March 2017 Travel to Spain

We traveled to Spain for our Area Conference this year.

The conference included organizational meetings, services (with two great couples from America that ministered to us), time visiting with colleagues, and relaxation away from ministry!

A summary of our travels there:
Taxi to Krivoy Rog train station
Train to Kiev train station
Bus to Kiev (Boryspil) International Airport
Plane to Paris (CDG) International Airport
Plane to Madrid International Airport
Shuttle bus to different terminal
Train to Madrid's Atocha train station
Taxi to hotel
Taxi to Madrid's Atocha train station
Train to Malaga
Shuttle van to Marabella and our hotel

Reverse the process and that is how we traveled home, except we had colleagues pick us up from the airport in Kiev, we spent the night and part of the day with them, and then they took us to the train station in Kiev for the last leg of our journey.

We hope you enjoy these pictures of our travels!

After we arrived at our hotel in Marabella (on the Mediterranean Sea), we walked to a nearby restaurant and took a few pictures on the way.

Denise enjoyed time shopping with the ladies...

She did buy several things, but had to take a picture with one of the sellers and his tiny chihuahua

While Denise was doing that, Phil went fishing and enjoyed this view from the boat!

The rock (land) on the left is the Rock of Gibraltar (part of Great Britain), while the land on the right is southwest coast of Spain

Phil was in the Mediterranean Sea looking towards the Atlantic Ocean. It is hard to make out in the distance, but...the land on the left is Morocco, North Africa, the rock in the center is the Rock of Gibraltar, the water in between is the Strait of Gibraltar (which is only 8 miles wide), and again the land on the right is Spain

Denise and Phil walked on the beach one afternoon. The water was still cold and the weather was cool most days we were there.

Hope was usually with the youth, but the last evening in Marabella, we ate supper together.

Denise wanted a selfie with the mermaid statue

Great view on the way back to Malaga from Marabella.

What good roads they have in western Europe (unlike in Ukraine)

We took the train between Madrid and Malaga, which traveled at speeds of 250-300 kilometers per hour.

In Madrid, we walked around and took a bus tour. Many buildings are very old and the architecture is so interesting!

Football (Soccer) Stadium for the Real Madrid team

We found a bull in the Madrid airport...

Kissing the bull?  Maybe he wanted flowers like Ferdinand?

And we had time to kill in the Paris airport on the way back home

And we made it back home - safe and sound!