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Mom and I took the overnight train from Paris to Barcelona.  Arriving at Barcelona Sants Station around 8:00 in Friday morning (after no sleep!) we took a taxi to the hotel.  Located in a great location on Las Ramblas, very close to Plaza Catalunya, we were able to walk to all the interesting places. 

Saturday morning (in the pouring rain), we went to the cruise terminal, where Barb met us (after lengthy flight delays - we began to think she wasn't coming!) 

The following Saturday, when we disembarked from the cruise, we took a half-day tour of the city by bus, which enabled us to see some of the more distant sights like the Olympic park and Sagrada Familia church. 

La Sagrada Familia church Harbor Las Ramblas Music Palace Gaudi Architecture Gothic Quarter Cathedral Map of Barcelona

 

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Ciutat Viela (The Old City)

Pedestrian Street La Rambla Barb and Chris
Del Portal de L'Angel La Rambla, from our hotel window Watching a street comedian in Placa (Plaza) Catalunya
The Gothic Quarter

The Gothic Quarter is a warren of tiny little streets and some great pedestrian-only thoroughfares.  We had a great time perusing the shops.  There were specialty shops for everything I could imagine - quilts, religious antiques, paper, pastries, ...

Unfortunately for Barb, none of the shops were open when we returned, due to the festival of La Merced.  She had to take our word that the shopping was great!

Map of Gothic Quarter

Map of the Gothic Quarter

Paella We three ate dinner at a lovely Catalunyan restaurant.  Barb and I shared paella - the national dish of Spain.  It's a delicious combination of seafood, sausage, shellfish, chicken and vegetables mixed with saffron rice.  You can't make it for one because it includes everything except the kitchen sink.
Narrow Street Santa Maria Plaza de Pi (Pines)
Narrow streets in Gothic Quarter (Ciutat Viela - or Old City) with Santa Maria del Pi in background Santa Maria de Pi
(Blessed Lady of the Pine Trees)

One of the largest rose windows in the world - over 40 feet diameter

Plaza de Pi
(there may actually be one pine tree!)
Street Mom Chris
Via Laietana PASTRIES !!
Picasso artwork Picasso artwork and Cathedral BARCINO
Picasso artwork, in the Gothic Quarter The new alongside the old Entrance to the old city of Barcino
Chris Church and Roman Wall Roman Wall
Has anyone seen a Roman wall around here somewhere? Medieval church built around the wall Remains of the old Roman Wall
 

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