Barcelona Travel Blog› entry 25 of 28 › view all entries
May 26th, 2010 – by: cotterb
We got a late start. With a marathon day yesterday we slept in so late that the cleaning lady never even came into our room. As an introduction to things we followed the guided walk from our travel guide and first saw the Mercat de´la Boqueria which is a great market right off of the main Las Ramblas walkway. They had all sorts of items to eat and many of the fruits were cleaned, cut, and packaged with a fork so you could eat and tour at the same time.
I was eager to see the Maritime museum again. During my first visit I had really enjoyed it, but this time, as luck would have it, they were doing a lot of construction and there was less to see. The future exhibit on submarines will be interesting but it was open yet.
We needed to relax a bit at this point in the day so we walked down the end of the Ramblas onto a foot bridge over to a mall they have extended out into the harbor. An all you can eat salad bar location with air conditioning was just what we needed and the food was good.
Cathedrals the world around have a dress code. Generally I remember it as no knees and no shoulders. Every church enforces it to some degree, but this church seemed pretty serious about it. Since we did little planning for the day Kim was wearing a short skirt and I was wearing shorts. While my shorts actually covered my knees (no, they´re not capri pants), her dress was a little too short. We were also about 15 minutes early so we insted visited the Picasso Museum.
Picasso was an interesting guy I learned. At a young age he drew things I could understand. Portriats, landscapes, etc. He drew them very well and I could appreciate the skill he had.
We took the time to buy the Barcelona Art Card which was 22€ and a great deal. It lets you into 6 different museums around down and you don´t have to wait in line. We planned on seeing three of them at the least and since each museum is about 9 or 10€ it was a good deal for us.
We were exhausted from the heat and the walking around and took a short break at our hotel before heading out for dinner. We were tired of typical food, i.e. sandwiches, and wanted to try something a little different so we went ahead and hiked to a the Irati Taverna Basca down the street from our hotel and not too far off the Ramblas.
We returned to our hotel to drink the free hotel beer and wine out on the balcony overlooking Las Ramblas. The Denver 16th Street pedestrian mall was actually based in part on the Barcelona Las Ramblas so we talked about where Denver went wrong and what they could do to improve it some before hitting the sack.
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