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    • Day 20

      Barcelona, Spain

      May 12 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 61 °F

      Docked in Barcelona today. Went on a bus tour of some of the highlights. Saw several Gaudi structures. Oh my goodness. Amazing!

      Tomorrow, we disembark and head to a hotel for a couple of nights. Stay tuned for more adventures.

      Did some sightseeing today. We went to a Flamenco dinner show at Tableo de Carmen. My feet hurt now!
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    • Day 4

      Barcelona Morning / Boarding the cruise!

      May 8 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

      This morning the gals took a short walk to see the Cathedral of Barcelona. We then said goodbye to our hotel and made our way to the cruise port where we boarded our home for the next 12 days! We have a view of the castle we visited yesterday from the boat!

      Uncle Kevin was a wimp and couldn’t finish his mojito, so bren took one for the team and double fisted LOL

      Bren will add more photos of the boat to this footprint later ☺️🫡 — ADDED!! we had an amazing dinner on the boat deck as we departed from barcelona, and got to watch a beautiful sunset st sea :)
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    • Day 3

      Barcelona Day 2

      May 7 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

      After Castell de Montjuïc, we went thrift shopping! Then headed back to the hotel and grabbed a drink at the hotel terrace bar.

      After a quick rest, we all got ready for dinner at a STUNNING rooftop restaurant! Our waitor was so nice and gave us blankets to use in case we got cold. Finished our night with another walk around downtown to get some gelato 🥰Read more

    • Day 50

      Parc Güell

      May 20 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      I går mødte vi to danskere som vi kom i snak med. Vi aftalte at tage bussen til Barcelona sammen, og gå til Parc Güell. Hyggeligt med selskab og det er to vældig søde mennesker. På vejen ser vi den ene smukke bygning efter den anden. Vi finder en bar/restaurant med den flotteste indretning og kolde øl. Smal og meget lang, som alle butikker er i byen.
      Da vi kom frem til Parc Güell viste det sig at man ikke længere kan komme ind i parken uden at bestille billetter på forhånd. "I kan købe billetter til på fredag" Det er 4 år siden at det blev ændret. 🧐 Vi havde ellers tjekket op på nettet, hvor der stod at det kun var de guidede ture der skulle bestilles billetter til. Øv øv øv.... Nå men vi kunne se noget af det vi gik glip af, fra vejen af. Vi var bestemt ikke de eneste der var gået forgæves.
      Heldigvis er der masser at se på og vejret var perfekt. En let brise og 24-28 gr. Alle træerne i gaderne gav en dejlig sval fornemmelse når vi går gennem byen.
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    • Day 18

      Now in Barcelona

      April 27 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

      ..and the Spanish adventures begin. slightly sad to leave France, as I feel much more comfortable speaking French, and we love being there, but exciting to arrive here, and Amr always rises to the occasion and is the spokesman, and does so well in being understood and understanding!

      Anyway, our day started by filling in time till the train at 4.28pm…we had a late checkout, so didn’t have to vacate till 2 which was nice, and we wandered about, and went to an area fairly near us, called Antigone, which is a whole district, 37 hectares Wikipedia tells me, which has been built in neo-classical style, and started in the 1970s…it is so unusual, and nice to walk through…there is a big walkway down the middle, like the champs élysé we wiled away the day, and then waited in the station, that process when everyone watches the board to find the platform for the train…ours was an AVE (Spanish TGV) and had started in Lyon, arrived and left exactly on time, and was totally full, as this is Friday and I guess everyone is going somewhere for the weekend.

      Easy 3 hour journey and we arrived about 7.30…Barcelona much more comfortable temperature, we actually feel just right here. Montpellier continued to feel cold, even though that very strong had died down for the last couple of days. So after sitting in the train we decided to walk to the hotel…about 4 kms…it was daylight and our legs needed it!! The walking was good, and we love the wide boulevards of Barcelona and the great buildings, but finding the right road was the only anxiety, and really it was just a straight line basically…but Google kept changing its little tweaks…but we found the hotel, where we had stayed before in 2017, and have a great room with a view of the Sagrada Familia.

      Had a baguette on the train, but went out for a wine and tapas to unwind in a little place just opposite, and now relaxed!
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    • Day 18

      Saturday in Barcelona

      April 27 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      You can’t help loving Barcelona! I must say I wasn’t keen on being in a big city just yet, but the beautiful buildings, wide leafy boulevards just blow you away. Got up leisurely and found a lovely patisserie to have breakfast - a large glass of freshly squeezed orange juice, a yum pastry and a cup of probably the best coffee so far this trip! We will go there tomorrow (hope they’re open on Sundays).

