20160518 154025  Lobby of our hotel, the St. Ermin's : AA, England, London, St. Ermin Hotel, UK, [160518]  20160518 154323  Courtyard : AA, England, London, St. Ermin Hotel, UK, [160518]  20160518 160147  We visited the War Room. : AA, England, London, UK, War Room, [160518]  Telelphone Closet  Used for conversations between Prime Minister Churchill and President Roosevelt. : AA, England, London, UK, War Room, [160518] 
20160518 170150  Notice all of the telephones : AA, England, London, UK, War Room, [160518]  20160518 161018  It was in this basement area that Winston Churchill and the British Military conducted operations during World War 2. : AA, England, London, UK, War Room, [160518]  Churchill's Bedroom  Churchill's Bedroom : AA, England, London, UK, War Room, [160518]  Peaceful Park  St. James Park across the street from the Treasury Building (which housed the war room) : AA, England, London, UK, [160518] 
Typical London Weather : AA, England, London, UK, [160518]  20160518 171722  St. James Park across the street from the Treasury Building (which housed the war room) : AA, England, London, UK, [160518]  Parliament and Big Ben  Parliament and Big Ben : AA, Big Ben, London, UK, [160518]  20160519 103045  Former mayor of London, Boris Johnson. : AA, London, UK, [160518] 
20160519 122454 : AA, London, UK, [160518]  20160519 123602-Edit  Westminster Abby : AA, London, UK, [160518]  20160520 101745-Edit  Parliament and Big Ben.  Thames River in the foreground : AA, England, London, UK, [160518]  20160520 101005  London Eye : AA, England, London, UK, [160518] 
20160520 104837  London Eye : AA, England, London, London Eye, UK, [160518]  20160520 105635  St. Paul's Cathedral : AA, England, London, UK, [160518]  20160520 110210  "The Anchor" on the Thames River.  Build in 1615. It has served as a favorite meeting place for many English literary figures. : AA, England, London, UK, [160518]  20160520 110302  The Shard.  This building is a 95 story skyscrxaper and is the tallest building in Western Europe. : AA, England, London, UK, [160518] 
20160520 110933  Tower Bridge.  One of the many bridges across the Thames River.  It was built in 1886. : AA, England, London, UK, [160518]  20160520 111031  Tower of London.  This building has served as the gallows for many British.  It was built in 1078.  It served as an armory, treasury, menagerie (zoo).  It now houses the crown jewels of England. : AA, England, London, UK, [160518]  20160520 120510-Edit  Cutty Sark, this is a British clipper ship built in 1869.  It was built to go fast to evade pirates. : AA, England, London, UK, [160518]  20160520 111846  London City Hall : AA, England, London, UK, [160518] 
20160520 135353-Edit  London Eye : AA, England, London, London Eye, UK, [160518]  20160520 121003  English pub in Greenwich England. : AA, England, London, UK, [160518]  20160520 142117 : AA, England, London, UK, [160518]  20160520 184916  St. James Park : AA, England, London, UK, [160518] 
20160520 190228  St. James Park : AA, England, London, UK, [160518]  20160520 190525  St James Park : AA, England, London, UK, [160518]  20160520 184919  Buckingham Palace : AA, England, London, UK, [160518]  20160520 192115  Pellican in St. James Park : AA, England, London, UK, [160518] 
20160520 192816  Horse Guards parade ground with the London Eye in the background : AA, England, London, UK, [160518]  20160520 193320  British Horse Guard : AA, England, London, UK, [160518]  20160520 193545  Big Ben : AA, England, London, UK, [160518]  Iqbal Latif  Iqbal Latif, a Facebook friend of mine.  We had corresponded through Facebook for a few years but this is the first time that I met him in person.  We had a very pleasant evening. : Ike, Iqbal Latif, [160518] 
