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We are moored offshore at Port Gogolin. Tenders will take you ashore. Excursions are operating to take you to St. Tropez.

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We are moored offshore at Port Gogolin. Tenders will take you ashore. Excursions are operating to take you to St. Tropez.
Perhaps somebody will bring Mobietta a bottle of the Region's excellent ' Brigeete ' style Rose wine, chilled ideally.
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We are moored offshore at Port Gogolin. Tenders will take you ashore. Excursions are operating to take you to St. Tropez.
Perhaps somebody will bring Mobietta a bottle of the Region's excellent ' Brigeete ' style Rose wine, chilled ideally.
Definitely the right weather for a nicely chilled Rose' : Wine tasting on deck at 6pm. :thumbup:
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I think I'll stay on board today, as I have so photos of St Tropez to share
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have so photos of St Tropez to share


Same here, Gill and I can't be bothered to tender so will stay on board and make the most of the glorious weather.

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Off to our last port of call in southern France - Toulon (unless anyone is desperate to visit Marseille)

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We were transferred from La Seyne-sur-Mer on a local passenger ferry. A lazy visit to Toulon. Just wandered up through the street which leads to the fruit and general market and then sat on the promenade drinking wine. Really must do an excursion if we ever go again as we didn't find Toulon very interesting other than the naval ships in port.
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we went to Toulon - donkey's years ago.
the P&O trip was to a nearby seaside town (we thought) The coach parked on a roundabout - we climb ed out into the traffic - wandered around for a bit - then were bussed to a golf course for a snack. I think it was advertised as looking at the sites of whatever region of France that is.

Deeply uninspiring...


BUT the naval welcome when we'd arrived in port had been quite something!
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The closest we ever got to Toulon was, according to one’s Tour Manager as we approached the place, the most beautiful town of Aix-en-Provence with its main street display of never ending fountains. When we got off the coach for one’s walk-about one quickly realised that all the bl**dy fountains had been dug up for plumbing works due to corrosion issues :roll:
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Oh dear. We aren't giving the Toulon area a very good write up, are we? Did anyone go to Marseille? We found that rather uninspiring as well, although I wish I could have persuaded Ken to climb the steep hill to the Notre-Dame de la Garde. There was an emphatic NO from him and the queue for the little train was horrendous so we just wandered round the old port. I don't think we bothered to take any photos.

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Marseilles harbour front looked very attractive on a James Martin programme touring France a year or so ago.
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Marseilles harbour front looked very attractive on a James Martin programme touring France a year or so ago.
Indeed so, it is a foodie capital of course but that is not top of one's list after a week on a sea Cruise.

The Rhone enters the sea at this point I believe and further up river and connected by a motorway is delightful Avignon.
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It could be that our feelings regarding Marseilles were coloured by receiving a memo from PO advising us to be on our guard as there was a risk of terrorist activity in Marseilles and to be aware of pick pockets around the old port area. I suppose that can be a problem in any big city or port nowadays.

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It could be that our feelings regarding Marseilles were coloured by receiving a memo from PO advising us to be on our guard as there was a risk of terrorist activity in Marseilles and to be aware of pick pockets around the old port area. I suppose that can be a problem in any big city or port nowadays.
There was a time when a number of ' diversely populated ' Cities were virtually no-go. Marseilles was one and Naples, for example, was another. They have been cleaned up and the problems moved elsewhere. I would be happy to stroll about in the Old Town nowadays albeit less so in Paris.
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Think that's a "no thanks" for Marseilles so :

Next port : Barcelona

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21 May 2020, 18:42
Next port : Barcelona
We love Barcelona but this time we will do an excursion back to Montserrat where we spent our 50th wedding anniversary in 2017. Hopefully someone will visit Parc Guell as we have never been there and I would love to see some photos. We might get there one day.
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Been fortunate to have visited both Montserrat and Parc Guell.

Absolutely loved Montserrat the ride up on the railway is stunning.

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Barcelona was my first cruise port, and we’ve visited three or four times since then. We have not yet done the Montserrat excursion, but have been to Parc Guell, which I enjoyed. I’ll post some pics tomorrow, when I’m on the PC
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Absolutely loved Montserrat the ride up on the railway is stunning.
Lindsey, did you get right to the very top. On the PO excursion we didn't get enough time to do it. It looks amazing.
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We have been to Barcelona many times, just love the place .... Very busy and a tad weird ... Parc Guell
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A bit more Gaudi .... including the inside of Sagrada Familia ....
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No Maureen like you was on the P and O excursion.

