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Final report

As the song goes “”The party’s over, it’s time to call the tour….””  close out party was arranged by Bobby J and held on the patio facing Africa & the Rock of Gibraltor clearly visible in the horizon.  This party held on the last day of each tour allows everyone to bring their half bottles, cheese, snacks & whatever you can’t take on the plane to remenisce about the past 19 days and accept the fact that “yes it is over” We then had our final meals by returning to our favourite restaurants.  See you all at BBC and thanks for your interest in the 10 reports dispatched from various parts of our tour. Until I see you at Toronto airport I send  final HUGS & KISSES to E L R S M I  and fellow readers.  zzivio Sent from Samsung tablet

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Report 10?

Anyway report 8, 9, 10 who cares they are being written.Just returned to room and decided to send what may turn out to be final report. A local recommended a Paella restaurant.  34 from our group attended for a dinner of Paella, octopus, pipi which is shrimp baked in scrumptious olive oil and garlic sooooo thick it looks like a geasy soup.  Served with garlic bread and a large spoon,  you fork the shrimp into mouth, then large spoon is used to smother the garlic bread already laden with garlic with the golden flavor of the olive oil and pieces of garlic.  We also had Sea Bream cooked in a manner I cannot explain.  The food in this area was meant for people who enjoy eating.  I’m sorry or should possibly apologize for what appears like I’m bragging but if you like food, fish dis is da place.  This restaurant to some people at first site might scare them off, but in the end foof triumphs all.  Pics attached tlls you all theremis to know.  HUGS AND KISSES TO E, R, L, S, M, I & fellow readers.  zzivio Sent from Samsung tablet

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Update 9 if I count correctly

2 days remain in Marbella.  Last night Hotel treated us with a 65 min high energy Flamenco concert.  Never seen one live before truly enjoyed the performance.   Post concert stayed too late in the bar solving the problems of the world with Jake, Howe, Tait and others who I’ve forgotten!!!  Weather a bit cool but still sunny if one sits in a sheltered area.  Celebrating this eve with a group dinner in honour of Juice’s birthday,  like we need a reason.  In 5 days here never experienced a bad meal.    Hotel breakfasts have any and all types of grub. Attaching a few pics.  HUGS & KISSES  to  E, L, R, S, M, I and readers.   For now zzivio Sent from Samsung tablet

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Report 8

3 days in Malaga and probably the most beautiful place tour has visited. Weather yesterday 24c  today 18c but sunny very hot in the sun.  Jake and I with our spouses and Tait just returned from dinner at La Paella a 40 year old restaurant family owned and run located on the beach.  It is very rustic nothing fancy. But the food oye.  Jake and I had sardines and others had sea bream.  It is cooked by putting the food on skewers upright about  a foot away from an extremely hot fire and one never expect the fisf to cook in this manner but oh so good.  Starters were avocado salad with crisp lettuce etc etc. and a shrimp dish cooked the most delicious olive oil and so much garlic that at first it looked like onions.  Eat the shrimp and spread the oil and garlic on what they call garlic bread, oh my lord, oh well I’ll reread this email tomorrow and probably go back again.  So many great sea food restaurants.  A few pics of our area.  HUS & KISSES to Ethan Lola Ruby Samuel Maeve Iver & other readers.  zzivio Sent from Samsung tablet

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2017 Europe Tour: Babich Blogs – Update 8

4 day river was fantastic and much better than Jake and would have expected.  First class effort by crew etc.  Weather througbout execllent and 3 meals per day well kilos added up.  Open bar service never held anyone back from accessing a beer or glass of vino.  We left the boat at 9am this morning and arrived at our destination Feldkirch at 3pm.  Long drive but very scenic.  Hotel check in followed by a short drive to play thr local Oldies.  1st period terrible down 2 to 0.  In 2nd goals by Darroch & Reiart tied the score.  In 3rd we pulled away with goals by Cosby, Johnston  & Reiart held despite a late last min. by our opponentsmade the final tally 5 to 3 in our favor. Up to their lounge for nosh and beers as well as speeches ended a most fun evening.  This game was particularly emotional for Mike McCauley as his brother Chris played pro in Feldkirch for 1 year and it was imp for our team to do well.  Overall I believe Mike was proud of the effort. It isapproaching 1am and I’m tired and will close off with HUGS & KISSES to my 6 grand kids & fellow readers.  Some views from the boat while cruising the Danube      źzivio

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2017 Europe Tour: Babich Blogs – Update 7

Reports limited due to spotty wifi.  Last day on boat. Yesterday in Vienna on a 9 hour layover. Some walked the city others took tours. Overnight we docked in Melk where some left for a bus and walking tour and others stay on boat and we motor down the Danube to pick them up in Krems.  Rookie party takes place at 3pm. Ship food , bar amenities second to none. Cabins very spacious and comfortable and offer over 190 channels,  but most don’t watch because why waste time in cabin and miss shore scenery.   Tomorrow cruise ends with docking at 7am and on to our final game in Feldkirch.  2 pics attached taken from da boat.  HUGS & KISSES  Ethan Lola Ruby Samuel Maeve Iver & fellow readers   zzivio Sent from Samsung tablet

