Party Capital of the World

Trip Start Mar 14, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Barcelona, what can we say we have been here so many times that it feels like home. It is one of those cities that instantly grabs you from the moment you step into the sun. From the beaches, the clubs, its first rate Tapas Bars, Barcelona has it all. Even though we have been here before we never stop finding new things to see and do.

It is hard to miss Las Ramblas (roughly 1km long) the main street in Barcelona it has everything from street performers, human statues (which annoy Shona), pet and flower stalls, and artists it is one of the most famous streets in the world.

With another early start thanks to the overnight train from Malaga (62 Euros per ticket, if you sit up all night, 8. 45pm - 7.20am) with little sleep thanks to some old Spanish lady traveling by herself who insisted on talking to anyone who would listen. We managed to fall asleep through one of her rants but managed to wake up to another an hour later.

As soon as we arrived we went straight to La Boqueria (the Market off La Ramblas) for our favorite pastry (Chi chos, sho shoes something, it doesn't matter they taste good, this is one of the only things Shona will wake up early for). We love La Boqueria it is a maze of displays which the shop owners take great pride in as we found out when we tried to purchase some of it but where told "do not touch", they ended up giving us shit produce because of it, just a warning if you want good food, don't touch the display.

As we are to poor to afford the metro, which is considerably cheap, we walked through Barcelona looking for some of Gaudis art. We ended up at Casa-Museu Gaudi a park of great beauty and full of tourists so packed it was hard to enjoy. However you can always find an isolated little corner and just take in the view.
Later that night we met up with another of our friends from London, we spent the afternoon sipping beers in Plaza Reial with Angel and his friends, the night could only get better with Tapas. We blew the budget (If you want to blow your budget to, the name is Irati Taverna Basca, on Carrer Del Cardenal Casanas, just off La Ramblas). We will walk 4 hours around the city to save money but when it comes to food every single time we over do it.

Our last day in Spain has been a rainy one, we went up to Figueres (train 9.30 one way, from near the Gracia Metro) to see the Dali Museum (11 euros each), expect a wait. After an hour in line we spent another two hours wandering the museum. If you are coming to Barcelona it is a day trip you shouldn't miss.

From Seville to Tarifa, Cadiz, Malaga and Barcelona all we see is the run up to Easter. This is not your average run of the mill street parade, here they rehearse at all hours of the day and night. We saw the likes one night at 11O'Clock and it was still one week away.

We are headed out now for our last night of Tapas in Spain.

Tomorrow hopefully some good pastries in France, if we make it there.
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