Singaporetourismmap: Barcelona

After, what is far also long, my hubby has written some other invitee post for my blog.  Here's his job organization human relationship of his recent see to Barcelona. 

I late returned to the Great Britain to see my children (who alive with their woman raise inwards Birmingham) as well as decided to pass a few days with them inwards the metropolis of Barcelona.  I’d never been (nor had they) as well as given other circumstances I thought a trip would last worthwhile.  So flights were booked (EasyJet from Gatwick to Barcelona’s primary airport) as well as a asking for desired activities issued.  My sons are 10 as well as 13, the younger i wanted to eat H2O ice cream as well as larn to the beach, the older i wanted to create the stadium tour at the Nou Camp, FC Barcelona’s home, I wanted to come across a church.

Arriving on Mon morn at nearly 10am nosotros made our agency to our hotel inwards a taxi from the drome (approximately 35 Euros).  The hotel was called Hotel Oriente, situated on Las Ramblas.  It's a really primal identify to remain that throngs with tourists as well as locals alike, with many restaurants, cafes as well as H2O ice cream joints.  The hotel was charming inwards an former earth agency (very dissimilar the purely functional  job organization hotels I utilisation inwards Asia) with friendly as well as helpful staff.

Las Ramblas
Our hotel

As nosotros were early on nosotros could non banking concern check inwards immediately, so nosotros deposited our bags at left luggage (having made the youngest alter his t-shirt which had an obvious hot chocolate stain from brekkie inwards Jamie Oliver’s Café inwards Gatwick) as well as headed out for a wander as well as a look-see of our environs.  We walked downwards Las Ramblas towards the port expanse of town, passing a statue of Christopher Columbus stood atop a tall column looking eastwards out to sea, the base of operations of the column is guarded past times a serial of cast atomic number 26 lions.  We passed former colonial type buildings, into a marina expanse with expensive looking boats as well as yachts, where nosotros decided to stimulate got an early on luncheon as well as the week’s commencement Castilian H2O ice cream (one or 2 had been consumed over the previous weekend inwards the UK), finding a bar / café overlooking the water.  Lunch was, of course, tapas of breadstuff covered inwards love apple tree sauce (not pop with the youngest), calamari as well as spicy potatoes with paprika mayo as well as fries, washed downwards with water, sprite as well as a San Miguel.

Christopher Columbus

After lunch, as well as soundless beingness early on for our hotel check-in, nosotros checked out i of the street cafes on Las Ramblas as well as started to programme the residual of our fourth dimension inwards Barca.  This included plans for a trip on the cable automobile that straddles the harbour from the beach at Platja de Saint Sebastia to Montjuic (or Miramar), a see to the beach (and a wander about the Olympic Harbour), a trip to FC Barcelona to persuasion their (mere) 4 European Cups as well as a appear come across of Segrada Familia (the huge Gaudi-design Gothic / modern cathedral).  In the café, at that topographic point was a waiter that looked similar Adolf Hitler, so the identify became a calendar week long favourite with the expression, ‘let’s stimulate got a potable inwards Adolf’s’, serving large lemonades as well as litre-sized beers.

Once nosotros checked inwards nosotros discovered that nosotros were unable to accuse our communication devices, so a hollo for for an appropriate adapter plug was necessary. Additionally the sunny conditions necessitated a purchase of some high ingredient Sun cream, to protect the fairer skinned alongside us.  On this hollo for nosotros discovered Placa Reial, a beautiful foursquare only off Las Ramblas with wonderful former buildings as well as covered walkways.  On the terra firma flooring of all the buildings were a serial of restaurants as well as bars with residential apartments on the higher floors.  In the foursquare H2O ice cream number 2 was consumed as well as a determination made to stimulate got pizza that eve inwards i of the other restaurants inwards the corner of the square, called Roma.  The pizza turned out to last enormous as well as really tasty.

