Back on the ship, we arrived in Barcelona and were taken aback by this busy city compared to some of the previous stops.
The interior of Catedral de la Santa Cruz y Santa Eulalia, also known as Barcelona Cathedral. The cathedral construction started in the 13th century.
Wandering through the different neighborhoods, this is definitely a city filled with culture and art.
Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, Church of the Holy Family was Gaudí’s most ambitious project. Construction started in 1882 and still ongoing to this date.
The Nativity Façade dedicated to the birth of Jesus, was the first façade to be completed in 1930.
After touring the Sagrada Familia, we walked uphill towards Park Güell.
View of city and the bay from the highest point.
Viaducts built on a slope as a retaining to support the structures above.
One of the unique buildings designed by Gaudi in the city.
Las Ramblas, the famous walking street for tourist and locals alike. Street performers, boutiques, and sidewalk cafes line both sides of the street.
Ending at the waterfront, we stopped for a Catalan seafood dinner!
Next day we made the stop at Palma de Mallorca on the island of Majorca.
Filled with narrow cobbled streets, we really enjoyed walking through the old part of town.
Carmen bought a pair of shoes here, only to find out it is mismatched later on!
Back on the ship, the city in the background.
Next day is a day at sea as we make our way back to Civitavecchia, where we started.
My favourite activity was the belly flop contest, with ratings given out by the ship’s crew!
Farewell, Mariner of the Seas!