Thursday, November 5, 2009

Day Three : The Long Cruise

Day Three: The Long Cruise

MS Rotterdam, Barcelona

Another perfect day of weather, and a chance to visit one of our favourite cities. Because we have been here a few times and are familiar with the territory, we merely did a leisurely walk-about, spending some time getting photos in the gorgeous Boqueria ( fresh market). I‘m a foodie so I was interested in all the varieties of fruit, stalls with piles of different mushrooms, jambon that sells for 150 euros a kilo, salt cod pilfered from Newfoundland, and candy stalls with nougat and marzipan.

Then we continued up the Ramblas, enjoying the crowds, photographing the street performers. We did some shopping at El Corte Ingles, mostly food, and mostly special treats to put in my grown children’s Christmas stockings. This city is a paradise for anyone who loves food. We walked through the lovely Gothic Quarter, and had coffee in a little corner café with deep leather chairs. While we were there, a woman had her purse stolen from her table. It happened in a brief second - and it made us be a bit more aware of our belongings, We walked back to the ship in time for dinner.


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