Day 40 – Barcelona

I like this place. It needs cheaper accommodation, that’s for sure – but it’s got a definite vibe.

Up at 6:30. And  – shock, horror!!! for 107 Euro a night, they don’t even provide breakfast. Appalling. A big – 10 points. They even had the hide to give me a 15% discount voucher for a cafe around the corner; I went, and their idea of breakfast was a choice of bacon, sausage and egg, or cofee and croissant. I chose the latter – the discount saved me 20 cents, which I left as a tip.

I walked up to the cathedral, then walked the “gothic” part of the old town, and got back to the tourist bureau in front of the cathedral at 9:00 am – just as they opened, though it was ten minutes before anyone appeared at the information counter. I bought a map ( 1 Euro) and entrance to the Sagrada Familia, and Park Guell (25 Euro). They are both timed – I chose 3:00 for the Sagrada, and 6:00 for park Guell – it’s a fair hike, and all uphill. Oh – and if you’re not there ontime (they do give you a 15 minute window – not before, but after) tough.

Back to the hotel – checked mail, put some photos up – then out at 10:30, heading slowly towards Sagrada Familia. I found a cafe near the SF, and had lunch – the spaghetti and prawns came in a curry sauce,

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which was interesting; but the beer was icy cold and good – another warm day, and I’d been walking for hours.

The Sagrada Familia is a very special building. I won’t try to describe it. Look it up online, or come yourself; but be ready for massive crowds….Did I mention the massive crowds? Well, let me tell you – they are massive….

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From there an almost endless uphill walk to Park Guell – more like park GrUELLing 🙂 – hmm – that didn’t work as well as I thought….

Even busier than SF; as it’s a park and garden, they seem to let more tourists in – all it does is spoil it, I reckon. People everywhere taking selfies or snaps of others – standing in mobs in front of the interesting stuff – I didn’t rate it. A nice view over Barcelona, though….

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A bit disappointed, I walked back to the old town – downhill, and much easier than going up.  I walked the length of PG de Sant Joan;

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it’s like an endless park running between a dual carriageway – bike paths, kids playgrounds, bocce pitches, dog runs, shady places to sit – a really pleasant place to be. But still, a long walk.

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Back in the old town I found a paella bar, and had – you guessed it – seafood paella and a flask of red. The paella was not a patch on last nights, but was OK….

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Back to the pub. I’ve emailed Rosalie, got this up to date, and will spend 30 minutes checking my way out of here before I crash – I’ll get lost regardless, but won’t feel so bad about it if I make the effort to plan 🙂 I’ve had nearly twelve hours walking today, and am shattered.  Bed is calling.

See you down the road.

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