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Barcelona architecture

May 5, 2016 1 comment

The Sagrada Familia and the many works of Antonio Gaudi are the most prominent architectural features of Barcelona. No question that he inspired a new way of designing buildings.   But he was not alone,  we visited several other sites designed by other architects that were spectacular.

Palau de la Musica:  Designed by Luis Montarer, this music hall took only 3 years to build (1905 – 1908).  It uses mostly organic forms,  emphasizing nature, color and light.  The exterior and interior feature beautiful statues and friezes, and fantastic stained glass to highlight everything.   Certainly worth a visit.

Hospital de la Santa Crue Saint Pau: A magnificent hospital site,  built between 1902 and 1930. A huge complex,  with significant buildings and almost a mile of underground tunnels for transport of both patients and supplies.   It is now a World Heritage Site.  It is truly a city within a city.

There is so much to see and take pictures of, here are a few.   More can be found in our photo albums,  click here and click on 2016 then cruises then Barcelona

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A view of the Nativity scene

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The ceiling reflects trees and nature

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Some of the artwork and stained glass

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But you better put up with crowds

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Stained glass skylight in Musica

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Behind the stage Musica

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View of one of the balconies

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Sculpture denoting Ride of the Valkyries

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Entrance to the hospital

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Some of the spectacular buildings

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Another architectural viewpoint

Cruising to Barcelona

May 3, 2016 1 comment

Our cruise left the Houston Cruise  Port Terminal on April 16.  It was the last cruise from this port, which is going to be converted to a container terminal. Our ship was the Norwegian Cruise Lines “Jade”, which was repositioning to Europe.  A seperate blog post details our extensive dining experience.

We made a quick stop in Miami to pick up more passengers.   Our first real port of call was St. Thomas,  VI where we got off for a walk before 6 days at sea.  A ride up the cable car gave some good views of the surroundings,  and our ship.

We joined with the cruisecritics.com crew and had a great time.   There were over 100 of us,  from around the world.   We even celebrated joint birthdays with Romola and Jennifer.   Special thanks to Viet for including us!

Our next stop was Funchal, Madeira where we had a nice excursion.   Our first stop was at the market,  with the usual collection of plants,  veggies, meat and seafood.   Always interesting to see what’s local!  Then, a short stop to taste the local Madeira wine. We even took a ride on their famous toboggan!

Then on to Barcelona.   I managed to get a picture of the Rock of Gibraltar,  even though it was late and I only had my small camera.   Then on to Barcelona,  where I’m sure new adventures await us.

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Serial in St Thomas

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Not all people that live here are poor

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Or ship on the left

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Or new friends Dan and Veronica

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Cliffs at Funchal

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Fishing village colors

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In the fish market

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Flower merchant in traditional clothes

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In the Madeira winery

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Living on the side of a hill

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Hang on!

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Vietnam and his new wife, who had a birthday

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Jennifer's birthday on the same day as romola

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Gibraltar at dusk

Caribbean cruise on the Jade

December 25, 2015 Leave a comment

We do a lot of cruising,  but never on Norwegian.  So when we saw a very low price on a cruise from Houston,  we decided to give “freestyle cruising” a try.   Especially since they offered upgraded dining.

The ship was the Jade, and we had an inside cabin.  It was small, but for our purpose just fine.   The room attendant was attentive and did a nice job.   The wood finish looked quite rich and attractive.  Our only complaint was location, right above one of the night clubs, made for noisy evenings.

The food was very good, especially the upgraded dining.  No problems there,  although the open dining can get quite busy.  The one problem we did have was that the Asian restaurant used MSG, which Romola is allergic to.   So we skipped that restaurant.

Overall though,  we enjoyed the ship and her crew.  So much, we’re going from Houston to Barcelona on her in April.

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The NFL Jade

 

 

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November 25, 2013 1 comment

The food markets in Spain are incredible.  If you can eat it (and some you shouldn’t) you can find it here.  Just for fun, browsing lets you see and learn things you’ve never known before.  And if you’re adventuresome, bring your wallet… Some highlights from the Barcelona and Cadiz markets.

Chocolate

Chocolate

Famous (and expensive!) hams

Famous (and expensive!) hams

Any cut of meat

Any cut of meat

Eggs

Eggs

Mushrooms!

Mushrooms!

Tomatoes (I think)

Blood oranges (I think)

All kinds of fruit

All kinds of fruit

Colorful candy

Colorful candy

Veggies

Veggies

Fish

Fish

More fish

More fish

Baby goat

Baby goat

Not sure how you prepare this!

Not sure how you prepare this!

Peppers

Peppers

Barcelona visit

November 25, 2013 1 comment

The city of Barcelona is a “must see” visit if you go to Europe.  Architecture, arts, food, markets, street life… it has everything!  So our recent 4 day visit, while short, yielded many pictures which I will try to reduce to a few albums.  This one is on the city itself and it’s many picturesque venues.

Approaching Barcelona after a long flight

Approaching Barcelona after a long flight

City overview

City overview

Ah yes, the always busy La Rambla

Ah yes, the always busy La Rambla

Daylight on the La Rambla

Daylight on the La Rambla

Lots of eating options

Lots of eating options

Street mimes are quite good, actually

Street mimes are quite good, actually

John Wayne in Barcelona?

John Wayne in Barcelona?

Give money, watch him peddle

Give money, watch him peddle

No camera, no problem.. have a drawing made

No camera, no problem.. have a drawing made

Early evenings and the crowds arenot there yet

Early evenings and the crowds arenot there yet

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Inside passage

Inside passage

Many statues

Many statues

Even lamp posts are decorative

Even lamp posts are decorative

Palace on the hill

Palace on the hill

Communication tower from last Olympics

Communication tower from last Olympics

Part of Olympic Village

Part of Olympic Village

Castle on the hill

Castle on the hill

At one time the city was defended from sea attacks

At one time the city was defended from sea attacks

Inside architecture

Inside architecture

Harbor at dusk

Harbor at dusk

Dusk in the city

Dusk in the city

Columbus at dusk...

Columbus at dusk…

... and at night, still pointing the wrong way!

… and at night, still pointing the wrong way!

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Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

November 8, 2013 Leave a comment

This is our third visit to Barcelona, and our third visit to the Sagrada Familia.  You could go here 100 times and never see the end, just a fabulous structure.  Under construction for some 120 years, it looks like another 100 before it is finished.  Simply amazing!

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Main entrance, south side

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The north entrance is kind of foreboding

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Looking up inside the church

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Some of the stained glass windows

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Sunlight streaming through the stained glass windows on one of the columns

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There are carvings everywhere

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The pulpit canopy

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Form, color and light

Our trip schedule

November 18, 2010 1 comment

We’re excited about our trip next week!  On Monday we leave for Barcelona, where we will spend a few days before boarding our two week cruise.  The cruise will take us to Sao Paulo, Brazil after visiting other sites along the way.  Our schedule:

  • 11/22 – On to Barcelona
  • 11/27 – Cruise starts
  • 11/29 – Seville, Spain
  • 11/30 – Lisbon, Portugal
  • 12/02 – Tenerife, Canary Islands
  • 12/09 – Salvador, Brazil
  • 12/11 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 12/12 – Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • 12/14 – Back in Lewisville.

Hope to take lost of pictures, and no sea sickness on the crossing!

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