Tommye Fleming

Spoonball

Tommye Fleming


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Former TravelPod Member: spoonball


Joined: May 29th, 2007

From: Saint Louis lives in Saint Louis,MO and Bonita Springs,FL,United States
Favorite Book: Tuesdays with Morrie
Favorite Movie: The Way We Were
Favorite Music: iPod: pop, country, top 20, easy listening, Broadway
Hobbies: travel, golf, scrapbooking, photography, Billiken basketball, Golden Retrievers, iPhone word games, bridge
Languages: pitifully, just English
Bucket List: sleigh ride -- the real thing -- on an old fashioned sleigh behind a team of horses on freshly fallen snow
Profession: Retired
Amazing Event: Photographing Chihuly glass in Missouri Botanical Garden during an ice storm. Awesome.

Description: creative, social, organized/organizer, communicative, dynamic, flamboyant


Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.



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North America » United States » Florida » Orlando November 8th 2016

Geo: 28.5377, -81.3774I awoke before the sun came up and finished editing my photos from the night before. I headed outside before breakfast to take sunny shots of the Grand Floridian property, including the place where the poor child was killed this summer. The "Beware of Alligator" signs are abundant.Before parting, I had decided it was high time my husband experience a character meal. We had paid a significant amount of money for a buffet breakfast at the Marriott Orlando when we were here in May. At the time, I remarked that for just $2 more, we could be having a meal with some classic Disney characters.So at 8:05, we headed into 1900 Park Fare off the GF lobby (that's the address where Mary Poppins was a nanny). We scooped up our breakfast items, including Mickey-shaped ... read more
Mary Poppins at 1900 Park Fare
Bit mad Mad Hatter at 1900 Park Fare
Mad Hatter celebrates my unbirthday

North America » United States » Florida » Orlando November 7th 2016

Geo: 28.5377, -81.3774 I LOVE Christmas and I love Disney. So what's not to like about Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party! I asked my husband, whose enthusiasm for Christmas and Disney no where near matches mine, if he would take me to Disney for just one night as a birthday present. He reluctantly said "yes" because he could see how enthusiastic I was. It wasn’t actually my birthday, but it was my birthday month. Mickey didn’t care. I booked our trip through Debi at Mouse Counselors. After a lot of consideration, I decided to stay at the Grand Floridian, Disney’s top property. I had eaten there before but had never stayed there. It was just one night, and it was a birthday celebration after all. We arrived in Orlando. I had checked in online a few ... read more
Lunch at Homecoming in Disney Springs
Main Street USA
Mickey the Magician -- where's his Santa Suit?

North America » United States » Missouri » Saint Louis October 14th 2016

Geo: 38.6276, -90.199Looking BackFriday, October 14, 2016DAY NINETEENPatrick and I arose at 4 am to be sure we were ready at 5 when the driver was to arrive to take us to the airport. Luckily for us, she was on time and we sailed to the airport. Our pals Barcy and Anne, however, were not so lucky. They ended up with the same driver as ours but she had several runs in between, got caught in traffic and was very late. It stressed them out because they were afraid of missing their flights. The whole driver thing – arranged through Visit Barcelona/Bilbao – was not a pleasant experience for us. Nor was the organization (or lack of organization) of the supplier of tour guides. We are spoiled from traveling with Tauck. And my high expectations of ... read more
Barcelona on a sunny day: not my photo
Barcelona on a sunny day: not my photo
Barcelona on a sunny day: not my photo

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona October 13th 2016

Geo: 41.3879, 2.16992A-CHOIRED Taste Thursday, October 13, 2016 DAY EIGHTEENToday we were scheduled for a five-hour tour to Monserrat, a multi-peaked mountain not far from Barcelona. It is home to one of the most popular pilgrimage destinations in Spain: the Shrine of Our Lady of Montserrat. Since the 12th century, pilgrims have been drawn to the miraculous statue of the Black Madonna (La Moreneta). According to Catholic tradition, the statue of the Black Virgin of Montserrat was carved by St. Luke around 50 AD and brought to Spain. It was later hidden from the Moors in a cave, where it was rediscovered in 880 AD. According to the legend of the discovery, the statue was discovered by shepherds. They saw a bright light and heard heavenly music that eventually led them to the grotto and the ... read more
Black Madonna
Montserrat Boys Choir sings at the Basilica daily
Montserrat village

