Barcelona Journals

Waking up in Barcelona

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A November 2005 trip to Barcelona by Philly_Girl

A city corner Photo, Barcelona, Spain More Photos
Quote: We visited this beautiful city in November, and despite the rain, fell in love with the architecture, delicious food, and lively spirit of the place.

Waking up in Barcelona

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Overview

Tourist Information Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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We rolled out of bed at 10 on our first day in Barcelona--jetlagged but eager to explore this famous Catalonian destination. In the street below, we could hear the city beginning to wake up with us—as stores opened and the streets filled with shoppers, business people, and of course tourists. We showered quickly and set out in search of a cup of coffee and one of those tasty croissants we had heard about. We wandered until we found a café and found a corner to observe the denizens of Barcelona going about their business.Barcelona is the biggest city in Catalonia – officially a state within Spain, but Catalonia is more than a state—it’s a state of mind. More than 1.5 million people live in ...Read More
Bathroom in apartment Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Our apartment on the third floor (second floor by European counting practices) was a clean and comfortable refuge from bustling Barcelona. We found the apartment listed on Craigslist under www.cocoonbarcelona.com (they have 10-12 apartments there of all sizes). Our apartment slept four, though it was just the two of us, and had a small, but complete galley kitchen, a dining area/living room with a foldout futon couch and a large television. In addition, the apartment had a sliding door separating the kitchin and living area from the bedroom and cozy but clean bathroom and shower. My husband was quite taken with the vanity in the bathroom (see picture). The apartment was tastefully decorated in a simpl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 19, 2005

Montjuic Hill

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Attraction | "Misfortunes on Montjuic"

Montjuic Hill Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Despite the promise and allure of the Miro museum on this hill near the coast and on the outskirts of Barcelona, our Montjuic expedition was largely a failure. The cable car, or funicular, as they are called, was out of order, so we gamely took the bus midway up the hill to the Miro museum (wonderful, see entry!). From there, we had the bright idea of climbing up the hill to the Castell de Montjuic (or castle). This was when things began to go seriously awry. The guidebooks indicated several faint lines going between the major roads and connecting the major sights. We believed these lines were walking paths... foolish, foolish tourists. We set out to climb from the Miro museum to Castell along of t...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 19, 2005

Montjuic Hill
Southwest of City Center Overlooking the Harbor
Barcelona, Catalonia

La Rambla (Las Ramblas) Pedestrian Mall

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Attraction | "En Guard in La Rambla"

La Rambla (Las Ramblas) Pedestrian Mall Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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So many others have written of blissfully strolling along La Rambla that perhaps my expectations for this avenue were too high. I was frankly disappointed. Although it is quite beautiful with the trees lining each side of the pedestrian walkway in the median of the boulevard, the honking of the cars along the single lanes on either side of the walkway and the tacky tourist shops were distracting. Plus, the tales of elaborate pickpocket schemes in our guidebooks (mustard on jackets, lost bus tickets, yada yada) made us more wary than our usual approach to a new city stroll.Nonetheless, La Rambla has a few charms, including a mystifying section of bird vendors, Rambla dels Ocells, where hund...Read More

La Rambla (Las Ramblas) Pedestrian Mall
Central Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain

Barri Gotic at night Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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While searching for an apartment online, we learned that the Gothic Quarter, or Barri Gotic, was a central and vibrant place to stay. Despite some minor inconveniences, we were very happy with our 7 days in the heart of Barcelona. Our first surprise came when the taxi driver hadn’t heard of our street (Baters street) and then couldn’t let us off in front of the apartment after he had found it on his map. He pulled over, smiled politely and pointed up a narrow “alley” which turned out to be a street into the maze of the inner section of Barri Gotic. Only then did I remember that this section of town was restricted to pedestrians. Barri Gotic is a mish-mash of medieva...Read More