Trip Start Apr 12, 2008
Trip End Jul 20, 2008

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Sunday, May 18, 2008

3 days in Barcelona!
Steph & Antonio were our great hosts at the top of 113 stairs in the penthouse!! Steph is a tour guide so was able to advise us with anything we needed.  We even did a mountain walk on the last day with a group of her German, Spanish & English friends which gave incredible vistas over the whole city.  Thanks Steph & Antonio - we were really sad to leave.
And Juan Manuel was our guide extrordinaire taking us to a REAL flamenco club with guitar, song & dance and traditional eating cafes, tortilla espagnola - yum!!!   We enjoyed a great variety of anchovies, mussels, scallops, olives & fried eggplant for lunch with him.  Michael did a sight-seeing bike-ride on the great "Bicing" pushbikes which for a small yearly fee, you can collect and drop-off at heaps of points around the city.   Thanks Juan Manuel - looking forward to the emails!
I strolled with Steph to the incredible Boqueria food market (incredible food photo`s!) and several other points of interest.  Any animal body parts can be freely bought - rabbits still have their heads on to prove that thats what they are.
Again we were right in the centre of the old part of the city - a great place to be! Eg at 1am, on a whim we all wandered downstairs to our local bar - The Confiteria,  where very generous measures were served!  (2 mins away, kinda longer on the way home and up the 113 stairs)) for a tinto before bed.
Michelle, Barcelona is still just as beautiful!  La Rambla is choc-a-bloc with human statues of every type!
Catalan life and language was a little different to being in the south of Spain.  But everywhere the Granjas like the Pastelarias sell amazing sweet treats!

How do you add a bit of culture to Michaelīs daily diet. Books -no, documentaries - nyet, museums - nada. Juan-Mauuel had the solution and  took me for a bike-ride around the cultural sights - fantastic bike tracks in a city thats beautiful to see by bicycle. And then there is Gaudi. I explored the Sagrada Familia and then Brenda and I explored Parc Guell full of Gaudi's wild and wacky structures. Barcelona is a beautiful city with new sights around every corner. Thanks to our hosts who made us feel welcome in their city and gave us all the great tips for making the most of our time.
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