Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Here We Go


Hello, Dear Ones!
I wanted to share with you our 15 day cruise to Barcelona, Spain that we took recently.
We just returned last Thursday evening and I'm still a bit fuzzy from the time changes.
If you would like to see my first post about our ship, you can click HERE.

This was our first port ~ Nassau, Bahamas.
We had to pose in the most touristy spot!

A few sights around town.

Our next port was Medeira, Portugal.
Such a lovely place.

An open market place.

Oh, this was so much fun. We rode a cable car up the mountain and the views were so beautiful!

I got my snaps out of order...oh well.
This was Alicante, Spain, our fourth stop, such a lovely place.
We've been to Cannes, France and I promise we thought we were there.
Alicante looked so much like Cannes.
Just had to show you these marvelous sand sculptures!
The horse was lifesize.

Our third port was Gibraltar and we rode in another cable car to the top of The Rock!
Here we are at the top! It was such a beautiful view and we could see across the waters to Africa!
But...
the highlight for me on The Rock was the Barbary monkeys! 
Look at these little boogers and they don't have tails.
They are very used to folks and I was able to get pretty close to snap their pictures.
I wanted to add this funny little trio of art that is used for a warning. We were not to touch the monkeys or feed them. We were told they loved women's hair and would pull it sometimes. If you had food they would grab it from your hands or even your camera!  And they will bite!!
I heeded the warning and all was well. But when I walked away a man who was standing close by screamed! I turned around and one of the monkeys had jumped on his back! Yikes!

Our final port and destination was Barcelona, Spain.
When we got off our ship we stayed for three days and toured all around Barcelona.
It's really a beautiful city.
Look at the bottom left little sign.
This was a doggy pooping area only! I loved this!
One of the biggest tourist attractions was this church. We could go in, but the lines were 10 miles long or so :) so we just viewed from the outside.
The adding on just continues.
We saw these hanging legs everywhere. I think they were pig legs but I'm not sure!
There was fish to choose from. I walked by holding my tiny nose.
The kitty seemed interested though! ;)
This little area was surrounded by many olden apartments or flats, I'm not sure what you would call them in Spain. But at around 4:30 pm in the afternoons the space came alive. Families would come out with dogs and children. It was so fun watching the little children running around chasing each other and kicking their balls. Some of the shops would just be opening. 
We came every afternoon to the little market on the bottom left and bought bottled water and oranges. The oranges were some of the best I've ever eaten and so sweet!
You can see we ordered some pizza and ate outside and pretended to be locals! :)
The really nice restaurants didn't open until 8 pm and we just didn't want to wait and eat that late so we made do! :) We really look like we've gone without eating, don't we? ;0
This was the most beautiful art museum!
The top right painting is by the artist El Greco and is called Christ Carrying The Cross.
Many years ago we were in Madrid, Spain and visited the Prado Art Museum.
We picked up a canvas that had been printed and then art students had painted over the design in oils.
The canvas we bought for $2 (US money) was Christ Carrying The Cross
 and it's the same size as the original.
I feel very attached to that painting and almost cried when I saw it here in the museum.
 I've been looking at one almost just like it in my home hanging on my wall for over 30 years.
Well, there you have it ~ our trans Atlantic cruise.
We had a wonderful time and I do feel so blessed to get to travel from time to time.
But it's always great to get to come back home and sleep in my bed.
My laundry is not quite done yet and my house needs a good cleaning since it sat collecting dust and bugs for 19 days.
But Chloe Dawn is thrilled to be home and I have my diet Cherry Dr. Peppers in the fridge.
Life is good!

