Sunday, December 7, 2014


Finally, I saw the Matterhorn.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Tarifa, my highlights

1. Beaches-Beautiful fine sand beaches.  I love it when my bare feet sink in the sand. My favorite is the Valdevaqueros and Bolonia Beaches.
Bolonia Beach
Sand dunes at Valdevaqueros
2. Tapas-  Andalucia is said to be the origin of tapas.  We did get great tapas in Tarifa.  My favorite place in town is Bar Frances.

Eggplant with honey at Bar Frances.
Tapas at Lola.  Ruta de la Tapas Tarifa
Ruta de la Tapas, Tarifa, Spain

 3. Windsurfing- Before Tarifa became a kitesurfing mecca, it was a windsurfing one first.
Me learning how to windsurf.  Look at the waves!
I took a course at the Club Mistral near Hurricane Hotel.  They also have a branch at the more popular Valdevaqueros beach
4. The beach bar of Dos Mares Hotel
Best view ever at the Dos Mares Chiringuito.
5. Kitesurfing
Kite surfers everywhere
6, Mojitos
They know how to make great mojitos in Tarifa.

7. Steaks at Vaca Loca - Best steak I have eaten in Europe.

Possibly the best steak in Europe

Vaca Loca, Tarifa, Spain

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Tarifa, Spain, Kitesurfing Mecca

Dos Mares Hotel beachfront, Tarifa, Spain
It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's a kite!
All over the beaches of Tarifa, colorful kites fly high above the beautiful sandy beach.
Valdevaqueros beach, Tarifa, Spain

Sand dunes above the Valdevaqueros beach.

Mistral Club, Tarifa, Spain
It shouldn't be forgotten that before it was a kitesurfing mecca, it was first a windsurfing one.

Friday, September 6, 2013


Coron, 2008
Kayangan Lake, Coron, 2008

Monday, September 2, 2013

Arizona Highlights: Chiricahua National Monument

Look at the picture above. Can you guess how the Chiricahua Apaches called this land?  They called it the "Land of the Standing-Up Rocks".  It is one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen.

These rock formations were created when Turkey Creek volcano erupted 27 million years ago.  Millions of years of erosion later, we are rewarded with a forest of thousands of these stone pinnacles.

It's strange that this place is not so well known in the U.S.. That's what I like like about national parks in the US, it's empty. I guess because they are all so vast.

Check out the posts about the rest of our Arizona trip here.