17th November, 2019
It was still dark as we approached the famous city, passing under the busy airport flight path before entering the harbour upon where our local pilot hopped aboard. It was confirmed that we were to berth at Terminal C, just ahead of an enormous cruise ship already alongside.
Securely alongside at 08:00 and with a fancy air-bridge gangway rigged for everyone to walk ashore upon, I satisfied myself that my initial morning work had been completed and, after a brief broadcast wishing everyone a jolly day ashore, headed for a large breakfast.
The sun shone again throughout the day, making up for all that wetness in Livorno which now seemed an age distant. A stylish, dynamic city with spectacular Mediterranean scenery and a thriving social hub filled with open-air cafes, street entertainers and flower displays, one can find almost anything here in Barcelona.
Most of the sights, both old & new, can be viewed by wandering around the city’s busy streets with a map. However, we always like to go one better here at Saga and have someone reading the map for our guests, therefore of course we laid on guided tours around the city of various themes – even one to the famous Camp Nou; FC Barcelona’s football ground. Those less interested in footy could instead visit the Gran Teatre del Liceu (one of the great opera houses of Europe) and even enjoy a private recital there.
More adventurous souls might wish to head up into the mountains on a trip called ‘Mountain Top Monastery of Montserrat with Rack Train. This adventure promises a trip on an antique train to admire marvellous views from 4,280ft ‘Sawtooth Mountain’ as well as a visit to an ancient monastery initially founded way back in the 9th century, so they say. The highlight of the trip for some perhaps comes near the end of the tour, where one is invited to taste the local Aromas de Montserrat liquor. Yum!
Well there is too much to do here to write in one of my lowly blogs; many people are happy to just take the complimentary shuttle bus into town and roam around the fascinating Ramblas area of town before stopping in the many cafes or restaurants for a taste of local fodder. Unfortunately I did not have time to shoot off today however I took pleasure in seeing many guests return to the ship bearing grins & glowing faces.
Supper time signalled our departure, and we headed back out into the calm Mediterranean, bound for southern Spain, with a relaxing day at sea in between…
Captain Kim Tanner
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