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2017 Europe Tour: Babich Blogs – Update 6

A very quick note from the river boat DONNA. Just set sail heading to Vienna. We arrive in 16 hours and have 8 hours free time. Then back on board to continue cruise. A few photos att. Hugs and kisses to my beautifil children and readers. zzivio

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2017 Europe Tour: Babich Blogs – Update 5

Free day in Munich. People on previous visits relaxed or returned to ols haunts and new rookies of which there were many made sure to see as much as they could. Lady beverage decided to part ways with me at noon to go shopping leaving me todo as I please. I decided to revisit the local market. This market is 90% food related. I was in dire need of food as breakfast was 4 hours ago I wanted fish as I was porked out. Found this lovely FISCHE MITTE meaning with fish & enjoyed ahealthy fish soup with bottle of mineral water. So darn good I would go back tomorrow but bus picks us up at 11am tuesday and drops us off at the departure point of our Danube river cruise. I write this after an impromptu concert in the hotel lobby bar with Mike McCauley playing his guitar and maximum Ron doing vocals. Full compliment of guests and our group made for an interesting eve. So 4 day river cruise then on to Feldkirch Austria for our final game. If no report until Thursday means no wifi on boat which I doubt. No photos as I forgot my tablet while on walkabout in Munich. I hear bad storm approaching TO. Since we arrived sunny and never below 12c. Hot damn what luck Till next report HUGS & KISSES Ethan Lola Ruby Samuel Maeve & Iver and all other readers. zzivio

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2017 Europe Tour: Babich Blogs – Update 4

Leaving Ritten was so sad. Had a delicious final meal, packed our bags then a wee party and hit the kip.  Sunday morn bus arr on time and saying goodbye to the hosts and others who came to see us off. I told they all came to make sure we were leaving. But not so, as this visit was #7.  Rather autobahn it was suggested we take a slower but more scenic road.  Extremely glad we did, passing thru 2 wealthy lakeside  places that the wealthy live either year round or seasonally.

Arriving in Munich early afternoon then off to Ottobrunn about 29 kms away.

We arr to be greeted by our host explain the program.  All gathered in an enclosed area at one end of the rink.  It held about 50 people max and were greeted by a city official. We were welcomed and served Prosseco, local speciality wine and cakes.

The arena is 45 years old, no rink side seating except for teams and officials and of course change rroms for teams. No roof. There were about 250 onlookers and they

all stood around the top.  The ice surface sits in a type of bowl with grass on all sides. A photo att will give you an idea.

Game ceremonies with National Anthems then game on with 4 on ice officials from German pro leagues. Three 20 min stop time periods. We prevailed 7 to 5. Goals by Darroch 2  Leonard, McKellar, Reiart, cosby & Johnston 1 each.  Post game meal traditional local specialty ??? Tasted great but don’t name.  Copious amounts of a local drink called beer avail.  As Jake said post game speeches OLD BOYS have been touring for over 30 YEARS and we don’t remember better hosts etc.  Playing outdoors had our guys wishing game could have gone on forever.

Anyway being called to get on with report ending as we have to get out take along walk thru Munich.  HUGS & KISSES to Ethan Lola Ruby Samuel Maeve & Iver & of course fellow readers. Till next time auf weidersein  zzivio

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2017 Europe Tour: Babich Blogs – Update 3

Well bags r out awaiting bus. Onto Munich & another game tonight.  Arena in Ottobrunn suburb of Munich.   It is an outdorr facility used by the pro team. No roof but covered stands.  Now to rap up of tourny yesterday covering 3 games. Based on formula lastgame was for championship.  We had to win all 3 segments.  Came short.  Lost 1st period, tied 2nd & won shoot out. Lost the C. By 2 points.  MVP’s selected for each game.  They are  Leonard,  Reiart, Monaghan, Darroch.  MVP for tourny as selected by tourn organizers was Darroch.
All team players were exc. and we as supporters were not disappointed at results.   Blackmore & his alleged bad knee must have been rejuvinated by the hi altitude as his skating was vintage Maximum Ron.
I’m being harrassed to finish as the bus await me.  So sad to leave magnificient mountain area and exceptional food service we rcvd from our hosts.  Karin& Tull proprietors of Hotel Schonblick words cannot express our tks.
Att photo shows the Franchise atop the hochey gear.  So on to Munich. 
CONTINUED HUGS AND KISSES TO MY BEAUTIFUL Ethan Lola Ruby Samuel Maeve Iver and all readers.  Just realized I should ask my children stop having children as the list is longer than the story.   zzivio

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