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November 21st 2019
Published: December 10th 2019
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Our routeOur routeOur route

7 hours heading east. 16 days to get back.
Another Great Escape from miserable early winter weather at home.

First to Munich, Germany for a very brief look then on to Barcelona (which we had not visited in our 6 weeks in Spain 2 years ago.)

Then the Transatlantic repositioning cruise to Puerto Rico, 16 days.

Stops included Palma de Majorca, Malaga, Cadiz, Funchal Madeira, Santa Cruz & Arreciffe Canary Islands, 5 days to cross the Atlantic, then Tortola BVIs, St. Thomas US Virgin Islands and finally Puerto Rico.

Enjoy as we relive it here.

The panoramas at the beginning scroll through at a leisurely pace.

1. Barcelona waterfront and marinas.

2. Funchal Botanic Gardens, Madeira.

3. Tenerife, Canary Islands. Norwegian Epic, our ship, is to the right.

4. View off the stern.

5. The picturesque harbour of Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

6. View from the old Spanish fort which protected Puerto Rico.

Additional photos below
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Bavarian PalaceBavarian Palace
Bavarian Palace

The region of Bavaria around Munich has always been wealthy and powerful. It shows in the architecture and trappings of wealth. 40% of the city was destroyed in WW 2 but has been completely rebuilt.
Sun dialSun dial
Sun dial

Not too efficient, unlike everything else in Germany. You are right Garry, it functions as much more than a sun dial, but we couldn't figure it out for ourselves.
Walking ManWalking Man
Walking Man

Outside a university school of anatomy.
BMW officesBMW offices
BMW offices

Built in the shape of their 4 cylinder engine.
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona.Sagrada Familia, Barcelona.
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona.

The genius of architect Gaudi is on full display here. He saw just a small section completed before his death in 1926. It is slated for completion in 2026. In our travels we have visited many, many cathedrals...this ranks as Numero Uno.
inside Sagradainside Sagrada
inside Sagrada

Flooded with natural light, the simple but awesome interior is a world apart from the usual gloom and threatening interiors, all crammed with pillaged loot glorifying the church, not the religion, that we were used to seeing.
La PedreraLa Pedrera
La Pedrera

Gaudi’s final commission before he dedicated his last years to the Sagrada. Quite a remarkable private home, also flooded with natural light, indoor parking and 1906! At the time it was ridiculed, La Pedrera means the stone quarry in Catalan. Now it is recognized as a work of genius.
Sidewalk clock, Barcelona.Sidewalk clock, Barcelona.
Sidewalk clock, Barcelona.

There are many quirky little things around this truly wonderful city.
Maritime MuseumMaritime Museum
Maritime Museum

Housed in a shipyard over 700 years old (!) this museum has artifacts and recreations from Spain’s impressive maritime history Here is a recreation of a war galley from the 15fh century, powered by 250 oarsmen. Apparently you could smell this coming before you could see it!
Market on La RamblaMarket on La Rambla
Market on La Rambla

A tempting array of Spanish pastries. La Rambla is a beautiful pedestrian avenue stretching from the heart of the city to the waterfront.
Palma de Majorca Palma de Majorca
Palma de Majorca

Our first stop after leaving Barcelona.
Royal Palace PalmaRoyal Palace Palma
Royal Palace Palma

Still used when Spanish Royalty are passing through, parts of this castle date back to the time of the Moors (1250).
With Stephen in MalagaWith Stephen in Malaga
With Stephen in Malaga

It was a very nostalgic return to this beautiful Spanish city that we enjoyed so much for 2 months a couple of winters ago. Here with old friend and resident Stephen at Pimpi tapas restaurant.
Jerez, near Cadiz SpainJerez, near Cadiz Spain
Jerez, near Cadiz Spain

These ancient grape vines adorn and shade the roadway.
Funchal, MadeiraFunchal, Madeira
Funchal, Madeira

This Portuguese territory is very picturesque, laid back and one of our favourite ports on the trip.
Funchal hand laid mosaic street tilesFunchal hand laid mosaic street tiles
Funchal hand laid mosaic street tiles

Many of the narrow streets are for pedestrians only.
Botanic GardensBotanic Gardens
Botanic Gardens

A bus and gondola took us high above Funchal to enjoy the gardens and the view.
High above FunchalHigh above Funchal
High above Funchal

That is the Epic docked below.
Tenerife TapasTenerife Tapas
Tenerife Tapas

Not that they didn't feed us aboard but a day wandering the streets of this Spanish territory in the Canary Islands. deserved a quick bite and sip.
Room 11091Room 11091
Room 11091

We found the balcony to be our quiet haven as the public areas were so busy and noisy. We were very fortunate to be on the starboard shady side especially once out of the Mediterranean and into more tropical weather.
Bow on, TortolaBow on, Tortola
Bow on, Tortola

Norwegian Epic: 6000+ including crew, 155 000 tons and 1000' long. 20 elevators, always packed tight....just too many people and too big for us. Fortunately we never had to tender would take 1/2 a day. Each of the 20 lifeboats held 250 people!
Priscilla!  Queen of the Seas!Priscilla!  Queen of the Seas!
Priscilla! Queen of the Seas!

Just was the Desert version. Marlene with 2 cast members after the spectacular show.
Burn the FloorBurn the Floor
Burn the Floor

Another very impressive stage performance. I suppose the trade off on a big ship is the quality and variety of entertainment available.
Oh No!Oh No!
Oh No!

Black Friday has found its way to isolated little Tenerife.
San Juan, Puerto RicoSan Juan, Puerto Rico
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Looking out from the old fort.

13th December 2019

Wow you have certainly travelled some far off places. Enjoy every minute. Thanks for sharing

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