Leaving Calella arrive Barcelona

The Oasis Hotel BarcelonaBarcelona wax museum de CereBarcelona wax museum de CereBarcelona wax museum de CereBarcelona wax museum de Cere
Sheree thought this lady was very goodA monument to the fallen in BarcelonaTapas for lunchThe Costa BravoA beach on the Costa Bravo
Pension El Pekinaire in CalellaBarcelona wax museum de CereMonument to Christopher ColumbusBarcelona HarborBarcelona Harbor bridgePhotogenePhoto

We were up early and had our buffet breakfast and then packed up our stuff for the trip to Barcelona. Today we drop the car off at the Barcelona airport at Terminal 2.
We left Calella after getting the car out of the underground parking (that had a extremely steep drive) and set Jennifer the GPS on course. We had a little time on our side so we stopped and took some photos of the coastline Of Calella towards where we had stayed which included some of the Costa Bravo. When I took the photos from above the beach it was not hard to notice that this was not only topless but fully naked, so had to be a bit discreet with the camera. (see pics of the beach)
We arrived into Barcelona on time for the 11am drop off and looking for Terminal 2 which we thought we had found but soon realized we were getting lost. Thankfully the people we were supposed to meet had seen us and drove along beside us and advised that we were towards terminal 2 but for the train station and not the airport….oooops. We followed them to the drop off point at which stage they asked us for the red insurance folder for the car. Neither of us could remember this and could not find it. The man started telling us that it would cost €200 to replace them. Thankfully I remembered that I had but them in with the passports and with a large sigh of relief we took our last look at the Peugeot, that had been so good to us and taken us more than 2800km’s. I took a photo of the total Kms we had done, jumped in a waiting taxi and were off to the Hotel Oasis only 15 mins away in Barcelona.
We could not check in until 1pm so put our bags in storage and started getting our bearings from the map the Hotel gave us. We were soon at the beach and having a look around a much busier beach than we had seen so far (see pic). Back at the Hotel we got our room and set off again looking for information on the hop on hop off bus that we had heard was really good. There are two main companies and the one owned by the city bus service offered the most routes so have bought tickets for the following two days starting at 9am tomorrow. This will give us a good over view and look at the city similar to what we did in Florence.
Later in the day we bought tickets to a wax museum called Muse de Cere. This was a very well organized, themed museum with a lot of wax figures from throughout the ages until modern day. They had some interactive parts like being inside a launching space ship, under water sub & older sailing ship which was moving under your feet.
After this we booked a 1 hr, 30 coast & port cruise around the harbor and Barcelona coast line (see pics). Barcelonna has some very interesting city centre architecture in the tall buildings of different shapes & sizes than we have seen any where else.
Later that night we went out for tapas ( very much the done thing here) again at a restaurant just along the road before heading home feeling a little tired.

Leave a Comment

Calella day one

CalellaCalellaLook at the size of these merangesNo refrigeration here

Calella day one, a set on Flickr.

We got up a bit later today and after a buffet breakfast headed out to a cloudy morning to have a look around the shops. There is a real market feel to the streets and the shops are keen to negotiate their prices. We both bought some new clothes and Sheree got some jewelry. Most of what was left of the morning and the early afternoon was spend exploring the never ending street of shops (see pic).
After lunch at a cafe that sold some of the biggest meringues we had ever seen (see pic)we headed for the beach as the sky had cleared and it was another hot beautiful. We spent the later part of the afternoon just swimming and sun bathing. The water is the warmest we have experienced yet and the beach gets deep very quickly. We watched a large ferry boat full of passengers arrive nose first straight into the beach where the swimmers were, lower a ladder at the front for the passengers to disembark and then reverse off.
We finished the night off with a meal at the top cafe again. I had a huge plate of spare ribs that this place is renowned for and Sheree had the pork kebab with peanut sauce. We washed it down with a litre of a yummy fruit cocktail called Sangria. then we went back to the beach and got a table on the sand with live music and another cocktail called Mojito. We got back home at 12:30am. What a lovely evening.

Leave a Comment

Leaving Canal du Midi – Arrive Calella Spain

The Canal di MidiYou never know what you will find on the Canal di MidiBuying local wine from the lock keeperThe lock masters controlsA long way downA lock keepers hut
9 locks at BéziersBéziers 21 meter lift of 9 locks

1/7/2011

This was our last day on the Canal du Midi and we had to have our boat back to Homps, the original start point by 2pm. We timed this to perfection but when we arrived the office was closed so after successfully backing the boat into it’s mooring we waited for them to open.
By 3pm we were back on the road. We had heard about a place called Fonserannes Lock (French: écluse de Fonserannes, les neuf écluses). This is a staircase lock on the Canal du Midi near Béziers. It consists of eight ovoid lock chambers (characteristic of the Canal du Midi) and nine gates, which allow boats to be raised a height of 21.5 m, in a distance of 300m. The most we had negotiated was 3 so we decided to go and see this. (see pics)
From here we made our way via the tolled roads to Calella in Spain. It cost us another €16 for this privilege but saved over an hour of travel time. Again we passed through a border but this time it was more noticeable. Spain is drier and appeared more expansive and the buildings design changed.
Something that we found quite different on the Spainish motorways, was the prostitutes dressed in really skimpy provocative underwear, sitting on chairs under an umbrella, about every 100 meters at one stage.
We arrived into our really nice BB at Calella around 7:30pm after having a little trouble finding it as there were a lot of one way streets. It’s only about a 3min walk to the beach and even closer to the many shops with sales on……oooooh no.
Around 10pm we went out to a cafe called Top Bar Cafe for a mixed selection of Tapas as advised on Trip Advisor and then headed back home around 11:30pm.

Leave a Comment