Category: "Barcelona"

CatalÓ

by Don  

Barcelona is in a part of Spain called Catalonia. The major ethnic group of the area speaks a language the natives call CatalÓ (or in Spanish Catalßn). I just hate the idea of going somewhere where I don't know the language at all so today I ordered… more »

Barcelona transportation prep

by Don  

Just bought some transport tickets for Barcelona: The hop-on/hop-off bus ? it takes you around the tourist highlights of the city, and you can get on/off as often as you like and stay as long as you like at the various stops. Actually, as long as… more »

Morning in Barcelona

by Don  

A full seven hours of sleep last night, which bodes well for overcoming jet lag. If I can stay awake at least until 9:00 p.m. tonight, then I will be in very good shape indeed. Started the morning with the most incredible shower. No water regulators… more »

Day and evening

by Don  

After breakfast I hopped on to the subway for Drassanes station. I wasn't expecting much interesting since today was Sunday, but lo, Las Ramblas was hopping. Las Ramblas is a series of tree lined streets that especially caters to tourists. It starts… more »

La Sagrada Familia, Parc GŘell, Food

by Don  

By odd coincidence an old acquaintance of mine, Dale, who lives in Berlin, is also in Barcelona for a few days. Today we touristed together. We met at La Plaša de Catalunya, picked up his tourist bus ticket, and then headed down Las Ramblas to see… more »

More veal

by Don  

Last night's dinner... although technically it was slightly after midnight. more »

The Museum of Chocolate

by Don  

I had purchased a 5-day ?Barcelona Card? for my stay, which gives me unlimited access to the major public transport services and also free entrance to dozens of museums and nearly two hundred discounts. Among the free entrance coupons was one to Le… more »

City impressions

by Don  

One of the things that first strikes me about Barcelona is the trees. Streets often are lined with them, and the ones that seem the most common are the planteros (sycamores), with their spiky seed pods. They give a green-gold shade to the pedestrians… more »

Back to the market

by Don  

I wanted to head back to the market today for a couple of reasons. First, there are some packed lunch stands there that are always full of people, but alas, when I arrived, I was still full of veal from last night and breakfast from this morning, so no… more »

Why are you speaking to me in English?

by Don  

Here I am in Spain. I've spoken Spanish for over thirty years, so why the hell do they speak to me in English once I get two or three sentences out of my mouth? I mean, I have studied thirteen languages. Why don't they try my first in German or… more »

Thoughts about Barcelona for next time

by Don  

If you take Lufthansa from Frankfurt to Barcelona, you will arrive in terminal 1, which is the smaller terminal. To get to the train that will take you to downtown Barcelona, you need to take the Green Bus to terminal 2. The Barcelona card gives you… more »