Barcelona 2

There was so much to Barcelona.  There was a lot we did not get to.

On our second day our main goals were to find the place from where our tour the next day started and to make arrangements for our travel to Granada.  We booked the tour through Viatour, an outfit that arranges a lot of tours through local agencies.  Ours was through Explore Cataluyna and we can recommend them.  Their office and the meeting place was on the way from our hotel to Placa Cataluyna and kind of across from the Catalan Museum of Music.

Having found that we made our way to the Cortes Ingles travel office – this was a free standing one not in the big department store.  The trains to Granada were sold out, so we booked a flight on a local discount airline, Vueling.  Worked out fine.

Anyway, we walked around, looked open-eyed at buildings, ate tapas, drank wine, took a nap, and since it rained stayed in and ate for jamon and cheese instead of going out for dinner.  This was the jamon iberica pata negra, fed acorns.  I loved it!!

The next day we did the tour, it was nine hours long.  Some of it was walking and some was by bus.  We saw the Gothic Quarter, the Olympic Stadium, more of old Barcelona, Familia Sagrada. La Pedrera (an apartment building designed by Gaudi) and Parc Guell.  It was an overwhelming day.  I will do a post with photos of the Familia Sagrada but will include a couple at the end of this post.

The next two days we did a couple of self-guided walks from the Rick Steve’s book (recommended), went to the beach at La Barcoleneta, visited the Apple store at Placa Cataluyna and hung out.  It was great.

Here are some photos

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We left Mérida on May 17, taking the bus 4.5 hours to Playa del Carmen.  We spent the night there, meeting friends at Wah Wah Beach Club, one of our favorite places in Playa.  They were having a micro-brew festival and we had a few good beers, a nice dinner and a nice visit with Rick, Sue, Erik and Jan.

The next morning we took the bus from Playa to the Cancun airport (one hour) where we caught a nonstop flight to Newark, NJ.  Nonstop flights and travel days that were as short as possible are a theme in the trip.  We spent the night near the airport and the next evening we boarded a flight to Barcelona.  During the day there, we replaced  a large suitcase that lost a wheel.  Gave us something to do with our time.

We arrived in Barcelona the next morning, only going through six time zones, so we we were a bit dazed and confused.  Immigration and customs were formalities – they glanced at our passports and custom forms as we walked through, it seemed.

After finding an ATM and getting a cup of coffee, we took a taxi to our hotel, arriving before noon.  They let us stow our luggage in our room and we went out to explore the Eixample, the section of the city where we were staying.  More on that later.  We walked around, found a place to have lunch, explored a bit more and returned to our hotel, where we had a nice, small one bedroom apartment about a 15 minute walk from the old, historic center of the city.

I went shopping, bought some jamon, some bread, some cheese and some wine.  We had another snack and then we then slept about 12 of the next 16 hours, largely recovering from jet lag.

Here are a few photos, and there will be more on Barcelona in the next few posts.

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We took a little trip

Hi everyone,

We left home on May 17 and traveled to Spain, Portugal and California before returning home on June 23.  I am going to try to write about that some.  It was our first long post-retirement trip.  There may or may not be others – but I think we are going to do some getaways every year during Merida’s hottest times.

We went to (in chronological order) Barcelona, Granada, Almunecar, Estepona, Seville, Lagos, Lisbon, Porto and Madrid.  I plan on doing a post on each city, along with our experiences at some other places we visited.  It was a big trip for us that included some “bucket list” things for each of us.

Kathy wanted to see Barcelona and modernista architecture, particularly Gaudi’s work, while she could still see fairly well.  I wanted to see Portugal, particularly Cape Sagres;  missions accomplished.

For now, a few photos that were taken in Barcelona.  Later, at some unspecified time, a post on Barcelona.  One may not be enough for that city, where we spent five days.

The travelers








Gaudi architecture:  one example