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  • Day628

    Barcelona, Spain

    January 24 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 43 °F

    Barcelona – why did we wait so long to visit you?
    Such a beautiful, grand city packed with wonderful restaurants, cafes, shops and remarkable architecture. There was a taxi strike happening for many of the days we were here, but the city is so walkable and the metro so excellent that we didn’t miss the taxis at all.
    Our dear friend Cindy met us here (she also met us in South Africa and Peru making this our 3rd meet-up!) and it was wonderful to catch up and explore the city together.
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  • Day645

    Santa Oliva

    February 10 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 63 °F

    Our last stop in Spain and the end of our explorations of new places was in the tiny village of Santa Oliva located in the heart of cava country and just an hour south of Barcelona.
    We stayed in a beautifully restored 17th century apartment and enjoyed a daytrip to Tarragona – a world heritage site known for its impressively preserved Roman ruins.
    Most of our time here was spent cooking in, trying new cavas and savoring
    the final week of our travels before we return to the US and begin a farewell tour across the country. It’s been a wonderful time in Spain and we will be back!
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  • Day639

    Cadaques

    February 4 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 50 °F

    After saying farewell to Cindy until we meet her again in Philadelphia in a few weeks, we drove the narrow mountain road to Cadaques. We rented a Fiat 500 and are so glad to have such a tiny car on these very tiny roads. Sometimes, even the tiny Fiat barely fit down the little lanes.
    While it must be insanely busy during summer, it was wonderfully quiet during our visit. We spent our time wandering the narrow, medieval streets, walking along the shoreline and visiting the impressive Rodes Monastery with expansive views of the coast. Salvador Dali had a home here and did many paintings of the area - unfortunately his house, which is now a museum, was closed for winter.Read more

  • Day630

    El Port de la Selva

    January 26 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 57 °F

    We splurged on a beautifully designed house overlooking the sea and rugged, rocky coast and spent much of our time cooking together, enjoying gin & tonics and cava while admiring the view.
    We did manage to visit the Dali museum, do a little hiking and explore Cadaques together as well.

  • Day643

    Girona

    February 8 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 59 °F

    Girona is a beautiful city steeped in history having been ruled by Rome, the Visigoths, Moors, Charlemagne, and others. Wandering through the medieval streets showing layers of consecutive inhabitants, it’s a wonderful place to visit. You can still walk much of the city’s original walls and its cathedral has the second largest nave after Rome.
    We also visited some neighboring villages including Banyoles for a walk around its scenic lake, and Besalu which is one of the cutest little towns we’ve visited so far with a beautiful bridge as the highlight.
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  • Day15

    Delta Hotel, Deltebre spain

    March 7 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Today was the end of our cruise. We had a quick breakfast and were off the boat and on our way to the airport by 9:00 a.m. At the airport, we picked up our car (a Ford van) and headed out to our first stop in Deltebre.

    Our start was a bit rough. We ended up on the toll highway and every few kilometres (or so it seemed), ended up having to put our credit card into a toll booth machine. We will find out what that cost us when we get home! Fortunately the traffic was light and the drive was fairly easy.

    Our destination, Deltebre is small resort town on the Declarant formed by the Elba River flowing into the Mediterranean. It is completely flat. This area is heavily agricultural. The main crop is rice. We drove out to the coast and walked along the river, in a protected area. The delta is home to over 600 species of birds, many kinds of fish, eels and amphibians. Although it is quiet now, one can imagine how busy it would be in the summer. We stopped at the beach to put our hands in the Mediteranian, pretty cold.

    Despite vows by all parties to start drinking less, we stopped at a restaurant on the river to sit in the sun and drink Sangria. It is another lovely day.

    Our hotel is proudly organic and environmentally responsible. The hotel food is made with organic produce, rice and wine. Supper was a huge paella shared by 3.

    Tomorrow we head to Lorca.
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  • Day14

    Alicante, Spain

    March 6 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    After our less than terrific experience with the Hop On, Hop Off bus in Malaga, we boarded the HOHO in Alicante with some trepidation. But it was short and cheap and the day was cool and overcast so we road it around for one circuit.

    On the HOHO, Alicante was unimpressive. But when we started walking, we enjoyed it much more. Alicante is a seaside town that is heavily dependent on tourism. Like all of our stops, it featured a fortress on a high point and a huge cathedral. We started with a coffee at a marina cafe and then walked through some of the shopping district and old town. Christine went into a festival museum. The festival is called Las Fuegres which roughly translates into “take over the streets”. Once a year, the town parades floats with whimsical tableaux, crowns a queen and puts on a huge fireworks display.

