Barcelona - please, help:)

Jun 28th, 2007, 02:22 PM
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Everybody, thank you so much for your time.I will go to Monjuic, if only for the fountain show.

Travel buzzing, thank for all the input...very useful.I am not having much look with learning Spanish and Catalan, as I am trying to learn the same phrases in both, and then I get confused - not to mention the pronunciation issue. So, I am a bit anxious about not speaking the language (s)

Also, I like plans, and order, and believe it or not, I have already made a reservation at Can Majo for dinner Thursday night. I relax when I have things planned...now I am learning it is not the end of the world if I need to modify my plans. Call me crazy

Anyway, I will try to make use of all the great suggestions...and I will try and relax.
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Jun 29th, 2007, 12:41 AM
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have fun! the fountain display is at the bottom of monjuic, between the national palace and plaza espanya pl.espanya metro). you will see what i mean about going up montjuic.
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Jun 29th, 2007, 01:12 AM
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Odd..I thought Guernica was in the Prado..has it been moved or am I mistaken about this?
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Jun 29th, 2007, 03:13 AM
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According to Wikipedia, the Guernica was at the Prado from 1981 (when it was moved from the Museum of Modern Art in New York, where I remember it from many visits) until 1992, at which time all the Prado's art dating from after the early 19th century was moved for reasons of space.

It has been at the Reina Sofia since 1992.
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Jun 29th, 2007, 03:29 AM
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i live right next to the palau and it's a good choice of something to see first.

i had a suggestion and that is that you first see the palau and then santa maria del mar, the museu picasso (if you can get in then; there seems to usually be a long line out the door) and then have lunch.

this is because they are all close together in the same area. also because i have a lunch suggestion for you. there's a menú restaurant called l'economic which is in the plaça de sant agusti vell, 13, nearby where you'll be. it's one of my favorites; they serve nice home-cooked dishes and the lunch menu consists of two courses, dessert, and wine or other beverage for 9€. the galta and the rabbit are always good if they have them. get there between 2 and 4.

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Jun 29th, 2007, 12:16 PM
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Everybody, thank you again.
Tiffany - thanks for the lunch tip - it sounds very tempting.
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Jun 29th, 2007, 01:33 PM
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I like your idea that begins at the Palau at 10, goes to the waterfront, then back up the Rambla. It will work.

What will absolutely, positively not work in Barcelona is the attitude expressed in your statement that "I will not wait more than 15 minutes for the Casa Mila or Battlo". Spain is a place where waiting is a way of life.

You will wait. The question is what will the attitude be with which you greet this waiting.
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Jun 29th, 2007, 06:50 PM
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Thanks for the comment about my itinerary, going from Palau de M C
down to the waterfront, and then making my way up La Rambla.
As to waiting - I hate waiting, and avoid it at all cost (I did my share in childhood and teenage years, and promised myself NOT to wait unless
I have to)- so it is not really being lazy or spoilt rotten...
SO, I will not wait - if anything, I will skip an item on my itinerary...
But, thanks again... .
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Jun 29th, 2007, 06:57 PM
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Tiffany, (or anybody else),
Sorry for my ignorance, but what is "the galta" you mention along with the rabbit?
I tried looking in dictionaries, as well as in the wikipedia, but alas, no success. Please, enlighten me!
Thanks
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Jul 1st, 2007, 06:08 AM
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So, what is "galta"?
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Jul 1st, 2007, 06:53 AM
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"galta" is the catalan language word for cheek.
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Jul 1st, 2007, 09:55 AM
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We were just in Barcelona from June 25-28 . We missed the Picasso museum because of the line, we went in the afternoon, should have gone in the morning or early evening. The only other long line we experienced was for the elevator inside the Sagrada Familia. We didn't get in Santa Maria del Mar because of its afternoon closure. No lines at La Pedrerra or Casa Battlo both of which we went to in the early afternoon. It's a great city to wander and see where you end up.
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Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:52 PM
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Thanks. I guess I am going to see what I can see and be flexible
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Jul 2nd, 2007, 06:04 PM
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I just got back from Barcelona and have a few suggestions: If you go to the Picasso Museum, get there when it opens. You won't have to wait. The Lee Miller temporary exhibition was very interesting, and I'd say definitely to see it, too. I went to it first, and then the permanent exhibition. Those two together took about 2 1/2 hours, or maybe a little less. The placas are just pretty much plazas and don't really take that much time to see. You will walk past them just getting from one place to another. Las Ramblas is pretty much a zoo--definitely don't want to miss it (probably impossible to do even if you tried!), but you don't have to walk the entire length of it to have the experience. We ate at Pinotxo in the Boqueria. It's famous and good, but very crowded. The tour of the Palau was good--took about 40 minutes--and I had no trouble getting tickets, but I went at 10 (obviously, not the same day that I did the Picasso. I loved Santa Maria del Mar, but thought the Cathedral was skippable. I was surprised that everything was much closer together than it looked on the map. I walked just about everywhere rather than taking a cab or bus.
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Jul 2nd, 2007, 08:30 PM
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Thanks for all the suggestions. Very helpful. I might do Picasso Museum on a different day then. It does not seem like everything is very close, or walkable, on the map - but then, it might be misleading.
And, yes, I might not feel inclined to walk the entire La Rambla...
THANK YOU AGAIN - more suggestions always welcome.
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Jul 3rd, 2007, 02:52 AM
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its july- aren't you here already?! everywhere IS walkable, the map is deceiving.
La Rambla is not that long: top-to-bottom in 10 minutes.
Did you think about hiring bikes by the way? a lot better way to see the city and get about.
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Jul 3rd, 2007, 03:00 AM
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I saw the Guernica in Barcelona in 1996. strange tho that i cant find info on this.
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Jul 3rd, 2007, 06:23 AM
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There MUST be a way to find out where Guernica is. Frankly, I do not care for it...
Anyway,TRAVEL BUZZING, how long of the walk is it from La Padrera to Plaza Catalunya, and then to the sea front? (Walking quite briskly, but not running)
THANK YOU! We will be in B on the 18th.
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Jul 3rd, 2007, 06:47 AM
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There is no question where the Guernica is. I saw it last summer in Madrid at the Reina Sofia Museum.
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Jul 3rd, 2007, 06:49 AM
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I am currently living in Barcelona and know the city quite well. You probably already know that Antonio Gaudi was a great architect that lived in Barcelona for most of his life.

Some of the greatest sites in the city have been designed by him. Besides the famous Sagrada Familia Cathedral, he also made a beautifull parc. This is called Parc de Guell. Gaudi designed this parc for the family Guell.

You can recognise Gaudi's style in every aspect. This parc also has the famous bench created by Gaudi. The parc is situated on the top of a hill from which you can enjoy the amazing view over the city. The city is right in front of you and you can look all the way to the beach.

Some accommodation suggestions for you:
www.holiday-velvet.com/barcelona

Information link Parc de Guell:
http://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.c...ark-guell.html
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