From Joan Steel
Margaret chaired our meeting and made the annoucements followed by welcoming Mr Gorden Massey our speaker who gave a slide talk entitled “Portsmouth to Bacelona Cruise” which was on the Saga ship “Spirit of Adventure ” in 2009. It carried 350 passengers and so had the advantage of being small enough to sail up rivers. The slides showed a map of the journey so that we could follow the route and later showed fine pictures of all the major features of interest seen in the towns and countryside on the way to Barcelona eg. monuments, bridges, gardens.museums ,canals and many examples of architecture both ancient and modern. The final berth was at the huge cruise liner terminal at Barcelona which can accept twelve liners per day bringing as many as fifty thousand visitors to the city. The amazing Cathedral is a focal point with its stunning architecture. It was founded in 1856 as a modest chapel and has become something that has to be seen to be believed, with its many facades and towers. Members who haven’t been to this wonderful place felt a desire to visit it especially, to also travel there in the same luxurious way! Norma proposed the vote of thanks for a most interesting talk and for the small bursts of appropriate music that accompanied the slides.
Next meeting is on the 13th of April,the title of which is ” Tales of the Unexpected” by Alan Copeland. The competition is for an item beginning with N. Josie was our winner last month with letter J.