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Oct 2, 2019 - The Last Group Visits Barcelona

Barcelona! Wow, what a city! First single word to describe it is “TRAFFIC”! Cars, buses (public and multiple tour type), Vespas, electric scooters, full size motorcycles, bicycles, pedestrian, lots of dogs (and as a side note, in Spain neutering seems not to be a common practice and yet they all seem to get along ). And they are driving everywhere together! And lots and lots of tourists. Because we only have two full days here we were hitting the big time tourist sites so that was to be expected. The Sagrada Família was as astounding as...

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Sep 27, 2019 - Day 28. A day in Barcelona

Caught the train to Barcelona. Didn’t take the bikes which was a good move... the city was so crowded it would have been painful. Walked to the water front then had lunch in the old city are. We found the main tourist streets were very crowded with tourists from all over. So we tried to stick to the small backstreets. Lunch was in a nice looking restaurant but it was very ordinary touristy food. Did a walking tour of the history of Barcelona and Gaudí architecture. Very enthusiastic and knowledgeable young tour guide. Saw various Gaudí...

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Sep 26, 2019 - Barbara in Barcelona (this is why I can't travel alone...)

Today I spent the day seeing the sights in Barcelona. I had tickets for 10 am to enter La Sagrada Familia; Gaudi's ongoing masterpiece of a church. Droves of people there, but the timed entry thing kept it down to a dull roar, plus they have docents every 20 feet or so to remind people not to sit on the floor, climb on the furniture, hang from the lamps, etc., in their attempt to get another selfie portrait (what is wrong with people?!?!?). I also took too many photos, none of which do justice to the fabulous interior and exterior of the...

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Sep 25, 2019 - Barbara in Barcelona

So today was another travel day; from a bus to another bus, to the airport to Barcelona, then on to the metro (which is fabulous here: why don't we have one?!?!?!) to my home for the next few days, near Las Ramblas in the old city of Barcelona. I must say that my impression is very much improved from my initial experience with Barcelona; after close to 48 hours awake on the plane over here; due to a prolonged 12 hour stop in Chicago...) I took a tourist bus around the city, which not only helped me to get my bearings, but also allowed me to...

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Sep 3, 2019 - Barbara G: Made it to Barcelona and on to Calpe tomorrow!!!

After a 6 am flight from Seattle to Chicago (thanks greatly to Edson; want a sweet gesture!) Unfortunately I had about 10 hours to spend in O'Hare (which I do not recommend) and then at 10 pm flight to Barcelona, I arrived in a rather frazzled fashion around 1:30 pm. I decided that the best thing would be to tour around a bit, before succumbing to the joys of sleep and a shower, but I am not sure how wise this really was. I walked down the historical Ramblas area, seeing lots of wonderful architectural details, but after a time felt that I...

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Jul 11, 2019 - Barcelona

Ola, Since the last entry we've stayed in Barcelona for a few days, then travelled through Bordeaux and onto my village of Saint Savin. We are now settled here in France for the next week and a bit before Lorri goes home to Australia to her family who are missing her. We've been to Barcelona before and loved it. Last time we felt more like tourists because we visited all of the Gaudi buildings that made the architect and the city famous. This time we came back to get a different feeling of the city on a road less travelled. This time we...

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Jude's 2019

Jun 20, 2019 - Barcelona & Valencia

We spent a few days in Santiago to relax after the Camino then we moved on to Barcelona. Our boutique hotel was located in the Gotic area of the city. We were greeted with a glass of Cava upon our arrival at 10 am in the morning. The hotel was in a great location and had numerous features such as a workout facility, roof-top lounge, pool and a great restaurant for breakfast each morning. The surrounding Gotic area is home to numerous local artists who have small shops and sell authentic merchandise. It has a similar feel to the SOHO area in...

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May 10, 2019 - Barcelona (don't mention Liverpool, Barca lost!)

10 May – Friday Another big breakfast to keep us going for the day. Today we head to the gothic quarter for a “free” guided tour, we need to take the metro to get there, and the hostel crew tell us to get a T-10 ticket. Good for ten trips, only €11 ($18), and even better, we can share the ticket, just pass it back after the first one goes through. It works out that each trip is less than half the price of a single trip ticket, so worthwhile getting. Watching a few people, it seems that they are not too concerned who has a ticket or not, and...

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May 8, 2019 - Espana!

08 May – Wednesday Our Lufthansa flight in an A330-300 to Barcelona will transit at Frankfurt, and we have a window seat. The seven hour flight leaves at 1am, arrives at 7am. Pillows and blankets are issued, but for now it is warm enough. The first challenge is the headphones. We look everywhere to find where to plug in the double pin audio plug, and can only see a single one to use. The trick was that one of the pins folds back, there is even a wee diagram on the plug, black on black, and at 1am bloody hard to see! It is difficult to sleep...

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Apr 18, 2019 - All aboard Captain

Today we went the grocery store and purchased 2 oranges and a couple of donuts. All produce must be weighted and a sticker attached before you go to the checkout. If you don’t a woman chases after you and motions you to return to the produce dept. for said sticker. No bags are ever handed out so you must carry items free form. Best oranges I have ever had. Six other couples were in the lobby waiting for cabs to the ship terminal. All Aussies and Brits. An elderly couple appeared from the US who were returning to their ship to continue a 285...

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Apr 17, 2019 - Barcelona You Surprise me

12 hours of sleep has recharged us. We got our directions to walk to city center and catch the Hop On-Off Bus Touristic. 6 city blocks from the hotel with things to gauze at in every direction. Every building has apartments on top, retail on the bottom. Old, new, with balcony’s and without, dramatic styling, or old and flat it was stunning to take it all in. By using our human built in GPS we found the buses. The real problem was the temperature, 54 degrees and windy. With hoods pulled up, jackets zippered, head phones on we toured...

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Apr 16, 2019 - Hell of a day!

We arrived at the Airport after our van transport picked up 7 other people from all over the Villagers. Van time 2hrs 20 minutes. The Orlando Airport is filled with sun fried passengers and a good mix of princesses and wizards with an excessive amount of light sabers. Everyone seems to be wearing that last outfit which is still clean but a mis-match. They have been to the happiest place on earth....Disney......and the children are just starting to realize, it’s over! And they must take that L.....O.....N.....G plane ride home. Our flight...

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