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Gaudi's Casa Batllo, built between 1904 and 1906

I set my alarm for 8 but am still tired.  Go back to sleep and don’t get up until about 2.  Don’t know if this is still jetlag, but I must eventually wake up and have some energy!  I walk to the Avenida Gracia and then down to the Plaza Catalunya.  I investigate some of the little streets near La Rambla.  There are people everywhere, walking, shopping, eating and drinking.  Sidewalk cafes and restaurants everywhere.  To my dismay many of the restaurants allow smoking, pretty backward hey.  Like in Madrid, I notice that there are more smokers than in Oz.  The tobacco companies must love Europe.


The sky is overcast and as it gets later there is a cool breeze sometimes.  Definitely cooler than Madrid and a little more humid.


I buy a baguette with ham and tomato (spread) and a small can of soft drink, total 8E.

Gaudi's La Pedrera, built between 1906 and 1910
  I started losing weight in NY and the trend is continuing.  I don’t like the prices here.  Fortunately I’m not very hungry as the food is mostly very yummy with lots of the French patisserie type.  It’s like the other end of the food chain from much of South America.  I yearn for the most simple things, a fresh bread with tomato sandwich.


I spend my time walking around different streets.  Barcelona is quite beautiful and there are many narrow streets, buildings with balconies, and plazas everywhere.


When I go back to the hotel I watch the US Open until around midnight.  There’s no wifi at the hotel; they’re between contractors.  Just my luck.

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