I'm linking to Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Tuesdays At Our Home at Our Home Away From Home 
 Oh, The Places I've Been at The Tablescaper

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~ 

Spanish Harlem

There is a rose in Spanish Harlem
A red rose up in Spanish Harlem
It is a special one, it's never seen the sun
It only comes out when the moon is on the run
And all the stars are gleaming
It's growing in the street right up through the concrete
But soft and sweet and dreamin'

There is a rose in Spanish Harlem
A red rose up in Spanish Harlem
With eyes as black as coal that look down in my soul
And starts a fire there and then I lose control
I have to beg your pardon
I'm going to pick that rose and watch her as she grows in my garden
I'm going to pick that rose and watch her as she grows in my garden

(There is a rose in Spanish Harlem)
La-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la-la
(There is a rose in Spanish Harlem)
La-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la-la
(There is a rose in Spanish Harlem) 
~ Sung by Ben E. King

39 comments:

  1. Sheila, what a fabulous trip. I have never been to Spain, but hubby has when he was in the Navy. Those sand sculptures are magnificent. People are so talented.

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  2. Oh, my! I've been to neither Spain nor the Bahamas, but now I sort of feel I have! It's just gorgeous and it's clear you had a wonderful time. Those sand sculptures captured me too, along with the market. And I think what gets me most is all that sun! Looks like some may come around but it certainly has taken its own sweet time. How nice of your to demand your time in the sun, hop a ship and find it!

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  3. Loved the tour through your eyes. It's always good to get home, isn't it? Sally

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  4. That looks like a wonderful trip Shelia. You sure got some great pictures.

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  5. What a wonderful trip, Sheila! Was this a repositioning cruise? How many days were you at sea crossing the Atlantic? (I LOVE days at sea; so relaxing!) So glad you got to take this fantastic trip.
    Hugs, Beth

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  6. Swoon!!!!!! Your trip dear lady looks amazing! I'm so happy for you both, it's so much fun to take trips together. I totally love Spain and Portugal too! Thanks for sharing these photos with us.
    Big hugs,
    FABBY

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  7. Oh what fun you two must have had! Wonderful pictures! Felt like I was there too! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  8. Shelia, I missed your previous post so I will include it in my comment here. Your photos of your trip are beautiful. What a fun time you must have had to see all those sites. So many interesting and pretty things to see and I like how you put them in mosaics. ( I know that would take a long time!) I did notice that your hair is getting longer and I think it looks really sweet. It's fun to get away like that but it's also nice to get back home too. Have a great day. Hugs, Pamela

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  9. Oh your trip looks like so much fun. Gorgeous old buildings. Thanks for sharing the fun. Hugs, Marty

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  10. What a wonderful trip......and memorable sights, thanks for sharing!!!

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  11. Oh,Shelia! You have made me sooo homesick!!! LOL We used to vacation in Alicante when we were little and also in a little town outside Barcelona named Sitges. I grew up in Madrid. Life is sure different in Spain, specially dinner time. LOL I am so glad you had a wonderful time. What a fabulous trip!

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  12. Hi! I'm visiting from Kathy's and so glad I did! Your trip sounds it like it was wonderful! And those sand sculptures...wow! Gorgeous!

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  13. Wow!!! What a fabulous trip. We're taking a cruise to Bermuda this year. Hopefully, we will take the trip you took soon.

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  14. Thanks for giving us a little taste of your amazing trip!! You captured your visits along the way with beautiful photos.
    Mary Alice

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  15. Thanks for sharing your lovely photos of all the countries you visited. So many beautiful places to see and make memories!

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  16. Oh Shelia, what a fabulous trip you guys got to enjoy...I'm envious! So many interesting sights to see...thank you for sharing them. We've never gone to those countries. We traveled a great deal when DH first retired but he can't walk far now, so our trips are short & sweet.

    I'm so glad you went while you were both healthy & able to enjoy the sights.
    fondly,
    Rett

    p.s. I don't think I would have liked those monkeys! Yikes!

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  17. forgot to say you should link up to The Tablescaper's Friday party..."oh the places I've been".

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  18. What a fabulous trip. I thoroughly enjoyed your pics. The sand sculptures were incredible.

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  19. G'morning Shelia (well it is here) and I've just enjoyed your post over a cup of coffee. I had to look through a couple of times to really absorb all the beauty. This was wonderful - informative and gorgeously put together (I fully appreciate the effort involved with putting this post together!) What an interesting and wonderful country. (Gosh awful that that monkey leapt on that poor fellow) I would have died and my screams would have been heard back at the ship. Oh yeah....
    Hugs
    R.

