Back from Barcelona: Nikki's trip report

Mar 4th, 2007, 02:06 PM
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Beautiful pictures!
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No worries, but great pictures all around!

Note to self: must seek out and try.
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Mar 4th, 2007, 03:13 PM
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Great trip report Nikki!

My husband and I are going to Barcelona in September. Can I ask how much you paid for the apartment? It looks great and the location sounds superb
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Mar 4th, 2007, 04:36 PM
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mcnyc, you're a braver man than I.

Dixieland, the apartment cost 120 euros per night for two people in February. I just looked at it for September, and it appears to be 130 euros per night at that time, with a discount if you stay a week.
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Mar 4th, 2007, 07:41 PM
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Nikki - thanks for the detailed trip report. I will be escorting 34 high school students to Barcelona and Valencia in March 2008. You have given some wonderful ideas that we can use to fill our time in Barcelona. As I gaze out my window I see 3 feet of snow on the front lawn. I can just imagine our students will appreciate whatever warmth they find under the Spanish sun and will dress accordingly (much to the chagrin of the locals).
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Mar 5th, 2007, 12:50 AM
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OK, so I know it is a small world, but in your photo "Jewish Quarter," you have snapped my friend's boyfriend. I sent him the link so that he could see how he ended up in your photos.

I ate at la Cervecería on Saturday (we did the 5 different salads, sepia, and a bunch of montaditos, of which solomillo was the best) with friends and then we visited La pedrera, Sagrada Familia and some other city stuff. Love those visits!

Excellent pictures.
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Mar 5th, 2007, 03:42 AM
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And getting smaller all the time.
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Mar 6th, 2007, 03:24 AM
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I just got a note from my friend. They love this coincidence! He even asked if he could order a print to be able to tell the story to guests.

I wonder how many pictures I am in. . . probably thousands!
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Mar 6th, 2007, 04:31 AM
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"I wonder how many pictures I am in. . . probably thousands!"

My drive home from work every night takes me across the exact place where John F. Kennedy was shot. Several days a week there are people photographing the site as I drive by-I always give a little wave.

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Mar 6th, 2007, 01:02 PM
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Claire, which one is he?

Missypie, with all the people taking pictures in Barcelona, you could end up in some of those too. At least you have the wave down.
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Mar 6th, 2007, 03:36 PM
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He is the redhead, hence why he is so easy to spot.

Missy: my friends and I used to love to hang out at the grassy knoll (after visiting the downtown library) and I remember once this guy came up and asked me if I could hunker down behind some bush and "look like a sniper." It was a no-go.
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Mar 7th, 2007, 07:29 AM
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I happened upon a "Barcelona Must-Sees" thread from 2001 or 2002. A couple of folks mentioned that Barcelona is the dirtiest city they've ever visited and that it smells like urine. Nikki, it didn't look filthy in your pictures. What's the stench and filth level (of parts of the city that tourists would commonly visit)?
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Mar 7th, 2007, 07:33 AM
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Missy pie,

I was in Barcelona in 1999, 2000 and 2002 and none of the times did I find it dirty or smelly. In fact I found it pretty clean. It's a beautiful city with a great vibrant energy. You will have a blast.
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Mar 7th, 2007, 07:34 AM
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BTW- great report Nikki- and I love the pix.
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Mar 7th, 2007, 07:42 AM
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I've read some stupid things on this forum but that of BCN being dirty or smelly is going to be the number 1 !!!
Barcelona is probably the cleanest city in Spain.
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Mar 7th, 2007, 07:53 AM
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All I can say is that I didn't scrub any buildings or sidewalks before photographing them. And I didn't notice any particular odors other than garlic, paella, and chocolate, and I sought those out.
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Living here I will admit that Barcelona smells bad a lot of the time. This past weekend a friend of mine was visiting for the first time and kept saying "God, this place smells like sewage all the time!" That is not true, but there is definitely a lot of pee and poop smells in random places downtown. Then again, they make the good smells even better.

On the www.bcnweek.com homepage there is a smells map (scroll down to services, it is to your left) and it has all kinds of stuff: poop, flowers, vomit, chlorine, fresh bread, ocean. . .

Barcelona is not dirty, but then again, one should still not walk around barefoot or sit down on the street. It gets sprayed down nightly by the incredible BCNeta (trashman) crew. They do a great job.
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Mar 7th, 2007, 08:03 AM
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A smells map?! I've got to check that out.
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Mar 7th, 2007, 06:35 PM
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Nikki, you posted a reply today to a question I had about Athens. Now that I know about you I'm enjoying all your trip reports. This one is now saved in my very large "future trip" file. Barcelona is on the list, and glad to hear it's a travel option in February...
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Nikki- it was delightful reading about your trip to Barcelona. I could almost taste some of the food you described. We are going in May, and I can hardly wait. Thanks for all the info! Mo
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