While it's raining and cold in Virginia, it's sunny and 70 degrees in Lisbon and Spain, where we spent fourteen days.  

Lisbon is a busy, energetic port while Barcelona is grand, extravagant, boisterous and very tasty.  

In between those places, we sailed on Windstar Cruise's Wind Surf and luxuriated in a James Beard Foundation-food and AKAWineGeek.com gourmet travel experience.  There was much food and wine and sightseeing at Spanish ports (Ibiza, Almeria, Tarragona, Malaga, Tangier).

There was also photography.