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  20. You certainly know how to celebrate! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  21. Welcome back, sweet dear!

    What a wonderful vacation- and I feel as though I went with you with such glorious awesome pictures! Thanks so much for sharing your trip with us!

    My hubs and I take a cruise every anniversary and we always take Princess Cruise Lines...glad to know you enjoy RC.

    Hugs.

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  22. I know you and Mr Precious had a great time. Just looking at your smiles says it all! That church in Barcelona is amazing! What a fun time you had and lots and lots of gorgeous photos!!
    hugs,
    Linda

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  23. Beautiful pictures of your trip! Looks like you had a wonderful time.
    Hugs,
    Donna

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  24. My hubby and I did almost the exact same cruise! We LOVED it! Beautiful photos!

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  25. What a fun trip, Shelia! I can't get over that great cruise to Europe. Neat! And I loved all the places you shared with us. GREAT pics.

    Thank you for sharing your trip with us!

    xo,

    Sheila

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  26. It sure looks like you had a fun time! I'd be afraid of those monkeys though! I hope you bought some souveniers!!

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  27. What beautiful pictures, looks like you had a brilliant time xx

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  28. The two of you look great! It must have been fabulous! Thank you for sharing your latest adventure.

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  29. Beautiful photos from your amazing trip, Sheila! Greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

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  30. Oh my gosh Shelia, I have missed your cruise posts and the photos tell the most romantic and awesome good time you had. I just spent the last thirty minutes drooling over the ship and then the places you visited while cruising. I love the scenery pics 'so much' but my favorite photos are of you and your hubby. You look beautiful and I like your hair a bit longer. Your hubs is as handsome as ever. The photo of you both on the dress up night is so wonderful. You look awesome and sooooo happy. What a wonderful cruise and vacation to celebrate your "40th Anniversary." Congratulations and loving wishes for many more to come.
    Love you bunches,
    Jeanne & Bill (Bill loved seeing your posts too) We both love to cruise so much.

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  31. It looks like you had a fabulous time! I know I would have, LOL! Thanks for sharing your trip with us!

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  32. Thanks for sharing your amazing trip. I loved going to Barcelona, Spain and seeing the interesting Sagrada Familia Church was the highlight of our cruise in 2010.
    xo
    Betty @ My Cozy Corner

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  33. Thanks for so many great photos -- I loved seeing them. I have been to several cities in Spain and Portugal, but haven't made it to Barcelona yet. It's on the list! Looks like you had a great time.

    I think everything closes about noon and reopens about 4 -- and they eat very late. Then they stroll around in parks till midnight! What a life!

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  34. A cruise is on my top priority, think next year!!!! These pictures are stunning, Spain looks wonderful.
    ann

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  35. This looks like an absolutely amazing trip! The sights were amazing and the monkeys looked so cute - but not!

    Wonderful to have you at "Oh, the PLACES I've been!"

    - The Tablescaper

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  36. Hi Shelia *hugs*
    Wonderful pictures! You had such a good trip. I really think those sand sculptures are amazing too...beautiful water, flowers, buildings. I do adore a cruise too.
    Thank you for sharing and hope you have a great week too.
    Judi

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  37. What a wonderful vacation! I LOVE Barcelona! My hubs lived there for a couple of years way back before we were married and going there with him is one of my favorite things! A few years ago we took a Barcelona to Barcelona cruise around the Med with 7 days in Barna on the front end and 3 days on the back end. Oh, how I wish you could have gone into La Sagrada Familia (the big church with the long line). It's so amazing! The Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya is also so wonderful - I'm so happy you got to see a painting that meant so much to you. Did you know that it was originally the government seat when Catalunya was it's own country? Ahhh...I'm jealous. I want to go back again! Oh...an apartment in Spain is called a piso. Thank you for bringing back so many happy memories! Now, where is the number of my travel agent....

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