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Old 01-28-2013, 03:07 PM
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Ended up not going on he bus. Slept until nearly noon. Had an awesome breakfast at the hotel...Attachment 359596

Then we decided to walk from the hotel to the park Gueli. Attachment 359597
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Then we walked around some more. Found a good spot to have a few glasses of wine before dinner (at 9pm) at a tapas place. We've been using TripAdisor to find good spots, and all have been a hit so far. Dinner was at ceveceria catalon...awesome!!! Then after dinner we wandered the streets some more. So much fun to walk around and people watch!!

Oh. Re the language. I speak little if any decent Spanish. My husband speaks a tiny bit. None of mastered and Cantalonian. No issues yet!!
I love that park! So cool. And yeah, I think you're OK speaking Spanish as an American. They just pick on the people from other parts of Spain - who they sometimes resent. So they'll ask something in Spanish and will get a response in Catalon. Totally ticked my Spanish friend off, but I thoughtt it was kind of funny.

When I was younger (like 15 years ago) and used to partake in the nightlife there, I learned people don't go out until REALLY late. Dinner at 10 or 11, then the bars are empty until about midnight or 1 after people finish dinner, and then the bars empty when everyone heads to the clubs at 2 or 3 until dawn! It's crazy. Can't do that anymore. ha! No wonder they all need a siesta in the afternoon.
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...just for you! @park Gueli...
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Sandy, Sounds like your body clock is now adjusted for those post 8pm dinners. Tell me how the two story bus tour works out. Is it the type where you can get on and off, stay at a stop as long as you like and then pick up the next available? Also, do you know any Spanish, and if so, does it work at all in the Catalonian region? Enjoy your stay!
The plan for today is to hit up the bus. Yeah, you can get on/off and there are three lines that take you all over! (So it appears at least ).
We were going to walk to mount juit but somebody got blisters after walking 10miles+ yesterday. (So the bus it is) I generally don't care for any form of transportation other than walking, bicycle, or if I'm driving. Taking Dramamine now...hopefully that will do the trick!
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Sandy, Sounds like your body clock is now adjusted for those post 8pm dinners. Tell me how the two story bus tour works out. Is it the type where you can get on and off, stay at a stop as long as you like and then pick up the next available? Also, do you know any Spanish, and if so, does it work at all in the Catalonian region? Enjoy your stay!
The bus is a must. Was a great way to see everything and get on/off.

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Had some of the best seak tartar here. Also, amazing gin n tonic!

Ummmm. The restaurant we went to for dinner was amazing too. Saved the card for you. Will have to compile the info later, don't know it off hand. ... But worth a visit!

Another bar we ended up going to two times now, schillings. Great drinks. Off of las ramblas. (A few streets back, worth looking up )



It's beautiful here!
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Local food and local wine. Walk to the center of the city and ask around who serves the best paella (pronounced pa-eh-ah).
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And be prepared that their "schedule" is not in any way similar to our "schedule".


Great choice of a country and city, BTW. Say hi to my ancestors in Barcelona.
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So far so good. I'm normally up at 5-6am. My body is so confused. Oh, and eat dinner at 430-6pm and bed 8 ish. The restaurants are open until 4sih for lunch. Then they close until 8 for dinner!!!! Good grief. That's when I like to go to bed. We'll see if we we can nap and make their dinner time. Definitely a couple restaurants we want to go to (probably will be for lunch- lol).

None of the places recommended to us for dinner were open...
.more touristy places along las ramblas were open though. We decided to just go back to the hotel and have dinner there- good choice. It wasn't outrageously expensive, great service, food was good too!

Today....we somehow managed to sleep until 11am. Ordering some breakfast now. Probably go on the two story tourist bus....I think it's a good way to get our bearings straight and get a better idea of what we want to do/see!
Now you see what I meant? lol
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Now you see what I meant? lol
Yes. You ate right. Their schedule soooo does not work w our lifestyle. ....but since we're on vacation, we've pretty much been trying to stick to their schedule! We even had espresso at 9p last night in an (unsuccessful) effort to stay up past 0100! I start ironman training when we get back, so this is like my "last hurrah". Lol.

I do love how they eat. Smaller portions, more frequent. Lots of "good" fats...great meat, olive oil sparingly, avocado, etc. not a lot of sauces or extra crap in the food. And omg decent wine is wayyyy less expensive here!

Last day...boo.
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Rock Pigeon is what they're called. And any gull in the Mediterranean would be new so that would be special for sure! #2 on your trip list.
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This pigeon was lucky enough to be on montjuiic. I heard and saw quite a few birds up there, but couldn't get any pictures. A for effort!

The view from montjuiic that we heard so much about...
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Heading back down...view from museum.
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Great Honeymoon. Glad to be home. ...Get the puppies back today. Our doggie daycare texted us pictures while we were gone!
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We didn't make it to the Picasso museum. Walked by it- was closed.
Some good food. I tried to save the cards from every place we liked. The two story bus tour was worth its weight in gold. It was a great way to see the down, get some history- walk around and get on-off as you please. If you don't have the time to get from point a-b-c. This is the way to do it.
The place we stayed was really nice and quiet, far enough removed that we could sleep w windows open and still sleep! ...and right at the end of las ramblas, it was really easy to walk to every place we wanted to check out (walked to montjuiic and to the park guell)

Thanks for all your two cents- it helped.

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The bus is a must. Was a great way to see everything and get on/off.

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Had some of the best seak tartar here. Also, amazing gin n tonic!

Ummmm. The restaurant we went to for dinner was amazing too. Saved the card for you. Will have to compile the info later, don't know it off hand. ... But worth a visit!

Another bar we ended up going to two times now, schillings. Great drinks. Off of las ramblas. (A few streets back, worth looking up )



It's beautiful here!
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Great trip report (was this a Bimmerfest first, on-site honeymoon vacation reporting?)!

A for effort for sure & welcome home (you clearly were missed).
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Agree with bolded . . . . except that I'm a great lover of architecture, so to me that IS a lot of what I enjoy most and I'm really not all that interested in the food when I travel. I'll come home with hundreds of pictures of buildings with amazing architecture and not one with me or anyone else in them. If you're a foodie, the food is great there though - and paella is their claim to fame. If you like sea food, then you need to try it there.

I fell in love with Barcelona the first time I went and started going back every year for my birthday for several years when I always seemed to vouchers or enough miles for a free trip. Once I stopped traveling so much for business and would have had to actually pay for the fare, I stopped going so much. But but it really is a great city just to hang out in and "do as the locals do."

There aren't a zillion tourist attractions in Barcelona proper that take days to knock out like there are in cities like Paris, London and Rome though, and I'm not normally one for tours, but the bus tour mentioned above is your best bet for Barcelona, as you can probably knock out the main one's in a day that way and still not feel rushed. I'm pretty sure Park Güell is on it. If not (and weather permitting), it's really interesting and well worth checking out. After that, just take your camera and wander. You'll find amazing architecture just walking around in neighborhoods that aren't on any tour. Passeig de Gràcia which is Bacelona's version of the Champs-Élysées in Paris. A very wide, beautiful boulevard with more great architecture, upscale shopping and tons of restaurants.

Have fun!
Any wineries to recommend? Is April a decent time of year for that sort of thing?

Funny, I've only been to Europe in the really cold months.... I'd imagine Spain would be pretty warm in the spring.


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