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We arrived early on a Sunday morning and took a shuttle from the Barcelona airport to the Hotel Silken Diagonal. The hotel was ultra modern and was located on Avinguda Diagonal right next to the bullet shaped Torre Agbar. It was easy to get our bearings using this building as a landmark. After we checked in, we walked down Avinguda Meridiana to Parc de la Ciutadella. It was a beautiful day and the park was busy with people. We visited the Barcelona Zoo, which is located within the park. After that we walked to Placa de Catalunya. On the way, we saw huge crowds filling the Passeig de Lluis Companys towards the Arc de Trionf.
We stopped for lunch just outside of Placa de Catalunya at an outdoor cafe that actually served several restaurants. They handed us about six different menus, so it was similar to eating at a mall food court. I ordered bacalao with white beans. The temperature suddenly dropped and it started to rain, but fortunately we were under umbrellas. After lunch we walked around the corner to catch a tour bus with Julia Tours. The tour was called "Artistic Barcelona" and mostly featured the works of Antoni Gaudi. The tour pointed out several apartment buildings and made stops at Parc Guell, Segrada Familia, and Estacia Franca. When we got back to the hotel, jet lag finally got to us and we retired early that night.