I had a 10 year gap between visiting the Sagrada Familia and the difference in what had achieved was amazing.

They were rushing to get as much done before a visit from the Pope that was about 6 or 7 years ago.


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A couple from parc Guell. It wasn't too busy
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Here's some photos of Parc Guell. It was quite busy when we were there.
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On that excursion we also went the the Sagrada Familia, which I thought was very beautiful
(The cruise was the Britannia maiden)
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On that excursion we also went the the Sagrada Familia, which I thought was very beautiful
(The cruise was the Britannia maiden)
We were on that! But it was our first visit to Barcelona so we did a city tour rather than spend much time anywhere so we didn't get to go inside the Sagrada. Amazing though even from outside.

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A view of part of the outside of the Sagrada Familia (sorry not very sharp photo)
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Parc Guell covers quite a large area so it may not be possible to see it all on an excursion. We went uphill from our Hotel by Taxi to get there and opted for a leisurely downhill walk back again. Apart from the pottery settings there are everything from tunnels to high level walkways to experience ... just a sample of pics.
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Some great photos on here for Barcelona and I feel this area deserves at least a week's visit to appreciate everything.

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22 May 2020, 12:48
Some great photos on here for Barcelona and I feel this area deserves at least a week's visit to appreciate everything.
We haven't even touched on Las Ramblas, the covered Market, the Old Town, Picasso's Museum or the Footy Stadium etc.

A week is enough to see it all but only if you do it at 100mph ;)
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Posting these pics I decided to have a peek at a map of Spain ...

I then wondered how many of us used to take Ole style package holidays to resorts such as Lloret else Tossa de Mar, Calella or possibly Santa Susana like wot we did with the main railway line cutting straight through the Hotel grounds :o
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the Footy Stadium etc.
One visit to the Nou Camp Stadium years ago was enough for me. I was bored rigid.

Does one get kicked off the cruise for such sacrilege ?

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PS I know we have some photos of the stadium and trophies but I have no idea where or whether they are on a video.

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I really enjoyed our visit to the Nou Camp. I thought the stadium was strangely beautiful
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My favourite pic of Sagrada Familia ... my footy pic was taken many many years ago and it's not as good as Gills :wave:
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We'll have an overnight stay in Barcelona to give you time for additional excursions and then leave for Mahon, Menorca on Saturday evening.

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Not been to Port Mahon, albeit we nearly did, so I will have a lie in until we get to somewhere we have been to :yawn:
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We'll have an overnight stay in Barcelona to give you time for additional excursions and then leave for Mahon, Menorca on Saturday evening.
Hang on a minute, I never signed up for overnight stays. I dont mind late departures for those passengers wanting to check out the local nightlife, but I prefer a new port each morning. I dont want to be wasting 8 hours of sailing time tied up alongside going nowhere, that's not a cruise.
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We'll have an overnight stay in Barcelona to give you time for additional excursions and then leave for Mahon, Menorca on Saturday evening.
Hang on a minute, I never signed up for overnight stays. I dont mind late departures for those passengers wanting to check out the local nightlife, but I prefer a new port each morning. I dont want to be wasting 8 hours of sailing time tied up alongside going nowhere, that's not a cruise.
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We were due to sail into Cuidadela, Menorca this time last year but due to bad weather the call was cancelled. As it was a new island for us, I was really looking forward to it. It will be interesting to see any photos that others have.

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our first ever cruise port was Mahon!


Can we go to Palma next after Mahon?
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Meg 50 wrote:
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our first ever cruise port was Mahon!


Can we go to Palma next after Mahon?
We did Palma on the way out.

Ibiza after Mahon

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allatc wrote:
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our first ever cruise port was Mahon!


Can we go to Palma next after Mahon?
We did Palma on the way out.

Ibiza after Mahon
Are you lot going clubbing now? :lol:
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Are you lot going clubbing now?


No, we'll have a rave up on the top deck. You can join us if you want to.
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allatc wrote:
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our first ever cruise port was Mahon!


Can we go to Palma next after Mahon?
We did Palma on the way out.

Ibiza after Mahon
We did Crete on the way out and on the way back ... just saying ;)
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Looks like the sailaway party has started early.

So as we head off to Menorca enjoy the evening entertainment :
Badness - performing in the Starlight Lounge, Deck 8 aft.

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Minorca is one of those places I'd like to visit, but haven't got around to yet
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