Photos from our memorable trip to southern Europe……April, May of 2016

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My wife Sue Hayakawa inside the train from Lisbon, Portugal to Madrid, Spain
– May 19, 2016….around 10 p.m……it was the only night train going from Lisbon to Madrid…it left Lisbon at 9:30 p.m. and arrived at 8:30 a.m. in Madrid, a long ride.

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Our final day in Lisbon, Portugal
– May 19, 2016…near Oriente train station

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Our final day in Lisbon, Portugal
– May 19, 2016…near Oriente train station…photo by my wife Sue Hayakawa

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May 17, 2016
with the “Discoveries Monument” in background
– Lisboa, Portugal

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May 17, 2016
Sue Hayakawa inside the courtyard of the Jeronomos (Hieronymites) Monastery in Lisboa, Portugal

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Walking down a narrow street in the old Alfama section of Lisboa, Portugal.
May 16, 2016….photo by my wife Sue Hayakawa

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My wife Sue Hayakawa in Lisboa, Portugal
May 16, 2016…the beautiful tiles in the walls were quite impressive
(photo by yours truly)

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May 16, 2016
The Rossio Plaza in Lisboa, Portugal
(Photo by Sue Hayakawa)

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May 15, 2016
in Lisboa, Portugal
– view of part of the city from the castle
(photo by my wife Sue Hayakawa)

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We miss you all….we will be coming back to good ‘ol New Mexico, U.S.A. on May 25, 2016….we will post just a few more photos in the next few days.
We started our trip first in Rome, then to Naples, back to Rome, then to Genova, then to Marseille, then to Aix-en-Provence, back to Marseille, then to Barcelona, then to Madrid, then to Jaen, then to Granada, then to Sevilla, then to Faro, then to Lisbon, then back to Madrid. We used trains and buses while we were traveling.
It was very scary but exciting because we made the plans of travel as we went along and just “played by ear” where to go next. It was such a great learning experience for us with lots of unexpected “happenings”. But we enjoyed it.

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May 15, 2016
in Lisboa, Portugal
My wife Sue Hayakawa in front of the Campo Pequeno Bullring

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May 15, 2016
in Lisboa, Portugal….view of the city in the background.
-taken from the castle by my wife Sue Hayakawa

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The famous ciguenas (white storks) in Faro, Portugal
May 14, 2016….photo by yours truly

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May 13, 2016
My wife Sue Hayakawa in a pretty street in Faro, Portugal.
(photo taken by yours truly)

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May 13, 2016
In Faro, Portugal
A reunion with Mrs. Gloria Viegas Ocasio, our friend Josefa’s mother…Mrs. Gloria Viegas Ocasio resides in Sao Bras, near Faro. (Josefa is one of our friends at the Meadowlark Senior Center in Rio Rancho, New Mexico)…..one of the best salmon dishes we have ever eaten anywhere!

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May 12, 2016
My wife Sue Hayakawa inside the Igreja do Carmo (Church) in Faro, Portugal

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Inside the Capela dos Ossos (Chapel of the Bones) annex at the Igreja do Carmo (Church) in Faro, Portugal.
May 12, 2016….photo by yours truly.
The chapel was built from the skulls of over 1,000 Carmelite monks as a blackly reverent reminder of earthly impermanence. They were exhumed from the nearby church cemetery when the ossuary was built in 1826.

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Igreja do Carmo (Church) in Faro, Portugal.
May 12, 2016…..photo by my wife Sue Hayakawa

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May 10, 2016
Close-up of the statue of the samurai in Coria Del Rio, south of Sevilla, Spain.
Close to a thousand descendants of six Japanese samurai live.
The samurai were part of the first official envoy to Spain in early 17th Century.
The six samurai decided to stay in this town and married the locals.
There are close to a 1,000 Spanish folks in this town who have the surname Japon, such as Manuel Juan Japon, Maria Josefina Japon, etc., etc…..but today they all look like regular Spanish folks

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May 10, 2016
My wife Sue Hayakawa in front of the statue of the samurai in Coria Del Rio, south of Sevilla, Spain.
Close to a thousand descendants of six Japanese samurai live.
The samurai were part of the first official envoy to Spain in early 17th Century.
The six samurai decided to stay in this town and married the locals.
There are close to a 1,000 Spanish folks in this town who have the surname Japon, such as Manuel Juan Japon, Maria Josefina Japon, etc., etc…..but today they all look like regular Spanish folks

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May 10, 2016
in the small town of Coria Del Rio, south of Sevilla, Spain.
A small local Catholic feast
(photo taken by my wife Sue Hayakawa)
Close to a thousand descendants of six Japanese samurai live.
The samurai were part of the first official envoy to Spain in early 17th Century.
The six samurai decided to stay in this town and married the locals.
There are close to a 1,000 Spanish folks in this town who have the surname Japon, such as Manuel Juan Japon, Maria Josefina Japon, etc., etc…..but today they all look like regular Spanish folks

