A Quick Walk In the Garden Before We Go to the Ship………

It was our last day in Barcelona and we had a lovely breakfast in one of the outdoor restaurants (one that was nestled in a mass of jungle-looking vegetation) at the Fairmont Rey Juan Carlos I Hotel. We have met some of the other guests that will also be boarding the bus to take us…

Fairmont Rey Juan Carlos I Hotel, Barcelona, Spain

We are starting our adventure on our second cruise ever. We said we would never cruise! The reasons were: cruising was for old people, the ships were too crowded, and all we would do was eat too much, once we got on board because we would be bored stiff! Those were the main complaints. There…

The Last Day in Barcelona, Spain

It’s our last day in Barcelona and my what a time we have had! Beginning with the cruise from Southampton, (and learning all about the Titanic) then moving on through France, Spain, Portugal and then Spain again, oh my! Our cruise ended in Barcelona and we stayed there three days! I booked the Hotel Colón…

Sagrada Família, Barcelona, Spain

I can’t say enough about our cruise and our last days spent in Barcelona. One of the best decisions we made (prior to leaving home) was setting up an eight hour private tour with Barcelona Day Tours and a driver, who knew Barcelona. When the ship docked, Christian, our driver, was there to pick us…

Park Güell, Barcelona, Spain

Eusebi Güell i Bacigalupi, 1st Count of Güell (December 15,1846 -July 8, 1918) was a rich industrialist, who first met the architect, Antoni Gaudí, in the Spanish Pavilion, at the World Fair in Paris in 1878. He soon became Gaudí’s patron, and the beginning of their building aspirations started. In 1890, Güell established a worker’s…

Casa Milà in Barcelona, Spain

One of the highlights of Barcelona is to visit the seven Unesco designated works of Antoni Gaudí i Cornet ( June 25, 1852 – June 10, 1926)  The word “gaudy” to me means: a bit over the top, way more is better and do you really like that? And that describes Gaudí’s works too: highly individualized with a…

Out and About in Barcelona, Spain

Let’s take time to look at some of the streets in Barcelona……. starting and ending in the Gothic area…..some streets are narrow……. and lead to a food  shop on my list of places I wanted to see…..  Casa Gispert. Gispert, is a family owned grocery, since 1851, that is truly one of a kind. One…

Did I Mention “Eating” In Barcelona?

We are out and about with our driver and tour guide and have seen many fabulous spots so far! (See previous posts) We had expressed an interest in eating lunch in a tapas bar, and reservations were made for us at the Catalana. It’s a good thing we had reservations, because when we were dropped…

Thursday Doors: The Royal Monastery of St Mary of Pedralbes

The street to the monastery……….I was fascinated by those little bells hanging from the wrought iron! We were dropped off, by our personal guide, to this quiet neighborhood spot, to spend some time at the monastery. The Monastery of Pedralbes, was founded by Queen Elisenda de Montcada in 1327 with the support of her husband,…

First Day in Barcelona, Spain

Taken from Mirador Park, high on the hill, this is what our ship looked like at the port……………early in the morning…… One of the best things we booked for Barcelona was a private tour and guide. See the map on my Featured Photo with all the circles drawn on it?  Those were all the places…

Thursday Doors: Barcelona, Spain

We’re at the port in Barcelona and today is the last day of our cruise…………..now for three days in Barcelona……..it looks like it might rain on us! Or is it clearing up? The beach looks nice and so does the strand. We have hired a private tour guide for an eight hour tour of the…

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…