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Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » La Rambla April 10th 2019

Barcelona 9th April Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia and Spains second largest city. Everywhere you’ll see the ornately works of Antonio Gaudi, 20th century Modernism emblematic constructions declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. I make no apology for this Travel Blog turning into a food blog but you cannot come to a city that prides itself on its cuisines, with many different styles including Catalan. So starting out from the statue of Christopher Columbus at the bottom of La Rambla we headed up to the Plaza Catalunya. We were meeting friends for lunch, including 8 other fellow travellers who are travelling with us QM2. But first some sites, including the famous market of La Rambla, Mercat de la Boqueria where all the locals shop in particular for fresh produce including fresh fish, Jamon, meats and all ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » La Rambla April 4th 2018

After wasting the better part of a day getting out to Gatwick on tubes and trains, then sitting around in the airport for a couple of hours instead of ambling through the English, French and Spanish countryside in high speed trains, all thanks to the French rail strike, it was great to finally touch down in sunny Barcelona. We had a hotel booked in the Gracia district of Barcelona, which is less touristy and getting there was a breeze. We bought a T10 1 zona card at the automat at the airport for a fraction under 10eur and with only one change on the subway and a 5 minute walk we were at the hotel La Casa Del Sol overlooking the Placa del Sol. The hotel was great but we were only in it 5 minutes ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » La Rambla March 22nd 2018

Made it to Barcelona after 24 hours of flying (including a 2 hour layover at the very nice, and very large Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar). Landed in Barcelona in blue sky and sunshine, which was very nice considering it was raining when we left Sydney. Slight difference in temperature though!! Checked into our apartment at 102 La Rambla, and after a short rest, walked to Plaza Catalunya, the "main square" in Barcelona, which has been taken over by tents and protesters wanting independence for Catalonia. Did our usual wander around a foreign supermarket for breakfast supplies, (I always enjoy seeing the different things on sale) - it's very stressful shopping when you can't read the labels. Our plan was to drop the shopping and then do some further exploring - didn't happen, jet lag ... read more
Plaza Catalunya
Plaza Catalunya
Las Ramblas

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » La Rambla April 28th 2017

Well this is going to be a short entry. Quick version - we got to barcelona, we got sick, we stayed in bed a lot and we left, The slightly longer version was this - it was sunny and warm when we arrived- our airbnb (our only "shared" accomodation in Europe - we stayed with a lady called Mercedes, who is kind and caring and welcomed us like family, with kisses and hugs. She has a gorgeous big hairy golden lab called Stevie (Wonder), and lives on the 3rd floor on Placa Reial - one of the main squares off Las Ramblas. 3rd floor means about 5th floor in reality cos you dont get to the first floor until you are over the restaurants so the lug was 106 steps -so the large bottle of water ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » La Rambla September 6th 2016

After more than a year of preparation (read my Planning blog at ) and anticipation, my departure date finally arrived. I have to admit I was more than a bit nervous...a lot more than my normal travels. Would the experience live up to my hyper-expectations? Shortly I would begin my walk of 400 kilometers (250 miles) in 28 days. I have never attempted to accomplish such a feat. I had trained for this, but would reality be much more difficult? I planned daily walking distances on the Camino to be shorter at first and then building up to longer distances as my body became use to the routine. But would I be able to accomplish my goal of reaching Santiago by 4 October without damaging my feet, legs, or something else? Many pilgrims experience similar anxiety, ... read more
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Sagrada Familia entrance
Sagrada Familia

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » La Rambla August 3rd 2015

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » La Rambla March 20th 2015

We spent our final day in Barcelona wandering the streets of the Gothic Quarter and beyond. Finding the Nike store, we both picked up new shirts (woohoo something different to wear). As I stood in the line, four very rude young men butt right in front of me in line. I stood there, simmering. As the guy at the counter called for the next person, one of the young men from the group went right up to him. I tapped him on the arm and said, "I'm next!". The nice cashier asked me if everything was alright. I replied that it was. 'Curtis then came over and I was telling him what happened. Again the nice man at the checkout asked, "Are you in a rush?". I replied that everything was great except that I did ... read more
Gazpacho and Wine.
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Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » La Rambla March 18th 2015

Tuesday dawned with brilliant blue skies and warm temperatures, however this hard for us to know as our apartment is on the ground floor of a narrow street with towering old buildings, making it always seem dark. Curtis poked his head out the door, looked up and indicated sunny skies. We headed out the door with the intent of walking to the waterfront and then along the beach area. We ambled our way along La Rambla which goes to the harbour. Now our Tuesday morning had a much better start than Monday. Let's just say, what happens in Barcelona, stays in Barcelona! An Irish Pub, a few drinks, and an interesting walk home!!! We were apparently celebrating St. Paddy's Day one day early! We had lots of laughs but it did make for a slower morning ... read more
Porter's Lodge Guell Park
Tiled Sitting areas
The Ramp built 1908

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » La Rambla August 24th 2014

The past couple days went by in what feels like the blink of an eye. So much has happened I'm not sure I can properly recall everything, but here it goes... I last left off the day we went to the market for the first time. It's called La Boqueria and is amazing/completely insane. They have rows and rows of stands with fruits, veggies, nuts, candy, ice cream, empanadas, pastries, cured meats, bars... I mean just about anything you can think of consuming, and every row is completely packed with people trying to taste all the best items. I'm pretty positive that none of the stands would have passed any food inspection I would have done back home, but everything I ate was so good I tried to ignore that fact. I've come to learn that ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » La Rambla August 20th 2014

For our last full day in Italy we took the 1 hour water bus trip to the island of Burano. Of all the Venezian islands, this one is by far my favorite. It's much more mellow than Venice but still has more going on than Murano. All of the buildings are different shades of beautiful pastel colors, making you feel like you are in a different world. Burano is known for the silk and lace made there, so that is what the majority of the shops are filled with. We walked around the island with our Morettis in hand and hung out for a while with our feet in the water, admiring the Adriatic Sea. Our day in Burano was one of those that I didn't want to end, but eventually we headed back ... read more
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