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My October & November – A Spanish & Italian Adventure

December 7, 2017
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I’m cheating this month and combining my October and November Sentence a day challenge together.

I started the challenge of writing a sentence a day back in April .  If you missed my posts for the last few months you can read them here  A sentence a day

On the first week of each month, we link our posts up and can read what everyone has been up to. However I missed October because we were having our Spanish Adventure.  So I thought I would combine my October and November antics in one post.

Writing a sentence a day for a month is short and sweet and can be a pertinent reminder of all the good things and perhaps not so good things that happen in life.  BUT, as I’m combining two months I’m going to cheat and summarize.

A Spanish Adventure & Christmas preparations

October was such a wonderful time for my husband and I.  As part of my 60th birthday celebrations, we had planned a 5 week holiday to London, Portual, Spain and Italy.  Although it was hectic we saw so much and had some quality time together discovering these amazing places.  I will be sharing more in-depth posts about the places we visited in coming posts.  So here is a quick summary as a teaser….

October 1 – 4

Arrived in London late afternoon, coach ride to our hotel, early dinner and bed after travelling 26 hours.  The next day we wandered through London taking in the sights of St james’ Park and Buckingham Palace, Westminster, Big Ben.

We took the opportunity to visit Warwick Castle, Stratford Upon Avon and Oxford the famous university town.

Warwick Castle

Another day discovering London with a visit to the Tower of London and wandering through the streets back to a late pub lunch near our hotel.

October 5 – 16

Leaving London we flew to Lisbon, Portugal to start our Spanish Adventure.  We would commence with a 12 day bus tour with Gate 1 Travel visiting Lisbon, Seville, Costa del Sol, Toledo and Granada and finishing in Madrid.  We had never done a coach tour before and it was pretty full on.  The plus side was not having to carry our bags and we met some wonderful people.


October 17 – 20

We discovered Barcelona on our own for a few days and I also discovered that their wine glasses are huge!  I loved the food and of course the Sangri.

October 20 – 27

Then it was off on a 7 day cruise to France, Italy, & Malta with MSC Cruises.  Relaxation at last.  The highlights were Sicily where we actually saw a snow capped Mt Etna and Malta which we never really knew much about, but was certainly a pleasant surprise.

October 27 – 30

Returning to Barcelona for a few nights and were in this beautiful city when history was made and the Catalonian Government declared Catalonia an independent state.  It was short lived as the Spanish Government over-ruled this decision.  Interesting times ahead.


October 31 – November 4

We then headed to Naples to visit my husband’s aunt and cousins.  Whilst in Naples, we had a wonderful day in Capri and the gods were with us all the way.  The weather was perfect and we even managed to take a boat tour around the island and of course into the Blue Grotto.

November 5 – 30 – Gratitude and Getting back to Normality

The trip was everything we had hoped for but we were also glad to come home on 6th November.  I missed my grandson, Ethan in particular, so it was lovely to start back to my regular Wednesday catch ups with him.

November started very slowly as we were recovering from the long flight from Rome to Brisbane.  I found it hard to settle back into normal life as we all do I suppose after a wonderful holiday.

On the blog my focus was all about Gratitude and I had some wonderful guest writers for The Gratitude Series.  I’d love you to catch up on their thoughts HERE if you missed my series.

I also participated Share the Dignity’s #itsinthebag campaign where you fill a handbag with toiletries and sanitary items.  These are then distributed to women in crisis.  A wonderful charity which you can read more about HERE.

Wednesday catchups with my darling Grandson have been a joy and at 3.5 he is very excited about Christmas this year.

It was so great to catchup with my main little man and his bestie.


The last week of November has been full of preparations for Christmas.  We spent a few days at the Coast and started our Christmas shopping for the grandchildren.

I put up my Christmas tree early because I was in the mood & helped with the Christmas decorating at my MIL aged care home.

My MIL helping to decorate at her aged care home

I finished the month attending the School Gala Concert of my two eldest Grandchildren.

My October and November seem like a whirlwind and I can’t see it stopping until after Christmas.  However I love my life and I really wouldn’t have it any other way.


So I am now officially caught up on this challenge, even though I modified it a little.  I hope you enjoyed reading what I got up to over the last two months.

What has the rest of the year in store for me? We will be enjoying a Christmas, family time and escaping to our  ‘other’ home on the Gold Coast at the end of December.

Why not try this challenge for December?  It is surprising what you might write over the course of the month and it is fun reading.  You can then link up and read other posts from those taking the challenge.

Don’t forget to read some of the other posts that have been linked up below.

Let’s Keep Sizzling!

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  • Reply Lea December 8, 2017 at 00:48

    What a wonderful trip! The pictures brought back beautiful memories of our trips to Europe.
    May I ask your impressions of your MSC cruise? ( no obligation to do so) This is the exact cruise I’m eyeing after our week in Naples next year. Thank you.
    (Just the thought of the long hours in flight from Australia, oh my!!!)