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona October 12th 2016

Geo: 41.3879, 2.16992I love "Gaudi" things!Wednesday, October 12, 2016DAY SEVENTEENToday was all things Gaudi.Our guide Anna and driver Jordi took us first to Casa Batllo, the Gaudi-designed residence with the wild façade. It is covered with mosaic tiles, and is crowned with a roof that resembles a reptile. In 1904 Antoni Gaudí was commissioned to remodel the building; he gave all rooms ample curves, so that there are no right angles throughout the house. It is fascinating. Anna took time to explain the other homes on that “row” and the fact that the neighborhood was already chichi, overlooking a park, before Gaudi and others were commissioned to do the facelift.We then moved to Casa Milà (La Pedrera), an apartment building with wave-like walls and huge chimneys. Nowadays it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Toda... read more
National Spain Day
Park Guell visitors
Park Guell

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona October 11th 2016

Geo: 41.3879, 2.16992To Market, To MarketTuesday, October 11, 2016DAY SIXTEEN Following breakfast at our hotel in Madrid, we took the limo that Tauck includes on final day but instead of heading to the airport, we headed to the train station. We were on our own.First up, we had to find the kiosk in the station. We weren't moving that quickly as we all had multiple bags in tow. Beverly Hillbillies comes to mind. We found the kiosks, pushed the British flag and it converted all the directions to English. Patrick entered the ID number for our tickets and the machine quickly printed our bar-coded boarding passes. It turns out that folks had printed paper similar to ours that we think might have been enough to use to board; others had apps on their cell phones which ... read more
La Boqueria Fruit
La Boqueria Tomatoes
La Rambla

Europe » Spain October 10th 2016

Geo: 39.8568, -4.02448Toledo, Spain is NOT like being in Toledo, OhioMonday, October 10, 2016DAY FIFTEEN"Saturday night in Toledo, Ohio is like being nowhere at all. All through the day how the hours rush by, you sit in the park and you watch the grass die."--John DenverI always thought the lyrcs to John Denver's “Toledo, Ohio” were quite clever. Today we visited the Ohio city's sister city: Toledo, Spain. And it's like being everywhere. In fact, there's a street named “Calle de Toledo de Ohio.”We traveled out of Madrid by bus this morning, headed to the ancient city set on a hill above the plains of central Spain. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986 for its extensive cultural heritage and historical co-existence of Christian, Muslim and Jewish cultures.First up was a drive ... read more
Cathedral of Toledo
Tauck group in front of Toledo skyline
PJA & me in Toledo, Spain

Europe » Spain October 9th 2016

Geo: 40.4167, -3.70327Goya's Not My GuySunday, October 9, 2016DAY FOURTEENThis morning we went to Mass at Basílica de Jesús de Medinaceli, a block from the hotel. Pope Paul VI elevated the church to minor basilica in 1973. There were several beautiful side altars, but on the whole, this was a simpler church than most we have experienced this trip.At 9:45, we met our guide for a tour of Madrid's Prado Museum. Originally built to house the Natural History Museum, the building was repurposed as the new Royal Museum of Paintings and Sculptures at the direction of King Ferdinand VII, encouraged by his wife Queen Maria Isabel. The Prado features the world's finest collection of Spanish art. The numerous works by Francisco de Goya, the single most extensively represented artist, as well as by Diego Velázquez, El ... read more
Retiro Park Alphonso XII Monument
Dinner group at La Barraca
Entrance to Retiro Park, Madrid's city park

Europe » Spain October 8th 2016

Geo: 40.4167, -3.70327Don QuixoteSaturday, October 8, 2016DAY THIRTEENThis morning we headed to our final Tauck destination: Madrid. We took the AVE train in Preferente class for a rail journey (1 hour and 45 minutes) from Cordoba to Madrid, while Antonio, our Tauck bus driver, drove the luggage in our coach (6 hours) to the Westin Palace in Madrid. We bid him farewell in Cordoba, as we have local transportation in the nation's capital.We were met in Madrid and shown the city's sights. First up was a stop at Plaza de España and its monument to Spanish novelist, poet and playwright Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. It includes a stone sculpture of Cervantes, which overlooks bronze sculptures of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.We were whisked through the Bourbon area, a district of gardens that includes the Prado Museum, ... read more
Royal Palace of Madrid
Plaza Mayor
 La Botilleria del Cafe de Oriente lunch

Europe » Spain » Andalusia October 7th 2016

Geo: 37.8864, -4.77683Candy CanesDAY TWELVEFriday, October 7, 2016Today we traveled from Granada to Cordoba. We got to sleep in a little because the trip wasn't as lengthy but we had two events that made an otherwise uneventful transfer a little more exciting. As we pulled out of Granada, one of the participants remembered their passports were still in the hotel safe. So back we went. Perhaps the stress of that, perhaps the rocky road, perhaps the virus that has been making its way through the crowd, but he went down for the count.Then as we pulled into Cordoba, the Tauck bus had an encounter with a small red car that ran into the bus as it made its wide turn into a narrow street. The guy's bumper was dragging, so that was another thrill.On the way ... read more
Candy cane lane
Cordoba Old Quarter illuminated at night
Me and the olives




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