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Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » La Rambla September 19th 2019

Barcelona, Barcelona and Barcelona. That’s right 3 tours in a day. Sure doesn’t pay to stuff your schedule up here and try and cram 3 days touristicity into 1! That’s a word I made up but it sounds like it should be a word. I did the hop on hop off bus on routes red and green and then did the walking tour of the old city. That’s seven hours of my life I won’t get back. No. I love tours, really. I didn’t hop off the hop on hop bus as that would have make the 2 hours (red) or 2.5 hours (green) tour even longer and I wouldn’t have had time for the 2.5 hour walk. I find the facts and figures interesting, informative and educative (who would have thought that?). The hop on ... read more
Yes it’s the Columbus Column.
Yes it’s me leaving the base of the Columbus Column.
The old Barcelona Bullring, now a shopping complex.

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona September 18th 2019

Been walking. Been driving. Now it’s training time. And that’s not training but TRAINing. Big day tomorrow as we choof chuff from the grand and grandiose St Pancras Station. I shouldn’t use choof chuff as no longer are those adjectives or onomatopoeiadic sounds associated with trains like the Eurostar. Despite the fact that St Pancras does have a platform 9 and 3/4 I do t expect any steam powered locomotives to depart from any platform. The station is a magnificent mix of old and new. It performs well as a major international departure and arrival terminal and blends the functionality expected of modern terminals with the ornate and intricate architecture of an era well gone. Despite the fact we are boarding in England and alighting in France passengers are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes prior to ... read more
Grand, absolutely grand. St Pancras Station.
St Pancras Station.
DISASTER, one day late!

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona September 10th 2019

Hola amigos!! We arrived in Barcelona after a smooth flight on Georgian Airways, a nice fight with plenty of legroom on the Embraer 190 (minus in flight safety demonstration – I hazard a guess they forgot!) After a short train and metro ride we were at La Rambla, Barcelona’s pedestrian street filled with shops and cafe's. It had been 9 years since we were in Barcelona, and this time we booked a nice, central hotel just off La Rambla – well priced and well located. Our room wasn't ready so we left our bags at the hotel and wandered around La Rambla, and had lunch at a cafe at one of the central squares on the Gothic District. We feel right at home in Spain, possibly my favourite country in Europe (sorry Greece, you have a ... read more
The port
The streets of Barcelona
Street art

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona August 22nd 2019

Oui, je suis toujours en vie! Mais je n’ai pas vraiment rien à dire de mes journées ici qui serait différent de tous les autres blogs ou sites web. Mes photos ne sont pas bonnes pour 2 raisons, la réalité d’ici : les endroits magnifiques sont soient trop grands, ou trop près des buildings voisins. Ville pas du tout photogénique quand nous ne sommes pas équipés des meilleurs matériels. Les couleurs des tuiles sont magnifiques et à couper le souffle. Mais avec le soleil, on ne voit pas bien sur pellicule. Bref, allez sur le net! Côté bouffe: parmi une rue de 30 bars à tapas offrant une variété impressionnante, le SEUL végé est l’omelette aux patates SANS goût. Ils ne semblent même pas avoir encore découvert le sel et poivre. Bref, je mange très bien ... read more
un des rondpoints au port

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona August 17th 2019

Hier et aujourd’hui ont été des jours d’exploration. Je suis restée autour de l’auberge, pour me familiariser avec les alentours. La ville est tellement grande! Hier je suis allée au marché Boqueria. C’est un marché très touristique, je n’ai trouvé à mon goût. Par contre, le marché de St Antoni était dans mes cordes. Il y a plein de marchands d’olives. Je me suis gâtée avec un gros pot pour mon séjour ici. Il faut bien le remplir ce mini frigo... Il y a aussi un stand avec des légumineuses cuites. Parfait pour moi. En pm aujourd'hui, je me suis promenée autour de la Cathédrale. Il y avait beaucoup de monde, mais la place est si grande que c'était ok. ... read more
mon marchand d’olives
la Rambla
Mercat St Antoni

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona August 15th 2019

Aujourd’hui est le jour J : ce n’est pas tant d’aller à Barcelone, mais surtout de quitter Andorre! J’ai pris un café au bar de l’auberge avec la gang. Ils étaient tous autant déçus que moi de mon départ! Les touristes qui restent plus de 2 jours, y’en a pas! Ils étaient habitués à ma présence. Moi aussi. Bref, ils m’ont offert tout ce qu’il faut pour la route, et j’ai eu droit à mes «colleux». C’est qu’on s’habitue aux petites bêtes qui squate les cuisines avec tv... Arrivée à Barcelone vers 16h. J’ai marché doucement jusqu’à mon auberge, à environ 25 min de la gare d’autobus. Il fait très beau, surtout grâce à la brise de la mer! Ma chambre est bien : j’ai troqué une vue sur les montagnes pour : une tv, un ... read more
Arenas de Barcelona
balcon de ma chambre

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona May 8th 2019

Waking up to rural smells and sounds, and a gorgeous day, we were definitely in a village. Fuentespalda has a history we got the lowdown on upon chancing on an older resident, possibly the village crier, that afternoon. Virtually throwing herself verbally on us, the long history of the Ermita atop the hill, the legend written of the trumpet protecting the village, and the decision to never speak a certain dialect, was explained. The alternate name is Fontdespatla, and local signage is duo-lingo. La Picosa, a peak at over 1000m, took us a good few hours to climb beforehand. It was exactly the muscle-work change our thighs needed, rewarding us with a birds eye view of the nearby turquoise embalse, and dramatic craggy mountains to the east. A cool 6C morning and warm 18C afternoon fit ... read more

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 April 9th 2019

Sunday 7th April. We arrived in Barcelona on Sunday in the early afternoon. We were quickly through the airport formalities and on board our coach. On the way to the hotel, the coach took us on a quick tour of the western side of Barcelona, helping us get some idea of the city's layout, and briefly seeing some highlights from the coach windows, such as the Olympic stadium, the magnificent Museum of Art, and the waterfront. After checking in, we were quickly off on the metro to visit the extraordinary Sagrada Familia. Beyond description, it has to be seen to be believed. Having taken many decades so far, they are now really putting efforts in to finish it by 2026. The funds raised from the enormous number of tourists is now funding the work. I will ... read more
La Sagrada Familia Interior
Casa Milà
Parc Güell

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona April 3rd 2019

As you know I love to visit cities across the world from the stunning artistic paradise of Barcelona to the beauty of Pisa and far-flung destinations such as the vibrant Kuta in Bali. I love the juxtaposition on wonderful scenery and often gorgeous beaches such as the expansive beach in Barcelona and a huge open golden sand space of Kuta beach alongside a buzzing city to explore and get right into the real people and with tons of exciting places to visit, and in my case party in! Now I have been travelling with my girlfriend for a while now (we got together 9 months ago and she has been stuck to me ever since... ;) ) and we like to dress to impress when we hit each city. We like to make sure that we ... read more
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