The end of the cruise
Barcelona Travel Blog› entry 14 of 15 › view all entries
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.
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.
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