Barcelona the second time around.
I am aware that I have already posted Montserrat and the Boqueria ahead of this HELLO AGAIN BARCELONA post. But let me backtrack and share with you a few more notes about landing in BCN the second time around.
A midday flight out of Venice, a short layover in Switzerland arriving at night in Barcelona. We were attempting to take the train to Las Ramblas to our hotel, but somehow we couldn’t locate the way to the train depot. It seemed easy the last time around. After collecting our luggage a few minutes of walking led us to the train depot, not this time.
As looks of confusion plastered on our tired faces I’m sure, an Indian man approached us. He drives a taxi, he said, and would like to offer his services to us. Quite odd I thought since there should have been a taxi area where you can get cabs, right? A red flag was raised, a scam? Or simply he approached us because hubby, although not an Indian, look like one and he’s simply helping us.
Too tired to walk the length of the airport to find where the train station was, we decided to take him at face value and negotiate price for fare. He quoted $20, or euros, and we said DEAL! I think the actual cab fare from airport to the Las Ramblas area should be higher, correct?
Turned out that he had a fare to the airport and doesn’t want to go all the way back to the city by himself, hence the lower price for us.
The taxi driver was a chatty one. I must have told him that I was a bit worried he might be some scam artist, because he shared that with technology and GOOGLE MAPS taxi drivers all over the world can no longer take the longer route for more expensive fare because travelers nowadays are more knowledgeable. He shared with us his experience with an older Indian gentleman he picked up from the airport. Just by looking at him, the driver added, you wouldn’t think he’s one to use google maps or even a cell phone. But as it turned out, the gentleman even directed the driver which route to take to get to his hotel. Thus the driver said, gone are the hay days of taxi drivers.
He was so chatty that we learned about his family life, his side businesses (he does private tour all over Spain and Italy), his kids, etc. In the end, it was another memorable travel experience.
The hotel we booked was 1.5 block from Las Ramblas. It was a mix of shared lodging and private rooms. We had a private room and it was huge. The bathroom was huge too. It does not come with breakfast, but somehow we managed to go through our short time in Barcelona without eating too much, pity, but we grazed a lot.
A great plus about this location was that we would spend a lot of time at night to walk around the neighborhood. Such a pleasure to explore this part of the city at night with all the activities going on. For the most part, we spent our time pretending to be locals going about our day in the most touristic part of town.
Is it possible to love Barcelona even more the second time around? Yes it is!
Photos we took while walking around the neighborhood of our hotel:
The street of our hotel.
Love the narrow alleys.
Road looked wet, but it did not rain the whole time we were there.
A lot of walking.
Then, we found some murals.
We did a little window shopping.
The church at the corner of our street and Las Ramblas was a lovely spot to rest the legs and feet and also to ask for continued travel mercies.
The nights were also spent walking around the Ramblas and at one point we even got to Placa Reial in search of food, but we were not in the mood for a sit-down meal, so we got some Turkish food to go.
Busy and chaotic - that's Las Ramblas.
Chairs available when you feet feel sore from all the walking.
Did not get to visit museum. May be next time?
Placa Reial, another dining destination.
The skywatching took a backseat while I was in Barcelona, understandably so.
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