Donnelly Great Loop Adventure 2017

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Tacky without being Gaudi and cooking Paella (7/31/19)

Can there be more Gaudi in this city?  The answer, as we find out this morning, is yes.  A whole town’s worth of Gaudi.  Plus we learn how to cook Paella.

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A walk about Barcelona (7/30/19)

After our big day of museums yesterday (for the record, it was two, but you would have thought it was 1,000 the way the gallery was yelling), the decision was to minimize the museums unless they were ‘fun.’  Today we would be walking through the town seeing the highlights.

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Barcelona; we get taken for a ride and almost run out of town (7/28/19-7/29/19)

Jan:  “This is the ugliest castle we have ever seen.”

Jim:  “This isn’t a castle, it is a cathedral.”

Jan:  “This is the ugliest cathedral we have ever seen.”

A conversation between Jan (asserting that the building in front of us was an ugly castle) and me (correcting her on the ‘castle’ thingy) standing in front of the Basilica de la Sagrada Familia.  A very famous cathedral designed by architect Gaudi. And perhaps a reason for us to get run out of town.

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Cannes or Majorca. Which one is our retirement place? (7/26/19-7/27/19)

Two more stops on our trip before we get back to Barcelona, one in France and one in Spain (albeit on an island off the coast).  First is Cannes, France which is French for “Rich place by the sea.”  Second is the island of Majorca which is Spanish for “Rich place by the sea.”  Weird, right?  We have no plans other than to see both places and pretty low expectations overall.  Which is why we are surprised when Jan picks Cannes as “her place to retire.”

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We cruise again! Kind of… (7/21/19-7/22/29)

Good news?  We are back on a boat!  Bad news?  It is only for a week, we aren’t in charge of where it goes, and we are joined by about 4,000 other people.  We are on a cruise ship for seven days.  We shall see if we survive.

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Onward to Spain (7/19/19-7/20/19)

We are shutting down our France part of the story; today we begin the two day journey from northwestern France to southeastern Spain.  From (not) speaking French to (not) speaking Catalonian.  It will be a combination of car, train, metro, walking and high speed train, but by the time we are done, we will be set for the next part of the trip. Continue reading “Onward to Spain (7/19/19-7/20/19)”

Mont St. Michel: A tourist trap for centuries! (7/15/19)

One of the iconic images of France is the island on which sits Mont St. Michel.  Usually photographed at high tide to capture the reflection of the monastery on the water that surrounds it.  It is a short hour(ish) drive from Bayeux; we gotta see this thing.  Hope no one else has the same idea. 

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