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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Leaving Barcelona

The view from the office this morning...


The team were very sad at having to pack up and leave the apartment that we've called home for the last week...





 From an empty apartment to a very full flight...








A couple of hours later the plane swung over Whitley Bay and St. Mary's Lighthouse en route to Newcastle airport...


Whitley Bay Daily Photo 106


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Rip Kirby, Miles Davis, Pablo Picasso & The Curious Case Of The Rug That Came From The Sky

Went into the book shop in our street today...


and found a little pile of Spanish-language comics featuring reprints of Rip Kirby strips which I remember reading (along with Fred Bassett) in my father's copy of The Daily Mail when I was a small kid. Of course I had to buy one!


More wandering and winding through the streets...








Spotted on the news stands in Barcelona - a decent collection of music mags including a recent edition of Prog magazine...



At the end of a long day spent trekking around the city we ended up in a street where a small rug fell from the top window of a building where it had been drying. It hit Debra on the shoulder. It didn't hurt her but gave her a bit of a surprise!


 Rather fortuitously it happened directly outside a wonderful restaurant called Origens la llavor dels 






Whitley Bay Daily Photo 105


Monday, April 14, 2014

Busy Doing Nothing

We split our resources today; Al, Ad and Deb went down to the port while Tom and I headed out on the bus...




Tom and I legged it up to Montjuic where we stopped at a cafe and took in the view...



Meanwhile, a text from Debra altered us to their impending arrival via the cable car...



The cafe had a great view but the food was frankly awful - that was the verdict of Al, Ad and Deb. Watch out Tripadvisor!

From there we had a splendid time walking back into town via the gardens on the slopes...










Later in the evening, we settled on our veranda for a feast and to chat through the end of the day...



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