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The long awaited trip report! Part 3 - Barcelona

The long awaited trip report! Part 3 - Barcelona

Jul 18th, 2013, 06:01 AM
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Nice report!

The "tapas on a stick" are pintxos, the Basque usually more upscale versions of tapas. The Basque country is the culinary heartland of Spain, and pintxos and Basque restaurants and bars are almost everywhere also in Barcelona now.

You are very close to two of the better pintxos places in town, Euskal Etxea at the Basque Cultural Center and wonderful and very local feel Txakolín. At Txakolín they also make several delicious hot pintxos on order.

Txakolín is just two hundred meters down on the Avda Marqués de l'Argentera, 19, just opposite the Estacio de Franca train station, and more or less on your route to the Barceloneta beach.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restauran...Catalonia.html

Euskal Etxea is just behind the Santa María del Mar church and almost next door to the Picasso museum:
http://www.euskaletxeataberna.com/co...etxea/?l=en_en

Good idea to go up to Montjuic (Jewish mountain) with the castle and its dramatic history, the views of the city and the sea, the 1992 olympic arenas, the museums, the theaters etc. etc.

The Castle: http://www.barcelonaturisme.com/Engl...5oCcjlP8pbDIVA

Theaters, museums and olympic arenas around every corner up at adventurous Montjuic: http://www.barcelonaturisme.com/Parc...docdW4LHetpKP8

The Poble Sec district is at the foot of Montjuic. Full of cafés, restaurants and tapas bars and not full of tourists.
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Jul 18th, 2013, 08:12 AM
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Don't miss the magic fountain at night!!! Great show of light and music, free of course.
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Jul 18th, 2013, 10:39 AM
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Still enjoying travelling along with you and your family!

Goodness, if you think Barcelona is hot - thank your lucky stars you are not in England right now - Bristol (30 miles from where I live) is apparently hotter than Barcelona, and it's the same elsewhere in the country.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23358616
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Jul 18th, 2013, 01:25 PM
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yes, it's boiling here in Cornwall too. Great if you're on your hols, not so good if you've got to work.

after all they've read about english weather, our german holiday guests think that they've died and gone to heaven!
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Jul 18th, 2013, 02:16 PM
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Truly enjoying your journey and I also appreciate your positive, go-with-the-flow attitude. Very necessary when traveling with toddlers . . . . and posting about it on Fodors.

London and France were lovely - really looking forward to this Spain portion.
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Jul 18th, 2013, 02:16 PM
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Argh missed the fountain light show!!! But we did do the one at Disney so I'm sure it won't be too much of a disappointment!

Well Barcelona you have won my heart! How I wish I was here for 4weeks and not just 4 days!

I feel very naughty to say this but we decided today to enjoy the beach! We headed off first thing to see la familia ...which I can't even begin to describe.. Shame about the scaffolding but even the bits that weren't covered you could see just how amazing this building is!

From here we took a taxi to the cable car ... Taxis are really cheap (in comparison to London and Paris) so I figure in the hot sun save our feet and energy.

The kids loved the cable car and the view up top was great. We had a quick bite to eat and the. Headed home.

From here we put our bathers on and headed for the beach. I am so glad we did this! By now it was a little after 4pm and by 7pm we headed home. Stopped by a great little tapas/cocktail bar and enjoyed a light dinner.

If you love seafood and cocktails then you will feel you have died and gone to heaven! I can't believe how good everything is!

I have loved everything about Barcelona ... I never saw anything that made my hair stand up and did not see any pickpocketers or feel like I was being watched or anything.

My real only regret is that we didn't stay for longer! Seriously anyone with kids ...el born and this apartment is just fantastic! 3bed room on a great street at 155euro a night! I said to hubby had we known we would of cut Frankfurt and just had the two days there and added on those extra days here but isn't that always the case.

I know I have only had the smallest of tastes and I can honestly say we will be back and next time for much longer!

Fingers cross now that tomorrow's cruise works out well for us and that arriving in Italy and driving to Lucca won't be too stressful!

