Friday, October 30, 2009

Adventures in Barcelona (Day 3)

OMG - I am awed by the genius and creativity of Antoni Gaudi.

Took a bus tour today... went EVERYWHERE to get the macro view of the city.

Stopped at one of the apartment buildings designed by Gaudi. Truly astonishing.

But I am getting ahead of myself...back up.

Brought cafe con leche y groissants to Kathleen for Breakfast. Went on the tour. Two more coffee breaks!!! Bought some presents for friends and family.

Looking forward to a fabulous seafood dinner with the love of my life. Will upload some pictures tomorrow.

Buildings by Gaudi - Like it.


Thursday, October 29, 2009

Adventures in Barcelona (Day 2)

Meta Subject First: This is strange to me. I don't really write in my blog about my day to day goings on - and this sort of feels like that. The blog isn't usually meant to be my daily journal.

I try to write about experiences that inspire me, and this qualifies... so I guess it's OK.

DAY 2 - Woke up at 11:00! Had breakfast in a little dive where no one spoke English. My meager Spanish got us through with exactly what we ordered:

  1. Dos cafes con leche - did I say the coffee here was magnificent? I think it was an understatement.

  2. Juevos y patates frites for me - my arteries hardened just looking at them.

  3. Juevos y beicon for Kathleen - per Kathleen they tasted like a mix between Ham and Bacon.

Went to two Museums

  1. Disseny Hub Barcelona - very odd indeed! Devoted to souvenirs and other oddities. I'll post photos later.

  2. Picasso Museum - there is nothing so humbling as seeing the masterworks made by a 13 year old picasso.

Had noodles for a late lunch, took a nap, had black rice for dinner and went dancing until 2.

Went to bed and slept like a rock!

Day 2: Like it.

Muchas Gracias

Adventures in Barcelona

Like it! Like it! Like it!

I know I'm supposed to end with ratings, not begin with them, but being on my honeymoon has me overflowing with ebullience.

Delta performed near flawlessly - two minor hiccups during the reservation process, each time Delta CSRs managed me in my angst ridden "OMG! Is my honeymoon gonna crash and burn?" state and made everything right.

We managed to use the metro to get to our hotel (Grand Central). A little hiking involved, but I can stand to lose a few pounds anyway.

The hotel is very, very nice. 3 strong points: 1) Comfortable Bed, 2) Nice Pillow, 3) Blackout Curtains. 3 "Could be betters": 1) The clock in the room was an hour fast, 2) The shower head droops, 3) Oops! Only 2! So much for parallelism.

Other hotel goodies: Nice staff, DVD player in room, free minibar, bittersweet choclates, middle of the gothic quarter, pool on the roof.

Walked around Barcelona, eating at cafes and restaurants (The coffee here is truly magnificent!).

Saw a flamenco show - very impressive, so much emotion is conveyed in the dance.

Today's plan: We don't really have a plan as such, we'll probably go to the Picasso Museum &/or the Gaudi Cathedral.

Yes, I do like Barcelona. More notes tomorrow.

Peace out.