North America, Europe · 26 Days · 31 Moments · April 2017

Owen & Kathy's tour through Spain

15 May 2017

The mail collected while we were gone. ( Mostly junk)

13 May 2017

Finally back in the US of A. Waiting for the plane in the Charlotte, NC airport after a long but uneventful flight across the Atlantic. Flying is certainly much quicker, but a slow cruise does have its advantages.
On our way home after 25 days on the road. Pictures of Barcelona apartment and vagabonds on the street in Barcelona.

12 May 2017

Final dinner at 7 Portes. Excellent food. Bus back to apartment and packing for flight out tomorrow. Will be nice to get home, but have had a great trip..
Continued walking tour to Catalonian martyr memorial, Jewish quarter, old roman columns, King Ferdinand & Queen Isabella palace, current city & Catalonian government headquarters, etc. (Highly recommend tour.). Almost 10,000 steps. Lunch at Nyras.
Followed Rick Steves' walking tour from Plaza Catania down Los Rambles, and through the gothic area. Primary stop was the Cathedral.

11 May 2017

Stopped at converted bull fighting ring for shopping and dinner. Ate at Quinto Quinta on top floor. Beautiful view of the city and very good food. Back to apartment by metro & bus.
First rain in Barcelona this morning caused a later start. Croissants and coffee at Mussol and then on the bus to Juan Miro museum and Montjuic. (A far out museum that will expand your imagination.) After morning rain, weather turned to sunny skies.

10 May 2017

Lunch at Pa Tapas after visiting the Basilica de Santa Maria del Pia. Walked to the Picasso museum. Caught the V-15 bus back to the apartment to rest before dinner.
Up earlier to go to Post Office, then to Mercado de la Boqueria to stroll and eat small samples. Unbelievable market. Along the way saw Marilyn outside of the erotic museum and visited the Jamon museum. Then on through the gothic area,

9 May 2017

After shopping at Cortes Ingles and searching for DHL, went to Segrada Familia for audio tour. Another must see when in Barcelona.
Tapas at Divinus for lunch.
Got reasonably early start and went directly to the Casa Batllo. A must see example of Gaudi's crazy genius.

8 May 2017

Bob's birthday dinner at La Tagliatella. Excellent Spanish/Italian food.
Started early with bus ride (27) to Plaza Espanya to catch train (R5) to Montserrat. Great weather. Brought sandwiches from Bodu bakery across street for picnic lunch. Ride the funicular to the top of the mountain. Back on the train to Barcelona, Plaza Espanya. Old bull fighting ring, now a shopping area, pictured. Bus (50 & V13) to apartment. Bus was to crowded. Should have taken cab. Snack & cafe on street & back home.

7 May 2017

Dinner at Parking Pizza. Excellent late dinner.
First full day in Barcelona. Rode Hop-on Hop-off bus all around town. Lunch at Pura Brasa at plaza Espanya. Tar tar hamburgers and calamari.

6 May 2017

Disembarked ship to Barcelona, Spain. Taxi to apartment and nap after snack at Badu bakery. Dinner at Cuidad Condal and to bed early.

5 May 2017

Arrived in Barcelona, Spain. Left ship, met with Ann & Howard for lunch at Temple bar just off of Los Rambles. Met Anne at the apartment to collect keys. Back to ship for dinner & last night on ship. Flamingo dancer show.

4 May 2017

Beautiful day in Toulon, France. Good shopping market. Pretty old village. Great lunch, but waiter rude.

3 May 2017

Sunset at sea.
Leaving Marseille.
Nice day at Marseille, France. (Had to by-pass Monte Carlo due to rough seas.) Had to bus from Port. Old town rebuilt from WWII. Nice historical walk. Cathedral in town, Norte Dame on hill.

1 May 2017

Leaving Palma de Mallorca.
Beautiful day in Palma de Mallorca. Took hop-on hop-off bus. Toured cathedral. Thousands of boats in dock.

30 April 2017

Nice day in Cartagena, Spain. Well preserved Roman theatre and forum.

29 April 2017

Foggy day in Gibraltar with Bob & Grace. Toured city with taxi tour of the rock.

27 April 2017

Leaving Funchal.
On land at last!! Rainy day in Funchal, Madeira. Beautiful city.

20 April 2017

On board the ship. 8 days at sea before landfall.

19 April 2017

Boarded the Princess Royal in Fort Lauderdale, FL with Bob & Grace, Kathie & George.