Palma de Majorca

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After spending the morning exploring Valldemossa, I had a couple of hours left to wander around Palma before it was time to board the ship. Our tour bus driver was kind enough to make a stop right at the Cathedral before heading back to the ship, and since the Cathedral was the one thing I most wanted to see, I took advantage of that!

La Seu Cathedral from a distance

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Valencia Spain

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Our first port of call after leaving Barcelona was Valencia, Spain. The wife and I decided not to do any of the excursions from Valencia, choosing instead to just take the shuttle bus from the port into the center of town and then walk around on our own all day. Naturally, we had done some research and she had a map with points of interest we wanted to see already marked on it. (One of the bonuses of being married to a travel/event planner!)

First on our list was the Valencia Cathedral, which lays claim to being home to the Holy Grail. Is it really? Who knows, but even Wikipedia gives it the best shot of being the true grail of all the places that claim to have it. Any way you look at it, the Cathedral is still a beautiful place to visit, and also happens to be home to a couple of paintings by Goya, which ain’t too shabby.

The Holy Chalice?

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Fall Vacation First Stop Barcelona

Unfortunately, since Barcelona was our departing port for our cruise, we didn’t really get to see much of the city itself. What we did see was either from the back seat of a taxi, or from the deck of the ship in port.

Barcelona Cable Car
The Port

However, the lovely weather, great sunset and night time lights did provide a few chances to grab some photos from the ship.

Reflections of light
Reflections of Colored Lights

You can see the small set of photos from this stop over on Flickr. Barcelona is definitely a place I want to go back to, based on what little I’ve seen so far of it. Much more to come over the next few days, but I do have about 1700 photos to weed through first… ūüėČ

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