Visiting seven countries on one trip.
26.09.2016 - 14.10.2016 22 °C
I asked my good friend Susan Beckman if she would like to accompany me on a repositioning cruise from Copenhagen to Barcelona. Fortunately for me she agreed. The ship is now on its way to Dubai after some Mediterranean ports. First a word about the ship. Both Susan and I were very impressed with the cleanliness, service and food. Although this is an older ship it was spotless and the well trained staff were both friendly and efficient. So, while the itinerary is the most important thing to me I have no hesitation in recommending the Norwegian Star.
Our first stop after Copenhagen was Oslo. From there we stopped at the following ports: Rotterdam, Zeebrugge, Belgium from where we visited Brussels and met a friend of Susan's for a walk about and lunch, Le Havre and Le Verdon in France, then Gijon,Spain and on to Lisbon, back into Spain to the beautiful port of Cadiz. Last stop before Barcelona was in Valencia. I won't try to describe them except to say every stop was very enjoyable. The weather was cool the first half of our trip but summer-like as we headed south. And we managed to avoid rain until Barcelona where it really poured. They needed it and we didn't let it dampen our spirits. From Barcelona we took the TGV....France's high speed train for a day in Perpignan, France.
Thus endeth a lovely vacation as Susan and I each headed home.
Valencia and Cadiz, Spain
A little postscript: I think our visits to the 4 Gats Restaurant and the Sagrada Familia Basilica in Barcelona were really special. Gaudi's masterpiece has been under construction for over 100 years. It should be finished in 2026. I hope to visit it again then.