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May 10, 2016
in front of the statue of the Japanese samurai in Coria del Rio, south of Sevilla, Spain
(photo taken by my wife Sue Hayakawa)
Close to a thousand descendants of six Japanese samurai live.
The samurai were part of the first official envoy to Spain in early 17th Century.
The six samurai decided to stay in this town and married the locals.
There are close to a 1,000 Spanish folks in this town who have the surname Japon, such as Manuel Juan Japon, Maria Josefina Japon, etc., etc…..but today they all look like regular Spanish folks

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May 10, 2016
A visit to the small town of Coria Del Rio, south of Sevilla, Spain where close to a thousand descendants of six Japanese samurai live.
The samurai were part of the first official envoy to Spain in early 17th Century.
The six samurai decided to stay in this town and married the locals.
There are close to a 1,000 Spanish folks in this town who have the surname Japon, such as Manuel Juan Japon, Maria Josefina Japon, etc., etc…..but today they all look like regular Spanish folks
(photo of my wife Sue Hayakawa taken by yours truly at the City Hall of Coria Del Rio)

Please watch this interesting video:
Descendants of 17th Century Japanese samurai in Coria del Rio, a suburb of Sevilla, Spain:

Los japoneses en Coria del Rio (Sevilla):

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May 10, 2016
My wife Sue Hayakawa in front of the tomb of Christopher Columbus inside the Cathedral in Sevilla, Spain

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The altar inside the Cathedral in Sevilla, Spain
May 11, 2016
(photo taken by yours truly)

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at La Muralla in the Macarena area of Sevilla, Spain
May 9, 2016
– a cloudy/rainy day

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Sue and I with the background of the Alhambra in Granada, Spain
May 7, 2016

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Our names, “Norio” and “Sue” in Arabic calligraphy

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May 7, 2016……In Alhambra, Granada, Spain.
Arabic Calligraphy….man charging 2 Euros to write your name in Arabic.
He is now writing our names, Norio and Sue in Arabic calligraphy

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My wife Sue Hayakawa in Alhambra, Granada, Spain
May 6, 2016
(photo by yours truly)

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at the Alhambra in Granada, Spain
May 6, 2016
(photo taken by my wife Sue Hayakawa)

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May 5, 2016
in Jaen, Spain with Spanish Paranormal/Conspiracy Talk Show host Juan Lankamp

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May 4, 2016
in Jaen, Spain with Spanish Paranormal/Conspiracy Talk Show host Juan Lankamp, his mother Ramoni and my wife Sue Hayakawa

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My favorite photo in Spain that I took in our travel so far was the one I took from the castle atop the hill in Jaen….looking down at the beautiful small city in Andalucia on May 5, 2016

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May 5, 2016
at the castle in Jaen, Spain
(photo taken by Spanish Paranormal/Conspiracy Talk Show host Juan Lankamp of Jaen)

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May 4, 2016
with Spanish Paranormal/Conspiracy Talk Show host, Juan Lankamp in the beautiful city of Jaen, Spain

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At least one of the two greatest dreams of my life is now being fulfilled, i.e., a visit to Spain which I have dreamed of for more than 50 years, ever since I was fascinated by the Spanish language when I was a Junior High student in Japan…and now it’s being fulfilled!
– photo taken by my wife on May 3, 2016 in Toledo, Spain
….by the way, the other dream of mine is not only to observe a flying saucer but to have a personal encounter with it and its occupants
(I had this wish since around 1961….this wish has not been fulfilled yet…LOL!!)

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Holy Toledo!….May 3, 2016…temperature 80 degrees
– from Toledo, Spain
(photo by yours truly)

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My wife Sue Hayakawa inside the Plaza Mayor in Madrid, Spain
May 2, 2016
(photo by yours truly)

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in Madrid, Spain
with Spanish author of “Area 51” David Benito and his wife Begonia
May 2, 2016

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in Madrid, Spain
with Spanish author of “Area 51”, David Benito
May 2, 2016

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in Madrid, Spain
May 1, 2016

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in Aix-en-Provence, France
with French scientist Dr. Jean-Francois Gille and his wife Dominique
April 28, 2016

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in Aix-en-Provence, France
With French scientist Dr. Jean-Francois Gille
April 28, 2016
Dr. Gille was one of the eight members of the 1988 Mount Archuleta Expedition which took place northwest of Dulce, New Mexico, U.S.A.

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in Marseille, France, April 28, 2016

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in Pompeii, Italy, April 24, 2016

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in Pompeii, Italy, April 24, 2016

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in Rome, Italy, April 22, 2016

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6 thoughts on “Photos from our memorable trip to southern Europe……April, May of 2016

  1. What a wonderful trip! I’m so glad both of you took the time to do this. Rose and I both enjoyed the pictures you shared with us. Thank you so much!!

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  2. Wow, sounds like you had an awesome trip! And to go there on your own, without a tour guide, took some guts! I enjoyed all your pictures, especially the ones in Spain, (I didn’t get to go there when I was in Europe!) and that video was facinating! I will have to read up about it, sounds interesting!

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