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

FishP1000739 P1000740 Gaudi

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P1000752Just Wow  P1000758 P1000765 P1000779ColumbusP1000791 Olympic flameP1000803 Bullring, now a mall – bullfighting now illegal in CatalunyaP1000811 Familia SagradaP1000814 P1000816 P1000834  P1000889 P1000892 P1000896 P1000903Parc Güell P1000931 P1000937 P1000947 HarborP1000990 P1000998 P1010002 La BarcelonetaP1010019 Gaudi at nightP1010035That is it for now.  Steve Cotton, a commenter, said he considered retiring in Barcelona.  We could do that, but we both ended up in Mexico.

 

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