Not really Spain & Portugal (& Gibraltar)

Bobbie and I recently spent 15 days–when you add in travel time–cruising the Iberian coastline from Barcelona south to Gibraltar then north ultimately to Lisbon. The trip was delightful. We were well cared for at every moment by Grand Circle Cruise Line’s program director and crew who genuinely seemed to enjoy their tasks and our presence. At each of a dozen stops we saw magnificent churches, picturesque old towns (with the occasional no-longer-Jewish Jewish Quarter,) Medieval and Roman and–perhaps most remarkably–Phoenician ruins. Sagrada Familia, the Gaudi church still being built in Barcelona, remains the high point of this trip for me. The only way I could make a poor photograph in this place was by accidentally shooting my feet or the back of some other tourist’s head as she passed between me and my intended target–and yes, I did both.

Along with documenting the trip to re-trigger our memories in whatever distant future might remain to us, I also found more than enough time and subject matter to do some of my more personal visuals. Here–and in no way intended to represent our trip–are a few of my current favorites.


Leaving the Clio


Gaudi’s Casa Batllo at night, Barcelona


Sagrada Familia




Reservatauro Rondo


Malaga’s Jewish Quarter


Malaga’s Jewish Quarter




Gibralter: Macaque monkey


Seville: Jewish Quarter


Seville: Plaza de Espana


Seville: Holy Week Parade float carrier


The road to Cordoba


Cordoba: Jewish quarter


Cordoba: Mezquita-Catedral de Cordoba


Cordoba: Mezquita-Catedral de Cordoba


Loule Portugal


Loule Portugal


Francisco Carrusca Cork Factory, Portugal


Alfama, Lisbon


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