Thompson Travelers

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Barcelona

Saving the best for last…can’t say enough nice things about Barcelona. If you’ve never been, I’d put it on your bucket list. It’s is a modern, clean city with all the advantages yet has so much of the old world charm in its beautifully maintained buildings and architecture.

If you haven’t really experienced tapas, this is the place to have small plates of food and make a meal of them. I have to say, the food here REALLY special – simply grilled seafood with olive oil, garlic, parsley, and a little salt for the most part, and use that treatment on all kinds of seafood, vegetables, meats.

The Boqueria food market has to be one of biggest marketplaces of separate food stalls operating under one roof selling absolutely everything imaginable. If I lived here, I would shop here everyday. I have to say, it’s hard to get me out of this place. It is so colorful, fresh, and memorizing to be in the marketplace. I know you’ll get hooked on these fresh fruit smoothies too.

Fresh fruit at the Boqueria

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Seville, Spain

We landed this morning in Cadiz, the oldest city in Europe, then took a 90 minute bus ride to Seville, the fourth largest city in Spain. Within 30 seconds of seeing the town, our friend Donna said “oh, I could live here!” What a spectacular city this is…so clean, beautiful, charming, colorful, fabulous architecture, and such a richness to the land…so different from yesterday. There are more palm trees here than people, with their biggest products being olives, oranges, wine.

This city was first built by the Phoenicians, who originally came from Lebanon! and then it was conquered by so many others…the French, the Spaniards, the Moors, the Arabs, I couldn’t keep up with all the who’s and when’s…but the influence on the architecture is certainly here. The wall to the King’s palace, Pedro the first, is seven layers thick….every time someone conquered, they just added a different layer to the wall. Much of the palace is Arabian style, which the Spanish really liked, so they kept much of it that way, and added the Christian influence to the Arabian tiles and archways. It’s quite beautiful.  The rooms are all separated by beautiful arches and no doors.

The King’s Palace

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Lisbon

We spent today in Lisbon (pronounced Leash-boa in Portuguese). It’s was a nice sail into the port along the river. Lots of colorful buildings with tiles covering entire walls, leftover from when the Moors occupied Portugal.

Lisbon, from the sea

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