Barcelona, Spain - 23rd February 2014

Hello friends,

 

Many greetings from the Cruise Ship AIDA Sol. We celebrated the start of our trip with delicious Champagne.

 

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The first morning I met a friendly seagull sitting on the lamp next to our balcony.

 

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Our first stop was Barcelona. Here you see the column of Columbus.

 

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We stopped in the Gothic Part of the city – and saw the beautiful cathedral.

 

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There was a little garden next to the cathedral and I loved the beautiful palm tree.

 

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This is the placa del Rei.

 

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We continued our trip on a bus. It was sunny – but we had a cold wind on the upper deck.

 

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Our next stop was the big church Sagrada Familia. They still build it – it is a great building – we didn’t go into it, because there was a long waiting time to enter.

 

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Here you see me in the wonderful Park Güell. It was constructed by the artist Gaudi, who planned the Sagrada Familia, too.

 

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There were nice monuments with animals.

 

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The most famous one is this dragon.

 

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There is a long bench – we sat on it and enjoyed the sunshine.

 

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No idea, why Gaudi constructed this funny way, but we liked it.

 

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This is a nice building next to the entrance.

 

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It was a great day in Barcelona.

Yours Dicker Kumpel


Valencia, Spain - 24th February 2014

Hello friends, Today we went to a city called Valencia. We had wonderful sunshine.

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This is the Basilica on the Plaza de la Virgen.

 

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Next to it was the Cathedral.

 

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Behind me you see the Cathedral from the other side.

 

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Then we started our trip on a Segway.

 

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We went to a place with great buildings – this is the opera house.

 

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It looks like a shark from this place.

 

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Another nice building.

 

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Later we stopped in the beautiful market hall.

 

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Valencia has a lot of interesting buildings – these are the older ones.

 

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Bye

Dicker Kumpel


AIDA Sol, on the ship - 25th February 2014

Hello friends,

 

We started our day on our balcony.

 

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It was enough place for all of us and we talked a lot.

 

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This is the view to the front of the ship – yes we are living in the front of the ship – just over the bridge.

 

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There you can see the front of the ship.

 

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On a cruise ship you spend a lot of time with eating – so it was time for some sports. We have a Power Plate in our cabin. First RikeH explained us how it works.

 

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Then it started to shake…

 

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…and we had to train our arms.

 

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After that it was time to relax in the living-room.

 

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This is the place where I write my updates.

 

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And here I am sleeping – in the morning I can see the sea out of my bed – this is great!

 

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Love

Dicker Kumpel


Asilah, Morocco - 26th February 2014

Hello friends,

 

We are in Africa now – in Tanger. I saw a ferry going to Spain, I think.

 

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Can you remember the seagull I met in Barcelona, well – there was another friendly bird here in Tanger visiting me.

 

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We went to a small city called Asilah. Behind me you see a religious building.

 

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This was another tower…

 

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… next to a nice place.

 

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Next to the city there is a long beach – many children played soccer there.

 

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This is the door to a palace, but we were not allowed to visit it.

 

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Later we had this nice view over the city – but it was very windy.

 

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My last photo shows a big wall – there were many of them here in Asilah.

 

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Love 

Dicker Kumpel


Cadiz, Spain - 27th February 2014

Hello friends,

 

Back in Spain we were in Cadiz. This is the Plaza de Espana with a wonderful monument.

 

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We walked around the city and had nice views over the sea and the promenade.

 

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There was a very tall tree in one of the parks.

 

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Cadiz has so many beautiful churches, this is one of it.

 

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Another nice part of the promenade.

 

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We went through the beautiful Parque Genoves.

 

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Look, the gran teatro.

 

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There were funny faces on the container for old bottles.

 

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Another nice church.

 

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And this is the new Cathedral of Cadiz.

 

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Next to it there was a beautiful place with nice buildings.

 

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My last stop was on the Plaza de San Juan de Dios.

 

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I had a very relaxing day in Cadiz.

Yours Dicker Kumpel


Lissabon, Portugal - 28th February 2014

Hello friends,

We went to Lissabon today. It was noon when we saw the city.

 

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I saw the tower of Belem and the famous monument.

 

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There was a big bridge over the Rio Tejo.

 

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Later we walked through Lissabon. I loved this big arch.

 

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The big place in front of it was nice, too.

 

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On the place there was a big monument.

 

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We walked to another place with a beautiful fountain…

 

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… and a big monument. I loved the waves on the ground here.