Placa Reial

Our hotel room charge per unit of measurement did non include breakfast, so Tuesday started with a search for something to eat.  We ended upwardly inwards a identify called Café Gaudi (he’s everywhere inwards the city, literally everywhere at that topographic point is reference to this famed architect, from his buildings to museums to, similar inwards this case, cafes), where nosotros munched upon Catalan baguettes filled with ham as well as cheese, chorizo as well as cheese or bacon, washed downwards with orangish as well as apple tree juices as well as a really potent coffee.  After breakfast, nosotros walked towards the cable automobile base, about the harbour viewing obscenely large boats, the Museum of Catalonia as well as the beach. 

The cable automobile station sits on the border of the dock, side past times side to a super yacht edifice yard with the passengers (or victims) having to ascend the metallic framed construction towards the windowless cars.  The attraction opens at 11am, nevertheless nosotros arrived about 10:30am as well as were thus unopen to the front end of the ticket line, for the 3 of us it was to a greater extent than or less 35 Euros (the identify does non convey cards, so convey cash).  At the top of the tower the cars await the intrepid explorers.  I’d recommend that y'all aim to larn inwards the automobile commencement as well as thus secure a window slot for the obligatory photograph opportunities.  We missed this peril as well as observed that sure nationalities don’t motion i time their prime number seat has been secured (relatives of the aforementioned waiter, perhaps).  As the automobile starts off, it drops on the cables, causing a few mild gasps but so continues to the halfway point, a relay tower (arriving with a bump as well as a sway) earlier continuing towards Miramar.  The views from the cable automobile across the harbour as well as the metropolis are spectacular allowing the rider to persuasion the sights of the city, with Segrada Familia inwards the distance, Gaudi’s other cathedral inwards the Gothic quarter as well as the harbour itself.  Upon arrival at the terminus nosotros went to the café for an H2O ice cream to sooth the shattered nerves of a minor boy. The café also has fantabulous views of the metropolis as well as is on the border of a tranquil green dotted with Gaudi statues, beneath the Miramar Hotel (that looked far to swanky for us reprobates). 

After a pleasant wander nosotros walked downwards the loma towards Las Ramblas for some luncheon (cheese pizza baguettes), earlier nosotros decided to walk to a large church building (it did non appear far on the map).  We walked downwards a serial of medieval streets as well as stumbled across Gaudi’s commencement church building endeavour but continued for the space-ship shaped identify of worship.  It was hot (ish), nosotros got lost so nosotros got a cab to Segrada Familia.  I am sure nosotros did 3 laps of the metropolis as well as it actually was non that far away from our initial indicate of confusion.  On arrival nosotros discovered that the within was closed for a mortal concert that twenty-four lx minutes menses but would re-open the side past times side day, so nosotros had a appear about the outside.  This was a niggling of a disappointment, the older aspect of the unfinished edifice looks fantastic, whereas the under-construction constituent looks similar a pure after-thought where no crusade had last made to brand the novel bits appear old.  The edifice is also a lot to a greater extent than unfinished than I expected.  We vowed to supply to appear within (another story).  We grabbed a taxi as well as headed dorsum to Las Ramblas, as well as to a greater extent than H2O ice cream (and a beer).

Gaudi Cathedral

Segrada Familia

View from the cable car
View from the cable car

Views from the cable car

In the eve nosotros were dorsum inwards Placa Reial for paella.  One  of the nifty things nearly Barcelona is that the restaurants serve paella for one, equally opposed to a minimum of 2 equally inwards other parts of Spain.


