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Bradbury - Answered a Question by Watkinson (06 Dec 08 15:26)

Barcelona: Ship should provide a shuttle bus to bottom of the Ramblas. In the morning I would just stroll Las Ramblas take in the atmosphere and do some shopping. Go back to ship for lunch and then in the afternoon return and take the metro (underground via the big square at the top of Las Ramblas) to Park Guell. Lovely big park with magnificent view and lots of Gaudi architecture and the biggest moasic bench. Taxis are extremely expensive but be warned I seem to remember quite a long walk up lots of steps to the park. Gibraltar: Morning take in the duty free shops and then in the afternoon do the Rock and the Apes. I seem to remember you can take the cable car up the rock -its been quite a few years since I went to Gibralter, so perhaps someone else can advise. Cannes: sometimes the ship provide shuttle and or launch into Cannes. Very expensive designer shops. Could take the train to Monte Carlo.

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Neil & Ida Down - Answered a Question by Watkinson (06 Dec 08 20:11)

Alicante: Walk east along the promenade to the elevator and go up to the Castillo de Santa Barbara, enjoy the castle and then walk down and enjoy a coffee and cognac (ice cream for the children). Check first to make sure that the lift is working again as there were some repair to it going on. Seville: A long trek to a beautiful city for adults but do your children a favour and stay in Cadiz and go to the Camera Obscura at the top of a tower and see the town from a totally different aspect, they’ll love it then enjoy a coffee and cognac (fresh orange juice for the children) Barcelona: Get the bus to Las Ramblas and enjoy its unending entertainment (watch out for pick pockets) then onto Placa de Catalunya, metro from Liceu to Diagonal and out to to Passeig de Gracia walk to “Sagrada Familia” (don’t go in because you can see all of its grandeur from outside) then Metro to Drassanes to get the courtesy bus back to the ship. This route will take you to the best of Gaudi’s houses and his unfinished cathedral. To make the most of this do some studying on the net and you will see what I mean. Gibraltar: Get a taxi and be a tourist ….go and see the apes, visit the caves with the stalactites, see the old fortification and come down and have a cup of English tea. If you study you can do this without a taxi and go up on the funicular. Cannes: You can again be a typical tourist and laze on the famous beach, or shop in famous streets or sit in a pavement café and pay over the odds for everything or you can be different and hire a car and visit not only Cannes but west on the fabulous coastal route to St Rafael and Frejus and then cut in land to sample some of the lovely villages in the hills and forests above the coast and back 50/60 miles of pure enjoyment Alghero: I’ll leave that to someone else but tell them when you arrive that Neil and Ida will be there in the summer. Hope that’s ok for you. …. Neil .

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Watkinson - replied to Neil & Ida Down (07 Dec 08 08:02)

That info is great, thanks. I'm sure we will have a fab time.

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Neil & Ida Down - replied to Watkinson (07 Dec 08 12:01)

Glad you find it useful and thanks for the feed-back that's always appreciated. Might I just say that to make the most of DIY tours it is worth taking a load of maps and info from the web and that can increase your pleasure and lessen your frustration. I just think, though, that I am teaching you to suck eggs. Have a great time. ..... Neil.

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Bradbury - Answered a Question by Watkinson (07 Dec 08 13:38)

I did post an answer yesterday but for some reason it hasnt come through. I think Neil has given good advice as usual on the places you are visiting. Just incase my previous post has got lost in outer space somewhere.....One other suggestion for Barcelona perhaps in the afternoon take the metro to Parc Guell. It has fabulous views over the city and is a big park with lovely gardens and lots of the gaudi architecture. It has the longest mosaic bench winding its way around the park and is well worth a look. If you do take the metro I do remember that there was a good 10-15 min walk from the stop up a lot of steps.

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