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Apr 18, 2019 - All aboard Captain

Today we went the grocery store and purchased 2 oranges and a couple of donuts. All produce must be weighted and a sticker attached before you go to the checkout. If you don’t a woman chases after you and motions you to return to the produce dept. for said sticker. No bags are ever handed out so you must carry items free form. Best oranges I have ever had. Six other couples were in the lobby waiting for cabs to the ship terminal. All Aussies and Brits. An elderly couple appeared from the US who were returning to their ship to continue a 285...

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Apr 17, 2019 - Barcelona You Surprise me

12 hours of sleep has recharged us. We got our directions to walk to city center and catch the Hop On-Off Bus Touristic. 6 city blocks from the hotel with things to gauze at in every direction. Every building has apartments on top, retail on the bottom. Old, new, with balcony’s and without, dramatic styling, or old and flat it was stunning to take it all in. By using our human built in GPS we found the buses. The real problem was the temperature, 54 degrees and windy. With hoods pulled up, jackets zippered, head phones on we toured...

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Apr 16, 2019 - Hell of a day!

We arrived at the Airport after our van transport picked up 7 other people from all over the Villagers. Van time 2hrs 20 minutes. The Orlando Airport is filled with sun fried passengers and a good mix of princesses and wizards with an excessive amount of light sabers. Everyone seems to be wearing that last outfit which is still clean but a mis-match. They have been to the happiest place on earth....Disney......and the children are just starting to realize, it’s over! And they must take that L.....O.....N.....G plane ride home. Our flight...

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Mar 31, 2019 - Last Day in Barcelona

We had great plans for our last day in Barcelona which started off with an early start to Park Guell, the park designed by Gaudi with among other things wild mosaic sculptures. But our neighbors had other plans and started partying around midnight and it went on until 4 a.m. when we finally got to sleep. We thought we had gotten up at 8:30 but it turns out Spain went into daylight savings time overnight and it was now 9:30. So much for an early start. And it turns out the park is under renovation and all the mosaic sculptures are covered up...

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Mar 30, 2019 - La Pedrera and Barri Gotic

March 30 - Gaudi’s La Pedrera and the Hunt for the Royal Palace After a rather late breakfast and having purchased two anytime tickets for La Pedrera (Casa Mila) we headed off to find the house. We had purchased tickets online that were good for 6 months and any time as opposed to timed entry. The tickets were a little more expensive but worth it as it allowed us immediate entry. The building also known as Casa Mila was built by Gaudi for the Mila family in 1905. We went directly to the roof which has six skylights/staircase exits,...

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Mar 29, 2019 - Sagrada Familia

Started the day at the local police station to file a police report in case my insurance will cover my phones. They had forms in English so obviously I'm not the only one who has had this happen. They stamped and logged the report and sent me on my way. Next stop was to a shop on the corner where they had purses and wallets on sale so I got a good bargain there. And finally we went to the Orange cell phone store to get a sim card. Judi and I had brought our old phones to use while in Spain and Portugal which is why I had 2 phones in my...

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Mar 28, 2019 - Barcelona Day 1

March 28 - Barcelona Our first full day in Barcelona , our plan was to stock the kitchen, find the TI in Placa de Catalunya and do the HOHO (hop-on, hop-off) bus to acquaint ourselves with the city. We got to the local market too early (they open at 9) so we wandered around the neighborhood. Returning to the market just as they were attempting to open - the automatic doors were not cooperating and would only open a couple of inches. After several attempts, finally the women were successful. With bags of supplies we were ready to settle in...

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Mar 26, 2019 - Off We Go Again

Judi and I are off again on another adventure. This time we are heading to Spain and Portugal, starting in Barcelona. We flew to London and then on to Barcelona. The first flight was great. We had bulkhead seats and we could stretch our legs completely out. But American really does have lousy food. On the second flight our knees hit the seat in front of us and we ended up in the back of the airplane with a middle and window seat. The flight was only two hours so not too bad. Judi C. had arranged for Miguel to pick us up at the airport and...

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Nov 16, 2018 - Barcelona

The drive towards the Mediterranean took us through many small towns and villages including Huesca and La Vilella Baixa. Baixa should have been very interesting going by the info we had obtained but unfortunately that was not the case. But we were extremely lucky to find a small cafe just before it closed for the afternoon and enjoyed a delicious banquet lunch of red wine and potato chips. Yummo ! Rugged mountains and pretty rivers made the trip all the more fun on roads that rarely had any bad spots. Minimal traffic and great weather, that...

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Nov 8, 2018 - Antonio Guadi - Architecture as Art

Be it his architecture or his crafts (ceramics, stained glass, wrought iron and carpentry) we have really enjoyed the modernism style of Antoni Gaudi. Thus a visit to one of his many Barcelona projects was on our A-list. We chose the Casa Batlló. This 1904 project was a commission to totally renovate the owner’s traditional house. It was intended to be a grand display of wealth. Gaudi designed everything from the structure to the furniture to the door handles. The end result is a bit like visiting a set from a Tim Burton film. Gaudi’s...

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Nov 7, 2018 - Barcelona - A City Well Worth Revisiting

On November 6, we enjoyed a lovely train ride from Valencia to Barcelona as much of the route hugged the Costa Brava coastline. With only two days in the city, we made a point of hitting venues we had passed over in 2013, when we spent three weeks in Barcelona. Our priority was the large Picasso museum. At the age of 14 the artist’s family moved from Malaga, where we had already visited two small museums of his works. Through five connected houses, the works are displayed chronologically. It begins with Picasso’s classical training (aka his...

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Oct 28, 2018 - board the Symphony of the Seas

We are leaving Barcelona in the nick of time. The rain continues and the temperature shouldn't get much above 50º. The areas we toured the last few days have ice/snow warnings. Malaga, our next stop, is a a bit further south and somewhat warmer, too. Time to head back to Florida. When people hear about how many passengers this class of ship can hold - 6,000+ they imagine interminable lines. We got on this ship faster than we did the Corinthian three weeks ago. Except for a short line in security, we literally just walked onboard. We had...

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