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 8, 2017 at 07:37

      Hi Lea! Yes it was fabulous. We have cruised with MSC before and they are really good value and less expensive than other cruise lines. This time, however, we didn’t realize we were on one of the new super liners which had 5,100 people on board. They can carry 5,600! Our balcony cabin was lovely, the entertainment superb in fact the best I’ve seen and I’ve cruised with other lines before and the tours were well organised. Downside, most of the passengers were families, Italian, Spanish or French so you need to be happy for their exhuberant personalities. My husband was born in Italy so that was fine because he speaks Italian and I have a limited vocabulary. The only other thing is because they cruise mainly Europe/Mediterranean each message is broadcast in English, Italian, French and German. In saying all of that I would use them again. Hope that helps! Yes living on the other side of the world in Australia travelling to Europe is a long haul flight but so worth it and we are a long time dead so a little jetlag is nothing compared to the wonderful experiences we have had. x

  • Reply Natalie December 8, 2017 at 02:53

    Wonderful recap of your October and November, Sue. Thanks for sharing this. Have a fabulous December!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 8, 2017 at 07:31

      Thanks Natalie! At least I am caught up now and I could share my October trip with everyone. You have a wonderful December too and look forward to reading about it. Have a great weekend! x

  • Reply Debbie December 8, 2017 at 06:34

    I love this way of capturing the month (or months in your case) and reading about your fantastic adventures! What a great time you’ve had and your trip looks and sounds just delightful. It’s such fun when we connect with others in these posts.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 8, 2017 at 07:31

      Well I did cheat Debbie because I wasn’t quite ready for the last one as we hadn’t returned from the holiday. I really wanted to share my October with everyone so thought a combined one was a good idea. Now I’m up to date. It is great to see what everyone has been up to. Have a lovely weekend, my friend. xx

  • Reply jodie filogomo December 8, 2017 at 06:50

    What an incredible trip you had Sue!!
    It was so fun to see your goings on even on FB!! I can’t wait to read more about it!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 8, 2017 at 07:30

      Thanks Jodie it certainly was full on but we had a fabulous time. Now back and in preparations for Christmas, the holiday seems like a distant memory! Have a lovely weekend xx

  • Reply Jamie Moore December 8, 2017 at 13:31

    Oh, all these travel photos!!! I love it!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 9, 2017 at 09:13

      I know Jamie I wanted to be back there when I was writing this post! Have a fabulous weekend xx

  • Reply Michele December 9, 2017 at 06:54

    I am just drooling looking at these pictures and reading about your adventures. i hope that once my husband retires we can take a similar trip!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 9, 2017 at 09:12

      Oh you must Michele! We have visited Europe several times but never Spain and it was always on our bucket list. I’m not sure about coach tours they have pros and cons but we had a fabulous time and it was a wonderful experience. I’m pleased you enjoyed the photos. Have a lovely weekend. xx

  • Reply Donna December 9, 2017 at 09:56

    Your Spanish Adventure looks and sounds amazing, Sue. And your Christmas inspiration has once again giving me a well-needed nudge. Thank you for sharing this!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 10, 2017 at 11:46

      It was a wonderful trip Donna and wish I had documented like you did with your Camino Walk. Perhaps I’ll write some belated posts next year. Have a fabulous weekend my friend. x

  • Reply amy December 10, 2017 at 01:08

    Your October vacation looks amazing! Wow! I can’t even imagine taking a trip like that! Happy Belated Birthday!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 10, 2017 at 11:44

      Thanks Amy! I feel very grateful to have been able to experience such a wonderful holiday – it was magic! Thanks for the good wishes for my birthday as well. xx

  • Reply Elise Ho December 10, 2017 at 09:02

    It looks as if you have had a great deal of fun. Perhaps I will join this sentence a day challenge in January. Will it still be running?

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 10, 2017 at 11:48

      Oh yes we would love to have you Elise! I think it usually publishes around first Thursday of the month but check my blog and link up when you see it. x

    • Reply Leslie Clingan December 11, 2017 at 08:03

      Fabulous job combining your SaD posts for October and November. I know you have traveled a great deal as have I this fall. I appreciate your ‘return to normalcy’. I am so hoping to have a nice catch-up week at home.

      Followed your link to the post about Share the Dignity. Going to see if we have a similar charity here. I have thought of our soldiers needing feminine toiletries but had never thought of women in crisis needing the same things. Thank you for opening my eyes.

      Glad to see your MIL’s broad smile as she helped with the holiday decorating. You are a fabulous DIL. I need to up my game and am going to do that, following your good lead.

      • Reply Sue Loncaric December 11, 2017 at 09:11

        Well I couldn’t not mention my trip and I had missed October!! It was cheating but I’ll be back to normal for December SaD. MIL runs the place LOL:) It is lovely to see her smiling as this time last year we didn’t think she would see 2017! Now I’m thinking about her 100th in 9 years time because I’m sure she will still be going strong!

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