Marseille to Barcelona

The next round of adventures on Asylum included Bill and Ceca Cooper and their daughter Camille (Yazy for this post) and her husband Miguel.  We arrived in Marseille on July 15th and commenced to getting the boat ready for guests.  All was ready when we took the dingy to pick up the group at the Metro stop at Vieux Port .

Back Berth ready

Back Berth ready

Asylum is ready for Ceca and Bill and Yazy and Miguel!

Asylum is ready for Ceca and Bill and Yazy and Miguel!

Here they are fresh from Bastille Day in Paris!

Here they are fresh from Bastille Day in Paris!

All aboard the Looney Bin

All aboard the Looney Bin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had a great meal out and set off in the morning for an island called Frioul.
Here are a few parting shots of Marseille. Yazy had her turn at the Thane School of Sailing.

The cathedral in Marseille

The cathedral in Marseille

Notre Dame de la Garde is on the hill top and  dedicated to sailors

Notre Dame de la Garde is on the hill top and dedicated to sailors

Yazy at the wheel

Yazy at the wheel for her Mediterranean sea school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were able to swim and hike and had a great meal of foccacia bread on the grill, salad, lupe (wolf fish–or Mediterranean sea bass–whatever the name, Miguel grilled it to perfection), and apple tartan on the grill. After breakfast the next morning, the winds were favorable and we were ready to cross the Gulf de Lyon to make landfall in the north of Spain.

This is what we do at anchor in Frioul

This is what we do at anchor in Frioul

The anchorage at Frioul

The anchorage at Frioul

The rock climber Miguel

The rock climber Miguel

Miguel and Yazy on Frioul

Miguel and Yazy on Frioul

No swimming in the morning

No swimming in the morning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had a picture perfect day sailing across the Gulf de Lyon. Dolphin spotting was the major effort of the day. We thought we saw them, but, upon closer inspection through the binoculars, we discovered they were a group of some type of tuna having a feast. We saw several groups, but no dolphins.

Tuna feeding in the Gulf de Lyon

Tuna feeding in the Gulf de Lyon

Of course sunset is one of the best times of the day.

Yazy and Miguel at sunset during the crossing

Yazy and Miguel at sunset during the crossing

Bill and Ceca at sunset during the crossing

Bill and Ceca at sunset during the crossing

Sunset on the Gulf de Lyon

Sunset on the Gulf de Lyon

The night sail was rougher and consequently not a lot of sleep for most–except Ceca who was most afraid of being seasick had the best night’s sleep.

Our first anchorage in Spain was in Empuries. Without much down time, we were off to explore the Greek and Roman ruins. The ruins are well preserved and are still being excavated. They were only discovered in 1908, so a lot of work has been done to reveal the massive size of the Roman settlement which overlooks the earlier Greek settlement.

One of the many beaches of Empuries  at the town harbor

One of the many beaches of Empuries at the town harbor

Roman mosaic floors with Ceca and Bill at Empuries

Roman mosaic floors with Ceca and Bill at Empuries

The Greek ruins at Empuries

The Greek ruins at Empuries

The Roman wall in Empuries with the Coopers

The Roman wall in Empuries with the Coopers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And just in case there was any question of who is allowed on this little street coming down from the ruins, this sign should clarify.

Street sign in Empuries

Street sign in Empuries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Costa Brava (The Brave Coast) is beautiful. We had some bouncy waves, but everyone managed well. Yazy had the best bruises of the group. This beauty is from stumbling through the open galley window. Yikes! Sailing can be a contact sport at times. Here is the coast and the sea state.

Costa Brava

Costa Brava

The medieval tower of Tossa along the Costa Brava

The medieval tower of Tossa along the Costa Brava

The crew hanging out--or hanging on!

The crew hanging out–or hanging on!

Ceca at the wheel

Ceca at the wheel

The bouncy sea state

The bouncy sea state

Skipper Bill

Skipper Bill

Yazy's badge of courage!

Yazy’s badge of courage!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our second night in Spain was spent in the marina at Blanes. A great beach and the fun of a carnival. We even witnessed country line-dancing–evidently country music is big in Spain.

The beach at Blanes

The beach at Blanes

Carnival ride at Blanes.  Nice consideration to have chairs for the parents as they watch their children.

Carnival ride at Blanes. Nice consideration to have chairs for the parents as they watch their children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next stop: Barcelona. We arrived in Port Vell marina on the July 18th. We have had a great time of seeing the city, and the new, 130 year old flat that Miguel has been remodeling for Bill and Ceca. On our last night with the Coopers in town, we had dinner at the Attic and then to the Liceu Opera House for a production of Los Miserables.

The two towers at the Olympic village area of Barcelona

The two towers at the Olympic village area of Barcelona

The cathedral in Barcelona

The cathedral in Barcelona

One of the many narrow streets in the Gothic area near the cathedral in Barcelona

One of the many narrow streets in the Gothic area near the cathedral in Barcelona

Modern sculpture is also prevalent in Barcelona

Modern sculpture is also prevalent in Barcelona

Face of Barcelona in the Moll de la Fusta-right outside our marina

Face of Barcelona in the Moll de la Fusta-right outside our marina

Ceca outside the door to their new flat in Barcelona

Ceca outside the door to their new flat in Barcelona

Bill and Thane checking out the view from the apartment

Bill and Thane checking out the view from the apartment

Yazy and Ceca having sailing flashbacks at the tapas place we went to after attending a Spanish guitar concert

Yazy and Ceca having sailing flashbacks at the tapas place we went to after attending a Spanish guitar concert

Random parade down Las Rambla in Barcelona

Random parade down Las Rambla in Barcelona

Great dinner at the Attic before Los Miserables

Great dinner at the Attic before Los Miserables

The Liceu Opera House In Barcelona

The Liceu Opera House In Barcelona

The stage at Los Miserables

The stage at Los Miserables

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was time to say good-bye to the Coopers and hello to our new crew for the trip to Gibraltar and the Canary Islands.

Iman-“Emmy” arrived on the 29th and we had a chance to see the Maritime Museum, the Picasso Museum and Basilica de la Sagrada Familia.

 

One of the beaches of Barcelona

One of the beaches of Barcelona

The galley of John of Austria at the Maritime museum.  Too large for one photo

The galley of John of Austria at the Maritime museum. Too large for one photo

Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia

The interior of the Sagrada Familia

The interior of the Sagrada Familia

One of our "boat" neighbors in Port Vell--Nice helicopter!

One of our “boat” neighbors in Port Vell–Nice helicopter!

 

Paul Rjickmans and Iman "Emmy" Alsharkawi on Asylum for the next adventure

Paul Rjickmans and Iman “Emmy” Alsharkawi on Asylum for the next adventure

After provisioning and making sure water is full and diesel is full, we are ready for the next adventures.And the SailAsylum blog is up to date. We set sail August 1 for Gibraltar with the final destination of Las Palmas, Grand Canaria–and then home.

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