Although before we regale you with tales of our Greek Odyssey, we must first delight you with our Spanish finale and boy did we go out with a bang! We have loved our four months in Spain and have truly grown to love the country, its customs and the way it sits so comfortably in its own skin. That said, moving into Catalan, that considers itself a separate country and not part of Spain, there is a definite shift in attitude when you talk to the locals about their heritage and passions. We loved Barcelona - I've been there before although it was great to revisit it and reconnect with sights I've not seen for a decade or two. It's a diverse city with beautiful art, fountains that light up at night and a few cathedrals and museums that sit in direct contrast with the Neu Camp football stadium.
The new line up for Barcelona FC?
One of the best bits of our sojourn in the Catalan capital was exploring beyond Barcelona. It's so tempting to stay within the city walls, although there's always so much more to experience when you step out into the 'beyond'. Monserrat Mountains, the Monastery and Sitges were three such great examples of our outer-city experiences that enriched our final few days in this lovely part of the world. Here's just a flavour of some of what we immersed ourselves in and a couple of blogs that try to sum up our Barca Best Bits.