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I am a retired English teacher and department head, the mother of three, grand mother of three, and have been married to the same man for 42 years. I subscribe to Dr. PM Forni's concept of Civility. I was born in South Philadelphia and grew up in the 'burbs. I love soft pretzels and cheesesteaks, the Phillies, the Eagles, and San Diego. I love being Mom, Aunt Kathy, Nona Kathy, and Teacher. I spend a lot of time in my gardens in the spring and summer, and in the winter I plan what I'm going to plant. I also am an avid reader and photographer.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Se Habla Catalan???

Our trip began with a flight from BWI to Atlanta where we met Margie and David and then flew from Atlanta to Barcelona.  Two good things about flying all night:   the view of the most starry-heavens I've ever seen and the experience of flying into a sunrise.  Magnificent!


After we landed at around 9 AM, we decided to walk La Rambla (before taking well-needed naps)- the famous street in Barcelona.  We stopped for coffee and a small breakfast here.


La Rambla is a beautiful people space.  Lots of shops, tapas places, carts, and many people to watch - like this street performer.


Gorgeous architecture...


Lots of motorbikes...

American influence...


including a huge billboard for Hamilton watches that used to be made in Lancaster, PA...


People spaces everywhere....

Here we are waiting to board the HAL Nieuw Amsterdam.



And the Mediterranean as we sail into the sunset..
And arrive in Livorno two days later... Where we would visit the walled city of Lucca, a winery, and a beautiful villa.

10 comments:

Kimberly said...

Loved Barcelona. Looking forward to more about your trip!

jane said...

oh lovely! next stop italy. can´t wait! :)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Sounds like a fabulous trip, Kathy... I'll be anxious to hear more and see more pictures.

Love your roses also.
Hugs,
Betsy

George said...

It looks as if your cruise got off to a great start. I really like your photos from Barcelona, but that Mediterranean sunset is awesome.

Mage said...

This is all so magic. Thanks for the pictures too. I have a granddaughter and two son-in-laws on La Rambla. I can see you all there. Looking forward to the cruise shots. :)

Retired English Teacher said...

I've always wanted to go to Barcelona. Your photos have only made we wish to go there more. I look forward to reading more about your trip.

Gilly said...

Ah! Cruising! have a wonderful time, off and on board ship - we have just got back from our cruise and I'm definitely missing the sun!

Lena said...

What awesome photos! Looks like you all had a great time! How could you not?

How did your knee hold up?

Barb said...

Have a wonderful trip, Kathy I think I still have an old Hamilton watch of my mom's.

Kay said...

These gorgeous photos bring back such lovely memories, especially of Barcelona.