Lyon treated us to monumental Painted Wall Murals, the traboules, the history of the silk trade and petanque.
The journey aboard the riverboat, MS Amadagio, down the Rhone into Provence took us to the walled towns of Vivien, Vivier, Les Baux, Arles and Avignon with Beaujolais and Cote du Rhone vineyards and wine tasting and a truffle farm along the way. We saw Roman temples, a 20,000 seat amphitheatre and other ruins dating back to the first century BC. One of our top highlights was the Carrieres de Lumieres an audio-visual impressionist art show projected onto the 30 foot walls and floor of a converted limestone mine.
In Barcelona, we relished the tapas, paellas and sangria as we strolled el gotic, the old city, open to pedestrians only. A chance find of "The Non-Conformists", an exhibition of Martin Parr's early (1970's) social documentary photographic work was a treat. Antoni Gaudi's architecture and his influence is noticeable all over central Barcelona. Visits to his Sagrada Familia cathedral and Casa Mila (la Pedrera) apartment building are at the top of our highlights. The Sagrada Familia was started in 1882 and is scheduled to be complete in 2026 in time for the centenary of Gaudi's death.
Friends were made and a great time was had! The food and service was of the highest quality, a most enjoyable trip with AmaWaterways and highly recommended.
All images are original except for the three of the Paradis Latin, noted as taken from their website.