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Monday, 2 January 2017

AMA Cruise and Land Tour in Provence - December 3rd/15....

 After a big breakfast, we disembarked the AMADAGIO this morning at 8:00 am.  We boarded buses for the drive to Perpignan in southern France.  This city has a distinctly southern feel with palm trees, as it is only 13 km from the Mediterranean coast. 

We were given about 90 minutes to walk around on our own and have lunch.  The main city gate, Le Castillet, is a small fortress built in the 14th century and has been preserved.   A large Ferris Wheel was located in front of Le Castillet and The Bassa, a tributary of the Tet River that runs through Perpignan, and booths from the Christmas Market were set up.
For lunch, I stopped at a lunch counter open to the street and got a ham and cheese sandwich on French bread to go with a small bottle of coke.
We arrived at the Meridien Hotel in Barcelona at about 4:00 pm.  This hotel was just down the street from Las Ramblas, the most famous street and pedestrian mall, and well located within walking distance of a number of important sites in Barcelona.

 This was a very nice hotel.  Since it was late in the day and getting dark, I decided, rather than trying to see any sites, to take some photos of the hotel - the room was modern and large; the upper floor was pleasant; fruit and newspapers were outside my room;  and the lobby was nicely decorated and had a snack bar.

Dinner was on our own - since I had eaten a lot during the trip, I did not want much so I went to a pizza place directly across the street from the hotel.  I had just a small pizza with ham, artichokes and olives, and a few beers.

Photos belong to Phil Bianco

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