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Hope your weekend is off to a good start. This rather long and picture heavy post is another entry on my recent trip to Barcelona, Spain. You can read about the 1st part of the trip HERE and about another trip (full of sight seeing pictures here and here) if you are so inclined.
My son and I sailed to Spain on a cruise ship from Florida, USA. The cruise took 13 days and was a lot of fun. Upon arrival we stayed in a hotel near the beach, but as I had intended to rent a house for a week or so I only booked a 2 night stay at the hotel. Well as you may remb I fell, ill in Texas and everything went out the window, so I was in Barcelona and the hotel was booked up!
I used Hotwire again (thank you Lord!) and found another hotel at a great rate. This time it was located more towards the center of city, close to the train and bus stations.
Right around the corner were MANY, MANY cafes and shops. The bus stopped right there and the Metro wasn't far away. It was an ideal location.
After quickly throwing the bags down we had a snack & off we went to explore this new neighborhood. Surprisingly this area has many shops, a vet clinic (didn't bring my animals, sorry) and lots of families shopping. Oh and there are bars too. The 1st trip in 2011, I rented an apartment for 10 days and we stayed in a "hip" location (I think maybe warehouse area?) it was umm, how to say - so hip that nothing was there?
I really like to have at least a cafe or pub within walking distances.
Meanwhile it seems all the tourists were roaming around here.
"Plaza de España is one of Barcelona's most important squares, built on the occasion of the 1929 International Exhibition, held at the foot of Montjuïc, in the Sants-Montjuïc district. The square was built on a site that had been previously used for public hangings, until the creation of the now demolished Ciutadella fortress in 1715, where the gallows were moved.
Currently 1.6 million people live in Barcelona" --according to Wiki.
Took this while sitting outside eating. It wasn't as loud or hot as you would expect eating out on the sidewalk area. Most of the cafes have at least marginal seating outside, do be brave and try it.
The food was quite good here. We ate twice or three times at this cafe. Oh and I picked up Coffee too. It was amazing!
One night I picked up a pizza to go for my son. That is fresh basil all over it. He said it was wonderful and he is rather picky about pizza. #ImJustGladHeAteIt
I loaded up on fruit for us (ok me) and we were off.
Please to enjoy more random street shots as we walked around exploring.
Window shopping :D
And I have about 500 more pictures, but you get the idea. We actually had a nice visit in Barcelona this go round. (Being able to find food easily does really help.) :o
We left Barcelona by train and went to Perpignan, France. You can read about our over night stay at a funky cool hotel HERE And from there went further into #France for an extended stay. So more travel post to follow shortly.
Catch you later-
This was taken a little while ago, leaving Barcelona, Spain crossing into France. We were going almost 200 mph 😱
and I used my iphone. (No edit of course).
Random photos from along the way-
Off to take a shower & sleep now. Another full day of travel ahead.
More & better tomorrow, I promise!
See you @ the train station-
This is a picture heavy post. Now that I have warned you there are a ton of blurry ass pictures ahead, we can settle down with a nice cuppa coffee and visit.
How are things? I've been quite busy here lately, you know- its been a packed schedule of eating tapas and lying on the beach, lol. But before we get to far into those stories, as you may remember I was sailing into Europe from Florida. So lets start there. Also if you want to see my Tourist pictures of Barcelona from my 1st trip click here for part 1 and here part 2. This trip is a much more laid back, mellow experience. The 1st time we crammed too much into 10 days and I had to get back to France to rest afterwards. :(
Ok, back to THIS adventure..
Leaving the ship, it is still hard to imagine just how huge this boat is. I understand that its the largest sailing right now, but WOW. Its amazing BIG. 0 __ 0
I snapped these pictures as we left with my iPhone. Not the best quality, but it does give you some idea the size of the ship. I read it holds 7,000 passengers + 1,500 crew. So thats Giant BIG.
