timistravels

My job allows me to visit a lot of Alaska on a yearly basis. I wanted to capture the trips in one location!

Visited 5 countries in 27 days; the numbers! (Mostly Spain and Paris)

on January 11, 2015

DAYS
20 days in Spain
4 days in Paris
A day each in Andorra, Portugal, and Gibraltar

TOURED
Toured 5 palaces
Drove 4178 k’s or 2611 miles
According to the Fitbit we walked 137 miles
Toured 12 Cathedrals (and saw 1000’s of churches)
Explored 17 cities
Rode countless metro’s, busses, trains, and even 1 taxi ride
Toured 3 art museums
Took a boat ride on the Mediterranean
Toured a park (yes we paid to enter a city park)
Climbed to the top of 2 towers
Went to 1 flamenco show
Attended the ballet
11 hotels ( + stays with friends a few nights)
2 gigs of data: one in iphone one in iPad mini.
9 flights (Juneau, Seattle, San Francisco, Paris, Madrid, Paris, Houston, Seattle, Juneau)
Countless liters of sangria
3 pairs of Spanish shoes purchased

MONEY
These numbers are pretty accurate
Hotels $700 (the nights in Paris Hilton were free with points)
Tours $400
Driving $1250 (car, tolls, gas, parking AND public transportation, Paris was $150 of this because we stayed out by airport)
Phone/data $30
Flight Paris to/from Madrid $500 (increased because we checked luggage)
Air mileage ticket from Juneau to Paris (free)


Other things we noticed!

It’s hot once you are in the subways!
Spanish language is VERY different from the language spoken in the Catalonia region,
There was NO country check in at Andorra or Portugal border but we had to show passports to enter Gibraltar,
Harry called intermission of the ballet “1/2 time” ,
Saw storks everywhere in southern Spain, also saw hawks, blue herons and several other unidentified birds,
Spaniards LOVE taking their children everywhere, there were 1000’s of baby strollers in all public areas regardless of how crowded it was; all children are also dressed to perfection! ,
There is no such thing as a Kleenex (tissue) or wash clothes in Spain,
Towels in most of our hotels were embroidered with the hotel names,
We enjoyed listening to Podcasts during the road trips,
and, we CAN spend 27 days together AND walk away smiling!

We are SOOOOOO VERY BLESSED!


6 responses to “Visited 5 countries in 27 days; the numbers! (Mostly Spain and Paris)

  1. Steve Bingold says:

    Timi, I was looking at how much money you spent for this vacation..impressive. I’m curious as to what hotels you used. My quick math (20 days at $700) indicates that you spent ~ $35/night on hotels. Where did you stay to get that great rate? What about food? How much do you think you spent on that?

    Steve

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    • timistravels says:

      Steve, thanks for checking this out! We stayed 3 nights on hilton points (free) in Paris. We then stayed a total of 7 nights with Juans family, both coming, going and on NY Eve. So that takes several nights out of the count. We averaged about $65 night we think. We got most hotels on bookings.com. Great site to work with. We are not super high end with hotels but wanted clean room, wifi and parking bc we had a car.

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    • timistravels says:

      Food varied, but I’d say average $35-40 a day (together not each) and that’s probably high. We’d eat light breakfast, fruit, rolls, etc then a late lunch and that was usually it. A few times we went out to dinner but we’d have tapas!

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  2. Steven Bingold says:

    Timi,
    I was looking at how much money you spent for this vacation..impressive. I’m curious as to what hotels you used. My quick math (20 days at $700) indicates that you spent ~ $35/night on hotels. Where did you stay to get that great rate? What about food? How much do you think you spent on that?

    Steve

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  3. Val and Wes Kuhn says:

    Love your notes and info. This was a fun summary. Quite a trip and an ambitious undertaking good thing you had Maui first to have a relaxed trip to prepare for this jaunt. Sounds like you did it all and did it well.

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