Malaga, Spain

Our next stop was Malaga, Spain.  Malaga literally translates as ‘salted fish’ which comes from the city’s connection to the sea.  It is the birth place of Pablo Picasso and where Spanish bull fighting originated.  Settled thousands of years ago, Malaga is the home of Moorish castles and Roman ruins.  Part of our tour included stopping at three different restaurants to sample their Tapas (small dishes) and wines.  Both were great at each stop.  If you want to see all of our Malaga pictures go to:



We left Nice and Ese, France and headed to Barcelona, Spain.  Barcelona is experiencing some political stress as the Province of Catalonia wants to secede from Spain.  We were there two days and saw a lot of Catalonian flags from balconies in the city.  On the first day Betty and I walked the La Rambla, a pedestrian street full of restaurants, vendors and living statues.  We also bought a watercolor painting from an Armenian artist living in Barcelona.  The next day, Margie, Betty and I visited the Basilica La Familia in the morning.  It was designed by an architect named Gaudi in the late 1800s and is still being built.  He wanted the Basilica to be different from any other church and it is.  The front is a traditional representation of the birth of Christ.  The rear is a more ‘modern’ representation of the death of Christ.  The interior is meant to be only light and color.  In the afternoon we went to the Park Guell which was also designed by Gaudi.  It too is not bound by traditional design.  It is a collection of imaginative structures using brightly colored tile pieces.  If you want to see more of our Barcelona pictures go to:


First Stop – La Spezia, Italy and Cinque Terre Boat Trip

Our first stop was in La Spezia (The Spices), Italy.  La Spezia has been settled since prehistoric times.  It was an important port in Roman times.  We toured through the town of La Spezia and then took a boat tour along the Cinque Terre (Five Lands), a rugged portion of the coast on the Italian Riviera.  There are numerous small villages built into the hills and cliffs along the coast.  You can see more La Spezia and Cinque Terre pictures at our Smugmug site:



Bon Voyage

Here’s the first of our cruise posts – this one focusing on our ship, the Celebrity Reflection.  She’s 1,047 feet long, can carry 3,046 passengers with a crew of 1,500.  You can see more ship photos on our Smugmug site:

The Reflection
Celebrity Reflection
Betty in Our Stateroom
Our Stateroom
Still Enjoying Our Stateroom
Stateroom Bed
Enjoying Our Balcony
Enjoying our Balcony
Outdoor Swimming Pool
Outdoor Pool
Enjoying the Sunset Bar
Enjoying the Sunset Bar
Dinner with the Southern Illinois Girls
Dinner with the Southern Illinois Girls
A Good Ship
A Good Ship

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