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  • Bill and Nancy

May 2000

Updated: Mar 15, 2021

Barcelona was a fun and relaxing vacation, and we were able to help our friends at the same time. We used our big station wagon to help them move from their 42-foot sailboat in Barcelona to their newly purchased 22-meter barge here in Saint-Jean-de-Losne. They are Americans who we met over here when we both bought barges from the same broker at the same time.

We stayed on their sailboat in the beautiful Barcelona harbor, built for the 1992 summer Olympics, and it was such a lovely mooring that our friends arrived for a short visit and had stayed for over three years. They pointed out other boats on their dock that had started their adventures with plans to circumnavigate but got stuck in this fascinating city as they had.

During the day, while they were busy packing boxes, we strolled through the city,

relaxing, sightseeing, and café sitting with Toby trooping along. It was great to be in the sun and warm temperatures again.

In the evenings, we all went out together, and they introduced us to some of their favorite places, like the Champagne bar on a back street that we would have never found on our own. It was a lively bar crowded with locals. They served Champagne and tapas, and we sampled eagerly before moving on to a restaurant for dinner.

When it was time to leave, we made many trips up and down their pier carrying boxes from their boat to the cars until we couldn't fit in another thing. Then we followed along behind them on the drive back to France.

Arriving in Saint-Symphorien, we were greeted by blue skies and yellow fields.

In Saint-Jean-de-Losne, the window displays, especially in the pastry shops, were so enticing that we decided to invite friends over for Easter dinner.

We had had a wonderful time roaming around town buying all kinds of good things to eat, and our dinner looked, smelled and tasted so delicious, that everyone cleaned their plates, and Toby couldn't take his eyes off of the table.

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