Barcelona in July 2007
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Most of our 7 day visit was spent walking around the city. We figured we only had 7 short days in the city and we wanted to make the most of them. Consequently my feet were still hurting few weeks after the trip.
The trip did not start in the best possible way perhaps; our luggage was sent to one terminal and we in another. La Bouqueria. Fresh fruits and good smoothies :) It took us about an hour to sort everything out and get our luggage from a huge pile the airport personal had put them in. It wasn’t all bad though, the airport info-desk-guy was really helpful and good-looking, if I may add ;) But that’s not all… once we finally got to our hotel and in to our room the first thing we saw was this huge (little exaggeration?) cockroach, ewww… So I, the bravest person in the room (we’re doomed!), got rid of the little fellow.
We went to see all the places I had seen on my previous visit in Barcelona; Las Ramblas, Arc de Triomf, Parc de la Ciutadella, Columbus-statue, Mont Jüic, The Olympic Stadium and some buildings by the famous Catalonian architect Antoni Gaudi. Patatas aioli(?) in the tapas bar "Tapa Tapa" on Passeig de Gràcia. For instance the Sagrada Famiglia-church, Casa Batllo and La Pedrera.
Besides seeing these amazing buildings and parks that I mentioned above we also saw the Parc Güell, a park also designed by Gaudi.
Even though I had loved the previous visit, obliviously, since I wanted to come back so soon, I think this was even better.
This time I even managed to see the beach, we spend one beach/bar-day... We had the greatest time on the beach just lying there in the sun eating fresh fruit and pistachio nuts. Oh what a life!
Talking about the trip afterwards with my cousin we came to the conclusion that we only ate good food on our trip and I don’t remember it raining once when we were there. I loved hanging out in cafés (Starbucks and Dunkin Doughnuts… yeah, how veeery touristy of us) and in the lobby of our hotel talking to the lobbyist, our new friend Pedro, till the wee hours of the morning after coming back to the hotel, sitting on the stairs by the Macba (Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art), on the Travel Bar’s Bar Crawl though the Barri Gòtic, in the Cathedral listening to the choir, even sitting in the bathroom sharing a footbath after our long walks.
I would definitely go there again, especially with my extremely tolerant and understanding travel buddy.