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From Cruise Liners to Container Ships
Cam "H"
08/31/2014, Cartagena Spain

Overnight we had the Island Escape a very nice looking cruise liner arrive in the harbour and this morning a container ship arrived. These ships displace a huge amount of water making all of the yachts here in this marina do a very good rock and roll as they berth.
Early this morning I went for a good long walk to get some provisions and being Sunday there wasn't much open in the way of markets, a nice couple of very helpful local police officers gave me directions to a mini market that was just around the corner from where we were. On my way back to Annecam I had to contend with the crowds of people that came in on the cruise liner.
The weather forecast is almost 100% spot on with the cloud cover and the wind speed and direction, it is still very warm with 28 to 30c.
Life is all good on Annecam.

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The Container Ship
Cam "H"
08/31/2014, Cartagena Spain

This is a busy Harbour

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Red sky at morning, sailors take warning
Cam "H"
08/30/2014, Cartagena Spain

We are back on Annecam after a rather long train trip from Barcelona back to Cartagena, we had tapas for dinner in town last night and showed Fiona some of the sites. It is a very nice centre in the car free zone. Thanks goes to the marina staff and the cruisers who kept an eye on Annecam for us, apart from being a little hot and stuffy when we first got back on board after being locked up in the heat, she is fine.
The weather forecast for today is for a bit of a blow with periods of 100% cloud cover but still with temperatures of around 30c. The photo taken early this morning out through the companionway is a good example of the old saying about a red sky in the morning.
Life is good back on Annecam.

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Sagrada Familia
Cam "H"
08/29/2014, Barcelona Spain

Yesterday started off with a breakfast at a lovely little restaurant just outside our apartment, we then took the hop on hop off bus to see the sites around the city of Barcelona. We did get a very quick glimpse of an Australian yacht Misbehaving tied up in one of the marinas here as we drove past.
While we were having lunch we witnessed a major police raid on the illegal street sellers, there were police everywhere complete with shields, helmets and batons, they do not tolerate street sellers selling counterfeit clothing over here.
The highlight of the day was a tour of the Basilica de La Sagrada Familia, this is a cathedral that they started building over 132 years ago and it is still a long way from being finished. You have to see this building yourself to really appreciate the shear brilliance of Antoni Gaudí a Spanish Catalan architect and you can still see his mark on a lot of the buildings here in Barcelona.
Today we will be catching the train back to Annecam in Cartagena.
Life is very special on Annecam.

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The need for speed
Cam "H"
08/27/2014, Barcelona, Spain

We have left Annecam in one of the marinas in Cartagena and hitched a ride on the Spanish railways and believe it or not we are traveling on the slow train, it only reached speeds of 159 kilometres per hour, they do have a train that goes a lot faster than that. Our first stop over was in Valencia to meet up with Fiona for the third time in three seasons over here in the Mediterranean and to catch up with Bob and Martha a couple of Canadian cruisers we met in the Marina de Cala del Sol in Licata Sicily. It was a fantastic evening together over a meal of tapas at one of the local restaurants.
Today with Fiona we jumped back on the train and are now in Barcelona, our plan is to spend two nights here, check out as many sites as we can fit in then jump back on the train for the return trip to Cartagena, where Annecam awaits our return.
Life is very busy at the moment for the crew of Annecam.

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The Maritime Museum
Cam "H"
08/24/2014, Cartagena Spain

We would love to find some of these

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