Thursday Door in Barcelona, Spain

We have arrived in the Port of Barcelona, where we will be getting off the ship. There is so much to see here I have decided to write several  blog posts to capture this beautiful city. If you like architecture you have come to the right place! But, I am a little short on time…

Thursday Doors: Arcos de la Frontera, Spain

Today we are really on the frontier!  We are in the middle of nowhere, on a large outcrop of limestone rock along the Guadalete River. Over the years, the Romans, Visigoths, Muslims and Spanish, selected this spot to keep an eye on things! From the village round-about we rode a small electric train up the…

Arcos de la Frontera, Spain

We are going to the middle of nowhere……..off the beaten track is an understatement….it is not a happenstance between location A to B…….you have to want to go here……….yes, frontier describes it nicely! This morning we discovered the “White Village” of Medina-Sidonia and this is the view from the village as we get ready to…

A Morning in Medina-Sidonia, Spain

I posted the Doors of Medina-Sidonia, but today I thought we could see the rest of village, one of the “white villages” of Spain. Today is perfect, see that blue sky? However, I think the “white villages” is totally appropriate, because every house and public space is whitewashed white or whiter with red or brown…

Thursday Doors: Medina-Sidonia, Andalusia, Spain

The ship is docked in Cadiz, Spain and this morning we are off to the White Villages of Andalusia! What will we find here? The land is very flat, isn’t it?  Driving out of Cadiz it is dry, with sand as far as you can see! Are we in the desert? We have arrived at…

A Walk in the Gardens of San Carlos, La Coruña, Spain

Walking through a very nice historic neighborhood………. which sits on a knoll surrounded by an old brick wall……….we walk on………. Our last walk in La Coruña, takes us to the San Carlos Gardens where the English General, Sir John Moore is buried.  I didn’t know anything about Sir John Moore, but to the Spanish, he…

Thursday Doors: La Coruña, Spain

The ship is still docked in La Coruña! What are we going to see today? How about the famous plaza and historic district  for starters?  Located within the Centro Historico district of La Coruña, Plaza de Maria Pita is a large, elegant square enclosed with graceful arched arcades. The Town Hall with its imposing three domes…

From the Docks: A Spin Around La Coruña, Spain

A New Day is Dawning in La Coruña, Spain…………….. The tugs come to assist us into Port……… Is that a swimming pool? Uh, yeah! Is the rain coming in? The view from the ship is lovely, but we need to get on with it…….. Out on the road we go! To see very orange street…

A Walk In the Garden of Pazo de Mariñan, Spain

One thing, that cruising offers, is the variation of what to see after reaching the ports. The excursions were classified by how much time off the ship you wanted, what you were interested in seeing, and the level of your mobility. Or you could just go ashore and see things on your own. We personally…

Thursday Doors: Betanzos, Spain

Getting off the ship in La Coruña, we are headed to Betanzos, Spain, in Galicia, twenty miles from the port. We are dropped off in the central square of this small town (less than 15,000) and the first thing that gets my attention is the color of the many painted artifacts…….. dark green. The gazebo…

Jo’s Monday Walk: Bilboa, Spain

Put your most comfortable walking shoes on! We’re walking today in Bilboa, Spain! The ship is nestled right up to the quay and after boarding the awaiting bus we are headed for the hills! Bilboa is surrounded by two mountain ranges, so we got a bird’s eye view of the city first! We were in…

Thursday Doors: Bilboa, Spain

 If I had to pick a city that I would definitely visit again, it would be Bilboa, Spain. First of all, I loved the port. There was a long quay with many walkers and on shore were huge, well manicured, manor houses! The city sits in a basin surrounded by two mountain ranges and the…