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2009 - NCL GEM - TRANSATLANTIC - CADIZ

WHITE HILL VILLAGES AND A SHERRY TASTING IN JEREZ

OVERNIGHT, WE TRAVELLED SOUTH & TODAY ARE DOCKED IN CADIZ.

THE EXCURSION TAKES US INLAND TO ARCOS DE LA FRONTERA. ONE OF THE WHITE HILL VILLAGES OF SOUTHERN SPAIN & A STOP AT A SHERRY MAKING PLACE IN JEREZ.

WITH MAYBE TIME FOR A LOOK AT CADIZ.

ARCOS DE LA FRONTERA

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JEREZ

WE ARE HERE IN JEREZ, FROM WHICH WE GET THE WORD SHERRY, FOR WHAT ELSE - A SHERRY TASTING.

I HAD BOOKED THIS CRUISE & THIS TOUR LONG AGO & ALMOST FORGOT I HAD.

SOMETIME BETWEEN BOOKING & LEAVING ON THE CRUISE I HAD GIVEN UP ALCOHOL & HERE I AM IN A PLACE JAMMED PACKED WITH THE STUFF.

WE HAD 4 BOTTLES OF SHERRY PER TABLE OF EIGHT OR TEN.

I DID TRY SOME.

FIRST A LITTLE TOUR OF THE ESTABLISHMENT...

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MY MEMORY OF SHERRY IS RETIREMENT PARTYS AT WORK. OUT WOULD COME THE SHERRY. HORRIBLE STUFF & IT GIVES THE WORST EVER HANGOVER IMAGINABLE.

I GUESS THAT MUST HAVE BEEN THE CHEAPO, CHEAPO STUFF COS THE SHERRY HERE IS DELIGHTFUL. YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR I SUPPOSE.

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SOME SEVILLE ORANGES IN SEVILLE? JEREZ - IT'S CLOSE ENOUGH

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MOVING ON TO CADIZ - WAS THAT DRINKING ENOUGH TO PUT THE CAT AMONGST THE PIGEONS? NAH!

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SOME FINE SPANISH ART LOOKING OUT ON THE OCEAN .....

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DIDN'T COLUMBUS SET OUT TO FIND CHINA FROM HERE?

GOOD JOB HIS NAME WASN'T SOMETHING LIKE SHICKLEGRUBER.

SHICKLEGRUBER DAY

NOT COLUMBIA BUT SHICKLEGRUBER.

PRE-SHICKLEGRUBER ART.

JUST DOES NOT HAVE THE SAME RING TO IT.

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ANOTHER FINE DAY & TOMORROW IT IS GRENADA FOR THE FAMED - ALHAMBRA

Posted by hasbeen 19:47 Archived in Spain Comments (0)

2009 - NCL GEM - TRANSATLANTIC - THE ALHAMBRA

THIS IS SOMETHING SPECIAL

GRENADA & THE ALHAMBRA

I LIVED IN SPAIN FOR A FEW MONTHS DOING BAR WORK ETC. BUT NEVER WENT TO THE ALHAMBRA.

GOING TO RECTIFY THAT NOW.

LOTS OF PHOTOS. TOO MANY PROBABLY, BUT YOU TRY & PICK JUST A FEW. IT'S VERY HARD.

I AM ON A CRUISE AND SO I MUST BE IN A PORT BUT WHERE? MALAGA MAYBE.

ANYWAY - ON TO GRENADA.


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ONE OF MY FIRST EVER MEMORIES OF SPAIN IS SEEING THESE BULLS - 1968 - HEY JUDE WAS PLAYING IN THE BARS IN LLORET DEL MAR.

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IMPOSSIBLE TO KEEP PEOPLE OUT OF THE PICTURE ALL THE TIME ... SOMETIMES IT'S NOT WORTH TRYING...

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SNOW ON THE MOUNTAINS OUTSIDE GRENADA ...

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Posted by hasbeen 19:46 Archived in Spain Comments (0)

2009 - NCL GEM - TRANSATLANTIC - BARCELONA - THE END

ANTONI GAUDI - MASTERFUL

COMING TO THE END OF THE CRUISE NOW .. JUST CANNES & BARCELONA TO GO.

I WAS TEMPTED TO NOT EVEN GET OFF THE BOAT IN CANNES.

IN THE END I JUST TOOK A FEW SNAPS INTHE HARBOUR & WENT ASHORE FOR A BRIEF WALK AROUND AND A NIBBLE ON SOME PASTRIES.

