48 Hours in Barcelona
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March 24th, 2009 – by: bristolmoomin
I started to walk to my hotel Montcada using my map, which I printed out via Google Maps before I left home. The map I had was useless, so I went back to my caveman, cub, scout days and used the sun to locate my hotel, as I knew where North, South was and where the sun should be. I came across The Cathedral of Santa Eulalia, as I think I was walking down Av Portal de lâ€™Angel. I then noticed Starbucks coffee place on Via Laietana, which I saw on Google Street Maps a few days earlier and then I knew where the hotel was.
My room wasnâ€™t read when I checked into reception. It would another hour before it was ready, so I was given another map and asked where the dodgy areaâ€™s are and the receptionist highlighted the area left of La Rambla, where she said, thatâ€™s where prostitutesâ€™, hookers (she was trying to think of the word in English) gather at night, laughing as she said it.
After my drink, I decided to take a wonder around The Cathedral of Santa Eulalia, and side streets before heading back to the hotel. Camera in hand I started to stroll towards the square and taking pictures of the Picasso paintings on the side of the building opposite the Cathedral. I carried on walking down Placa Nova next to the Cathedral under the archway on Carrer de Bisbe onto Placa de Sant Jaume and then turning left onto Carrer de Jaume I passing the metro on my left, and back to the hotel to check in.
After checking in and being given a glass of Cava I guess it was, I got into the lift to my room (607), which wasnâ€™t a bad size room, the only window was not a good view as it was an internal room, not one of the rooms that overlooked Via Laietana or Ferran. Anyway not too disappointed as I was only there for 2 nights, I unpacked and went up the roof to get a birds eye view of the city and get my bearings. Wow, what a view of the city. The Waterfront, Montjuic and Sagrada Familia can be seen from up here.
That evening, I walked without my camera down Via Laietana to the Waterfront across Passeig de Colom onto Moll dâ€™Espanya. Itâ€™s a sunny warm evening; people old and young are out enjoying the evening sunshine. Young people are heading to the Imax Cinema and Multi Cinema.
I headed back via Columbus column and up La Rambla passing the numerous stalls to Ferran, where I took a right back to the hotel, but via an Irish Pub, Temple Bar and Cappuccino coffee house for a very thick hot chocolate. When I got back to the hotel I went up to the roof terrace and took photos of the surrounding area using the night setting on the camera.
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