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Alex Smith's Port Reviews of Corsica (Ajaccio), Sete, Barcelona
Thomson Dream cruise in August 2011
Member Name: Alex Smith
Cruise Date: August 2011
Embarkation: Other
Destination: Western Mediterranean
Member Review: Alex Smith's Thomson Dream Review
Corsica (Ajaccio)
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
We asked at the Destination Services desk where the beach was and were provided with a simple map showing the location of the beach which was a short walk through the port town that was your typical touristy town. The shops were okay, and were mostly cheap souvenir shops. The beach was great and we had a swim in the sea. Very expensive ice cream prices. Not much else to see!

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Port Rating: 2.0 out of 5+
A very boring port, with a drab old down and only half interesting talk about mussels and wine. The majority of the excursion was coach travel (4 hour excursion by the way) with a short stop at the quiet mussel farming lagoon, and town which had some famous wine or something. Up to a high point with a panoramic view. Two in factk, the first one was terrible but the second one was very impressive as you could see the whole lagoon and the town overhead.

It was a grey day which didn't help.

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Plenty to see and do here in the bustling port of Barcelona. We docked in the best dock, the World Trade Centre. Hop off the shop, straight into the terminal and you are out onto a beautiful square which is just 2 minutes walk away from the Las Ramblas shopping street.

We had been on a good excursion last year (Aquarium and Par Guell) so this year we just explored Las Ramblas on our own, the the same / similar excursions were offered.

It was somewhat fun to see the three-cup-ball scam being played, to study the assistants in the background and then how smoothly they blend into the crowd once they ripped someone off or the police were headed their way. Lovely shops all around selling all sorts of things, and a very interesting street performer (the ones that stay still until you give them money) who was stuck in some wind and thus had a blown-back tie and jacket, gelled-back pointed hair and wind-blasted expression on his face. Classic!

A brilliant market was tucked away on the left at under half way up the street, which sold a huge variety of sweets, meat, fish, fruit etc. It makes the markets in England look boring!

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