20160520 194138  Parliament Square : AA, England, London, UK, [160518]  20160522 165145  After our 3-day stay in London, we flew to Lisbon to board our cruise boat. : AA, Lisbon, Portugal, [160518]  20160522 165155  We are on the National Geographic Orion which gets my vote as the best cruise ship I have ever been on.  We were on it for two weeks.  The first week we had 87 guests, and the next week we had about 70.  I find that I get lost on large ships, but this gave me no problem at all. : AA, Lisbon, Portugal, [160518]  20160522 170605  Frodo Musicians - I don't know much about Frodo, and, of course, it was sung in Portugese. : AA, Lisbon, Portugal, [160518] 
20160522 170859  This lady had a magnificent voice. : AA, Lisbon, Portugal, [160518]  20160522 183553  Scene from Lisbon Harbor : AA, Lisbon, Portugal, [160518]  20160522 183638 : AA, Lisbon, Portugal, [160518]  20160522 183933  Scene from Lisbon Harbor : AA, Lisbon, Portugal, [160518] 
20160522 190257  Monument to the Age of Discovery seen from Lisbon Harbor.  The men depict some Portugese explorers.  Portugal really had a lot of them : AA, Lisbon, Portugal, [160518]  20160523 135017  Beach scene.  A bit chilly  for swiming, but, I guess there is no bad time to have junk food. : AA, Oporto, Portugal, [160518]  20160523 115418  Oporto, Portugal - after leaving Lisbon, our first stop (the next day) was the port of Oporto. : AA, Oporto, Portugal, [160518]  20160523 142247  We are visiting a museum of modern art.  This is typical of what is in the museum.  I must admit, I didn't understand any of it. : AA, Oporto, Portugal, [160518] 
20160523 144747  Still on the museum grounds.  For some reason, I did like this. : AA, Oporto, Portugal, [160518]  20160523 144837  I do like the grounds of the museum. : AA, Oporto, Portugal, [160518]  20160523 151616 : AA, Oporto, Portugal, [160518]  20160523 161406 : AA, Oporto, Portugal, [160518] 
20160523 164947  The city of Oporto is the birthplace of Port Wine.  Needless to say, we had to visit at least one wine distillery. : AA, Oporto, Portugal, [160518]  20160523 162859  Distillery : AA, Oporto, Portugal, [160518]  20160523 171051  Port Wine. : AA, Oporto, Portugal, [160518]  20160524 102550  Santiago de Compostela, Spain - St. James is credited with bringing Christianity to this area of Spain.  The walking stick, the gourd, and the scallop represent him. : AA, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, [160518] 
20160524 112621  Inside the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela.  This is the third most pilgrimage site for Catholics. : AA, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, [160518]  20160524 111014  Inside the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela.  This is the third most pilgrimage site for Catholics. : AA, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, [160518]  20160524 115754  Outside the church. : AA, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, [160518]  20160524 125334  Pilgrims.   The one on the right seems a bit more dedicated. : AA, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, [160518] 
20160524 131848  Dancing in the church. : AA, Galician Dancers, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, [160518]  20160524 133226 : AA, Galician Dancers, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, [160518]  20160524 133655 : AA, Galician Dancers, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, [160518]  20160524 141244  Lots of youth all with the orange hats. : AA, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, [160518] 
20160524 143611  Group picture on the steps of the church. : AA, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, [160518]  20160524 143724  Outside the cathedral. : AA, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, [160518]  20160524 143852  Pilgrimage by bicycle. : AA, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, [160518]  20160524 144416 : AA, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, [160518] 
20160524 145930  City scene : AA, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, [160518]  20160524 152340  Ron and JeanLuc.  JeanLuc is a National Geographic photographer.  He was very interesting and a very helpful guy. : AA, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, [160518]  20160525 091550  A Coruna, Spain - : A Caruna, AA, Spain, [160518]  20160525 092316-Edit  A Caruna is sometimes called the "glass city" because of all the windows. : A Caruna, AA, Spain, [160518] 
