mar 1st, 2011, 05:42 AM
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Have a great trip. It sounds awesome as usual.
I loved the hop on hop off bus in Barcelona.
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Mar 1st, 2011, 05:43 AM
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Why tagged Sweden, was that so I would pay attention?
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Mar 1st, 2011, 05:50 AM
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Bob & Karen - Have a wonderful trip. We spent 3 weeks in Spain and regretted missing Barcelona. If you can, be sure to try to get there. Also, there is a small town called Ronda which is in the southern region. Very nice. We still laugh at our escapades there as we drove down an alley that narrowed and scraped the side door mirrors on the buildings! We Also thought it was worth going to Gibraltar for the day. Enjoy your trip. I will be following along.
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Mar 1st, 2011, 06:36 AM
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Hi Bob & Karen,
Have a great trip. I know I have be remiss in writing a trip report. Here are a few clues. There is a market on the same street as the apartment. We got bread, meat etc there. In the basement there is a grocery store where we picked up good wine for CHEAP prices.
Around the corner a block down is a lunch place called Sant Joan which gets raves on Chowhound. It is very good but some warnings. The menu in the front room is in Spanish and the one in the back is in Catalan. We found the Catalan impossible to translate so we ate what the neighboring table did. Luckily they ordered a fabulous artichoke soup! Also are only open for lunch.
Have a great time.
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Mar 1st, 2011, 06:54 AM
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Have a great trip over and I'll keep my fingers crossed for Morocco. It'll be fun to follow you around through this report.
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Just tuning in now and following along for the duration...

Have a great trip!
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Mar 1st, 2011, 07:45 AM
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The Sweden tagging was an error, but HE says "HE didn't do it!"

Thanks for all the good wished.
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