A busman’s holiday

We enjoyed a month and a bit in beautiful (but hot) Bay of Los Angeles. The parade of wildlife never stopped and there was a nice group of cruisers to interact with when we felt like being social. There was even an organized “Full Moon” party on the beach and estuary at La Mona. Good times.

We had to bug out a little early though for a couple of reasons. Judy’s lower back problems require occasional treatment (radial frequency ablation) to help manage the pain and she organized one of those through the internet at the BLA village. That plus, we needed a vacation from this brutally demanding lifestyle of ours. Apparently. At least, that’s what the Princess says and thus it is so.

Off we went for the Marina at San Carlos, Sonora. A comfortable and secure place to leave Milagro while we chased these other things. Regular and inexpensive bus service directly to Phoenix was attractive as well. Judy was able to get her procedure thereby increasing her prospects for reduced pain for the next several months. Then, keeping up our momentum, we proceeded to Barcelona (España) to begin our vacation – a cruise ship ride across the Atlantic Ocean.

I know, right? A boat ride? We could have stayed “home” and had a boat ride! And weren’t we concerned that Milagro might be jealous? We probably should be but here we are doing it anyway.

We board the ship about noon tomorrow, Saturday, September 6 but we have enjoyed a couple of days playing tourist in Barcelona. And, while we’ve only been able see a fairly small portion of it, I have a new city to add to my short list of favorites – Barcelona, the cultural heart of Catalonia. Judy feels the same.

Inside Antonin Gaudi's Sagrada Familia Cathedral. Love his work or hate it, there's not much in between, Gaudi was probably genius and certainly way ahead of his time.

Inside Antonin Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia Cathedral. Love his work or hate it, there’s not much in between, Gaudi was probably genius and certainly way ahead of his time.

Most of you know that my former life caused me to visit many, many cities all over the world – way too many, maybe. Of course I did develop some favorites like Singapore, Paris, Shanghai, Vancouver, Sydney and others but I have to say, Barcelona deserves a spot on that list as well. It strikes me as sort of

Another glimpse inside the cathedral designed by Gaudi. Simply incredible!

Another glimpse inside the cathedral designed by Gaudi. Simply incredible!

like Paris but nicer; just as pretty and engaging but cleaner and easier to navigate. I have never had anything but positive interactions with Parisians – well, there was that one time we got on the wrong train and spent the entire night and no small amount of Euros trying to get back. We were CS gassed by a group of teenaged boys at some remote station way south of Paris, but that’s another story. A little drinking may have been involved. Barcelona seems a little friendlier somehow. The jury is still out regarding a food comparison with Paris although Paris would be awfully hard to beat in that department. Still, it seems to be as varied and as good. Another visit, or two, and we could answer that question with more conviction.

La Boqueria, the mercado downtown.

La Boqueria, the mercado downtown.

A clean, friendly, well laid out city in a beautiful setting, Barcelona deserves much more time than we have been able to give her. I don’t know how or when we could pull it off however, we are certain that we would like to return and spend more time here.

Our Transatlantic cruise will terminate in San Juan, Puerto Rico on September 20 where we will spend an additional week playing tou

Jeez, I do love food markets!

Jeez, I do love food markets!

rist along with our long time good friends Wally & Kristi Lawrence. While there are several variables that could affect this date, we believe we’ll rejoin Milagro on, or about, the end of the first week of October.

 

 

Yes, even in Spain, PORK FAT RULES!

Yes, even in Spain, PORK FAT RULES!

Inside La Boqueria you find an explosion of colors, textures and patterns.

Inside La Boqueria you find an explosion of colors, textures and patterns.

 

 

 

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