      Then we walked off, no special destination, but went down the road that leads to the arc de triomf, walked in the park there, then went across through the old medieval narrow streets, and visited the cathedral (not Sagrada Familia). Had a wonderful visit…it is a magnificent building, and our ticket allowed entry to the cloisters and up to the rooftop. We can never resist the views from high place, and it was fabulous!

      After that we walked across to La Rambla and joined the crowds there, by this time getting to midday. Went just about down to the sea front, and then back into the markets which were incredibly buzzing and fun, and I felt totally carefree with nothing in my pockets except a tissue, lip balm and the hotel key! Nothing to pick. We sat at one of the stalls and had our favourite pimientos de padron and some grilled asparagus with bread…perfect, and glad we did as found out the market is closed Sundays.

      This is the first day for a while that I haven’t felt just a bit uncomfortably cold….in fact we both rather wished we could have shed a layer. It was just right, and the possible rain showers never eventuated, or so far anyway. As we walked we kept admiring the fabulous buildings and wide streets…varied apartment buildings, fancy balconies, so lovely to walk along. Stopped for a coffee and a ColaCao!! Back in the land of ColaCao - if you ask for a chocolat here they think you want the thick chocolate that you dip churros in - and it’s usually not available anyway…only at churros time.

      After a little downtime and drawing of breath, we set out again, and decided to walk back to the market as we wanted to eat at a Basque restaurant we had loved before, and tomorrow wasn’t possible. On the way Amr spotted an interesting entrance all lit up, and we found ourselves in a rather upmarket, and very hip and happening, area of bars and tapas..el Nacional…so we with a bit of difficulty found 2 seats and had a glass of wine and one small tapa and enjoyed the vibe!

      Made our way to the still busy market and had dinner (really more tapas, true dining doesn’t start here till well after 8)…and we’re a little let down, it was good but the Basque-ness seems to have gone…maybe taken over by non Basques…and now back, walking through the milling throngs…I will be happy to be back in small villages and towns after Monday! But we are having fun, and have another whole day here. I have to add that our rambling today added up to 20 kms!
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    • Day 148

      Primavera Sound, zweiter Tag

      June 10, 2022 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

      Die einzige mir wichtige Band, die vor zwei Jahren angekündigt war und die auch '22 spielten, waren The Jesus and Mary Chain. Topp! 🎶🎶🎶

      Vorher schaute ich mir Lorde an, sehr unterhaltsam (aber eben nicht Lana 😭).Read more

    • Day 8

      Goodbye Barcelona

      August 20, 2022 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

      Wir fahren und verschiedenen uns vom spanischen Festland. An Deck 9 machen wir noch ein bisschen Stimmung an der Bar. Corinna und Pascal bleiben mit etlichen anderen Teams noch eine Weile hier oben - wir müssen schließlich morgen nicht fahren. Währenddessen legen sich Carsten und Susi bereits in die Kabine, um am Morgen um 7 wieder abfahrbereit zu sein.Read more

    • Day 2

      Mercado, puerto y Gaudi

      June 11, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      Der erste Tag begann mit einem gemütlichem Frühstück 🥐☕
      Dann besuchten wir den bekannten Markt an den Ramblas. Hier gab es alles, vom Fisch bis Schweinskopf 🐷🥩🦞🦪
      Wir kosteten den bekannten Jamon iberico. Mega lecker 👌🏼
      Dann spazierten wir Richtung Hafen an dem wir eine Bootstour machten ⚓⛴️
      Zurück am Festland besuchten wir den Parc Guell. Eine Parkanlage die vom bekannten Architekten Antonio Gaudi entworfen wurde. Die skurrile Architektur erinnert an Hundertwasser aus Österreich 🤔
      Nach einem heißen Tag kühlten wir uns dann im Hotelpool ab. 🏊‍♂️
      Am Abend gabs dann noch venezuelanische Küche 🇻🇪
      Die Portionen waren dermaßen groß, wie wir es noch nie gesehen haben😅
      Auf dem Heimweg kamen wir noch bei einem Fest unseres Viertels vorbei 🎊🎉🧨
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    • Day 10

      Barcelona - Nador

      September 5, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      Die Anfahrt zum "Check in" im Hafen von Barcelona war etwas verzwickt. Dennoch hatten wir rund 3 Stunden Zeit bis 15 Uhr, der offiziellen Abfahrt der Fähre nach Nador/Marokko. Angenehm, wir standen in einer Halle im Schatten.

      Geduld war angesagt, mit etwa 1 1/4 Stunden Verspätung legte die Fähre ab, trotz nur geringer Auslastung. Die GNV Atlas hat schon ein paar Jahre auf dem Buckel. Das war in vielen Ecken sichtbar, auch in der Kabine. Aber was soll es, die Überfahrt war ruhig, das Abendessen im Self Service erträglich.

      Das Mittagessen am nächsten Tag nahmen wir etwas "vornehmer" im Restaurant ein.
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