20160525 093841 : A Caruna, AA, Spain, [160518]  20160525 094357  Relaxing on a chilly morning. : A Caruna, AA, Spain, [160518]  20160525 095757  Mideval city with mideval Burger King (right). : A Caruna, AA, Spain, [160518]  20160525 101315  Glenda, seeing our vacation through a telephoto lens. : A Caruna, AA, Spain, [160518] 
20160525 101929-Edit-2  Street scene reflected from store window. : A Caruna, AA, Spain, [160518]  20160525 105129-Edit  Salvator Dali creation. : A Caruna, AA, Spain, [160518]  20160525 110102  Fish market : A Caruna, AA, Spain, [160518]  20160525 111534  Tapas and Wine : A Caruna, AA, Spain, [160518] 
20160525 162008  Intrepid explorer : A Caruna, AA, Spain, [160518]  20160526 143206-Edit  Probably Bilbao is most well known for the Guggenheim Museum designed by Frank Gerry : AA, Bilbao, Spain, [160518]  20160526 070122  This morning Glenda and I visited the ship's bridge.  There is no set time for visits.  You can drop in any time that you want.  We are on our way to Bilbao, Spain. : AA, Bilbao, Spain, [160518]  20160526 143549  The architect, Frank Gehry was born in Canada.  He lives in Los Angeles and is 87 years old.    He "Americanized" his name from Goldberg to Ghery (he is Jewish). : AA, Bilbao, Spain, [160518] 
20160526 143734  This Ghery building has been called by the legendary architect Philip Johnson as, "the greatest building of our time". : AA, Bilbao, Spain, [160518]  20160526 145338-Edit  The siding is made of titanium.  This metal is extremely difficult to work with, but Ghery insisted on it because it was the only metal that reflected the light just the way he wanted it. : AA, Bilbao, Spain, [160518]  20160526 144844  Truly, when I have seen pictures in the past, I didn't think much of it but, when you see it in person, it is beautiful. : AA, Bilbao, Spain, [160518]  20160526 145040  One of the art objects outside the building. : AA, Bilbao, Spain, [160518] 
20160526 145413 : AA, Bilbao, Spain, [160518]  20160526 145630 : AA, Bilbao, Spain, [160518]  20160526 150010 : AA, Bilbao, Spain, [160518]  20160526 150652  Puppy : AA, Bilbao, Spain, [160518] 
20160526 152734 : AA, Bilbao, Spain, [160518]  20160526 154152  Museum from inside : AA, Bilbao, Spain, [160518]  20160526 154304  Flowers : AA, Bilbao, Spain, [160518]  20160526 154423  Flowers : AA, Bilbao, Spain, [160518] 
20160526 154626 : AA, Bilbao, Spain, [160518]  20160526 155849  Art object : AA, Bilbao, Spain, [160518]  20160526 161421  View from inside the museum. : AA, Bilbao, Spain, [160518]  20160526 161256  6 Nude Ladies - the artist blended some paint just the way he wanted it, and then had 6 nude ladies roll around it.  Believe me, I didn't make this up! : AA, Bilbao, Spain, [160518] 
20160526 173217-Edit  Old town Bilbao : AA, Bilbao, Spain, [160518]  20160526 175037 : AA, Bilbao, Spain, [160518]  20160526 181054-Edit-2  We board the bus and return to the Orion.  This is our last look at the museum. : AA, Bilbao, Spain, [160518]  20160526 175449  Kids playing soccer in a shopping mall. : AA, Bilbao, Spain, [160518] 
20160527 073220 : AA, Basque Country, France, Saint Jean-de-Luz, [160518]  20160527 093154 : AA, Basque Country, France, Saint Jean-de-Luz, [160518]  20160527 093303 : AA, Basque Country, France, Saint Jean-de-Luz, [160518]  20160527 095600 : AA, Basque Country, France, Saint Jean-de-Luz, [160518] 
20160527 101546 : AA, Basque Country, France, Saint Jean-de-Luz, [160518]  20160527 101642  Host pouring cider : AA, Basque Country, France, Saint Jean-de-Luz, [160518]  20160527 103211 : AA, Basque Country, France, Saint Jean-de-Luz, [160518]  20160527 103436 : AA, Basque Country, France, Saint Jean-de-Luz, [160518] 
20160527 111325 : AA, Basque Country, France, Saint Jean-de-Luz, [160518]  20160527 111512 : AA, Basque Country, France, Saint Jean-de-Luz, [160518]  20160527 112041 : AA, Basque Country, France, Saint Jean-de-Luz, [160518]  20160527 113028 : AA, Basque Country, France, Saint Jean-de-Luz, [160518] 
