5.10.09 Bedazzling Barcelona!
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5.10.09 Bedazzling Barcelona!
Today was especially fun given
Weâ€™ve had a terrific time wandering
The squares are old enough to have had Romans playing Forum games in them! Ironwork on the balconies, along with bouganvilla and lovely flowers pouring off them, provide lovely housing in narrow alleys of cobblestone.
There are many tourists here! Most of the people in the shops speak some English. Weâ€™ve seen quite a few Americans. This is all very different from
We enjoyed the
But we were happy to see the breadth of this artistâ€™s work. Did you know that he was born in 1881 and died just in 1973? I did not realize that his work was so recent.
Also, did you know that although Picasso is well-known for his â€śCubistâ€ť type of geometric shapes art, that he also excelled at painting portraits? But his early favorites were cityscapes, especially those that appeared as if you were looking out a window. He also created ceramics, wrote a play, and did set design for the ballet company! Wow!
As for the language, we find it very interesting compared to Mexican Spanish. First and most obviously, they say â€śGra THeusâ€ť using a TH like a lisp in Gracias. They say â€śholaâ€ť instead of â€śBuenos Diasâ€ť etc. upon meeting someone. And the sound of the language is sharper than the soft, melodic Mexican diction. But the good news is that most of the people are eager to correspond in English, probably so they donâ€™t have to suffer our Spanish!
Weâ€™ve enjoyed La Ramble, the famous pedestrian walk, with buskers and others vying for Liaâ€™s coins, which she finds very difficult since there are â€śso many people who need help.â€ť What do you do? She seemed to manage by giving small coins to all she saw.
The wonderful, huge food market off the La Ramble (easy to miss if youâ€™re looking the other way), reminded us of
Jazy did a great job reading up on
Still, we had a few mishaps at the metro, but nothing major: I put the card in with my right hand and tried to walk through to the left of the turnstile, which was locked. Then I did it again- still nothing (this 10-pass card was getting quickly depleted). Then Lia realized that I need to walk through the turnstile to my right and demonstrated this by turning the turnstile by hand without walking through!
Then you have to be a certain distance from the laser eye on some high-tech entrances so they'll open for you. And to leave, you walk right up to these glass doors that open in a split second- you walk through- and they jerk back together. Youâ€™d get thoroughly squashed if they slammed on you - I find it frightening to walk though them, although fortunately I never saw them close on anyone.
I like how you donâ€™t have to put your ticket through when you *leave* the station- only
Also, we twice got all ready to get on the metro, only to realize we were headed the wrong direction. But we figured it all out. I helped some other tourists out who couldnâ€™t appear to find the exit through some double gates that look locked. Several times people helped us. Itâ€™s all part of that â€śno dignity in international travelâ€ť deal.
The metro here is just 7.40E for 10 single tickets- great deal and the same as
Our â€ścampsiteâ€ť is a 24-hour gated parking lot right by the convention center. Jazy found it in our Spain Aire book. There are like 500 parking spots for all types of vehicles here. There is a separate section for motorhomes, which has a dump area and water. We have long extension cords (and another 10â€™ extension cord) to plug in. There are also showers and toilets, although weâ€™re not brave enough to use them. The place has a lot of trash around (that I hope is just from the weekend) and smells somewhat (literally), but we are right here in
Also, we got to wash Sugar today with their water hose, following the example of several others. Awesome! And our parking is on a 24-hour cycle, so we are not required to leave tomorrow until around 5pm.
So with internet, I was able to book Sugar on a 20-hour boat ride overnight tomorrow. We got a 4-berth cabin and have packed our swimsuits for the pool on deck. The boat leaves at 10pm tomorrow! Molto bene! (Better study up on that Italian!)
The ferry between Barcelona and Rome (Civitavecchia is the port) cost 289E, which seems to be about what all the ferries run with 4 people and an RV (119E of it) Sugarâ€™s size (7 meters), regardless of distance traveled. Given the cost of gas, campsites, and about 4 days of driving to get to
While I had internet, I also booked our ferry from
Itâ€™s late and Iâ€™m fading. Happy Motherâ€™s Day to everyone! My kids tried to not argue and be helpful today- it was great! Maybe tomorrow they can pretend to do the same. J