Archive for June 11, 2008

Mataró

On Sunday we headed off to Mataró to see my friends Sara and Andres. It turned out to be a gorgeous day and we spent quite a bit of time by the beach.

We passed through one of the tunnels under the highway and I was really impressed by the graffiti on the beach side.

We just wandered around a bit before heading back to their apartment for a wonderful lunch. Alex HAD to get some recipes for the salads and pasta they served.

They have an amazing view from their apartment and yes, that is the Mediterranean in the distance.

We left Mataró around 6:00 PM and when we arrived in Barcelona we walked up Psg de Gracia to Diagonal. There was some sort of party going on to celebrate Portugal. We were meeting Sebastian, Jackie, Sylvie and Julian up there. There were lot’s of people and live entertainment (check out Alex’s blog for more info). This group was playing fado.

We had to stand in line to buy tickets for food or drink and everyone had the same ideas at the same time.

We bought tickets for ginjinha, a liquer unique to Lisbon, and I must day pretty strong. Being in a party mood we soon met more people and I hope the following photos will show just how much fun we had.

The beginning of the evening when we were still in control……

Sylvie and Julian

Crowds were getting larger and food was in demand………………

Sylvie and Sebastian, still early……………………

Sylvie and her bottle of ginjinha……………….

note the blur, the evening is moving on

Here you can see the evening is well on it’s way…………………….

Alessandro, one of the friendly people we met there, he was just too funny…………

The last subway home, good thing they had safety belts so some of us could stay standing

By the way, when we got off at our stop they closed the gates as we exited the station so we were pretty lucky we didn’t have to walk home.

LIFE IS GREAT

June 11, 2008 at 10:17 am Leave a comment

Segovia – Day Final (June 6, 2008)

Our last day here. We went to breakfast as usual and small talk lasted until well after 10. Alex was taking the morning off and wanted to do the walk around the base of the city. I had noticed that one of the branches leading off the path led to Santuario de la Fuencisla. This building is dedicated to the patron saint of Segovia whose image, found in the 13th century, is held here. The side alters are amazing.

From there we continued on our walk around the city.

Alex returned to the conference and said goodbye to all the delegates. We picked up our bags and headed off to the train station by city bus. A very simple effort.

From there we returned to Madrid where we caught the 7:00 PM AVE back to Barcelona and we were in the apartment by 9:30 PM.

All in all a great little excursion.

June 11, 2008 at 9:30 am Leave a comment


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