20160527 174540 : AA, Basque Country, San Sebastian, Spain, [160518]  20160527 185513 : AA, Basque Country, San Sebastian, Spain, [160518]  20160527 190046 : AA, Basque Country, San Sebastian, Spain, [160518]  20160527 190245  Inside a tapas bar : AA, Basque Country, San Sebastian, Spain, [160518] 
20160527 190540 : AA, Basque Country, San Sebastian, Spain, [160518]  20160527 191244-Edit  Town Hall : AA, Basque Country, San Sebastian, Spain, [160518]  20160527 191244  Town Hall : AA, Basque Country, San Sebastian, Spain, [160518]  20160527 203926  Local Drunk : AA, Basque Country, San Sebastian, Spain, [160518] 
20160527 203420  Cider House : AA, Basque Country, San Sebastian, Spain, [160518]  20160527 210306  Fill 'er up : AA, Basque Country, San Sebastian, Spain, [160518]  20160527 214403  Basque Music : AA, Basque Country, San Sebastian, Spain, [160518]  20160527 214841 : AA, Basque Country, San Sebastian, Spain, [160518] 
20160527 215030 : AA, Basque Country, San Sebastian, Spain, [160518]  20160527 221431 : AA, Basque Country, San Sebastian, Spain, [160518]  20160528 135659 : AA, Bayonne, France, [160518]  20160528 142307 : AA, Bayonne, France, [160518] 
20160529 150648 : AA, Bordeau, France, [160518]  20160529 152833 : AA, Bordeau, France, [160518]  20160529 153452 : AA, Bordeau, France, [160518]  20160529 160152 : AA, Bordeau, France, [160518] 
20160529 171440 : AA, Bordeau, France, [160518]  20160529 173714 : AA, Bordeau, France, [160518]  20160529 174030 : AA, Bordeau, France, [160518]  20160529 174727 : AA, Bordeau, France, [160518] 
20160530 150721 : AA, France, La Rochelle, [160518]  20160530 151149 : AA, France, La Rochelle, [160518]  20160530 152235 : AA, France, La Rochelle, [160518]  20160530 152609 : AA, France, La Rochelle, [160518] 
20160530 153120 : AA, France, La Rochelle, [160518]  20160530 153756 : AA, France, La Rochelle, [160518]  20160530 155753 : AA, France, La Rochelle, [160518]  20160530 163950  Cognac Distillery : AA, Distillery, France, La Rochelle, [160518] 
20160530 165507  Cognac Distillary : AA, Distillery, France, La Rochelle, [160518]  20160530 170742  Cognac Distillary : AA, Distillery, France, La Rochelle, [160518]  20160530 170830  Cognac Distillary : AA, Distillery, France, La Rochelle, [160518]  20160530 171345  Cognac Distillary : AA, Distillery, France, La Rochelle, [160518] 
20160531 132805 : AA, Belle-Isle-en-Mer, France, [160518]  20160531 135826 : AA, Belle-Isle-en-Mer, France, [160518]  20160531 140024 : AA, Belle-Isle-en-Mer, France, [160518]  20160531 140133 : AA, Belle-Isle-en-Mer, France, [160518] 
20160531 142131 : AA, Belle-Isle-en-Mer, France, [160518]  20160531 144339 : AA, Belle-Isle-en-Mer, France, [160518]  20160531 144532  Vauban citadel. : AA, Belle-Isle-en-Mer, France, [160518]  20160531 145049 : AA, Belle-Isle-en-Mer, France, [160518] 
20160531 145501 : AA, Belle-Isle-en-Mer, France, [160518]  20160531 151020  Prison cell within the citadel. : AA, Belle-Isle-en-Mer, France, [160518]  20160531 154509  Claude Monet used to paint here. Cote Sauvage  (Wild coast). : AA, Belle-Isle-en-Mer, France, [160518]  20160531 155049 : AA, Belle-Isle-en-Mer, France, [160518] 
20160531 162423 : AA, Belle-Isle-en-Mer, France, [160518]  20160531 163023 : AA, Belle-Isle-en-Mer, France, [160518]  20160531 175201 : AA, Belle-Isle-en-Mer, France, [160518]  20160601 095108  Officially, one of the most beautiful villages in France.  This one is in Western Brittany. St. Ronan Church (15th century) : AA, France, Locronan, [160518] 
20160601 095629 : AA, France, Locronan, [160518]  20160601 095922 : AA, France, Locronan, [160518]  20160601 100500 : AA, France, Locronan, [160518]  20160601 100737 : AA, France, Locronan, [160518] 
20160601 100856 : AA, France, Locronan, [160518]  20160601 101401 : AA, France, Locronan, [160518]  20160601 102209-Edit : AA, France, Locronan, [160518]  20160601 102250 : AA, France, Locronan, [160518] 
20160601 103405 : AA, France, Locronan, [160518]  20160601 103739 : AA, France, Locronan, [160518]  20160601 105423 : AA, France, Locronan, [160518]  20160601 114940 : AA, France, Locronan, [160518] 
