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At the beach, a neat scuplture..he adds a cat later.
I think we´re both getting a little ´travelled out´ We´re loving the experience, but the sight seeing is getting hard to do every day because it is so much work getting from place to place and being interested in some of that stuff.  We have enjoyed our relaxed moments as well and ended up sleeping in late again.  I think the sleeping in is mostly because the city is alive until late and our meals and experiences at night have been as interesting, if not more interesting, then the sight seeing stuff.

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.
The gondola tower.
  We both got minor sun burns since we were seated in the sun, but neither of us regretted the relaxing time by the bay.

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.
From the gondola looking at the beach
  I always enjoy the donor kebab. 

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.
From the gondola looking at the harbor
  Typical young teenagesr (probably no older then 13 or 14 years old) they lipped off.  One of them was ready to leave, but his buddy (the bully) stood his ground and decided to call us names in Spanish.  It was pretty funny actually.  We told the bus driver about the incident when it arrived but that´s about all we could do anyway.  Still chatting about the incident we didn´t realize that we only needed to ride the bus one stop...so we missed our stop and had to walk back through the most beautiful park (something we wouldn´t have seen if we were in a cab)

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.
On Montjuïc.


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.
On Montjuïc.
 

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.
On our walk back to the Joan Miro museum.
  We didn´t go to bed early, but it wasn´t near as late as other nights. 

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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At the beach, a neat scuplture..he…
At the beach, a neat scuplture..h…
The gondola tower.
The gondola tower.
From the gondola looking at the be…
From the gondola looking at the b…
From the gondola looking at the ha…
From the gondola looking at the h…
On Montjuïc.
On Montjuïc.
On Montjuïc.
On Montjuïc.
On our walk back to the Joan Miro …
On our walk back to the Joan Miro…
On our walk back to the Joan Miro …
On our walk back to the Joan Miro…
The Joan Miro Museum entrance
The Joan Miro Museum entrance
The Magic Fountains.
The Magic Fountains.
The Magic Fountains.
The Magic Fountains.
The Magic Fountains.
The Magic Fountains.
Walking back to our hotel from the…
Walking back to our hotel from th…
The statue at the Plaza España.
The statue at the Plaza España.
Barcelona
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