Night everyone!
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Jul 18th, 2013, 02:32 PM
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Claire

Apartment details, please. Thanks.
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Jul 18th, 2013, 02:42 PM
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Oh yes ... BCN gotic ... Www.bcngotic.com
Argenteria,6 - 08003

I paid 155 but after speaking today if you say Claire recommended you they will give a 10%discount

I have a feeling that not all of them are like our one so we are on the 3rdfloor....which on the elevator was 1 and its number 3 ... Air on works a treat and the security is great and gosh I just can't find fault with it to be honest!
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Jul 18th, 2013, 04:13 PM
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So glad you're enjoying your trip. Your great attitude is the most important ingredient. Looking forward to more.
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Jul 18th, 2013, 04:16 PM
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These apartments are great. My husband really wants to go to Barcelona as we haven't been there. It has never been high on my short list but am willing to be persuaded. This just may be our accommodation. Thanks for the tip. Any more gratefully received.

Continue to enjoy
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Jul 18th, 2013, 06:05 PM
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Hi, on their website, all the apts have numbers such as BCNGotic 13, 14, 21, 33. 43 etc. Was your BCNGotic 3? I am not seeing any numbers in the single digits.
Does it have one bath or two? And how is the size of the apt, are the rooms spacious? Hot water/pressure good?
Sorry to disturb you on the fabulous vacation you are having but nothing can be better than someone who is actually there giving me first hand information!
I'm glad you liked Barcelona so much, now I feel I should stick with my original plan of 4 days in Barcelona and 2 in Madrid!
Good luck with the cruise tomorrow.
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Jul 18th, 2013, 09:54 PM
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Looking forward to the continuation.
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Jul 19th, 2013, 12:12 AM
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Thanks so much for the apt info and will tell them, "Claire sent me"!
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Jul 19th, 2013, 12:36 AM
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Jul 19th, 2013, 06:33 AM
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Jul 19th, 2013, 11:44 AM
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"La Pallaresa has been serving locals with thick, sticky hot chocolate since 1940." (Internet)

I have a ton of *Musts* for Barcelona...but the one above, La Pallaresa, is the single one I'll put forth.

I get flustered when traveling and someone says you HAVE to do this, this, and this. Before my trip, ok. On the road--not so much. So you get one *must* from me!

My husband and I still talk about this hot chocolate. We tasted it back in 1997 when we took a 2.5 month journey through Spain, Portugal, and parts of France/North Africa.

We spent five days and four nights in Barcelona. Spain is amazing...

Enjoy!

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Jul 19th, 2013, 05:13 PM
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Jul 20th, 2013, 08:24 AM
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Ok ... So I'm not sure which apartment ours was ... It was only one bath and had 3bed rooms ... 2 singles and a double. For me the size was fine and the location was great and the price fantastic in comparison to what I am paying elsewhere ...
My only negative is they didn't have a dryer so the indoor plant becam a sock and jock tree and we used a cupboard to dry some clothes but it did make the room musty etc.

Now the "cruise" hmmm the positive first ... Hardly anyone at port which made check in nice and easy and not stressful ... The kids had room to run about and the novelty of being on a big boat etc and it was kinda reasonable 350 euro for 4bed cabin ( so we got the Accomedation and travel)

Now the down side... It's a run down cruise ship! It had a swimming pool .... But it was empty .... It had a spa ... It was empty ... It had a kids club ... Empty ...oh sorry there was blank paper and pens available ... It had a movie theatre ... This played old porky pig ... That was kinda cool... It had hardly any food and drink available and there really wasn't much to do... Wireless Internet was 10euro for 2hrs... Lucky for me the kids enjoyed having down time ... We have been so on the go that just stopping for awhile was great ... I just would of loved a real kids club, a swimming po and cocktails ... But still it was fine.

Shame I never saw the link about the chocolate ... I'll make sure I go next time. In Luca now! Wait to you see how that bloody day went! Ciao
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Jul 20th, 2013, 08:32 AM
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A ferry is different from a cruise, you should have had much lower expectations. That said, lack of food and drink is very strange. You're plied with both on the cross-channel ferries, not that it's anything to write home about.

How long were you on board? Sorry it was a let-down.
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Jul 20th, 2013, 09:47 AM
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In Lucca now! Wait to you see how that bloody day went! Ciao>>

is there going to be a link to the next part of the trip, Claire?
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