About 45 minutes to an hour from the port of Barcelona, Montserrat is a national park and a pilgrimage site in a spectacular setting. The name derives from the serrated look of the mountains. You can visit the basilica at Montserrat or simply come here for the stunning views over the valley. Learn more about… [Read More]
From Las Ramblas and its great markets to the Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s masterpiece, to Montserrat and its monastery, we cover all of Barcelona by bike, boat, bus and on foot.
If you are looking to cruise out of the UK this spring, summer or fall, you might want to consider Fred.Olsen Cruises. Along with P&O, Fred. Olsen serves the rapidly-expanding British market from a variety of UK-based homeports. Cruise departures are available from well-known ports like Southampton and Dover, as well as the smaller ports… [Read More]
Images of Alhambra, originally uploaded by Ralph Grizzle. From Malaga, motorcoaches make their way to Granada and its famous fortress, Alhambra. Moorish influence lives on here, even though the Muslim monarchs were driven out of their stronghold at the end of the 15th century. The wonderfully intact buildings and grounds mix nature with man-made elements… [Read More]
Flamenco in Granada, Spain, originally uploaded by Ralph Grizzle. Enjoy the impassioned style of dance known as Flamenco on shore excursions from Malaga and Cadiz.
Menorca, Spain, from Azamara Quest, originally uploaded by Ralph Grizzle. It’s a short walk from the cruise ship terminal up the stairs to the city center of Mahon, the largest city on the Spanish island Minorca. The British ruled the island from 1708 until 1802. The British influence, which lingers to this day, is seen… [Read More]
When In Barcelona, originally uploaded by Ralph Grizzle. Stroll into St. Joseph’s Market on Las Ramblas. Entering the market, look to your right for Pinotxo Bar and pull up a seat for a cappuccino or a cava and Pinocho’s warm hospitality.