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Every Picture Tells a Story

Every Picture Tells a Story

TravelQuest’s Expressions of the Past tour has concluded, and our little group has dispersed. But the memories we’ve collected will remain with us forever. It’s (…)

The Great Gaudi

The Great Gaudi

I am utterly gobsmacked; lost for words. My vocabulary is bankrupt. As a writer, this is a disaster. But I can’t help it. I’ve been (…)

Living in the Paleolithic

Living in the Paleolithic

On our Expressions of the Past tour, we’ve been exploring cave art for a number of days. Each cave, and each artistic endeavor, has been (…)

Dating Pre-History

Dating Pre-History

Perhaps one of the most frustrating things about our visits to various caves is the “no photography” rule — you can’t take pictures of the (…)

A Bus With a View

A Bus With a View

I confess that I was torn regarding today’s topic. Our TravelQuest group visited three of my (many) favorite travel spots: a cave with paintings (Lascaux, (…)

Surviving in the Paleolithic

Surviving in the Paleolithic

This evening we had a fabulous duck dinner. On the menu: an appetizer that included duck foie gras, preserved duck in a filo pastry, slices (…)

An Alien Past

An Alien Past

Today in astronomy, exoplanets are all the rage. These are planets, orbiting stars located elsewhere in our galaxy, that we’re finding in extraordinary numbers. It (…)

Field of Dreams

Field of Dreams

When it comes to wines and the making of same, my knowledge is pretty basic. But our guide, Cesar — now there’s a man who (…)

Resurgence

Resurgence

Bilbao was founded as a city-state in the 14th century. While the small city of Vitoria is considered the capital of the autonomous Basque Country (…)

Into the Depths

Into the Depths

In my previous post I said that Cesar, our local guide, summed up the problem with the (otherwise excellent) replica cave in Altamira by saying: (…)

You Always Hurt the One You Love

You Always Hurt the One You Love

The title of this post refers to the song (words by Allan Roberts; music by Doris Fisher) performed by a variety of artists including the (…)

A Spanish Lunch

A Spanish Lunch

You may have heard that lunches (and dinners) in Spain are long, lingering affairs. You heard correctly. After our 2½ hour tour of the López (…)

An Expression of Faith

An Expression of Faith

The idea that your jaw can drop in amazement is somewhat of a cliché, and most writers are urged to avoid the phrase. And yet, (…)

If You’re Ever in Madrid…

If You’re Ever in Madrid…

If you’re ever in Madrid for a frustratingly short period of time and are wondering how to make the most of your almost non-visit, allow (…)

To Spain and France

To Spain and France

In mere moments, our adventure begins as our group gathers in Madrid, the tour’s jumping off point. Most of us are American, though somehow a (…)

The Grand Experiment

The Grand Experiment

Welcome, travelers, to TravelQuest’s “Expressions of the Past” trip blog. On this journey, we are trying a little experiment. Along with our excellent local guide (…)

Expressions of the Past

Expressions of the Past

Travel is a beautiful thing. Travel enhanced by history is even better. But travel combined with historical context, acclaimed art, wine and cuisine? That is (…)

Announcing TQ’s 2014 Tours

Announcing TQ’s 2014 Tours

A new year of adventure is on the horizon again as 2014 brings more extraordinary travels for our TQ guests. Next year, we will proudly take groups (…)