So this is Provence. Paradise, especially for anyone who cooks and loves all things that grow. It smells like lavender -- fields and fields of it -- and has a laid back energy that makes you not want to leave. From the flower market to the city square, it is glorious. Big hint here -- ask your tour guide where the meeting place will be and what time to be there so that if you can't keep up with the crowd, at least you can ask for directions. A person in our party was "lost", but thanks to the guide's friends, the search turned out okay. She was in a souvenir shop. Personally, I enjoyed the flea market more than the
Our final stop on this particular cruise was in Barcelona Spain. Unfortunately, our camera broke so we don't have any pictures. Barcelona is in itself an art installation -- everywhere you look, you can see the influence of those great Spanish artists -- Gaudi and Picasso. A visit to their museums is a must as is tasting the food and experiencing the nightlife and flamenco dancers. We were warned, however, that we had to watch out for pickpockets. We had an extra day there so we travelled up the mountain to the Monastery at Monserrat in hopes that we could get in to see the Black Madonna or hear their famous boys' choir. Unfortunately, the choir had left the day before and the line up for the Madonna was two hours long. Again, God smiled upon us and we were there on a Sunday and enjoyed celebrating Mass with people from all over the world. So this ends our Mediterranean excursion and I hope that you will enjoy our further ventures on the cruise ships and will try to make your own memories in the future.