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If you had 24 hours in Barcelona what would you see?

If you had 24 hours in Barcelona what would you see?

Mar 29th, 2006, 08:12 PM
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Thanks for all the great advice. Yes this is our last day of a 15 day european vacation and I'm not sure how much more energy we'll have left. I like the sound of the hop on/off bus as a basic tour. As an architect I'm planning on going in the Sagrada Fam...but can understand why some would be happy just seeing the outside.
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Mar 30th, 2006, 04:22 AM
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Maybe as an architect you'd appreciate the inside of Sagrade Familia. But, to us, it was $25 spent to tour a construction site. Literally, that's what it was when we were there last May. There were marked walkways inside on the main level that we had to stay on, and frankly it looked just like your typical site under construction. Going up in the elevator and having the advantage of the height was more interesting, but nonetheless, we came away saying it was a huge rip-off and that they were obviously financing the construction by making all these unsuspecting hoardes pay that kind of money for a tour of a construction site.
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Mar 30th, 2006, 06:19 AM
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we ate at the boqueria mercado every morning for breakfast! great pastries! if you can stomach the other "offerings" in the market...pig, octopus, chickens...
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Mar 30th, 2006, 06:35 AM
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I did not go inside Sagrada Familia once when I got off the hop-on/hop off bus (that's a good way to see the outlook of the city as somebody mentioned above), but visited a chapel attached to it. Around noon, out side the chapel, people started to gather around (mostly Catalan elder ladies and gentlemen) and started to dance a Catalan folk dance (forget the name ...) in circles, to live band music. It was a weekend and they do that same dance with lots more people in front of the Cathederal of Barcelona. The same slow music over and over again. The old ladies were charming and that was a facinating experiece.
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Mar 30th, 2006, 06:38 AM
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Sardanes dance, thank you, Google.
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Apr 2nd, 2006, 12:53 PM
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I guess you guys are american so there is no point in recomending going to the "Camp Nou" football stadium, home of Barcelona f.c. So I think a walk around the harbour area, maybe a trip on the cable car that goes over that part of the city & a meal at Quatre Gats (four cats)restaurant in the Gothic quarter. (Very romantic, my lady reconed all the waiters looked like Robert De niro). Iagree with another corispondent, be VERY careful with your wallet & valuables. This is true of most popular places in Spain. P.s. Igo to Spain about twice a year to visit retired relatives so I do know the country fairly well.
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Apr 2nd, 2006, 02:10 PM
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Gaudi, Gaudi, Gaudi!!!

Sagrada Familia (inside, too)
Casa Mila
Casa Battlo
Parc Guell
Stroll Las Ramblas in the evening. We thought the food market was worth about 10 minutes, tops.

We liked the Picasso museum, but we had three days in Barcelona--I wouldn't bother if I only had one day.
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