August 13th, 2013 / posted by paularath

We joined the Crystal Symphony in Barcelona and have sailed first to the tiny fishing village of Palamos and now we’re in Montecarlo with all the amazing yachts owned by billionaires from all over the world.

This is the exterior of the Familia Sagrada, Gaudi’s most famous building and arguably the most famous building in Barcelona.


The inside of the Sagrada Familia is even more impressive than the outside. It’s truly awe-inspiring and even Jerry agreed that it was worth waiting fifty minutes in line.

I need to tell you that it is going to be very difficult – and expensive – to blog from onboard the ship so I may not be as frequent a blogger as I would love to be. But right now Jerry and I are going to try to get some of out fabulous photos up to share with you.

Yesterday we visited three tiny medieval villages outside Palamos. It reminded us a little of the hill town in Umbria, with lots of fields of sunflowers and olive groves throughout the countryside.

A view of MonteCarlo.

Oops! A little out of context here but this is the egg shop in Barcelona’s amazing market, Baqueleria. It’s a covered marketplace where people from the city go to buy their fresh fish, meats, cheeses, nuts, fruits and, yes, eggs. It’s more than a market – it’s a total food experience.

And, speaking of food, the food on the Crystal Symphony is pretty amazing too. You can have anything you want any time of day and every chef seems to try to out do the last. Whether it’s a cheese plate in the Bistro or Beef Wellington in the dining room or lilikoi tart in the Lido – it’s all fantastic! Than goodness there are daily Pilates classes and Jerry and I have the pool to ourselves in the early mornings. And did I mention the bartenders are absolutely fantastic too?

Do please bear with me as I struggle through blogging from an unfamiliar computer on board the ship!

– Paula Rath

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