Trip Planning


Cocktails  - Chuck & Virginia  - Queen Mary II! Virgina and I started to travel in 2014. We have been to many countries around the world such as: Dubai, Sri Lanka, Germany, Jordan, Indonesia, Scotland, Sicily, Crete, Shanghai, Jamaica, Greece, Ireland, England and so on.

This is our Trans-Atlanic cruise on the Queen Mary II, sailing from South Hampton to New York on May 17th, 2019!

We usually have been doing something for my birthdays but decided it was time to celebrate Virginia's 84th birthday on a cruise also!

This trip goes from Barcelona to Catiz, then to Lisbon Portugal, the Azores Islands and on to Bermuda and ending up in Newark!





    Personnal Travel Agent - Gerard Ramos - Vacations to Go


Gerard Gerard has been our travel agent for many years as we have cruised around the world to the Caribbean, the Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, the South Pacific and more cruises.

He is is so helpful and responds quickly to questions one might have about traveling, especially in a time of uncertainty as far as Covid is concerned.

Gerard Ramos

Master Cruise Counselor

Vacations To Go

gramos@vacationstogo.com

My office hours: Tue-Sat: 8am-5pm (US Central Time)

US and Canada: 1-800-338-4962 ext. 7487

Feel free to tell Gerard you viewed his business as a travel agent on my website.




    Trips Around the World


Check out the photos of us as we traveled around the world!


Chuck & Virginia's World Wide Photos..............




   Places Chuck has Visited


You might be interested in seeing the many places I have traveled to over the years. Can you imagine growing up on a farm in the 1940's, wondering if I would ever leave the farm? Ever see the ocean or exotic lands? Well, yes I have! Who would have guessed that!

Chucks World Travels




   Virginia's 84th Birthday Cruise with Friends


Virginia wants to go on a cruise featuring fine dining on the Mediteraneum and the Atlantic Ocean for her 84th birthday in October of 2022! She said "We keep going on trips to celebrate Chuck's birthdays, so it is time for my birthday celebration!"

We have been talking to our friend LaVerne and she told me she thought if I Virginia, LaVerne, Jean & Chuck's Harem! was going on the cruise, she would have someone to take the tours with, she is only 96 years young!

Here all of us are together 42 days before the cruise. On the left is Virginia, behind me is LaVerne, on the right is Jean Elizabeth Bramer and in the middle is Chuck and his Harem!

Jean Elizabeth Bramer, will be LaVerne's cabin companion, and their cabin is three doors down from us, Virginia and Chuck's cabin. So far, four of us will be going! The party is getting bigger!

We will leave Barcelona, visit Malaga & Cadiz Spain, Lisbon Portugal, and the Azores Islands.



Virginia's 84th Birthday

Virginia's 84th Birthday Virginia's 84th Birthday


Virginia's 84th Birthday Virginia's 84th Birthday

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  Covid Testing before Boarding the Ship - Chuck's Various Vaccinations this Year


Vaccinations Plus Vaccinations Plus

Instructions from the Celebrity Website and our Home Test Kit. Letter from the Travel Agent as to Testing Requirements.


Vaccinations Plus Vaccinations Plus

Four Vaccinations so far on September 2022. Fifth Booster Vaccination for Covid-19 on September 29th, 2022.

Vaccinations Plus Vaccinations Plus

I received my Monkey Pox Vaccination from the City of San Francisco Mayor's Office in the middle of September, 2022.


Vaccinations Plus Vaccinations Plus

Flu Vaccinations Shingles Vaccination


  Celebrity Beyond Cruise Ship

Joining Celebrity as the third ship in the Edge series, the Celebrity Beyond boasts an revolutionary design to enhance each guest experience at sea. It has a capacity of 3,260 passengers (double occupancy), and was built in 2018. Launched in 2021. Maiden voyage in April 22nd, 2022. Celebrity Beyond The new two-story Sunset Bar and a redesigned Rooftop Garden brings you closer than ever to the water's edge.

