Posted by: Gary Guertin | April 15, 2017

38 World Cruise – Barcelona, Spain–Apr. 12-13, 2017

Hi All, (Written Apr. 14, 2017)

For those of you who recently have joined my Blog, this is quote from my Nov.18, 2011 post the last time we visited Barcelona:

“Everyone knows Barcelona, but a lot of you haven’t heard of the history and culture of the region, Catalunya.  I won’t go into it in depth, but you should know that Catalunya, whose civilization, language, and character have been distinct for almost 2,000 years, extends across the Spanish-French border and centers around Barcelona.  Its borders are set by the people who are Catalan, not by any lines set by kings or governments (this is the same for the Basques, whose center is Bilbao, and extends into France).  Catalunya is the industrial center of Spain and the port of Barcelona is one of the major ports of the Mediterranean.  With a population of over 3 million, Barcelona is a city of contrasts.  It has long been a intellectual and artistic community and it is home to many artists and architects, the most well known, Antoni Gaudi.  Gaudi’s works and style is found everywhere in the region, but none are as famous as his design of the “Sagrada Familia”, a Catholic church that he began construction on in 1883.  The project was stopped in 1926 when Gaudi was hit by a tram and died.  The construction was started again by his disciples and still today is not completed.  It is one of the most beautiful churches in the world, and is a must see if you ever visit Barcelona.”

If you want to view my post on our last visit to Barcelona go to:

16 & 17 Nov. 2011;

Post 10. Atlantic/N. Africa/W. Med Cruise-Port#9 Barcelona, Spain – Day 1

Post 11. Atlantic/N. Africa/W. Med Cruise-Port#9 Barcelona, Spain – Day 2

As to the two days we were in Barcelona, this year, just like in 2011, Marisa took the high speed electric train from Zaragoza and met us on the major boulevard in Barcelona; “Las Ramblas”.  Here is Susy and Marisa in the side walk café ““Café del L’Opera”:

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If you scroll down to the last time we met Marisa you will find these two lovely ladies haven’t aged in 6 years.  We spent a long time chatting about the old times with Pepe (Marisa’s late husband) .  From the sidewalk café we decided to move to a “tapas” café, El National.  Here’s the three of us enjoying Spanish tapas:

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And the girls again in front of another café entrance:

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For those of you who don’t know Marisa and Pepe,  they were our landlords and more importantly our best friends during the five years we lived in Zaragoza.  We were so close that when Gigi got married the first time they flew to Detroit from Spain to be at her wedding.  We spent the entire afternoon with Marisa and she wanted to say hello and give a big “beso” to all of you who knew her and Pepe in Zaragoza.

Here are a few pictures of “Las Ramblas” as we walked to and from meeting Marisa:

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As the evening approached, I felt a little heavy headed, not well, so we headed back to the ship.  When we got back to the ship, we found I had a high temperature.  We visited Medical and I was told I had a flu, got medicated up, and headed for bed.  Needless to say I wasn’t in shape to go ashore on Day 2 in Barcelona and Susy was (as usual) a saint and stayed aboard to take care of me.  Don’t worry about me because it must have been a one or two day flu, because as I’m writing this post my temperature is normal, and I feel great.

Before I close I do want to show you a picture of a famous fort that overlooks the port and has protected it for centuries:

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A Lighthouse:

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And a look at the harbor opening:

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Well it’s on to Cadiz, Spain, Saturday, Apr. 15, 2017.  We only have Cadiz, Casablanca, and Funchal left and then it’s on to the Atlantic and home.  Until then,

Love You All,

Gary (alias Gagu)

P.S.  No Port signs for Barcelona because I was going to take it on Day 2.

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Responses

  1. Tengo un sentimiento especial hacia Barcelona ya que allí nació mi mejor amiga que fue Nieves.
    Chicos, ya se van acercando a casa después de un viaje tan largo, que lo sigan disfrutando.
    Besos, Adela


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