CANNES

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THESE ARE TAKEN IN THE HARBOUR..

SOMEONE HAS SOME CASH.

IT DID NOT SEEM THAT BIG FROM A DISTANCE & THEN I SAW THE HELICOPTER ON THE BACK.

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AND ANOTHER NICE ONE. MUST BE SHORT OF CASH - NO HELICOPTER..

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BARCELONA

LA SAGRADA FAMILIA AS SEEN FROM THE DECK. I WILL MAKE A POINT OF GOING THERE

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BUT FIRST, IT'S NICE OF THE CAPTAIN TO PUT OUT THE BUNTING TO WAVE ME GOODBYE. THEN IT'S A TRIP TO SEE THE MONASTERY AT MONTSERRAT, IN THE HILLS NOT FAR FROM BARCELONA..

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NOW A WALK THROUGH BARCELONA TO GAUDI'S MASTERPIECE

I WALKED ALONG LAS RAMBLAS AND BRANCHED OFF FROM THERE. I HAVE NEVER SEEN SO MANY HOOKERS IN ONE PLACE OR PERHAPS I JUST DON'T GET OUT TOO MUCH.

A BIT FURTHER ALONG SOME MORE OF GAUDI'S WORK.

I WILL GO INSIDE SOME OF THESE IF I EVER GET BACK HERE.

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A PEE STOP - YOU DON'T SEE THESE TOO OFTEN ANY MORE.

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LA SAGRADA FAMILIA

ON ONE SIDE OF THE ROAD

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AND ON THE OTHER.

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I HEAR THAT THE CHURCH IS NOW OPEN FOR SERVICES BUT IT STILL LOOKED A BIT OF A SHAMBLES WHEN I WAS THERE.

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I WAITED AROUND FOR NIGHT TO FALL TO SEE IT LIT UP BUT THAT WAS A BIT OF A DISAPPOINTMENT.
JUST WHITE LIGHT, NOT VERY FLATTERING.

IT WAS VERY HARD TO TAKE PICTURES WITHOUT A CRANE IN THEM SO LOTS OF CROPPING WITH THESE PHOTOS.

OVER THE PYRENEES & PARIS & HOME

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A VERY GOOD TRIP & AND EXCELLENT WAY OF GETTING TO EUROPE INSTEAD OF BY PLANE. IF YOU CAN AFFORD THE TIME & COST.

THERE ARE SOMETIMES SPECIALS OR RE-POSITIONING CRUISES THAT A ARE GOOD DEALS..

Posted by hasbeen 19:20 Archived in Spain Tagged sagrada_familia Comments (0)

2012 - OCEAN PRINCESS - CANARY ISLANDS


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AS I TOOK THIS PHOTO SO A SMUDGE STARTED TO APPEAR IN EVERY PHOTO. I HAVE TRIED TO ZOOM & CROP AROUND IT BUT YOU WILL SEE IT SOMETIMES.

SOMETHING ON THE SENSOR - NEVER DID GO AWAY, SO I BOUGHT A NEW CAMERA..

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I HAD NEVER THOUGHT OF THE CANARY ISLANDS AS BEING HILLY, BUT HERE WE GO, CLIMBING, UP & UP...

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GREAT LOOKING CACTUS...

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TERRACED HILLSIDES ALWAYS LOOK GOOD. HARD TO BELIEVE PEOPLE CAN FARM WHERE IT'S SO STEEP, BUT THEY DO..

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AND WHAT GOES UP, MUST COME DOWN & HERE WE ARE AT THE BEACH...LOOKING VERY BROWN...

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I NEARLY MISSED THE BUS HERE, STEPPING INTO A BAR FOR A QUICK COFFEE...

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WE STOPPED AT A VILLAGE SQUARE WHERE PEOPLE WERE TAKING PART IN GAMES...

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NOW YOU PROBABLY THINK THAT THE CANARIES WERE NAMED FOR BIRDS, OR VISE VERSA, BUT THERE MAY BE CANARYS HERE & THEY MAY BE NAMED FOR THE ISLANDS, BUT THE ISLANDS ARE NAMED FOR DOGS.