Young travelers can experience a new adventure every day with Camp at Sea, while adults enjoy a moment of relaxation in the SEA Thermal Suite or the adults-only Solarium. Grab a quick bite to eat at Eden Cafe, or indulge in fine dining at the Cosmopolitan Restaurant. Guests will find plenty of dining options onboard to satisfy each taste.

The ship offers many options for entertainment as well. Visit the Theatre for live entertainment where the lines between audience and performance are blurred, or take a stroll through the three-story Grand Plaza. The Magic Carpet also offers multi-level entertainment with breathtaking views as you soar up to thirteen stories above sea level.

At the end of each exciting day, guests can retire in comfort to one of the luxurious accommodations found on the Beyond, ranging from Single Staterooms to the indulgent Panoramic Ocean View Staterooms.



   Spain & Portugal Weather in October

We will be sailing in the middle of October to the Azores and Bermuda so it looks like the weather may be perfect for us, around 70 degrees F. I checked the weather in October and it is the same for Spain and Portugal!

Spain/Portugal Weather






  History of Malaga

Malaga is one of the oldest cities in the world with close to three thousand years of history.

The Phoenicians originally founded a commercial center here in early 7C BC, which they named Malaca. The name is most probably derived from the word Malac - to salt. The Greeks and Carthaginians were briefly present and further established Malaca as a trading post. In 3C BC the Romans conquered the city and a created a colony that was federated to Rome until AD81, whereupon it attained the status of a Roman municipality. The city was renamed Flavia Malacita and quickly grew in importance, with the port used to export oil, raisins, wine and salted fish and meat. Malaga's port and the Roman amphitheatre were constructed during this time.

Following the Moorish conquest - 714-716 - the city came under the jurisdiction of the Caliphate of Cordoba. With the rise and fall of various Muslim dynasties, the city eventually fell under the control of the Nasrids, in Granada. Malaga became the main port and the city was called Mālaqah. Enjoying great prosperity during this period, mainly due to the development of it's textile industry. The fortress - the Alcazaba was built in 11C and in 14C the Gibralfaro fortress was rebuilt and extended by Yusif I.

It took close to a hundred years before the Christians managed to re-conquer the city. Finally doing so in 1487. The new port was built and with the liberalisation of trade with the Americas, Malaga prospered. Between 1810 and 1812 the city fell into the hands of the French. Another important and sad event in Malaga's history was the execution of General Torrijos and his companions in 1831 (remembered by the monument in Plaza de Merced named after him).

The 1950s were the beginnings of new era for Malaga and the Costa del Sol. Tourism was just beginning to take hold and proving to be an invaluable injection into the local economy. Wandering around Malaga today is like walking around an open air museum with Phoenician, Roman, Moorish and Christian influences. This rich artistic heritage has placed Malaga firmly on the map as the cultural tourist destination for 2014.




  Malaga - Costa del Sol & Picasso Museum - October 14, 2022 - Day 3


Photos of Malaga Spain

Experience a cultural journey that takes you back in time as you explore the museum of the famous painter Picasso and stroll through the city of Malaga on this guided tour. You'll get a full day exploring the famous cosmopolitan Costa del Sol capital of Malaga, where you'll explore famous sites like the Picasso Museum, the Roman Theatre and the Alcazaba. You'll also get an expert tour guide, who will take you to visit the Cathedral and the Atarzanas market along Calle Larios, where you can partake in the delicious cuisine about town with a small group. It's the perfect excursion for cultural connoisseurs and art enthusiasts to see some of Malaga's famed sights.

Start your small-group tour exploring Picasso's hometown of Malaga-the capital of Costa del Sol. Thanks to its strategic location against the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and its subtropical climate, Malaga attracts over one million tourists each year and is regarded as one of Spain's top cities for a high quality of life. Your expert guide will take you to explore the well-preserved Alcazaba that served as a fortress for the city and see remnants of ancient Roman civilization at the Roman Theater. Next, head up to the Jewish Quarters, where you'll find a public square that served as the center of this part of town during Medieval times. Follow your guide to see the iconic La Manquita - the Roman Catholic Cathedral that stands nearly 300 feet tall and offers spectacular views of architectural excellence that depicts characterized by Renaissance-style structures.

