The last leg of our two week vacation. We took the train from Madrid o Barcelona.



My first impression of Barcelona was that it was a more modern city. And then I found the Gothic section, I loved this area.



The city is infamous as the pickpocket capital of Europe, and it did not disappoint. I bought a dummy wallet  for the trip and it was taken on our way to the airport. So please be careful if you go. It is still great to visit, and guys don’t forget the beach.

The Ancient City of Toledo


Home of El Greco and the famous Don Quijote  De La Mancha


Another walled city that to this day may still be closed if needed. We will be back to see this awesome city again.


After Avila on our way back to Madrid, I knew we were not going to miss this one



The Imperial City, where Christians, Muslims, and Jews lived and still are living.

The Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso


Very close to Segovia is La Granja


We stayed here for the night at Parador de la Granja. Very nice group of hotels that refurbish old buildings and castles with modern amenities. There are also several family owned restaurants that are amazing.


The gardens were designed by the same person who did Versailles.


Viva España


Madrid is one of my favorite cities ,” Yo amo España”





After Italy we actually  flew from Pisa to Paris and stayed for two days. The flight from Pisa is much cheaper than flying from Rome so we saved five hundred dollars and got to see Paris again


Palacio Real de Madrid



Plaza Del Sol  never sleeps, it’s always active. Next stop Segovia.


Said to be, an expression of suppressed desire

Sigmund, was like a bird on a wire

An interpretation is soon to  follow

Makes you worry, like the other fellow

You may be asleep, or wide awake

It could be a goal, or a game the mind makes

Though it may soon come true

The real meaning is up to you

Now, since you can never prevent it

You  might as well remember, every bit

Then  as you wake and say,  it was only a dream

Pinch yourself until you scream

The dream you have is there to inspire

So live your life and walk the wire

To do, as your heart desire

Peter Hill





Childhood Memories

May be the fondest, or the worst

Can be a blessing, or a curse

It can mold you, or fold you

And change your point of view

People, places, and events

Joy, pain, and fulfillments

Regardless of what it meant,

It was all worth the time you spent.

For good or bad it might have been

It will forever be cherished and seen

As life goes on, you will always remember

Childhood memories last forever

Peter Hill







They say death is the greatest adventure

The end in which no one wants to venture

We  live and know it’s not forever

Our lives, spent hoping to stay for longer

But if one of those we love goes and leave us for good

The sorrow it brings is never understood

Life is such that our time is never certain

We try our best to make the memories before we close the curtain

There is no other recourse  but to move on

And remember the good times when it was fun

We don’t want anyone to feel the sadness

Just a reminder to enjoy the moments of wellness

Love who you love, and those who love you

So you won’t regret or lose time to do

May there be peace as they are put to rest

Let there be comfort to the ones that are left

You will forever be in our hearts

Always remembered even if it hurts

Peter Hill