Monday, November 6, 2017

Rest of the Cruise

The remainder days on our cruise took us to
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Barcelona, Spain
Ajaccio, France

In Palma, the capital city of the island Mallorca, we took a whirlwind
tour on the city's Hop On Hop Off bus.
We were able to capture some great shots of the Cathedral of Santa Maria,

Inside the cathedral was the stunning
rose window, one of the largestest in the world.
It measures 40 feet across.

One of the beautiful sculptures in the cathedral.

Incredible installation by Miquel Barcelo, reminiscent of Antoni Gaudi's work

Photo credit from internet - my batteries failed me for this picture.

On the Cathedral steps - a bit wind blown looking from sitting on the top deck of the bus.

the beautiful harbour and marina,

the hilltop medieval castle/fortress called Bellver Castle

Ancient windmill's along the way - such a beautiful city!

That evening we sailed to Barcelona, Spain

We only had one day at this port and were fortunate to hire a very knowledgable and interesting taxi driver to tour us through this stunning city.
So thankful this tour took place shortly before all the recent unrest in that city.

We could see Gaudi's famous La Sagrada Familia in the distance.
This church has been under construction since the late 1800s.
It is simply stunning inside and out!

Other Gaudi buildings and Park Guell which he designed.
All strange and wonderful.

Following a quick trip up to Monjuic Hill and a refreshing glass of Sangria,
we headed down to the famous La Rambla

Marilyn Monroe greeted us on the street!
La Rambla market - goat head anyone?

It was time to board the ship and we looked forward to our delicious
Spanish dinner - Paella (the best meal we had on the ship by far)!

Joanne and I decided to dress up a bit and wear our leopard leggings
to hang out in the ship's leopard lounge - silly ladies!!!
That was another amazing and exhilarating day!
Barcelona - we hope and pray that all the political unrest can be resolved and soon.

The next morning we arrived in Ajaccio, France on the island of Corsica.
We walked to the town square and experienced their delightful market.

Enjoyed the town square fountain.

And the perfect spot to rest and have a delicious Gelato!

This is the town where Napoleon Bonapart 1769-1821 was born and lived!
There is a wonderful museum dedicated to his family - we did not take the time to see this.

We were all on board for the 7 p.m. departure - our final sunset night on this
beautiful ship.
We dressed up, ate some fancy food and enjoyed the sunset.

Meanwhile here at home - I finished a baby quilt for my almost 4 month old great niece - Maia Star!

Till next time - November has taken me a bit by surprise. So much to do ...


  1. What a wonderful trip. That window is amazing and huge! Must have been something to see in person. Sweet name for the new babe and great quilt for her. It is surprising that it's November already!

  2. I feel as you do. What? November?! (It happens to me every year.)

    What amazing sights you saw on this trip! And tastes! No thank you to the goat head, but the paella sounds delicious! And the gelato, of course!

  3. It sounds (and looks) like you had an awesome trip! Thanks for sharing a few of your experiences with us. Gelato at a sidewalk cafe in Corsica sounds delightful.

  4. His fun to take a cruise! This world has some great places to explore. I love the baby quilt!

  5. What a wonderful, memorable vacation! Thanks for sharing it with us, Rosella!

  6. SO many more places in the world I now must put on my bucket list! What an amazing trip you had!!!

  7. Such lovely and interesting places! I especially like the Rose Window - amazing!!

    And the markets were wonderful - I'm sure I'd buy there instead of at a supermarket if we had them. we have a Farmer's Market on Sat but it's indoors and so crowded!

    Your quilt is beautiful- lucky baby!!

    Happy weekend!

  8. Oh, how much to see!!!! I want to grab a fig and I love the leopard leggings photo! How fun!

  9. Looks like a delightful vacation! I would love to be able to go see and experience it someday.


  10. This vacation looks like a dream! So much to see and experience. Thanks for taking me with you on this virtual cruise. Awesome photos.


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