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CaroP's Port Reviews of Barcelona, Tunis (La Goulette), Malta (Valletta), Genoa
MSC Splendida cruise in May 2012
Member Name: CaroP
Cruise Date: May 2012
Embarkation: Barcelona
Destination: Western Mediterranean
Member Review: CaroP's MSC Splendida Review
Barcelona
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
We embarked here, so we spent extra days in Barcelona. The Sagrada Familia cathedral is a must-see, of course. If you are there on a day it is open, I recommend going through the fresh food market on Las Ramblas. It's quite an experience.

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Tunis (La Goulette)
Carthage Walking Tour Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
The country is fascinating, but it is very "third world" in its level of poverty. Crumbling buildings and roads are somewhat depressing, even as the sheep herds in the middle of the city are fascinating. The guide spoke excellent English and the bus driver did an admirable job. The ruins have signage up in several language to explain what you are seeing, but they have faded to the point of being unreadable. A real shame for an important site. The color of the sea beyond these ruins is a remarkable shade of green.


Medina Walking Tour Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
The country is fascinating, but it is very "third world" in its level of poverty. Crumbling buildings and roads are somewhat depressing, even as the sheep herds in the middle of the city are fascinating. The guide spoke excellent English and the bus driver did an admirable job. The dreaded carpet shop stop in the ancient Medina turned out to be brief and entertaining!


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Malta (Valletta)
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Beautiful Valletta. The city is being refurbished for a big 600-year anniversary. It was a British "colony" for a century and a half, so everyone speaks English. Do see one of the movies that explain the fascinating history of the island. We toured "Casa Rocco Piccola" on our own, ate wudy rolls at a fast-food type restaurant, and were amazed at the art in the St. John's Co-Cathedral. Enjoy the view from Upper Barracca Gardens. You can walk everywhere in Valletta. It's a fantastic city and a great port.

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Genoa
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Go to the medieval part of town--a quick and cheap taxi ride, or walk it--and enjoy. Palace after palace has been turned into an art museum. Eat the pesto when you can't absorb any more priceless art! A great city, one that more people should visit. But no...that might ruin it for the rest of us.

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