    The shore day was a short one so by 2:00 p.m. we were back on board for one last game of Trivia. Tory cashed in her participation points for an NCL water bottle. Tory and Christine toasted our last day on board with a lovely concoction called a Rum Cake (two actually).
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  • Day4

    To the boat!

    February 24 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 6 °C

    Sunday was another beautiful sunny day in Barcelona. Tory and Roger got up and had walked 2 hours by the time the bus left for the ship. Brian and I slept in (hopefully the end of the jet lag). Our plans to go to the Picasso Museum went awry.

    It was a short bus trip to the ship and a longish wait in line to be processed. The Norwegian Spirit is a larger ship than Brian and I are used to. Our room has lots of storage and wonders of wonders, a shower door instead of a flimsy curtain. By the time we got on board and settled, it was mid-afternoon so we spent the rest of the day exploring the ship and unpacking.

    Only the large Windows restaurant was open for dinner and it was busy. We started working our way through the “wines by the glass” list as we have the beverage package. We drank a very nice Tempanrillo. Dinner was very nice. Brian and I had beef medallions.

    The opening night entertainment was a fairly painful introduction of the ships officers, the program staff and a snippet of 3 upcoming acts. We were glad to head off to bed.
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  • Day669

    Final stop on the Spanish coast

    April 5 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    For our final stop on the Spanish coast, we headed to the Costa Dorada (Golden Coast) and checked into Camping Playa Montroig.

    The campsite had just re-opened for the summer season and is located close to the towns of Cambrils and Salou, is 30km south of Tarragona and about 100km south of Barcelona. The site is the largest (1200 pitches) and swishest we have ever stayed at, as well as being the most expensive on the continent at €31 euros per night. But it is right on the beach and has great facilities while further north it is windy and raining. So, we decided to stay down on the coast where the sun is still shining and then do a quick dash up to the north coast to catch our ferry back to the UK next week.

    During our stay here, we took the opportunity to visit the bustling port town of Tarragona, home to Spain's second most important Roman ruins. Chris negotiated the twisty, busy roads of the city centre while I tried to read the road signs over his shoulder. Between us we managed to park up right next to the historic centre with panoramic views down to the port and big container ships moored out to sea waiting their turn to come in to load up.

    We wandered around a corner and came upon a very well-preserved Roman amphitheatre overlooking the beach. Within the arena were the remains of 6th & 12th century churches built to commemorate the martyrdom of a Bishop and two deacons believed to have been burnt alive here in AD259. Not sure which is worse, that or being hacked to death by gladiators or wild animals!

    The small historic centre had plenty of ruins to see with good story boards to go with them so that we could easily picture the chariot racing that took place there.

    In September each year, the city celebrates the Santa Tecla Festival where teams of castellers build human castles by standing on each others shoulders up to 9 levels high. We saw great photos of this event but will have to come back too see the real thing.
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  • Day14

    Day 14 - Barcelona - Last Day in Spain!

    September 23, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 70 °F

    Our last day in Spain started with an unsuccessful search for the perfect breakfast! Then we relaxed for a couple of hours on the beach near our Airbnb before venturing out for a good lunch and our favorite beach. For lunch, we had a delicious green salad, shrimp in garlic sauce, and mussels in marinara sauce. Then we continued the long walk down the boardwalk to our favorite soft sandy beach. On the walk back, we decided to stop in and watch the Mountain Dew street skateboarding competition. Then, after a little rest and showers, we headed off into the crazy busy part of Barcelona for dinner. The end of summer festivities are going on this weekend and things are a bit crazy - parades, drum circles, and fireworks all over. We ended up going to a delicious ramen restaurant for dinner - not quite the typical Spanish meal for our last dinner in the country, but it was so good! We walked back and enjoyed a bit of the festivities before returning home. We fly to Venice tomorrow afternoon!Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Catalunya, Katalonien, Catalonia, كاتالونيا, Katalonia, 加泰罗尼亚, Καταλονία, Katalunio, Cataluña, Catalogne, La Catalogna, カタルーニャ, 카탈루냐 지방, Catalonië, Catalonha, Katalunii, Catalunha, Каталония

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