Hotel Catalonia Barcelona 505
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Kit: Today is a massive driving day, with our first stop at Pont du Gard where an ancient Roman aqueduct is located. The aqueduct fed the nearby city of Nimes over the Gard River. This is our first intact Roman structure we've seen on this trip so far! It was pretty quiet when we arrived in the morning, but it turns out to be a popular field trip …
... over an hour at this point (we'd waved briefly) so after sharing the drinking water with the real castellers (it's very thirsty work) I wound my way through the assembled throng and found her and James. We were all in need of a rest (not enough stamina to be a real casteller, perhaps) so we went to look for a snack and a place to sit.
The wine festival, or Mostra de Vins i Cavas has been a part of our Merce for a decade. I've hinted over the last couple of years that ...
... and bizarre, was an ocean sunfish! I have always wanted to see one of them. They are a pelagic fish which means they don't hang out at reefs and are in the open ocean and that's usually not where we dive so my chances of seeing one are not really great. So I was quite happy to see this weird fellow and there were two of them even. I took a lot of photos!
After the aquarium, we sit down on the steps and look at our brochure to see what else we want to ...
... I had a corn soup and filet, Dan had spinach salad with a really good spiced ahi tuna. Dessert was light...cherry brandy ice cream and coconut creme brule. The rest of the evening was veranda time, unpacking, ship wandering, and typing for you! Now it's bedtime and I wanna make breakfast time arrive....room service on our balcony. I can't wait. And then my first steps on French soil.
... won´t say their name for fear of being sued but it was a Middle Eastern Airline and NOT one that starts with E. Never flying with these people again. No wonder those f&%$·)ers hijack planes - it´s probably the only way to get any bloody service. The plane was dirty, the legroom was woeful compared to SIA and on both legs the inconsiderate pigs sitting in front of me reclined their chairs to the maximum. God I wish I had Jimmy with me, he ...
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