Gaudi’s Masterpiece: The Church of the Sagrada Familia

Follow us on Facebook! Our 2009 trans-Atlantic cruise ended in Barcelona. We stayed three extra days there before flying back to Canada and covered a lot of ground in those three days. Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain and the capital of Catalonia. Its history goes back to Roman times. Situated on the Mediterranean […]

Photo Gallery: Malaga

Follow us on Facebook! Here are a few additional photos of our visit to Malaga, Spain. Alongside the Alcazaba. The Castillo de Gibralfaro is at the top of the hill ahead. Looking up at part of the Alcazaba Janis by a gate in the Alcazaba Along the ramparts of the Alcazaba, the city of Malaga in […]

Malaga: A Tale of Two Castles

Follow us on Facebook! The fourth stop on our 2009 cruise was Malaga, a small Spanish city on the Mediterranean 134 kilometres from Gibraltar. As we did in Cadiz, we decided to explore Malaga on our own rather than take an organized excursion. The city is a short hop by bus from the port. Malaga is an ancient city with […]

Photo Gallery: Lisbon

Here are some additional photos of our visit to Lisbon. At a park along the waterfront we found these interesting benches before we went into the city itself. The 25 de Abril Bridge and our cruise ship as seen from the ramparts of the Castelo de Sao Jorge The battlements of the Castelo. One of […]

Old Lisbon

The second port of call on our 2009 trans-Atlantic cruise was Lisbon, Portugal. While had taken a shore excursion on our first stop, Tenerife in the Canary Islands, we opted to check out Lisbon on our own. Upon disembarking, there were free shuttle buses to transport us to the Baixa and surrounding districts which make up the historic […]

Photo Gallery: Cadiz

Follow us on Facebook! Here are some additional pictures of our visit to Cadiz in 2009. Hungry cats find a friend. Cats feasting atop the sea wall. That’s the Atlantic Ocean in the background. Excavation continues at the Roman theatre. The Cathedral of Cadiz The pulpit inside the cathedral. Inside the Cathedral of Cadiz. It is […]

The Cats of Cadiz

Follow us on Facebook! Cadiz, Spain was the third port of call on the trans-Atlantic cruise we took in April 2009. It lies along the coast of Spain  on the Atlantic about 150 kilometres from Gibraltar (119 km via the inland route), not quite two thirds of the way from Portugal to Gibraltar. It lies on a […]

Abbotsford Tulip Festival

Follow us on Abbotsford Tulip Festival, for more. Close-up of one of the myriads of tulips in bloom. Many vibrant colours are a feast for the eyes. These are Margarita Tulips, a bit of a different shape for a tulip blossom. Janis, sitting on one of the many benches, surveys the flowers as well as Mount […]