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During our Rick Steves walking tour we found these Roman crypts
Back in Barcelona and things already seem so different.  I hardly recognized the few sights we saw when passing through a few weeks ago, and I´m remembering very little about what I saw when I was here a few years ago.

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.
The market
  Additionally there were a lot of snack type foods including nuts and sweets by the kilo.  We continued down and then found the Plaza Royal where Gaudi had made some funky looking lamp posts and the city had planted palm trees, something we didn´t see much of around this city.

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.
At the end of the Ramblas there´s a pedestrian bridge
  Rested we moved onto the Barrio Gothic where we found the Cathedral of Barcelona.

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.
Looking back towards the city
  As he got older it seemed that he lost his mind.  I´m sure that others would have a nicer way to say that, but I couldn´t understand or appreciate anything he did in his later years.

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.
The cathedral
  Their claim to fame was the way they served up their tapas.  You get a plate from the bartender with your drink, then you grab the tapas you want.  They bill you based on how many toothpicks you have on your plate when you close your tab.  We had 16 between the two of us along with 5 beers and the bill was about 30€.  Not a bad night and we tried an assortment of things.  It was a little odd because almost all of their tapas were on a slice of baguette...even the croquette. 

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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During our Rick Steves walking tou…
During our Rick Steves walking to…
The market
The market
At the end of the Ramblas there´s…
At the end of the Ramblas there´…
Looking back towards the city
Looking back towards the city
The cathedral
The cathedral
The Plaza Catalyuna
The Plaza Catalyuna
The Plaza Catalyuna
The Plaza Catalyuna
The Ramblas
The Ramblas
A great tapas bar where we had din…
A great tapas bar where we had di…
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