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Day Thirty Three - Sabadell - Last Day

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Cannot believe it is our last day today - we have had a wonderful time away & wished it was a little longer. Got up early to say goodbye to Carlos as we won't see him before we leave. Margarite & Marta went to work & we had another sign language chat with Pepi - she is so lovely. We had thought of going into Barcelona to do some last shopping but decided to have another relaxing day at home (good choice).

Walked around Sabadell for a couple of hours, got lunch from the gourmet bakery again & came home to pack for the last time on this trip. Given we have about 23hrs of flying ahead of us, I had a siesta - Ian read his book.

Marta & Ferran are kindly driving us to the airport around 7pm - our flight leaves at 10pm. We have a couple of hours stop over in Dubai & then hopefully straight through to Melbourne.

We cannot thank Marta & her family enough for treating us like family - we love them all.

Hope you have enjoyed reading my blog - back to work on Monday!!

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Day Thirty Two - Sabadell

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Eating & going to bed in Spanish time, means we are getting up much later than normal. Quiet day today (which was awesome). Left the house around 11am & made our way to Mecado (markets) as Ian & I promised to cook an Australian dinner. Decided on braised lamb shanks with potatoe mash & beans - with hand gestures & using the ITranslate app we managed to get most ingredients.

In Sabadell where Marta's family live, it is a beautiful city but does not have many tourists - so I think we were a novelty at the market - they were all so friendly. Bought some lunch from the most amazing bakery on our way home with the shopping. Marta finished work at 2.30pm & showed us the supermarket to get a few ingredients we couldn't find at the market. Dropped these off & then headed out for a drink till about 5pm, returned to start dinner, as I type this the lamb shanks are slow cooking in the oven & Margarite has just come home from work.

So the lamb was a hit - Ian did a great job, my mash was more like potatoe soup but tasted as it should!! We met Marta's boyfriend, Ferran - really nice guy.

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Day Thirty One - Barcelona - Sagrada Familia

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Slow to get moving today as late to bed last night - came out of our room to greet Pepi (housekeeper for the past 14 yrs & now part of the family). She kindly took all our washing & ironed my top - very spoilt - it was great to see her again. Had Jamon (beautiful ham) on bread for breakfast & then made our way to the train station around 11am (Margarita & Carlos had already gone to work).

The only thing Ian really wanted to do in Barcaelona was to see Sagrada Familia, he has been twice before but never inside. We caught three trains & arrived around 12noon. Queued for about 45min to get tickets to be allowed in at 2pm.

Background- Sagrada Familia - this is a famous building / Basilica in Barcelona as it has continued to be built since 1882 & is still being built. In 1882, the foundation stone of the project conceived by Francisco de Paula del Villar the first architect of the church, was laid. A year & a half later, Antoni Gaudi took over the works & turned the initial project around to create, over 43 years, an outstanding, innovative church, which is still being built today according to his models. Gaudi's designs were destroyed in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), Gaudi died in 1926 & still today they are recreating his designs from models he had created & they have found over the years - to stay true to his original designs. A side note on Gaudi, he died 3 days after being hit by a tram - he was dressed as a beggar so no one knew who he was until a friend eventually found him - he was 73 years old.

Had lunch & walked around the whole site before entering at 2pm - got audio guides & started our tour. Love it or hate it, this structure is simply amazing both inside & out - the vision of Gaudi incredible. The natural light & how it comes through the stain glass windows - beautiful (see photo's). Took about an hour to go through & then we caught a lift up one of the towers & walked back down - amazing views & very narrow steps & a circular staircase to descend. Highly recommend if you have not been here.

Arrived home around 5.45pm & I had a siesta for about 90 min. Had dinner with the family & also Marta's Aunty, Uncle & cousin - Marta arrived home from Madrid at 10.30pm. She looks beautiful as always & it felt so good to give her a big hug. xx

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Day Thirty - Faro (Portugal) to Seville (Spain) to Barcelona

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Faro had 126mm of rain yesterday & a few km from where we had lunch was flooded - so much rain in one day.

So another day of packing & moving onto the final leg of our European trip. Jean & her friend Debbie drove us from Faro to Seville, a two hour trip & we left at 8.30am. Another wet day, however not as bad as yesterday. Lost an hour as Spain on daylight saving.

Deb & Jean took us around a small part of Seville for a few hours - it is so pretty. Went into Real Alcazar de Sevilla (Palace still used by the Spanish King & Queen). It had the most amazing gardens & also a tile & fan exhibition (some items dating back to the16th century). Went to a nice restaurant for tapas - lovely food & then made our way back to the car. They dropped us off at the bus station, with a very quick goodbye as the rain had started again in ernest. Took about 30 min to get to the airport. Our flight was delayed by 30min, am up in the air as I type this.

Cannot thank Jean & Ian H enough for looking after us so well, we have absolutely loved our time with them & hope to be back to see more of Portugal & their planned renovations / extensions completed.

Heading now to stay for 3 nights with our Spanish daughter (Marta, who played hockey for TEM & lived with us about 4 years ago) & her family. Unfortunately she has had to go to Madrid for work today & is due back tomorrow night - may be a few charades at her house given our lack of Spanish & her parents lack of English!!! Marta is the interpreter. Her brother Carles is kindly picking us up from the airport.

Arrived safely & so excited to see Margarita, Carlos & Carles - had a lovely dinner with them & with the aid of ITranslate app we had many laughs. Marta due home late tonight.

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Day Twenty Nine - Almancil & Faro

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Jean had great plans to take us around to various towns, however the weather had other ideas - so much rain & viewing anything almost impossible. Pottered around home with Ian (Pitcher) & Jean trying to get her new steam cleaner working & then went to a lovely place in Almancil for lunch for a few hours. From here we went into Faro to watch the James Bond film, on arrival we found out it isn't in Portugal until next week!! Change of plan, watched Burnt instead - Jean & I loved it, her Ian not impressed & I think Ian P thought it was okay.

Having a nice night in, eaten too much today so maybe cereal for me for dinner....

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