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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
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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

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » Barcelona May 27th 2022

27 Mayıs 2022 Cuma G04 Sabah gözümü açar açmaz topal ayakla Ramblas ı arşınladım ..Bir ara moralim bozuldu tüm çiçekçiler kapalı ..Bir tanesi açıkmış ,üzerinde 8 gül olan bir sepeti kaptım ..Koskoca bir seyahati bir çiçek için katledecek halimiz yok …Çiçeği teslim ettim ..derhal bir tanesini ayırdı. Efendim Ukrayna inancına göre çift çiçek ölüye, tek çiçek sevgiliye verilirmiş..Ben Avrupalıların böyle bir kaidesi olmadığını ispatlamak amacıyla ona özellikle 8 tane getirdim .Zaten bukette öyle yapılmış ..Derhal bir gülü elimine etti..Sonra yola çıktık .. Önce plaza Espanol a vardık oradan da otobüsümüzü bulduk…Bugün programda "Pueblo Espanol" var ..Burası çok ilginç bir müzedir ..Zira İspanyollar 5 coğrafi bölgenin tüm mimari özelliklerini temsil eden evlerin replikasını yapmışlar ..Çok değişik ve keyifli bir müze ..içinde ayrıca İspanyol ustalarının sergilendiği ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » La Rambla May 26th 2022

26 mayıs 2022 Perşembe G03 Bugün Sveta nın doğum günü ..aslında bugünü burada kutlamak için çok bekledik veee nihayet gerçekleştiriyoruz galiba .. Sabah derhal kendisini kutladım ..Kahvemizi içtikten sonra yola çıktık ..uzun aramalardan sonra Park Guell otobüsünün yerini saptadık ..Otobüs bizi parkın kapısına kadar götürdü.. Dağlara taşlara kadar bir kuyruk..Nerede benim sorgusuz sualsiz parka daldığım günler? nerede şimdiki hali .. Doğrusu yadırgıyorum ama bu kadar reklamı yapılınca haliyle Dünyanın her yerinden kopup gelen binlerce insanı bu parkı merak ediyor .. Eskiden Hazretin evini ziyaret etmek serbestti şimdi orası için ayrı para istiyorlar ..Mezarlık kısmını da kapatmışlar galiba … İnanmayacaksınız ama terasa bile sayılı adam alıyorlar ..Orada ayrı bir kuyruk bekledik ..sahte gülücüklerle arkamızda Gaudi kuleleri i... read more
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Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » Barcelona May 25th 2022

25 mayıs 2022 Çarşamba G02 Heyecanla uyandık bugün kısmetimize bulutlar da azalmış ... Tam Barcelona yı keşfetme zamanı..Kahvemizi içtikten sonra Catalunya yı takiben Passeig de Gracia ya daldık ..Bugün Sveta için Gaudi ile tanışma günü .. İlk durak Casa Battlo bir opera gecesini andıran evi gördükten sonra ev kavramları değişiyor elbette …Sveta az ilerde Tapie enstitüsünün damındaki iskemleye pek mana veremedi .. Bilahare La Pedrera’ya aktık ..sırası çok diye ziyaretten vazgeçtik ..Tabi bir kadın için bu kadar ünlü markanın bir bulvarda buluşması ayrı bir hayranlık unsuru… Öğlene doğru bir şeyler atıştırmak için tekrar Boqueria çarşısına döndük ve yine bir lokantaya oturduk ..Çakal bir turist olarak 6 adet istiridye resminin altında 6.90 E fiyatı görünce hemen atladım …Yemek sonunda hazin sonucu öğrendim ..İspanyol çakalları bizden ... read more
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