Spain Journals

Independence Around the Med

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A travel journal to Spain by Meggysmum

Vigo Rooftops Photo, Vigo, Spain More Photos
Quote: Cruising for two weeks from Southampton with several stops around the Western Med.
Stateroom on Independence Of The Seas Photo, Italy, Europe
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The Independence of The Seas is one of the Freedom class ships owned by Royal Caribbean International. This is now the largest ship sailing the Mediterranean and one of the largest in the world.The Independence of The Seas offer numerous different staterooms ranging from the small twin inside cabins to large balcony suites, all staterooms are well fitted out and have ensuite bath or shower rooms and a selection of toiletries. Helpful room attendants make up the rooms several times a day and before bed guests are greeted by a towel animal and chocolates on their pillow. Suite guests have extra luxuries including chocolates and cheese platters delivered as surprises to the ro...Read More

Vigo (General)

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Attraction | "Don't Go to Vigo!"

Vigo Rooftops Photo, Vigo, Spain
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The first stop on my recent cruise was the Spanish port of Vigo. Most visitors to this port head inland to the centre of Santiago de Compostela which unfortunately wasn’t an option to us because of the health limitations of one of our party so we would have to stay closer to the ship.Approaching most ports on a cruise ship is an exciting experience as the buildings come into focus and you get a feel for the destination. Unfortunately approaching Vigo did not fill me with excitement. This is currently the most important fishing port in Spain. The town looked distinctly scruffy and lacked the attractive shabby chic look that is apparent in many European cities, a few older buildings could ...Read More

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Lisbon (General)

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The Bridge, Lisbon Photo, Lisbon, Portugal
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Lisbon is the capital city of Portugal and is nestled near the mouth of the Tagus River. We only had a few hours here so we tried to get a feel for the place as much as we could.Approaching the city on a cruise ship meant going underneath the impressive 25th of April Bridge which is very reminiscent of the Golden Gate Bridge (built using the same principles I believe). This is both a road and rail bridge and the noise as you pass under it is unbelievable. The bridge was built under the regime of Antonio Slazar in 1966 but was renamed after he was overthrown in 1974. After this experience the city comes into view and you are greeted by a magnificent vista with an expanse of terracotta ro...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 11, 2010

Cadiz (in General)

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View of Cadiz Photo, Cadiz, Spain
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Cadiz is on a small peninsular in the south of Spain. It is thought to be the oldest city in Europe. Approaching it on a cruise ship is a wonderful experience as the skyline with the gold domed cathedral and the city walls is breathtaking as well as distinctive.This city is virtually totally surrounded by water and at only about 1.5km long and just over 0.5km wide it is very easy to explore on foot and there is little chance of getting lost.The starting point for our explorations was the Plaza de Espana, this attractive square houses the impressive monument to the liberal assembly with benches and beautiful planting. Heading north then leads straight to the sea. It immediat...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 14, 2010

Rock of Gibraltar (Top of the Rock)

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Attraction | "Go Up "The Rock""

Rock of Gibraltar (Top of the Rock) Photo, Gibraltar, Europe
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Gibraltar is a British colony that can be found on a peninsular of Southern Spain. Approximately 30000 people live on the three square miles that make up Gibraltar and this tiny area has a very colourful history before it became a British colony in 1713 but Spain has still made claims on the area as recently as the 1960s. Unusually for Europe the currency here is the Gibraltar Pound but Stirling is also legal tender.Gibraltar is predominantly known as "The Rock" due to the fact that the majority of the land, besides the part that has been reclaimed from the sea is made up of one large rock that dominates the skyline as it reaches a height of 1400ft.The easiest way to take in ...Read More

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Rock of Gibraltar (Top of the Rock)


Monaco (General)

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Attraction | "Where the very rich go to play!"

Monte Carlo Photo, Monte Carlo, Monaco
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The Principality of Monaco is very small but there is plenty to see on a day trip. Many popular attractions are found at the top of Monaco Rock (Monaco Ville).The Prince’s Palace is the home of Prince Albert II. A white uniformed guard is always patrolling the font and the changing of the guard happens daily at 11.55. The cannons around the square look very attractive and make great photo stops. Tours of the palace can be made when the Royal Family are not in residence. The Palace has been added to since it was originally built and there is a rather strange addition on the left which is supposed to look old and turreted but is actually the newest addition. The palace presides ov...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 16, 2010