Barcelona Journals

Bustling Barcelona

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A September 2000 trip to Barcelona by travel2000

Barcelona Pavillion Photo, Barcelona, Spain More Photos
Quote: The minute you step off the Aerobus into Plaza Catalunya, you realize the true meaning of the city that never sleeps. Yes, the place is swarming with tourists, but the sights this city offers you will capture your heart once and for all.

Bustling Barcelona

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Overview

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Oh, where should I start...Picasso Museum, Gothic Quarter, Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila, Parc Guell, (and all things Gaudi), la rambla, menu del dia, crema catalana, cafe con leche, sarria, boqueria market, Montjuic view on a clear day...Quick Tips: Definitely take the Aerobus - runs every half hour from train station and airport and is cheap, hotels tend to be expensive in the city. Staying around Catalunya affords you myriad of transportation choices and all-night action. Eat a huge lunch (menu of the days) and a late light dinner to save money and eat well. Stay away from guide book recommendations. We followed the contruction workers one day and had our best meal in Sarria.Best ...Read More

Hosteria Grau

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Hotel

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We stayed in an apartments of this hotel/hostel. It was a one bedroom with living room and a small balcony on a 4th floor walk-up. There were two twin beds in one room and another double bed in the second room, which also doubled as the eating/living area. The balcony looked down on the small street and made us feel like we were living in the city. The only problem was the incredibly small bathroom (small tub with shower and sink) and the separate toilet in a closet. I have traveled around alot, but this toilet was something else! I am 5 feet tall and even I had trouble sitting down with the door closed. The place was old and not for the those who want squeaky clean, but the location was perfect...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 29, 2000

Hosteria Grau
c/Ramelleres, 27
Barcelona, Spain
(34) 933018135

Vildsvin

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Restaurant

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Ferran is filled with activity during the day-right in the center Old Town and close to the Cathedral. At night, things die down a little, but not this place. It's a funky restaurant with excellent Basque cooking. It's in a loft space, and you sit on these cool benches that are actually comfortable. I had tapas-reindeer meat, back of tuna (more like fish jerky) and duck wing (so delicious! the meat just fell off the bone). Then went on to a plate of different sausages. All three with very different tastes, all excellent. My husband ordered the beef stew in onions...all the onions were completely melted, like a sauce. Delicious. I would say the prices at this place is closer to $20 to $25 per head if y...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 1, 2000

Vildsvin
Ferran 38
Barcelona, Spain
(93) 317-9407

Antigua Casa Rafael

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Restaurant

Antigua Casa Rafael Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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This is smack in the center of Sarria's main street. We got there just before 1pm, found the restaurant to be empty but followed the nearby construction workers in. It is a very nice tavern-like atmosphere, with hams hanging from the ceiling and wooden furniture. The entrance is decorated nicely with bright green tiles. The restaurant has been there since 1873!!! We had menu of the day's...salad or a plate of green beans or stewed octopus (really good!), then for main course, paella or rabbit stew in beer (both were excellent) and for dessert, a kind of cheesecake with candied fruit (like Italian Nonna's Torte) or peached in wine. The menus were 950 pst each. What a deal. By the way, the place c...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 1, 2000

Antigua Casa Rafael
Mayor de Sarria, 77
Barcelona, Spain
203-10-20

Barcelona Bus Turistic

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Attraction | "Bus 22"

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Find the bus stop for Bus 22 (it is on a street off Plaza Catalunya-when we were there, we actually had to take the bus from Passeig de Gracia as the main stop was under construction. But that was back in the beginning of September) We took this bus through upper Barcelona (great way to check out where the locals really hang out) to the Monastery (at Baixada del Monestir, 9). Our bus driver was really nice to let us know when to get off, as the entrance was not that prominent. Afterwards, we walked about 25 minutues to Sarria, the old town. We continued our walk and took another bus to Parc Guell. This is an example of a cheap way to see the city. If you do some homework (ask specific questions at the...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 1, 2000

Barcelona Bus Turistic

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona Pavillion

Attraction

Barcelona Pavillion Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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This is a shrine for modern architecture lovers. It's smaller than I had imagined, after looking at photos through the years. If you know the history and realize that this was built for the Expo in the 1930's, you'll appreciate it's contribution to modern architecture. Look at all the details, how the marble pattern is meticulously matched throughout the whole wall. Feel the travertine walls. Walk around the space and react. It's a very peaceful place, and a wonderful side stop before trekking up the hill to see the Catalunya Museum.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 1, 2000

Barcelona Pavillion
Avinguda Marques de Camillas s/n
Barcelona, Spain