Back from Barcelona: Nikki's trip report

Mar 17th, 2007, 04:16 PM
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Thank you Nikki! I just posted a request for Barcelona tips you have given me plenty to work with. I cannot wait to try the tomato bread! We'll be there in June for 2 weeks. A thousand times thank you! You should be a travel writer!I am ordering "Shadows of the Wind" right now. I can vouch for "Zorro". Isabelle Allende is a great story teller.
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Jun 15th, 2007, 08:38 PM
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Excellent. Thanks. Absolutely useful since we're off to Barcelona soon!
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Sep 19th, 2007, 10:41 AM
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Hi Nikki. Wonderful trip report! And, based largely on your recommendation (and photos of what I assume is La Boqueria), I have just booked the Pedrera apartment for 6 days this December, where DH and I will celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary, and ring in the new year!

If you have the time, would you answer the following?

1. Does the apartment have a clothes dryer?

2. I read somewhere that there is a concierge in the lobby. True?

3. IF I can get a reservation, would you recommend Cinc Sentits as a place to celebrate New Year's Eve?

A million thanks!
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Sep 19th, 2007, 11:18 AM
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I absolutely adored your trip report. Can't wait to go back to Barcelona to try some of the things you did and sample some of the restaurants you discussed as well!
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Sep 19th, 2007, 11:22 AM
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Oh, New Year's and an anniversary in Barcelona sounds wonderful!

I believe the apartment did not have a clothes dryer.

There was a man with a booth in the lobby, not sure I'd call him a concierge exactly but he could be helpful. He called and reserved a taxi for us the night before we left when I was afraid the language barrier would make that difficult to do ourselves. He didn't speak much English, but when he spoke Catalan it sounded like French to me so we could sort of communicate.

Cinc Sentits for New Year's Eve sounds fantastic.

Be sure to report back, I'd love to hear how it turns out.
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Sep 19th, 2007, 11:26 AM
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Many thanks for your quick reply!
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Sep 30th, 2007, 05:28 PM
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Nikki:
Did the Barcelona apartment have any channels of English TV? We love BBC when we are in Europe. Had it in our apartment in Belgium, but not in Germany.
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Sep 30th, 2007, 07:43 PM
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I don't remember whether there were English channels or not, sorry. I will ask my husband whether he remembers.
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Oct 1st, 2007, 06:41 AM
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We also stayed in a Habitat apartment. The satelite TV had shows in just about every lauguage you can think of. As I recall, every show in English was a business/stock market type of show. Late one night we stumbled upon the NBC Nightly News but we couldn't find it a second time.
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Oct 1st, 2007, 01:07 PM
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I just asked my husband and he remembers two or three English speaking TV stations at the apartment.
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Oct 1st, 2007, 04:22 PM
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I also had a great dinner at Restaurant 7 Portes. Duck...crispy and delicious. On line I met an Irishman and his wife who just bought a house near me Jupiter Florida where I live! Small world! Nice report and pictures. I spent a month in Spain and it was wonderful.
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Oct 15th, 2007, 11:00 AM
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Hi Nikki. Looks like I am nearly re-creating your Barcelona trip! As I mentioned, we're staying in the Pedrera apartment and I'm hopeful of getting a reservation at Cinq Sentits for New Years Eve, if possible. If for any reason they can't accommodate us (won't know till late Nov. at the earliest), what do you think NYE at Set Portes would be like? Is it a "fun" atmosphere? Unlike many restaurants, I do know they'll be open. Any other suggestions? Thanks.
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Oct 15th, 2007, 12:03 PM
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Hard to tell what the atmosphere would be like on New Year's Eve. Set Portes is a big place, lots of people, and at some point on regular evenings a piano player starts playing, but the music was nothing to write home about.
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Oct 31st, 2007, 03:31 AM
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Bookmarking for our trip in December.

Nikki,
I noticed you went to the Cerveceria Catalana twice. Did you have wine or beer or water with your tapas? Were there tables there for 8?

I want one of each. (tapas, not tables!)
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Oct 31st, 2007, 05:55 AM
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Beer for my husband and fizzy water for me.

There were some large groups dining together. We found that it was much less crowded at off hours. The first time we tried to go was at lunch time, and the wait was too long. We came back at the Barcelona dinner rush and waited for a table. But the second time we ate there, we arrived earlier, around 6:30 I think, and there was no wait.

The Cerveseria Catalana, unlike many restaurants, is open all day, so it is possible to eat there at off times. Our apartment was just around the corner, so it was possible for us to check and see when there was less of a wait.
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Oct 31st, 2007, 07:04 AM
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just got back from Barcelona last week and was interested in others' comments. I have seen a lot of places but found Barcelona one of the most wonderful cities anywhere,
We had 7 full days and wished we could have stayed longer .. like forever.
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Dec 12th, 2007, 07:49 PM
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Hi Nikki. Another apartment question, if you don't mind...Do you recall if the apartment had a telephone for use by renters (with calling card, of course)? Have a call into Habitat, but haven't heard back yet. Thanks!
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Dec 12th, 2007, 08:20 PM
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Yes, there was a phone. You must be getting ready to go. Did you make reservations for New Year's Eve? Have a great trip.
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Hi! We're leaving on 12/25. I was like a heat seeking missile and finally got NYE reservations at Cinq Sentits! Very excited! Happy holidays to you.
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