Wednesday, February 11, 2015
My Alphabe-Thursday (5th), the letter "M" — Some places I've been starting with "M"
- States: (I've been to all 50)
Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana
- Large Cities over 100,000 population I've liked:
Manchester, NH (I lived here for three years in the early 60's)
Memphis, TN (my 2012 blog post)
Montgomery, AL (our car windshield wipers broke, I fixed in a park)
Montgomery, TX (not 100,000, more like 676--we live outside town)
So, here goes:
Madrid, Spain -- Been there several times. The first time we went our oldest grand-daughter, Megan, had turned 16 and was traveling with us. On that trip we drove from Paris up to Normandy, France down through France, Spain, Gibraltar, and back to Albacete, Spain, where we turned the car in. We had no advance reservations and at a few places it took us quite a while to find a place to sleep. We always did, but I think it made Megan a bit uneasy. Madrid was one of those places.
Melbourne, Australia -- Not a pleasant town for older tourists, city information center people were of no help and seemed annoyed at us. We were there for a day in 2013 as a stop of our Princess cruise ship.
More than half of my Russia posts talked and showed Moscow (link).
We went day and night. As we had a Russian Visa we could have gone out on our own except that Viking had made provisions to fill our time very nicely.
That last one, the airport experience, I had gone through Security and remembered that I had not mailed a post card I had prepared. So I went back through Security to the mall-like airport, mailed the card, but came back to the wrong terminal. Then I couldn't find where I should have before departure time.
The pilot waited the plane for me but he embarrassed me really bad. He said over the loud speaker that it was a shame we had to delay departure, 300 plus people waiting for one late man. I was glad to be on the plane and also was glad that Mrs. Jim didn't get lost in the airport looking for me, but rather stayed close.
Oh yes, those were the days before cell phones (and heightened 9/11 prevention Security).