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Monthly Archives: February 2013

Day Twenty Two

Sitges First Full Day I woke this morning to the sound of a blackbird singing somewhere outside. Despite two layers of curtain and double gazing it is still loud enough to hear every note pin sharp. Unless it is using our balcony as a perch, the nearest tree or rooftop is 30 metres away. There's … Continue reading »

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Day Twenty One

Barcelona to Sitges Where? Well a lot of people know of this seaside resort, so I should not assume that my ignorance of it is at all general. The reason we are here, is that Barcelona has filled up with techies, as there is a convention of mobile technology companies there this week. We could … Continue reading »

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Day Twenty

Last Day in Barcelona Bravery is a woman who is scared of heights (anything larger than a kerbstone), stepping into a cable car, a hundred and twenty feet above the port in Barcelona. It was hanging over Christina like a grey cloud that got bigger and darker day by day. Weeks before she had promised … Continue reading »

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Day Nineteen

Barcelona Day Two Having had a cold wind and even some rain in the past day and a half, Barcelona owed us some sunshine. Or perhaps it was my birthday gift. Anyway, it brightened up enormously, so we headed off to Parc Guell. This is turning into a Gaudi fest, I know, but the park … Continue reading »

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Day Eighteen

Barcelona First full day We did only two things today. First we went to buy a bag. Our small backpack bought in Genova lasted less than a week before it broke its zip. I say this because neither of us broke it. We went looking for something more robust and came across a shop selling … Continue reading »

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Day Seventeen

Marseille to Barcelona These three train days are becoming a routine. We cover large distances, but the getting on and off is something that has made us realise what amateurs we are at this business. For a start we have packed way too much stuff. We brought changes of clothes we need not have carried … Continue reading »

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Day Sixteen

Marseille Only two nights here. So we had to make the best of our time. As well as picking up on some of the European City of Culture, I wanted to show Christina a small part of the city I visited as a twenty one year old. We went up to see the Notre Dame … Continue reading »

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Day Fifteen

Genova to Marseille A six hour journey by three trains. Despite this and the carousing of Genova's most sociable drunk, who woke us up to give his farewells at three and five a.m., the morning started well. How could it not with the sight of the sunlight sliding down the hills opposite our bedroom, lighting … Continue reading »

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Day Fourteen

Genova Day Two The day started well. Our hotel decided that there were not enough people staying here to bother making us breakfast, so they made us go to the hotel next door. We were forced to put up with breakfast at the five star Grande Hotel Savoie. We should have complained, only we were … Continue reading »

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Day Thirteen

Genova First Day Waking up to the sight of a city laid out in brilliant sunshine, with the sounds of it going to work, buses and scooters revving up at traffic lights, people calling out across the streets, roller shutters clanking up to open the bars and tabaccis and to know you don't have to … Continue reading »

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