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Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Avignon March 22nd 2015

Well changing countries is definitely difficult from a language perspective when you keep slipping between "si" and "oui" , "gracias" and "merci"! We left Barcelona on the 9:25 am TGV to Valence which took us out of the beauty of Spain and into the French countryside. It was a rainy train ride but we were still able to see chateaus and towns perched on hills. The trip to Valence was about 4 hours and when we arrived we waited for about an hour and a half until our train bound for Avignon. That trip was a mere 38 minutes and when we arrived at the Avignon TGV we quickly found out where the local train to Avignon Centre station left from. We hastily purchased our tickets and ran, as we only had 6 minutes before it ... read more
Palais des Papes
Courtyard - Palais de Papes
Golden Statue of Virgin Mary

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » La Rambla March 20th 2015

We spent our final day in Barcelona wandering the streets of the Gothic Quarter and beyond. Finding the Nike store, we both picked up new shirts (woohoo something different to wear). As I stood in the line, four very rude young men butt right in front of me in line. I stood there, simmering. As the guy at the counter called for the next person, one of the young men from the group went right up to him. I tapped him on the arm and said, "I'm next!". The nice cashier asked me if everything was alright. I replied that it was. 'Curtis then came over and I was telling him what happened. Again the nice man at the checkout asked, "Are you in a rush?". I replied that everything was great except that I did ... read more
Gazpacho and Wine.
Santa Marie Del Mar
Line up at Can Paixano

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Manresa March 19th 2015

With my husband's blessing I am now going to talk about Spanish men (and women). The exotic beauty of these people is absolutely breathtaking! If I am ever to come back in another life, I want to be a Spaniard. The dark, flawless skin, the ebony, thick hair, flashing dark eyes and perfect teeth certainly cause me to stop and stare. Now maybe it's just because I am wearing the same Costco or Gap clothes day after day topped off with pink Nikes and a black jacket compared to their beautiful dresses, scarves, and heels. They have an air of confidence about them and tend to carry themselves regally. Maybe it's just plain old jealousy, you know, green with envy emotion which is evoked as I gaze at my faux dark hair (which is fading fast) ... read more
Black Madonna Patron Saint of Catalonia
Oller Del Mas - Castle, Vineyards and Cellars
Wine Cellar

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » La Rambla March 18th 2015

Tuesday dawned with brilliant blue skies and warm temperatures, however this hard for us to know as our apartment is on the ground floor of a narrow street with towering old buildings, making it always seem dark. Curtis poked his head out the door, looked up and indicated sunny skies. We headed out the door with the intent of walking to the waterfront and then along the beach area. We ambled our way along La Rambla which goes to the harbour. Now our Tuesday morning had a much better start than Monday. Let's just say, what happens in Barcelona, stays in Barcelona! An Irish Pub, a few drinks, and an interesting walk home!!! We were apparently celebrating St. Paddy's Day one day early! We had lots of laughs but it did make for a slower morning ... read more
Porter's Lodge Guell Park
Tiled Sitting areas
The Ramp built 1908

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » Barcelona March 16th 2015

Today we began our walk to La Sagrada Familia. Our journey took us through the busier streets of Barcelona, sometimes 7 lanes of one way traffic! Barcelona is a wonderful display of fantastic architecture and design. Everywhere you look you are met with another building that causes you to pause and stare. The major street we were taking was also one that was lined with high end designer stores - Luis Vuitton, Chanel, Armani, all with security guards at their doors! We soon came upon Casa Mila, "La Pedrera" an intended family home for industrialist Pere Mila and his wife, as well as apartments for rent. Antoni Gaudi, who is " considered to be one of the great geniuses of universal architecture", was commissioned to create this amazing structure. We did not go inside but took ... read more
La Pedrera
La Sagrada Familia
Nativity Facade

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona March 15th 2015

We roused ourselves early, as we still had to pack up and then head to the metro to then get to the Valencia Train Station as our train was to depart for Barcelona at 11:00am. We made it there in plenty of time so Curtis headed out to get us a quick bite to eat at a small patisserie we saw on the way and just up from the train station. 45 minutes later and I was beginning to get a bit frantic! Suddenly I saw his legs running full tilt towards the doors. The first place he went did not offer much in way of take away breakfast so he decided to walk the block. He finally found a place that took forever to cook us up two grilled ham and cheese sandwiches for our ... read more
La Catedral  Barcelona
Lighting a candle for Rita
Placa de Catalunya

Europe » Spain » Valencian Community » Valencia March 13th 2015

As we left our Hotel Francabel early Thursday morning on our way to the bus stop, we paused for cafe con leche and a chocolate crepe for breakfast. We finished our decadent first meal of the day early and were able to get on an earlier bus. As we arrived at the station we found seats to await our 12:32 train bound for Valencia. As we exited the train station in Valencia, the first thing we saw were trees laden with...big, juicy Valenica oranges!! We found our way to the metro station and once again stood in front of the map trying to determine our route. Mystified, we finally asked for help and after getting our tickets made our way to the platform. Still somewhat confused, as we thought we were looking for Green Line 5, ... read more
Basilica De La Virgen
Central Market Valencia
This little Piggy went to market

Europe » Spain » Castile-La Mancha » Cuenca March 11th 2015

On the night before we left Madrid I woke up in a panic! I had a sudden realization that our ticket to Cuenca had us arriving at the station on the outskirts of Cuenca, not right in town like I had studied on Google Earth! As soon as we woke up I fired up the ipad and sure enough, we were to arrive in the Fernando Zobel Station, which was 5 km out of town! I quickly looked up the best way to get into town and felt somewhat calmer after learning that we could take a bus. We then completed the hateful job of packing. Curtis is pretty sure his weighs much more than when we arrived! We tidied up the apartment and arranged and re-arranged our bags until zippers were zipped and loaded onto ... read more
Cathedral of Nuestra Senora de Gracia
Beautiful View of Cuenca
Casa Colgados - Hanging Houses

Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid March 10th 2015

Our final day in the vibrant city of Madrid found us catching the Metro to Plaza de Toros Las Ventas, the famous bullring in Madrid and argued to be the most famous in the world as well. This bullring is an incredible structure inaugurated in 1931, seating 25000 people. We toured this famous attraction, gaining insight about the world of bullfighting through our audioguide. Bullfighting is truly considered to be an art. The Matadors are artistic and flamboyant in their precise moves as they bait the bull which can weigh upwards of 450 kg. These bulls are specially bred and are treated like royalty receiving almost 2 hectares of land each upon which to graze. All sounds great until you hear that they are ready for the bullring when they are between the ages of 4 ... read more
Royal Box
Running Bulls Relief

Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid March 9th 2015

Saturday morning dawned a clear, bright, blue sky as we made our first attempt at a day trip from Madrid. We walked out of our apartment to the crystal shaped structure that is the entrance way to the Cercanius, the Madrid local train system which is different than the Metro! We stood in front of the ticket machine weighing our options to get to the Chamartin Train station. We soon had our tickets and found our local train. There were only 2 stops to the train station and once we arrived we went in and officially activated our Europe Rail Pass! We were early for our train as we wanted to give ourselves plently of time (again, you know how our luck goes!). Curtis had a coffee and we wandered in the shops. Chamartin is a ... read more
Cathedral Segovia
Plaza Mayor
My Pillar of Strength

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