Barcelona Travel Blog› entry 2 of 5 › view all entries
For many years, my husband and I have been taking short trips with our two best friends, Jochem and Carol. My husband Rens went to high school with Jochem, and ever since then they have been inseparable.
In 2008, we chose to go to Barcelona for a couple of days. Since we live in Tilburg, in the south of the Netherlands, we decided to fly from the nearby airport of Eindhoven. From here, budget airline Ryan Air offers cheap flights to Girona airport, which is located near Barcelona.
Flying from Eindhoven turned out to be very convenient, it’s just that with budget airlines like Ryan Air you do not get assigned seats. Since we did want to sit together, we followed everyone else’s example: stand in line at the gate for an hour, packed together like a herd of anxious cows.
As soon as the plane was in the air, Rens and I found out why especially Jochem and Carol insisted on sitting together. They told us they were expecting a baby and they had decided to tell us while we were on the plane! (Their son Tygo was born while Rens and I were travelling through India.)
The flight was comfortable (and exciting, there were now five of us in stead of four!) and we touched down in Girona right on schedule. We took our time to look for options how to get to the centre of Barcelona. We could take a taxi or several different kinds of busses, but by the time we had figured out which bus we wanted to take, the first bus had already left, filled to the rim with all the people from the airplane. We got ourselves some drinks and waited for the next bus, which we had almost to ourselves.
We were dropped off in the middle of centre of Barcelona, from here we took the metro to our hotel.
By the time we had finished lunch it was getting late in the afternoon, but none of us felt like relaxing, we wanted to go into town. We went back to the metro station and took a metro to La Rambla, a broad and busy boulevard for pedestrians only.
La Rambla starts at Plaça de Catalunya and leads to the old harbour, making this boulevard about a kilometer long. The entire boulevard is lined with beautiful old buildings, the umbrella shop is a definite highlight. Next to that, the entire lane is stuffed with cosy terraces, newspaper stands, numerous stalls that sell all kinds of pets and a lot of flower stands.
But the biggest attention attraction at La Rambla are all the street artists that represent living statues.
La Rambla ends at the monument of Columbus, a 60 meters tall monument for Christopher Columbus. It is located at the site where Columbus returned to Spain after his first voyage to the Americas. At the top of the monument is a statue of Columbus himself. Many think the statue is pointing its right hand to the New World, but in fact it points to Genoa, the place where Columbus was born.
We walk around the small harbour for a bit, then we have a light dinner is a small and simple café. When we return to our hotel we have a couple of drinks in the stylish but deserted hotel bar. We don’t care there’s nobody else though, we have fun nonetheless!