Blogs from Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, Europe


Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona September 13th 2020

Everytime I hear this question I feel fear and tears. I instantly clench and tears form at the backs of my eyes. Although I published a daily vlog though lockdown talking about it face to face is just not the same, when I write a blog or film a vlog it doesn’t feel like talking to a person but just releasing whats inside outside. I was confronted in London with the question so many times, a question I can’t process, the short answer is - ‘I feel like I have a form of PSD my body is in shock still and everything is yet to be processed but basically it was not ok.’ Not only does it make me feel fear & tears but as I have still not dealt with the pain I feel intense ... read more

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona March 6th 2020

“Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about, be kind, always.” As I exhaled into my first downward dog for 8 months I felt a rush of shame roll over me. How had I let it get this bad? My knees were bent, my stomach rolling over... my right heel screaming out in pain. That’s how I reminded myself, be kind Saskia. That was my mantra that class as I struggled for the first time since I can remember to touch my toes and scolded my stomach and weight, be kind Saskia, your here. You made it to the mat. How did I get here though? After starting to run in 2018 I was healthy and happy practicing yoga at least twice a week and running three times. I injured my foot that ... read more
Session 6
Spring at home

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona December 10th 2019

As some of you are aware, we were robbed...on a toll road north of Barcelona....very cleverly done. We had stopped at a service area and we were probably identified as tourists because we spoke English. We got back into our car, Bill removed his wallet from his hip pocket and I slid the toll ticket into it, laying it on the console between us. A car pulled up beside us, flashing lights, and the driver gestured to the rear of our car and indicated that something was wrong, and we should pull over...which we did. He LEAPED out of his car, and got us to look up under the fender of the passenger back tire. Apparently, during this ruckus, his accomplice entered our car via the driver side, took Bill’s wallet, my purse, and the day ... read more

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona December 10th 2019

November 11...somehow we were able to reach Visa, and Capital One, and my daughter, who then wired us $500, and we went to a tapas bar for dinner. Capital One stonewalled us totally, but ultimately promising to overnight a new credit card, which they did. The new card was virtually useless inasmuch as it did not have a CHIP...all cards in Europe have one, BUT no one swipes, and NO ONE manually enters the numbers. The hotel patiently did try, and we were able to add one more night. Capital One said that to send us a fully functional chip card would take 10-20 days to reach Spain. Are you kidding us???? We replaced the French Simm card with our Verizon card to call can just imagine how much that added up!!! So we ... read more

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona November 21st 2019

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 ... read more
Bavarian Palace
Sun dial
Walking Man

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » La Rambla September 19th 2019

Barcelona, Barcelona and Barcelona. That’s right 3 tours in a day. Sure doesn’t pay to stuff your schedule up here and try and cram 3 days touristicity into 1! That’s a word I made up but it sounds like it should be a word. I did the hop on hop off bus on routes red and green and then did the walking tour of the old city. That’s seven hours of my life I won’t get back. No. I love tours, really. I didn’t hop off the hop on hop bus as that would have make the 2 hours (red) or 2.5 hours (green) tour even longer and I wouldn’t have had time for the 2.5 hour walk. I find the facts and figures interesting, informative and educative (who would have thought that?). The hop on ... read more
Yes it’s the Columbus Column.
Yes it’s me leaving the base of the Columbus Column.
The old Barcelona Bullring, now a shopping complex.

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona September 18th 2019

Been walking. Been driving. Now it’s training time. And that’s not training but TRAINing. Big day tomorrow as we choof chuff from the grand and grandiose St Pancras Station. I shouldn’t use choof chuff as no longer are those adjectives or onomatopoeiadic sounds associated with trains like the Eurostar. Despite the fact that St Pancras does have a platform 9 and 3/4 I do t expect any steam powered locomotives to depart from any platform. The station is a magnificent mix of old and new. It performs well as a major international departure and arrival terminal and blends the functionality expected of modern terminals with the ornate and intricate architecture of an era well gone. Despite the fact we are boarding in England and alighting in France passengers are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes prior to ... read more
Grand, absolutely grand. St Pancras Station.
St Pancras Station.
DISASTER, one day late!

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona September 10th 2019

Hola amigos!! We arrived in Barcelona after a smooth flight on Georgian Airways, a nice fight with plenty of legroom on the Embraer 190 (minus in flight safety demonstration – I hazard a guess they forgot!) After a short train and metro ride we were at La Rambla, Barcelona’s pedestrian street filled with shops and cafe's. It had been 9 years since we were in Barcelona, and this time we booked a nice, central hotel just off La Rambla – well priced and well located. Our room wasn't ready so we left our bags at the hotel and wandered around La Rambla, and had lunch at a cafe at one of the central squares on the Gothic District. We feel right at home in Spain, possibly my favourite country in Europe (sorry Greece, you have a ... read more
The port
The streets of Barcelona
Street art

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona August 22nd 2019

Oui, je suis toujours en vie! Mais je n’ai pas vraiment rien à dire de mes journées ici qui serait différent de tous les autres blogs ou sites web. Mes photos ne sont pas bonnes pour 2 raisons, la réalité d’ici : les endroits magnifiques sont soient trop grands, ou trop près des buildings voisins. Ville pas du tout photogénique quand nous ne sommes pas équipés des meilleurs matériels. Les couleurs des tuiles sont magnifiques et à couper le souffle. Mais avec le soleil, on ne voit pas bien sur pellicule. Bref, allez sur le net! Côté bouffe: parmi une rue de 30 bars à tapas offrant une variété impressionnante, le SEUL végé est l’omelette aux patates SANS goût. Ils ne semblent même pas avoir encore découvert le sel et poivre. Bref, je mange très bien ... read more
un des rondpoints au port

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona August 17th 2019

Hier et aujourd’hui ont été des jours d’exploration. Je suis restée autour de l’auberge, pour me familiariser avec les alentours. La ville est tellement grande! Hier je suis allée au marché Boqueria. C’est un marché très touristique, je n’ai trouvé à mon goût. Par contre, le marché de St Antoni était dans mes cordes. Il y a plein de marchands d’olives. Je me suis gâtée avec un gros pot pour mon séjour ici. Il faut bien le remplir ce mini frigo... Il y a aussi un stand avec des légumineuses cuites. Parfait pour moi. En pm aujourd'hui, je me suis promenée autour de la Cathédrale. Il y avait beaucoup de monde, mais la place est si grande que c'était ok. ... read more
mon marchand d’olives
la Rambla
Mercat St Antoni

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