Explore...

Read and rate Travel Journal Entries for Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain

May 11, 2016 - Old quarter and Picasso

So we got to the metro by mid day. Yes a very late start after yesterday's adventures. Such locals now, right funicular, right train, right metro. All with one ticket. Explored the Gothic Quarter and Picaso's museum. Still an art critic. There is such recorded history here with so remains to wander thru. So many people too. School groups from all over Europe and bus loads from who knows where. No pictures allowed in the museum and they wanted us to pay to go in the popular churches so we went to the out of the way ones. Found our way home...

Jump to full entry

May 10, 2016 - Zaragoza to Barcelona

Getting good at this traveling. Remembered to pay for the room, got the car up the car lift and even drove out of Zaragoza and found the toll way to Barcelona. (Yes well actually the gps did, I just followed instructions as I do MOST of the time) About $45 for the toll, still 300 km at 120km/hour most of the way. We went from no agriculture to lots. Quite a strange landscape. Barcelona traffic was definitely a challenge. Roads with arrows going BOTH ways had me and the gps confused. Missed a turn from the gps and started going round and...

Jump to full entry

May 8, 2016 - The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain

Alas, the Hnit travel curse has returned. Rain, rain and more rain. After four glorious days of weather in Barcelona, we travelled down the Spanish coast to the famous Costa del Sol. (Sunny Coast – ha! Ha!) We checked into the Marriott Vacation Club which is absolutely beautiful. Checked the weather forecast to find the entire week will be raining and the highest temperature will be 16 degrees C (61 F). Just our luck. Finished off our time in Barcelona with a trip up the mountain to look out over the city and coastline. I was surprised to...

Jump to full entry

May 4, 2016 - Beautiful Barcelona

I Love Barcelona. That is what is written on all the tourist T-shirts and souvenirs and I can surely understand why. What a fabulous city. A city with a long and turbulent history, rich in culture, lots of vibrancy, and with a character all its own. Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia – a community or province of Spain. Catalonia is to Spain what Quebec is to Canada. They protect their culture and language vehemently and , yes, they would love to separate. They even have their own flag in anticipation of that day. Barcelona came to the...

Jump to full entry

May 4, 2016 - Barcelona

On our last day in Barcelona we visited the Museum of Pablo Picasso's work. Not surprisingly he was an incredible artist. We didn't realize that he was a master of many different art styles and techniques. We find ourselfs reflecting back during the day thinking about the introspective nature of much of his work. We bought a few prints and a set of placemats that pictured one of his famous pieces. For lunch we stopped at Bernie's Diner. It was an interesting take on Americana with many wall hangings and other period pieces. For a change,...

Jump to full entry

May 3, 2016 - Barcelona

5/3 Today was an Antonio Gaudi day. We took the metro to La Sagrada Famila (Holy Family). This church has been under construction since 1882 and is expected to be completed in 10 years. It is awe inspiring and different from anything we've ever seen except for other Gaudi work we saw at Parc Guell. He combined his understanding of geometry and art to create unique structures that still seem futuristic after 100 years. In the afternoon, after our siesta (we are becoming more Spanish by the day), we visited and toured La Pedrera, an...

Jump to full entry

May 2, 2016 - Barcelona

Today was a fairly light day after the full days of touring over the past few days. We visited an Egyptian museum that is supported by the Derby Hotels founder. Granados 83, where we are staying, is one of their hotels and they gave us free tickets. It was a small museum, but with an impressive collection of artifacts, including mummies and sarcophagus. It's just amazing how artistic the highly skilled craftsmen from so long ago were. We ate tapas for lunch at a local restaurant close by and enjoyed our meal that only cost 18 euros....

Jump to full entry

May 1, 2016 - Montserrat

Today we toured Montserrat, a monastery built into this 2400 foot high serrated mountain. It is Catalunya's most traveled pilgrimage site for the past 1,000 years. Pilgrims travel to ask the Black Madonna, not to be confused with the pop singer, for miracles. Seventy Benedictine monks still reside here. However, it has become a massive tourist attraction complete with a cafeteria and gift shop. Ted scaled the mountain along with other intrepid climbers to visit one of the remaining chapels nestled on the mountain top. Each of the hermit...

Jump to full entry

Apr 30, 2016 - Barcelona

We met up with fellow cruisers Rhoda and Les, who also live in Sun City (we'd met them through cruise critic prior to leaving the US). They'd asked us to join them on a Jewish tour of Barcelona. Our guide Adi, an Israeli, told us Jews first arrived in Barcelona in the 3rd Century (BC). At that time Jews were very involved in trade all around the Mediterranean.  As Barcelona grew bigger the Jewish community grew with it, and contributed to its economic success and development.  By the 13th Century, Jews made up about 15% of the population...

Jump to full entry

Apr 29, 2016 - Barcelona

We arrived early in Barcelona, and were on land by 8:00 am. We had a wonderful time on the cruise, but are ready for the next part of our travels. After dropping off our luggage at our hotel, we strolled down Las Ramblas, Barcelona's main boulevard, all the way to the port by the statue of Columbus. The center lanes are a pedestrian walkway, with open air cafes and flower markets sprinkled all about, and stores surrounding each side. What a difference there was, walking along early in the day compared to later. Tourists and locals abound -...

Jump to full entry

Mar 24, 2016 - Meeting up with the rest of the team

Saturday morning we woke up feeling ready for the day after a good night sleep. After getting dressed we went to the breakfast hall in our hotel. For breakfast I had Chocolate milk, bacon, and pancakes. I dipped the pancakes in maple and chocolate syrup. Even though this sounds normal it was actually very different. Some differences were: The pancakes were dry, we had to the chocolate syrup to the chocolate milk, but luckily the bacon was still the same. Emma had some funky things none of us recognized, but she enjoyed them. My mom was in...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


Barcelona Bound

Nov 26, 2015 - We wish Dennis and Bert Bon voyage

we returned to Barcelona for one night on Sunday. Dennis and Bert headed to the airport early Monday morning for a return to key west, and we had an afternoon flight to Nice, so this was our Bon voyage evening. We were back in Barcelona and checked back into our hotel by 5:00 so we had time for a final ramble through the old quarter before a return for a fabulous dinner at Casalolea. We are agreed that this could be the best place to eat in Barcelona. The address is carrer Sant pere mes alt, 49. We continued our final ramble after dinner...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


Lavender's Travels

Previous -- 0... 4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  ... 71  -- Next


Advertisement
OperationEyesight.com