Barcelona - here we come!
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We had left Paris around 10:30 in the morning after some good sleep and after having a strange experience at the parking next to the hotel!
The day before we had entered the parking equally strange actually. We had driven up to the cross bar indicating that we could not get in. Jacob went out of the car to see if there was someone at work inside because the parking house look a little abandoned. He returned and said that he could not see anyone, but when he came back to the the gate suddenly opened. We looked at each other and hmmm... lets go for it!
We still could not see anyone and there was no ticket machine.
Next morning the place was open and there was still no one there! We picked up the car and waited down in front of the office with the sign; I will soon be back, in order to have them open the gate and so we could pay for the stay. We waited 5-10 minutes and still no one. Jacob went out and looked but again when he passed the gate it opened! I drove outside the gate and we still waited 5 minutes and nobody came! Well, then we decided to drive. We could not wait all day! Thank you Paris - I guess that it was the first time I got something for free there.
We had approximately 1000 km in front of us, so it was just a question about getting out of Paris as soon as possible.
The hotel Onix was situated 2-300 meters from La Ramblas and we were very positively surprised when we entered the lobby. The room was equally nice and the bathroom modern and nice in size too. I still wonder why it only had 3 stars but it is recommendable anyway.
We hurried out to taste something of the Barcelona ambiance which can to us immediately after we left the hotel. This town is amazing. This city was a first time for my friend Jacob and it didn’t take him more than few minutes to understand that it was a mistake.
When you sit on the front row facing the open space, many performers will seek your attention with their special skills. In the time we were there we had a young guy playing guitar, which he did fairly good, there was a small band as well and finally some Brazilian dance Marshall Art fighting while they sang and played a coconut instrument, all very impressive. On top of this there was a loco lady biking around smoking and swearing towards all. It was entertaining.
I wanted to show my friends some of the nice narrow streets in Barri Gotic and around the Cathedral de Barcelona so we walked around and enjoyed the ambiance and the fabulous tension that is there.
We stayed there until 11.30pm and walked back towards La Ramblas along the small and most narrow streets we could find. In one of the most narrow streets we found an extremely small bar where the bar was approximately 1,60 metres long but there were 3 guys working behind it. The bar was very popular with Spanish girls and us because these guys could serve some great Mojito’s. After this place we walked yet some time before we decided to call it an early night and walk back towards the hotel.
But Barcelona goes on and on, so we ended up visiting a lot of other nice places before we finally entered the hotel feeling pretty good and ready to sleep after a long day with loads of impressions.