Also New Passport - 1st stamp. :D
People started getting off the ship at 6:00 a.m. we didn't leave until 9:30 a.m. So I was already tired. I'm not a big fan of hurry up and wait, but the disembarking went really smooth.
Crowd outside terminal showing size of taxi line. In all honestly the taxi's were not prepared for so many people. We waited in line over 45 minutes. I'm hiring a car next time.
And finally we are in a taxi headed to our hotel.
This time we are staying near the beach. Last trip we stayed more in the center of the city. But this is a "been there, done that" kinda trip, so I wanted to try something new. Out hotel was Euro Hotel Diagonal Port. It was a great deal on Hotwire. The hotel was not fancy by American standards, but was clean, safe and in a great location and did I mention they spoke good english. I need to leave a review on Hotwire soon.
And I went down to the park to explore.
The area is surrounded by apartments and buildings. People are strolling around, walking dogs and skating. Notice there is no trash.
This building forms one of the walls of the park area. This is from the park side and below is the road side.
There are a ton of cafes, bars and restaurants in this area. I was really spoiled for choice. #Score
It was Sunday morning and people were jogging, riding bikes and roller blading happily by. There were a few tourists, but mostly locals and they seemed really happy to just be outside and hang out.
Later it was time to eat a hearty lunch.
They do not speak Spanish in Barcelona, but it is close. See? Between the merchants speaking a little bit of English, my little bit of Spanish and French we had no problems eating or getting around.
The tapas are the way to go. You order a little of this and a little of that and WOW. So many good things!
Oh and did I mention the weather was great too?
Catalunya is really a nice, laid back place. :D
We have a few more day in Barcelona and then we are off to Perpignan, France via the train.
Have a great week and happy traveling!
How are things? Pretty good here. We just checked in to the room in Barcelona and thankfully have fast 'net speed. Stand back, as now I'm gonna spam cruise pictures from the last 2 weeks non stop! :O
But really the ship was AMAZING and I took so many pictures. #WatchOut
A few days ago on September 11th the cruise ship, (the one I'm raving about), docked in Malaga, Spain for the day. I did not disembark, because I have been there before and also I am watching the dates closely. The day my passport is stamped the clock starts ticking, so must pay attention. Anyway, please to enjoy a few pretty pictures I took from the deck of the ship of the Port of Malaga.
We arrived early, but after being on the ship for 11 days without stopping, most people were ready to see dry land again. Don't get me wrong, the weather could not have been better and the sea was very calm, it's just nice to be on land again.
Since most people were in line to go a shore, I had the ship almost to myself and enjoyed breakfast outside. #win
Breakfast alone on the deck. #FruitUp
Sorry/not sorry. More boring fruit pictures, lol.
Video. Sorry I never edit these things- watch if you dare.
Malaga is actually a really pretty place. One just has to get passed the industrial part to see it.
Catch you later-
*WARNING* Picture Heavy Post
Happy Thursday and hello World-
I was poking around SnapFish today and chanced upon some more of my long lost Spain Pictures. Hurray!
These are from a cruise we took to Spain from Galveston, Texas, USA in 2011. It was a 15 day cruise, I think, and I will blog about that part later. We disembarked in Barcelona where we stayed for approx. 10 days. The 1st two were in a hotel and then the next 7 were in a holiday apartment or Gite.
I have a few more picture of the Sagrada Familla to share. The Church is so large and is different from every angel that you could spend days just looking at it.
The Sagrada Familla - in English - "The Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family", is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Spain, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926). Although incomplete, the church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and thousands of people visit it every day.
Construction of Sagrada Família began in 1882 and Gaudí became involved in 1883, when he took over the project. Work still continues on this massive church today.
And they do hold services inside.
Plans, drawing from the museum.
View from our Gite terrace.
Our lovely Gite. I found it on line and was very pleased with the location and price.
We also visited the Park Guell in Barcelona. The park was originally part of a commercially unsuccessful housing site, the idea of Count Eusebi Güell, after whom the park was named.
