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Barcelona Travel Blog› entry 26 of 28 › view all entries
May 27th, 2010 – by: cotterb
We headed for the beach today. Not really planning on spending time on the beach we didn´t bring our swim trunks, towels etc so we just sat on a bench and read for several hours. We can´t sit next to the beach where we´re from so just listening to the ocean waves and looking at the sand designs people were making was fun.
We were seated about a block from a long gondula across the habor to Montjuïc. A pricy 9€ to ride it, but worth the cost. The view was amazing but we were crammed in the gondola with 13 others so it was a little tight. The transport took about 10 minutes so there was pleanty to see and photograph.
Once on the mountain we wanted to switch over to the bus system, but the signs were unclear so we ended up walking to the nearest metro station which also housed another funicular for us to take. On the way there we stopped for some amazing Donor Kebabs. I don´t think we have those in Denver, instead we have Gyros which are great, but different.
The funicular dropped us by a series of bus stops but it took 10 minutes to figure them out. I hate taking taxis because they´re expensive. Taking the public transportation lets me experience the city in a different way and some of my best travel stories involve it in some way. Taxis are quick and can be affordable in some situations but usually they´re just expensive and you miss out on things. After figuring out which bus we wanted to be on we stood by the stop. Two kids approached, sat down, and then started tagging (writing with markers or paint) the bus stop seat and wall. That can be a felony where we´re from but they were kids. I told them to quit it.
We were headed to the Joan Miro foundation. A museum about Joan Miro (a guy). I didn´t get his art either but Kim enjoyed it and more importantly it passed some time before the Magic Fountains I was excited to see but which don´t start up until 9pm according to the guide.
Montjuïc is a hilly area so walking can be difficult and we were a bit tired of walking everywhere, so we hopped on the bus again, knowing it wouldn´t take us where we wanted to go, but it would cut the walk a bit. Once on the bus driver didn´t seem interested in stopping. I´d push the button, he´d slow, stop in traffic, open the doors just a hair, then close them and drive off. Finally he asked us if we wanted off and let us off a about 5 blocks from where we wanted to get off.
Kim was more tired of walking then I so when we found a cab I asked if they would take us to the Magic Fountains (Font Majic) and they looked at us funny and pointed down the street but agreed to take us. It was only 4€ with tip since we were so close.
The fountains were amazing. We watched four performances because each one was different. Since we bought a few beers at the adjacent cafe we were able to use their table and sit while we enjoyed some beverages, made some videos, and took lots of pictures. It was awesome. These dancing fountains are just like those at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. The fountains spray water in different ways to the music. One set of music was 80´s pop music which was fun to hear. Another was of Disney showtoons, but translated into Spanish. That was a bit funny because we recognized it, but couldn´t really understand the words.
Dinner was pizza from the place next door and some free beers and wine at the hotel.
Tomorrow is our last night for our vacation. On Saturday we catch our flight at 8am and don´t get home until 8pm Denver time. With a flight that early we´ll have to leave our hotel before the busses or metro system even starts up so we´re a little worried about getting enough sleep for our difficult three segment flight.
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