Barcelona 7-8 august 2007

Trip Start Aug 06, 2007
Trip End Aug 13, 2007

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Here I am once again Gaudi's city - Barcelona.

I  am always stunned by the diffirent architectures of Barcelona but still, strangely, this city has never been my favourite.

We checked out from the hotel in Girona and had a quick breakfast on the same street as the hotel where I found out that the spaniards drink a REALLY REALLY thick chocolate unlike the parisian, it was so thick that I had to ask for more milk.

The train station of Girona is very new and modern. There are trains running between Girona-Barcelona and vice versa almost every hour, some are normal some are express which costs a little more expensive. It took about 1.15 hours to escort us to BNA-SANTS - Barcelona, the price was 6.45€ per seat. Unlike in France where most of the tickets need to be bought in advance to avoid the high price, in Spain the tickets can be purchased anytime even for the same day travel. I guess the spanishs don't know what 'Yeild Management' is hehe. Make sure that grap the first seat available you see since we didn't know that the tickets weren't issued with the seats so we had to stand for almost 15 minutes.

At the train station we decided to buy a 'T-DIA 1 zones' ticket which costs 5.25€ this ticket allow us to navigate everywhere in Barcelona with no limits for 1 day. If not, there is another option is to get a 'T10' which costs 6.90€ ticket giving 10 trips without day limits until you use them up. All the trains in Barcelona are equiped with air-con which is great and once inside we really didn't want to get off as the temparature inside the station was awfully hot, we doubted why they didn't ventilate more so that the air can go through.

The hotel we stayed called Auto Hogar (68€ with BF with Expedia), a kind of parking+hotel that we had to walk through the parking to get to the room. The hotel was not so bad located, pretty good location near the M░ Paral-lel from which we took 15 mins walk to La Rambla, Barcelona's most famous street dotting with artists, flowers shops, souvenir shops, restaurants, we could find everything here. We visited the nearby palm tree-lined square, Plaša Reial, one of Gaudi archievements. The weather was really good so we continued walking north via La Rambla to Plaša Catalunya, we kept walking until La Sagrada Familia, probably the proudest work of Gaudi on which he spent his life creating but unfortunately reamain incompleted therefore I could still see the construction. This monument is for sure one of the most popular among others but to us personally we didn't find it attractive at all, on the other hand I found it scary! We continued down south to witness the Arc de Triomf where I did my "JUMP" and walking through the Parc de la Ciutadella, visited some more sites before returning to the hotel. Just behind the hotel was a prostitution spot where we saw almost 50 of them standing some in a corner, some on the footpath. The greatest number we have ever seen in our life!!! You can find everything in Bacelona!!

It was a tiring walking day we though that we would have some Tapas with some Sangria drink. We ended up in a restaurant fronting the cathedral near Portaferrissa street where we end of with about 50€ of the bill which was EXPENSIVE for spainish standard, came back to the hotel room drunk! I fell asleep right away while Sylvain suffered the noice of the guests on the upper floor partying, it was so noisy that he had to call the security to verify. Result! he had a shit night...

Goodbye Barcelona...see you soon (maybe!)
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