Head to Malaga's most popular street - Calle Larios, where you'll explore the Atarazanas market. Here, you'll get to see a cornucopia of local cuisine, from fresh fruit to paella to large prawn. Wrap up your tour with a visit to the iconic Picasso Museum before heading back to your pier. This museum honors the memory of the famous painter and Malaga native Pablo Picasso with its collection of ceramics, paintings, sketches and other art pieces from the famed artist, which makes it a must-see for any art enthusiast.

Experiencing Malaga's culture and historical roots with a small group is easy when this guided walking tour. See the Picasso Museum and more for an unforgettable time in Malaga and sign up for this exciting excursion today!


  Photos of Malaga - October 14, 2022 - Day 3


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  History of Cadiz

Cadiz is named after Neptune's son and built between Hercules' pillars, history and mythology are more closely linked in Cadiz than in any other city in Spain. Cruise to Cadiz Its origins date back 3500 years. Cadiz, the oldest city in the Western world, plays an important role in Greek mythology. Some legends speak of the fatal encounter between Hercules and King Gerion, situating it in Cadiz (called Gadeira and Erytheia): Hercules killed the three-bodied winged giant shooting an arrow at the joint of the three bodies. Cadiz itself is one of the \'Twelve Labours of Hercules\', that is, the separation of Europe from Africa.

The city of Cadiz was founded in 1100 B.C. by Phoenician sailors over the ruins of the one that the people of Tyre had built. They built a port and a temple, where supposedly Hercules´ashes were kept. Hercules presence survives to this day in the city's coat of arms where he stands between the pillars that announced the end of the world.

Cadiz began to grow from the 14th century onwards, reaching its golden age in the 18th century due to its position as the centre of sea routes and commercial trade. The importance of trade with the Americas was such that Cadiz monopolized all trade within Spain. Today, this past is still visible in its architecture; Cadiz reminds us of the typical colonial town: long and narrow streets, sunny squares, and magic gardens.

Later, in the 17th and 18th centuries, Cadiz became a fortified town in order to resiszt the repeated naval attacks perpetrated by the English. It was during this period that Cadiz enjoyed its most fruitful economic growth, monopolizing trade with the Americas and forming bridgehead both culturally and politically with the New World. Cadiz bravely resisted the Napoleonic invasion from behind its ancient walls, and it was here that, in the Church of San Felipe Neri, the very first Spanish Constitution was signed.

Between the years 1810 and 1813, during the Napoleonic occupation, Cadiz became the capital of Spain. With the loss of the Spanish colonies in America, Cadiz also experienced a loss in relevance in national affairs.

This three thousand years old city invites you to wander and relax through its beautiful narrow streets, finding along your way squares, small palaces and stately buildings. Its cathedral, Caleta Beach, typical barrios such as La Viña or Santa Maria are some of the places that make Cadiz not only the oldest city in the West, but also one of the most beautiful.




 Tour White Villages and Countryside - October 15, 2022


Photos in Spain

Discover a more tranquil side of Spain on a tour of the Andalusian countryside. After sightseeing in Cadiz, you'll drive to Vejer de la Frontera, a seaside town of cobbled streets, charming shops, and perfect beaches. Continue along the coast to Trafalgar Cape for a photo stop at the historic lighthouse. Then, make your way to Conil de la Frontera, a typical Andalusian resort town nestled between two pine forests overlooking the Mediterranean. CD36 This tour is provided by an operator that has been third-party certified to meet the Global Sustainable Tourism Council's Criteria for Tour Operators.

Highlights

Tour the best of Cadiz and venture outside the city to explore the Spanish countryside. Visit Vejer de la Frontera, a village of whitewashed homes, narrow boulevards and sensational beaches.

Important details and advisements

  • Photo stop at Trafalgar Cape is not guaranteed.
  • Guest must be able to walk approximately one mile over even surfaces, inclines and a few steps.
  • Time permitting, guests will have about 30 minutes of free time for shopping and browsing.


 Photos of Cadiz and the White Villages and Countryside - October 15, 2022 - Day 4


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   Chuck's View from the 28th Floor

San Francisco View


Returning to San Francisco from (SFO) the San Francisco International Airport.




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