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Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » Barcelona May 11th 2023

While other cities have art interwoven throughout them, Barcelona is truly in a class of its own with artistic elements to be found throughout nearly every street you find. This morning started with a lovely local breakfast of mushrooms, avocado, eggs, and chorizo. It was likely the best omelette I have ever had. Then on to getting a small tattoo souvenir before visiting Gaudi’s Park Guell. Originally designed as a housing complex, the park has become a municipal garden and tourist Mecca. The viaducts throughout are visually interesting and you’ll see in my pictures the lovely lizard at the entrance! You could spend a couple hours at the park - definitely get your tickets beforehand. Heading back, I ran into a large farmer‘s market that appeared to only consist of various honeys, teas, and herbs. After ... read more
Sagrada Familia Souvenir tattoo
Park Guell entrance

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » Barcelona May 10th 2023

I love Barcelona! I had a smooth trip from El Dorado, Arkansas all the way to the doorstep of my hotel at my hotel near La Rambla, a tree-lined pedestrian friendly street that is well-known in the city. Vendors are set up along the way and you can walk along just enjoying the ambiance of the city. This morning I made my way over to La Sagrada Familia, an incredibly beautiful basilica designed by architect Antoni Gaudi. 135 years after it started, it is still under construction and should be completed before the end of the decade. Through the various photos I’ve shared you can see the various scenes from the Bible as as well as the natural elements incorporated throughout. After spending a few hours at the basilica I spent most of the day walking ... read more

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona March 31st 2023

I didn’t realize how much I had to research. I went to Barcelona every year between 2009 and 2011. Back then, I was giving suggestions and knew exactly where to go and what to do. Fast forward to 2023, and I had forgotten all the details 😳 Plus, there have been many changes. The biggest one is that Park Guell is no longer free. Also, the Magic Fountain was shut off due to drought, Tranvía Blau wasn’t running due to renovations, and some places closed during Covid. With new knowledge, here we go, Barcelona version 2.0, a family edition! Fri: Bienvenido! The trip was so smooth we even discovered that we don’t have to take the monorail from Bart station if flying out of the international terminal, haha. The flight was quick sleeping for the most ... read more
Arc de Triomf
Churreria Pau
Arc de Triomf

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona July 29th 2022

CRUISING I started writing this blog a few days ago by talking about destinations but half way through I decided to change the format. The reason being, I have been seeing so many wonderful historic sites that even I am beginning to feel jaded and think, oh, yet another cathedral/castle/ancient ruin etc. I have enjoyed them all but there is a limit to how much you can take in day after day! A sea day came as a welcome break. If that is the effect on me I think it could be much worse for readers. Plus I thought some people might like more information about the cruise experience, particularly for a lone traveller so I will start there and then go through the destinations and if boredom sets in you can stop reading. Jim & ... read more
The Sea Walk, disconcerting just to see sea below your feet
Ship’s atrium 3 decks high
The Egg Drop competition- good to see the hard hat!

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona July 8th 2022

Today is the last day of our trip, we fly back tomorrow morning. After last night’s wonderful experience with Gaudi’s Park Guell, we were really looking forward to seeing Gaudi’s masterpiece church this afternoon, but first we have a brief excursion just outside of Barcelona to Catalonia to visit Montserrat. Monserrat, the ”Serrated Mountain” is the name of a series of 3 peaks of the Catalan mountain range. It’s highest peak is about 4000 ft. The rock formations are beautiful, and there are three ways to get to the top. There is a cable car, a cog railway, and a couple of roads. Since we have a bus, we naturally took the road. Once at the top, there is a funicular that takes you to the actual peak, but there isn’t really anything at the peak, ... read more
Approaching Montserrat
Views of Montserrat - Benedictine Abbey
Views of Montserrat - The Black Madonna