If you want to read more about my adventures the 1st post is here.
Its mostly a story and very few pictures, lol
It was a long, fun day. Headed back to the gite for a good nights sleep before we ventured off to see more.
Catch you later-
How are things? Hope all is well. I'm working on my upcoming trip to Europe. There is so much planning left to do! We are getting off the ship in Bareclona and I'm looking for the perfect place to stay.
Its no secret that Barcelona is not one of my fav places, but I am willing to give it another try.
These are photos I took in 2011.
In 2011 we sailed into Barcelona from Texas, USA. The ship docked and we took a tour offered by the cruise line to see the sites. It was nice, but places were jam packed. I have about 1,000 more pictures, but they are all gone now. #FML So I guess I MUST RETURN.
Anyway..Wiki it if you need to know more about Barcelona, k?
Now I will tell you the story I mentioned onDayre.
When we were done the XXL touring coach (& all the other touring coaches from other city tours) dropped us ALL in the center of the city and we were on our own. #Yeah! Let the Adventures begin and it did..
So image a Extra LARGE group of (mostly American) tourists all jammed up together. We had been on the cruise 15 days so TONS of luggage. Cabs were lined up and it was madness as we unloaded our bags from the coach and got sorted. I walked over to a cab and began to talk in Spanish and he said, "Wait." So I was like ok, maybe this is not how you hail a taxi here. NOTE: Hailing taxi is different in every city, so it would not surprise me. I began to walk away. He came after me and explained to me that they do not speak Spanish in Barcelona, they speak Catalan. I was surprised... "WHAT?" and as I recovered, I asked why are YOU speaking to me in Spanish then? He laughed and said he was from Argentina. So I laughed and spoke to him in English. (Which he of course understood, lol) So we had bonded and he said he would take us to our hotel.
So we follow him to the back of his car and put in our 3 bags. (2 people staying 6 months in Europe people, learn how to fucking pack. They have washing machines.) by now the jam has grown worse and bags, people, taxis are everywhere. We are in cab now, ready to leave and a large woman appears in front of us on the street. She is hauling bags into the road...WTF? I guess she is hoping to snag a taxi this way?? She has like 11?? They are the cloth bags not Rimowa; which I guess if she paid that much for luggage she would not be throwing them in the dirty street??
She is now blocking the entire lane with bags. WTF?
There is major traffic now as some people have found taxis. Luckily we are next to pull out. Cabby moves up & honks for her to move...she looks up and ignores him, walks back to sidewalk and grabs yet another case and throws it in the road. WTF? He inches up...rolls down window and honks again...motions for her to move bags outta the lane. She ignores him. He looks at me like WTF? Do I have any clue what she is doing? I shake my head, because I don't have any idea what she is trying to do. (Make a road block?? Highjack passing cab? Have a sidewalk sale in middle of the road? The Fuck?) Meanwhile Traffic is whizzing by at a fast pace. She looks like typical soccer mom from US, by the way. She has bad skin, is over weight, pissed off and apparently crazy. He honks at her again..
She ignores us and the fact we are blocked in. So what does the taxi do?
He pulls out and runs over her luggage.
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And yells, "Vaca!"
Do you know enough Spanish to recognize the word?
It means COW.
Since he said it in Spanish I knew he was pissed. We made record time to the hotel and he apologized to me for the time it took. I tipped well and fled. * ___ *
Moral of this story? Don't pack 11 bags and throw them in the street. But if you do...move them outta the cabs way. Don't be a cow...
We stayed 2 nights in a hotel and then 7 days in a Gite downtown.
More of those adventures later...
OMG there were MORE Things...
Me in the Gite.
This time I want to stay closer to the beach.
(And not take cabs.)
See, doesn't it look nice?
I'm off for a jog (so I don't look like a vaca) and then to work.
See you at the airport-
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