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Today we had a nice little lie-in to recover from yesterday! We had some of the rubbish breakfast (of which there was hardly any left) from our hostel before heading towards the local station where we caught a train to the main station for free with the interrail passes. This got us LOTS closer to our first plan of the day - visiting Nou Camp! …
We had a crazy early start this morning - getting up at 5.30am ready to catch a train from the station closest to us (Lyon Perrache) to the international one (Part Dieu) at 6.40am. We arrived at the station and got straight on our 3 hour train to Narbonne which I mostly slept on! The area on the way down looked quite rough but thankfully Narbonne …
... My Spanglish is just fine. I didn't even carry my guidebook today. Yeah.
Some important words: prabadores (fitting room), tallas (size), w.c./lavabos/aseos/baņo (toilet), and plancha (iron, grill).
Had some fruits and took some pics. And showed a foreign couple (Italian?) how to take a pic with a bright background w/o flash.
Not sure where to go next, I felt today was a day for discovery and spontaneity. Let me warm up to ...
... 3pm, time for lunch. Out came the map and we followed a twisting way to El Quartre Gats (established in 1897, a hangout of Picasso's) for the three course meal of the day. Very noisy and busy but great decor and the food was also good. The meal for 17 euros each included bread and a glass of wine each. Our entrees were chickpeas and ham, salad, mains.pork with sautéed vegetables, casserole of beef cheeks, desserts chocolate and vanilla ice cream, and a ...
... breathtaking views justice.
Then, we boarded the bus at 2:30 and began our drive to Spain's 2nd-largest city, Barcelona. We arrived shortly after 4:30, and were glad to see it was another Novotel (we stayed in a Novotel in Madrid and like it), but this one was even bigger and nicer. We had the late afternoon and evening free, so we really kicked back and relaxed. We caught-up on email in our rooms, and around ...
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Strange set up as it wasn't very clear where it was as there was just a random tiny door on the street which you had to go through before going up some big staircase to get to the reception through another door - like a maze!
Very noisy rooms due to the bars nearby (although you cannot fault the location for the main part of Barcelona I suppose) and the rooms are really stuffy!
The shared bathroom was disgusting - I wouldn't use the shower because it clearly had not been cleaned so relied on a wet wipe! And the breakfast was very minimal, running out by the time we had got to it at around 8.30am!
It's what you get for budget accommodation though I suppose!
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