Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Cruising the Med To Barcelona

Saturday April 16th

Day at sea on our way to Spain and it’s a lovely warm day today. The first officer said it was 18 degrees at noon so another alfresco meal on deck at the patio grill – making the most of the good weather – while we can!!

Played shuffleboard this afternoon after a few glasses of red and I won...again...hooray.

Sunday April 17th

Happy Birthday Vance......60 minus 1 today!!!....sounds better than plain old 59.

Arrived in Barcelona at 8am to another beautiful warm sunny day. Palm Sunday today so we decided not to brave the queues to visit Gaudi’s famous cathedral The Sagrada Familia. Instead we walked Las Ramblas the pedestrian promenade that runs down to the port. It is something for everyone.... somewhere to see and be seen, a meeting place, a street market and somewhere to just stroll or take a cup of coffee in the warm morning sun. Apparently it’s even better at night with mime artists and musicians but we sail at 7pm so we’ll miss it. We have decided to ‘do’ Barcelona again on a long weekend direct from Bristol.

In the afternoon I visited the Codorniu cellars on a complimentary shore excursion. Vance stayed onboard in the suite as he’s still a bit poorly and wanted to rest up ready for his big night!! The tour of the famous Cava cellars was amazing. We were taken around on a little train that sped through miles of underground tunnels. Afterwards we were treated to flamenco dancing while we enjoyed drinks and snacks.

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