Where we go....Spain

As one of the most visited countries in the world, Spain obviously has a lot to offer.  Besides the beautiful language, it also offers a nice climate, great food, and cheap wine.  Our Spanish travels are limited to a single weekend trip to Barcelona, but after the superb time we had there there will definitely be more trips to come.


We took my youngest brother Curtis and his girlfriend Carrie on a weekend get away to Barcelona during their visit with us in the Netherlands.  We were also joined by the omnipotent Toddy Van Hees, which certainly added to the enjoyment!  The city was incredible - especially the architecture by Antonio Gaudi.  His partially completed cathedral named Sagrada Familia is one of the most impressive structures we have ever seen in our lives.

Things to Know

The taxi ride from the airport to central Barcelona was 18 euros.  We stayed in the old port area of Barceloneta which was an ideal location as it was close to the beach and the main tourist strip called La Rambla.  We got around to see the sights by taking the standard double decker tourist bus which was pretty good value at 18 euro each for a two day unlimited pass.  The busses take you by all the main tourist sights and you can hop on and off at your pleasure.

Where to Eat

There are restaurants everywhere so finding a good one shouldn't be too hard.  We ate at tapas bars, waffle stands, harbourside restaurants, and local cafes - all were good.  Stick with the seafood as the paellas (Spanish rice and seafood specialty) are delicious!

Things to See and Do

In the two days we were there we did the following things:

- spent a few hours admiring the Sagrada Familia cathedral
- rode the tourist busses around
- walked up and down La Ramba checking out the buskers, human statues and hustlers
- hit a small, brilliant nightclub (Plastique) until 3 am.
- went for freezing cold dip in the ocean
- had a boogie in a salsa bar (Cucina Italia) after being denied access to the casino (need your passport to get in)





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