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…

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…

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…

Scenic Sintra, Portugal

We are on the third leg of our jaunt from the Lisbon Port and our guide has been giddy about Sintra! The temperature and weather has taken on wild swings……….from a warm, balmy, coastal morning at Cascais to the freezing and blowing winds at the Cabo da Roca, our small group is eagerly awaiting to…

Thursday Doors: Braga, Portugal

Our last stop of the day is in Braga, Portugal! We have seen the castle and churches in Guimarães, Bom Jesus Sanctuary, high on the hill outside Braga, and had lunch at a beautiful restaurant in the country!  See previous posts on those!  Now we are going to the city of Braga, before returning to…

What Are We Going To Find in Oporto, Portugal?

Looking out at the orange rooftops of Portugal………….from the Explorer…….. This is the second part of our stop in Oporto, Portugal and if you’ve been following us, you know we have been moving right along to get everything in, before our ship pulls out of the port! Where are we headed after doing the gauntlet…

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…

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: Saint-Émilion, France

First one big doorway! We have arrived in Bordeaux traveling from the Bay of Biscay down the Gironde River, where there was sometimes only four feet between the ship’s bottom and the river floor. Yikes! Hold your feet up! The drawbridge was very impressive too! Today a group of us are traveling to the village…

Jo’s Monday Walk: Dinan, France

Our ship has docked in Saint Malo, France and I am off on an excursion to Dinan.  After about a half hour drive we arrived in the village square that still allows cars in it and a parked near a statue of a man on a horse…… so we learned all about him first. The…

#MyGloriousGarden: The Gardens of Mainz, Germany

Today I am participating in the #MyGloriousGardens Link Party, from Old House In the Shires, where we share photos of DUH, Gardens! In March we were in Mainz, Germany and several IPhone photos were snapped of the blooming plants and flowers all around this beautiful city, situated on the Rhine River. Mostly my past trips…