Well, I think I'm officially caught up on sleep now, having gotten something like
10:30. But then we got our act together. First thing, of course, was breakfast, which
we enjoyed on the street in front of our hotel. It's La Rambla, and has a pedestrian
boulevard down the middle, so we could watch foot and vehicle traffic while we ate.
last night at dinner, but no such luck. We did see some quite dodgey
behaviour though, including a guy sneaking onto the metro by more or
less gluing himself to the back of a woman as she went through the turnstile,
and a couple obviously spotting a "mark" and going in pursuit. There were
many beggars on the streets, too. But no one really bothered us. We caught
a hop-on hop-off tour from the large plaza near the hotel.
change to another route. We saw many Gaudi masterpieces, including the awesome
Sagrada Familia, from the bus.
picked a couple of other spots to go back to tomorrow, and we want to ride one
more route. Other than Gaudi, Barcelona is much like other European cities.
There's a very old (mediaeval) area that we walked through,
few houses; most people live in apartments. Not as many sophisticated, high-fashion
women as inmany other cities. Throngs of tourists everywhere, of course. Since
normal dinner time here is 8- 10, we decided to go out for dessert at 9. We found
a noisy restaurant/bar with live music andenjoyed some very good desserts and
"coffee descafinate" along with Spanish pronounciation tipsfrom the waiter.
Then we wandered with the crowds for awhile before returning to the hotel.