After the 3 hour train trip, we arrive in Barcelona! One of the first things we did after checking in to our hotel was grab some grub. Leanne is smiling below, but it is totally fake. She is always more food-adventurous than either me or Caroline and this time her gamble did not pay off! She paid about $5 for a teeny tiny empanada and was not happy about it!
Our hotel was just off Las Ramblas in the Barri Gotic (or the Gothic Quater), so we were located right in the action. We decided to go on a Rick Steve's "walking tour" of Las Ramblas...and it was several minutes before I realized that we were walking in the opposite direction. Sigh.
Las Ramblas is the bustling heart of Barcelona. It is full of street performers, restaraunts, little shops and shady trees.
We walked all the way down to the waterfront and saw that there were 1 1/2 hour cruises of the waterfront leaving in about 15 minutes! What a great idea! I wondered why Rick Steves left them out of the book?
And soon found my answer...most of the "tour" is of the industrialized harbour. Lovely, no?
The graffittied wave breaks were our favorite. Caroline feigns enthusiasm below.
After our boat tour we worked our way back up to the metro station.
We decided to just wander for a bit and peeked in to the church (Santa Maria del Pí) next to our hotel located on the Plaza del Pi (Plaza of the Pine tree). The church dates from 1319!
But we eventually made it up and were able to enjoy the lovely Magic Fountains! The fountains were contructed in 1929 for an exposition and even then their light show was a hit!
We absolutely loved it!!
After the show, we made our way back to Las Ramblas for a dinner we had been waiting a long time for! Paella!! We were so excited to try out some fresh seafood. The calamari was delicious,
but I have to be honest. As mouthwatering at the paella looked, I was not a fan. All the seafood in Barcelona is fresh and cooked whole. That means lots of bones...which I hate. I don't know why, but it just freaks me out to have to eat and then slowly pull bones out of your mouth! Anyways, the girls chowed down and did justice to that meal, even if I couldn't.