It was determined that the side past times side morn would last beach morning, so nosotros wandered dorsum about the harbour after breakfast nigh the hotel.  The beach itself is sandy with a few pebbles with the Med beingness quite mutual depression temperature at this fourth dimension of the twelvemonth (therefore nosotros exclusively paddled).  There were deck-chairs as well as sun-loungers for rental (6 Euros each per day) with a serial of chaps selling beers as well as cocktails wandering the sands.  However, equally it was earlier xi I politely declined the mojitos, (although the young-ish girls side past times side to us did not) equally good equally the Asian ladies offering human foot as well as dorsum massages, turned downwards on the footing that it would last cheaper as well as to a greater extent than painful inwards Bangkok as well as I don’t larn at that topographic point either.  After a distich of hours paddling, skimming stones across the waves as well as watching a fruit loop practicing his flamenco on the beach nosotros decided to wander towards a giant fish similar sculpture at the Olympic Marina, where nosotros observed former men playing domino's on beach-side tables (one looked similar Fabio Capello, but was not, clearly) as well as got a potable inwards that area.  Unfortunately, due to an unfortunate seagull incident nosotros had to supply to the hotel for an impromptu shower for the smallest fellow member of our political party (as y'all tin belike guess a seagull pooped on him).

After luncheon nosotros decided to caput dorsum to Segrada Familia to appear at the interior of the church, nevertheless the delineate was long as well as equally nosotros reached the front end nosotros were informed that tickets were sold out until at to the lowest degree 7pm.  Additionally, nosotros had seen the entrance fees as well as restrictions on photography within the church, so decided to bin the thought equally bad value.  The side past times side adventure was to endeavour to utilisation Barcelona’s surreptitious railway to larn dorsum to Las Ramblas, having to alter at to the lowest degree i time during the process.  Much to the amazement of my eldest boy nosotros achieved our objective as well as celebrated with a potable as well as eventually yet some other H2O ice cream.

Upon our supply to the hotel nosotros bought tickets for our trip to the Nou Camp as well as Barcelona the side past times side day.  It is quite expensive, to a greater extent than or less 25 Euros each as well as is non opened upwardly on fit days which is why nosotros did non larn the twenty-four lx minutes menses earlier equally nosotros thought the squad was playing inwards the Copa Del Rey (the Castilian Cup) but the game was inwards Valencia, non Barcelona.

Dinner was tapas inwards i of the Las Ramblas cafes, with fried croquettes of meat as well as potato, calamari rings, feta salad, chorizo, spicy potatoes as well as a Castilian omelette.


On the Th nosotros headed to FC Barcelona as well as the Nou Camp, asking the hotel managing director how to larn there.  He was upset equally Barca had been beaten past times Real Madrid inwards the loving cup terminal the nighttime earlier as well as banned from buying players for 2 transfer windows next a breaking of transfer rules inwards Brazil, this ban is suspended at introduce on appeal.  The taxi to the Nou Camp took to a greater extent than or less 20 minutes inwards the morn traffic as well as terms to a greater extent than or less 20 Euros (quite steep, equally it terms 11 Euros to larn dorsum a distich of hours later).  

Upon arrival inwards the museum y'all are ushered into the trophy room that shows the cups that stimulate got been won over the years since the social club was founded past times an Englishman who wanted a squad to play the newly pop game of football game about the plow of the century.  This heritage is soundless shown on the social club crest with i segment of the ticker represented past times the flag of St George.  Within the room at that topographic point are examples of the Copa Del Rey (not this years, equally the game was conceded), La Liga Trophy (this is so enormous i instrumentalist for sure cannot elevator it up),  4 UEFA European Cups (or Champions League) trophies (we joked that at that topographic point is i missing, Liverpool stimulate got won 5, air conditioning Milan half-dozen as well as Real Madrid ix – numbers are right equally of today) as well as in conclusion an exhibit on the number of Ballon D’Or (or golden boots) won past times Barca players.  Lionel Messi appears extensively inwards this section.  The tour so takes y'all about the stadium through the changing rooms (where at that topographic point is a revolving display of opponents, none of which are inwards Real Madrid colours if it tin last avoided), on to the border of the pitch as well as upwardly into the stands.  The terminal halt on the tour is the commentators box, high upwardly inwards the Gods (not for the faint of ticker or those suffering from vertigo) earlier directing people through to the gift shop.

On the Fri morn earlier flying dorsum nosotros wandered about the Gothic quarter, as well as had a appear within the master cathedral.

All inwards all, Barca is a nifty place.


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