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » Barcelona July 7th 2022

Today we left for our final destination – Barcelona. It’s another long bus day, there’s really no way around it, it’s a long way from Costa Del Sol to Barcelona, and the last couple of days have been spent on the bus with a couple of one night stants in Granada and Velencia, but tonight we check in for two nights in Barcelona. This time we made a couple of interesting stops along the way. Our first comfort stop was in a little beachfront town of about 8000 people, with the unfortunate name of Peniscola. At first I thought it was the same name as the Florida city Pensacola, but then I looked closer and realized it was actually spelled like Penis-Cola. Fortunately, the Spanish pronunciation is more like Peh-NIS-co-la, and we’ll leave it at that. ... read more
Views of Peniscola
Views of Castellroig
IViews of Park Guell

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona July 4th 2022

Barcelona. Sometimes I feel that perhaps I’m the only person in the world who hasn’t been there, so at last the chance to set this right. As we’re only going to be in the city for less than 2 full days we do some research and plan how to spend our time. We agree that there are 2 “sights” we want to see (Picasso museum and La Sagrada Familia) so book tickets in advance for both. We will then try to see some of the architecture and spend time in the old town area but that shouldn’t be hard as both of our top sights are reasonably central. We also suss out travel. As we’re driving, we don’t want to waste time negotiating traffic into the centre so we find a hotel on the city outskirts ... read more

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » Barcelona June 18th 2022

Piecing together the remnants of my original 2020 European trip (amalgamation of the travel vouchers that were issued when cash refunds were refused) proved more problematic than construction of the original trip, and numerous “Plan Bs” evolved. Such was the case with my journey from Spain to the Netherlands/Denmark area of Europe. Originally, my only time in France was a couple of days offered on an accompanied tour of several European countries, but Plan B found me with a 16-day tour of France and a 7-day interval between Madrid and Paris. This silver lining gave me an opportunity to spend some time in a city I have always found appealing, Barcelona, Spain. THU, 16 JUN 2022: Europamundo services came to an end when the Great Iberian Tour returned to Madrid towards the end of the day. ... read more
On the road in Northern Spain and Southern France
On the road in Northern Spain and Southern France
On the road in Northern Spain and Southern France

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona June 10th 2022

TOUR 2 – Great Iberian Tour – FRI, 10 JUN 2022 – Day 11: Barcelona city tour. “Spanish Village” visit and evening transfer to Las Ramblas district. Today we will explore Barcelona, an impressive city right on the Medi­terranean Sea. Starting by an informative city tour with a local expert (note: If the group has fewer than fifteen people, explanations can be given by our guide.) We will also visit the city’s historic central area with its Gothic neighbourhood dating back to the Middle Ages. We will visit the area where the Olympic Games took place. We will also get the chance to see La Sagrada Fa­milia Basilica, the masterpiece designed by the architect Gaudí. Following this, we include the entry ticket to visit ‘Poble Espanyol’ (meaning ‘Spanish Village’). This open-air architectural museum is situated in ... read more
Barcelona City Tour – Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona City Tour – Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona City Tour – Barcelona, Spain

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona June 9th 2022

TOUR 2 – Great Iberian Tour – THU, 09 JUN 2022 – Day 10: Zaragoza Sightseeing tour. Rack railway to Montserrat Abbey. We include a morning sightseeing tour of the city of ZARAGOZA with a local guide. We will visit the Cathedral-Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar. We will also learn about Goya, the famous painter (and see some of his works), visit a Roman theatre, a Renaissance palace and walk by the Aljafería Palace. After lunch, we will continue our journey and head to the POBLET MONASTERY, a walled monastery surrounded by beautiful scenery. It is one of the best-preserved medieval monasteries in the world (ticket included with guided tour). We will later travel to MONSERRAT ABBEY where we will board the rack railway and take in the fantastic landscapes. We will resume the ... read more
Sightseeing Tour of Zaragoza, Spain
Sightseeing Tour of Zaragoza, Spain
Sightseeing Tour of Zaragoza, Spain

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