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NOT THAT DOG THOUGH - IT SHOULD BE IN DALMATIA

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SOME LOVELY OLD BUILDINGS

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AND THAT'S JUDITH. ON HER WAY TO OR FROM THE HOP ON HOP OFF SHE TOOK WITH JOSH. SHE HAS A FUNNY STORY ABOUT THAT BUT I CANNOT REMEMBER IT..
THEY SAY TO DRESS DOWN WHERN GOING ASHORE - I GUESS JUDITH DID NOT GET THE MAIL.

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NOT A FANTASTIC TOUR.
A BIT TOO MUCH DRIVING & NOT ENOUGH WALKING FOR ME.

A BIT RAINY IN THE HILLS WHERE WE WERE IN CLOUD, BUT IT DID NOT LAST LONG & LOVELY WEATHER IN THE CANARIES AND GREAT LOOKING BEACHES..

Posted by hasbeen 03:20 Archived in Spain Comments (0)

2012 - OCEAN PRINCESS - SEVILLE


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CADIZ - ANDALUCIA - IN SPAIN

THIS IS THE MARINA, NOT THE OCEAN PRINCESS

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THE OCEAN PRINCESS HAS LEFT AFRICA BEHIND & ARRIVED IN EUROPE.

I HAVE SPENT MONTHS IN SPAIN OVER THE YEARS BUT NEVER BEEN TO SEVILLE. I AM GOING TO RECIFY THAT TODAY. THE SHIPS TOUR IS GOING TO GET ME THERE AND THEN LEAVE ME TO MY OWN DEVICES.

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IT IS A COUPLE OF FAIRLY PLEASANT HOURS ON THE ROAD TO SEVILLE.

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AND I HEAD STRAIGHT FOR THE ALCAZAR & I COULD BE BACK IN MOROCCO.

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WHAT WONDERFUL BUILDINGS THE MOORS BUILT DURING THEIR TIME IN SPAIN. THE ALHAMBRA NEAR GRENADA WHICH I HAVE VISITED & NOW THE ALCAZAR.

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THE ALCAZR THAT IS IN CORDOBA TO GO, & I WILL HAVE TO START INVESTIGATING THE LESS FAMOUS ONES.

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A LOT OF WORDS STARTING WITH AL HAVE ARABIC BACKGROUNDS & ALCOHOL IS ONE OF THEM WHICH IS STRANGE CONSIDERING MUSLIMS DO NOT ALLOW THE DRINKING OF ALCOHOL.

SOMETHING ELSE TO GOOGLE.

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AFTER A FEW HOURS IN THE ALCAZAR I WANDER THE BACKSTREETS.

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SEVILLE CATHEDRAL I SUSPECT...

& THIS IS A SHOPPING MALL, IF YOU CAN BELIEVE IT....

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TAKE A SNACK IN A CAFE AND GENERALLY MOOCH ABOUT TIL THE BUS COMES TO DRIVE US BACK TO CADIZ.

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EVERYONE IS RIGHT ON TIME..BUT

ANOTHER TOUR BUS HAD A COUPLE ABOARD WHO ARGUED WHEN THEY ARRIVED IN SEVILLE AND WENT THEIR SEPARATE WAYS FOR THE DAY. COME TIME TO GET BACK ON THE BUS & THERE WAS NO SIGN OF THE MAN. THE WOMAN REFUSED TO LET THE BUS GO WITHOUT HIM & WOULD NOT GET OFF THE BUS TO WAIT FOR HIM. SHE THREATENED THE GUIDE WITH CHARGING HER FOR A TAXI BACK TO CADIZ IF SHE WAS FORCED TO GET OFF.

SHE MADE A BUS LOAD OF PEOPLE WAIT FOR OVER AN HOUR UNTIL HE TURNED UP.

IF I HAD BEEN THE GUIDE, I WOULD HAVE LEFT THEM BOTH THERE.

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THERE WAS A TREMENDOUS TRAFIC JAM GOING THROUGH CADIZ & WITH TIME GETTING SHORT TO REACH THE BUS, THE GUIDE GOT OFF THE BUS. HELD UP THE TRAFFIC TO LET OUR BUS GO BY & JUMPED BACK ON AGAIN - TO A GREAT ROUND OF APPLAUSE.

JUST LIKE A MATADOR WITH EL TORRO & TILTING AT WINDMILLS - BUT NO ORANGES.

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SEVILLE GETS SOME POOR WRITE-UPS LATELY ON ACCOUNT OF CRIME BUT I FOUND IT A VERY PLEASANT PLACE TO VISIT.

Posted by hasbeen 03:00 Archived in Spain Comments (0)

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