The end of the cruise

Barcelona Travel Blog

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A place to buy postcards, etc. of the site

Saturday we docked in Barcelona, and what a pleasant surprise was in store for us. We had to leave the ship, so onto the bus we went. The Orient Lines had arranged a 4.5 hour bus tour for us before we got to the hotel�"they did this for the hotel’s sake, I think, since we were descending on them and they had to have time to get the rooms in shape.

Barcelona is a wonderful city; probably partly because we had absolutely no preconceived ideas of what it would be like. It’s clean and vital and it has lots of history and old churches (and don’t they all?)

We have almost 200 pictures from Barcelona alone--way too many to include, but you must see the pictures of Gaudi's Sagrada Familia.

Part of the outside
The original plan for this church was that it would be small and plain until a famous architect, Antoni Gaudi, got hold of it. It was started in the late 1800s (I think) and it won't be completed for another 25 to 30 years. And that's just the outside. The inside will not be completed in our lifetime. It is gaudy (no pun intended) and overdone and a wonderful tourist attraction, but if I were the people of Barcelona, I would be a little put out. Fortunately it is not funded with public money.

On Saturday night we signed up for our final tour�"Barcelona by night. We went to a place called Little Spain, which is a collection of several buildings in a large square that show four different types of architecture that represents the four areas of Spain. When we were finished with this, we sat down and had some wine called sangria. I had some and it was very good. Whatever it is in regular wine that makes my head ache isn’t in this stuff and I had a whole glass.

I'm not sure what this is; maybe a marquee
Then it was on to supper�"eight courses of samples of Spanish food that was really delicious.

The last part of the tour took us to a government building that was built for the 1939 exposition and which has a huge water fountain out in front of it. We arrived just in time for the water show�"music and lights and choreography of the various water jets. It was really lovely.

On Sunday we had the day to ourselves and we wandered all over Barcelona, finally ending up at the beach. It turned out to be a nude beach, but we didn't care--all we wanted to do was put our feet in the water and enjoy the sea.

No pictures from here.

On Monday we boarded a Delta jet and found ourselves, 24 hours later, back in the U.S. The trip was a joy and we hope to do another one next year--this time ending in London.

I hope you enjoyed traveling with us. Our next venture is a little closer to home; Durango, Colorado. I hope the temperature is a bit cooler there. It's been in the 100s here since we got home.

Best to all,
Larry and Carol








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A place to buy postcards, etc. of…
Part of the outside
Part of the outside
Im not sure what this is; maybe a…
I'm not sure what this is; maybe …
The sculpture on this building is …
The sculpture on this building is…
Part of the front. It used to be t…
Part of the front. It used to be …
The crucifixion. The modernity of …
The crucifixion. The modernity of…
Mourning the crucifixion
Mourning the crucifixion
Sanctus--in spades!!!
Sanctus--in spades!!!
There were people like this all ov…
There were people like this all o…
The harbor at Barcelona-complete w…
The harbor at Barcelona-complete …
Barcelona hosted the Olympics in 1…
Barcelona hosted the Olympics in …
A part of Little Spain
A part of Little Spain
A fountain at one of the parks ove…
A fountain at one of the parks ov…
The water show
The water show
A Barcelona street scene
A Barcelona street scene
Barcelona
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