20160601 120041 : AA, France, Locronan, [160518]  20160601 120921 : AA, France, Locronan, [160518]  20160601 121031 : AA, France, Locronan, [160518]  20160602 093800  Mont St. Michel, located about 1Km off the coast.  It is totally an island for half the day (when the tide is in)  There has been a monistary since the 8th century. : AA, France, Mont St. Michel, [160518] 
20160602 094739 : AA, France, Mont St. Michel, [160518]  20160602 095144 : AA, France, Mont St. Michel, [160518]  20160602 095155 : AA, France, Mont St. Michel, [160518]  20160602 095238 : AA, France, Mont St. Michel, [160518] 
20160602 095639 : AA, France, Mont St. Michel, [160518]  20160602 100127 : AA, France, Mont St. Michel, [160518]  20160602 102105  Church at the top of Mont. St. Michelle : AA, France, Mont St. Michel, [160518]  20160602 103419 : AA, France, Mont St. Michel, [160518] 
20160527 222513  20160602 103634 : AA, France, Mont St. Michel, [160518]  20160602 103759  Cloisters : AA, France, Mont St. Michel, [160518]  20160602 103940 : AA, France, Mont St. Michel, [160518] 
20160602 104325 : AA, France, Mont St. Michel, [160518]  20160602 104648 : AA, France, Mont St. Michel, [160518]  20160602 105944 : AA, France, Mont St. Michel, [160518]  20160602 110218 : AA, France, Mont St. Michel, [160518] 
20160602 110813  This is a giant treadwheel powered by 6-workers hamster style to haul 2-ton loads of stones and supplies from the landing below. : AA, France, Mont St. Michel, [160518]  20160602 110939 : AA, France, Mont St. Michel, [160518]  20160602 111803 : AA, France, Mont St. Michel, [160518]  20160602 114803 : AA, France, Mont St. Michel, [160518] 
20160602 124927 : AA, France, Mont St. Michel, [160518]  20160603 073838  Sainte-Mère-Église (St. Mary's Church).  About 1 in the morning of June 6, 1944 the American 82 and 101st airborne divisions parachuted into the French town of St. Mare Eglise.  The object was to take the town from the Germans and cut off a couple of German divisions.  By morning, the town was in American hands.  One of the paratroopers got caught in the bell tower.  Miraculously no one shot at him and he lived. : AA, D-Day, France, Normandy, [160518]  20160603 074433  Sainte-Mère-Église : AA, D-Day, France, Normandy, [160518]  20160603 074733 : AA, D-Day, France, Normandy, [160518] 
20160603 085243  Normandy Beach : AA, D-Day, France, Normandy, [160518]  20160603 085442  82nd Airborne Paratroops visiting the D-Day sites. : AA, D-Day, France, Normandy, [160518]  20160603 090142  82nd Airborne Paratroops : AA, D-Day, France, Normandy, [160518]  20160603 104431 : AA, D-Day, France, Normandy, [160518] 
20160603 111039 : AA, D-Day, France, Normandy, [160518]  20160603 111516 : AA, D-Day, France, Normandy, [160518]  20160603 143103 : AA, D-Day, France, Normandy, [160518]  20160603 144830 : AA, D-Day, France, Normandy, [160518] 
20160603 144532 : AA, D-Day, France, Normandy, [160518]  20160603 145039 : AA, D-Day, France, Normandy, [160518]  20160603 145150 : AA, D-Day, France, Normandy, [160518]  20160604 092423  Our French cousins, Alan and Martine : AA, France, Honfleur, Places, [160518] 
20160604 092735  Ron and Glenda : AA, [160518]  20160604 093127  St. Catherine's Church dates to the 2nd half of the 15th century. : AA, [160518]  20160604 094522  Alan and Ron walking down a street in Honfleur : AA, [160518]  20160604 095557  Honfleur : AA, [160518] 
20160604 095823 : AA, [160518]  20160604 101135-Edit : AA, [160518]  20160605 061520  Going up the Thames. : AA, England, London, Thames, UK, [160518]  20160605 064121  Greenwich : AA, [160518] 
20160604 104007 : AA, [160518]  20160605 071850 : AA, [160518]  20160605 071251  The Prospect of Whitby.  It dates from about 1540. In former times it was a meeting place for sailors, smugglers, cut-throats and footpads : AA, [160518]  20160605 071941 : AA, [160518] 
20160605 072649  Oddly, we have the Dixie Queen on the Thames River : AA, [160518]  20160605 072811 : AA, [160518]  20160605 072900 : AA, [160518]