 

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There was a nice old elevator.

 

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We couldn’t use the elevator, because we wanted to go to another part of the city. Next to a small church we found a lookout and saw our ship.

 

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There was a big monastery far away.

 

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Bye

Dicker Kumpel


Lissabon, Portugal - 1st March 2014

Hello friends,

Today was an exciting day – we had a TV-meeting.

 

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It was great to sit together and talk!

 

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Poschti came on the Cruise with us so we had a welcome party this evening.

 

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We had chocolate and fruits.

 

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And Kleine Fee and I had our own bottles of Coke.

 

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Then we all took one piece of fruit and one piece of chocolate.

 

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It was a nice party, but then we were tired and went into our TV-bed.

 

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Well – the others slept – I want to show you my gift from Eophippus. Thanks a lot!

 

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Then we left Lissabon – and I went onto our balcony to see the city in the night.

 

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Yours

Dicker Kumpel


La Coruna, Spain - 3rd March 2014

Hello friends,

 

After a bumpy trip from Lissabon we arrived in La Coruna. I went onto my balcony and saw the lighthouse of La Coruna. It is the oldest lighthouse of the world, that is still in use.

 

 

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Because of the stormy weather we will stay here for two days. Today we took a walk. Behind me you can see the harbor.

 

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There were many small fisherboats.

 

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From this point we had a good view of our Cruise Ship – it is really tall, isn’t it?

 

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There was a fortress – nowadays it is a museum.

 

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We saw big waves – maybe it is a good idea to stay a little longer in this town?

 

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Believe it or not – only some steps from the water I found this sunny place with the beautiful flowers.

 

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I found a nice church – but it is a museum now, too.

 

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These houses with the balconies with glass in front of it are typical for La Coruna.

 

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This is the town hall – really nice.

 

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Back on the ship I stood on the balcony – can you see the fortress behind me – there we went.

 

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And I want to show you this – every evening we got these chocolates – a Cruise is wonderful.

 

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Yours

Dicker Kumpel


AIDA Sol, on the ship - 5th March 2014

Hello friends,

 

I told you about the bumpy trip to la Coruna. We took some photos of it, but I forgot to update it. So here can you see me and my friends looking out of the window. Here you can see nothing from the rough sea…

 

 

 

 

But now you can see more – the waves!

 

 

 

 

I went onto the balcony and saw the waves on the side of the ship.

 

 

Today the weather was much nicer!

 

 

Later I went onto the pool-deck.

 

 

 

There was a big screen on the deck!

 

 

Here you can see the name of the cruise line.

 

 

Love Dicker Kumpel


Le Havre, France - 6th March 2014

Bonjour,

 

It was time for a new country – this time we were in France. We arrived in Le Havre. The architect here loved concrete - you see it everywhere.

 

 

 

We wanted to see a nicer town and went to Honfleur. There was a beautiful harbor!

 

 

 

We visited a big wooden church.

 

 

 

Here you can see the tower of it.

 

 

There were many old buildings in the town.

 

 

Later we continued our trip and went to Deauville. This is the promenade next to the beach. The clothing rooms are named after famous movie stars.

 

 

We walked along the beach – it was wonderful! I thought about Amrum here!

 

 

There were funny houses in the city.

 

 

This is a hotel – I would love to spend a night there!

 

 

Au revoir Dicker Kumpel


AIDA Sol, on the ship - 7th March 2014

Hello friends,

 

Today was our last day on the AIDA Sol. I walked over the sun deck again – very sunny!

 

 

This is the theatre inside the ship.

 

 

This is one of many bars on the ship.

 

 

Yesterday I forgot to show you these romantic photos - I had a great time with Kleine Fee.

 

 

 

 

Hopefully the weather will be nice tomorrow, because we want to have nice views when we arrive in Hamburg. Love Dicker Kumpel


Hamburg, Germany - 8th March 2014

Hello friends,

Great news, we had lovely weather when we arrived in Hamburg. It was so great to arrive in the port on the Elbe river.

 

 

 

 

Will I see a nice sunrise?

 

 

Yes, there it was!

 

 

Far behind me you see a big bridge.

 

 

Hamburg is a really beautiful city!

 

 

 

There were two theaters for musicals – the left one is not open yet.

 

 

We spent our last hours on the ship relaxing on our balcony.

 

 

 

 

It was a really wonderful cruise. I just decided to go on another Cruise this year!

Love Dicker Kumpel