Our second day in Barcelona

So it’s Thursday, September 22, our second day in the beautiful city of Barcelona.  Today is beach day.  In our previous trip to Europe and the Mediterranean we never thought to step foot in the Sea.  Today we will do that.  The was was a bit cool – I’d say around 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

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The beach wasn’t too packed, but there were folks there laying out and swimming.  Another thing we saw was the gym.  Yup, right on the beach there were a couple areas where people were working out, lifting weights and doing exercises.

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In the afternoon, we made out way to Las Ramblas street.  This is the famous street with all the merchants and restaurants.  It was really cool to see the street vendors.

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Later that evening we made our way to the Magic Fountain.  This was supposed to be a light show within a fountain set to music.  Unfortunately, the show wasn’t going to happen as it was Le Merce – a special music festival; so the venue was a concert and was full of people.


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The journey begins

It’s 3am and I’m wide awake. Pure excitement and exhaustion – a product of the journey ahead and the last 4 hours packing and ensuring we have all the necessary documents.

Our traveling companions, D & G, are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.  Celebrating big by embarking on a tour of 5 countries across 28 days.

The shuttle driver arrives at 4:45am; clueless as where to go after he loads us all in the van with our luggage.  It’s like he’s not awake yet either.

We arrived at Sky Harbor safely and with plenty of time to get through security, eat and digest before taking off.  The first leg was to Philadelphia – a common stop for my hubby and I since we are both from the east.  Of course you know we had to pickup some Philly Pretzels!


We also grabbed a light lunch too.

The second leg was a bit longer -roughly 13 hours. We weren’t expected to get to our destination until 9am on Wednesday.

Yes, by the time we land it will 24+ hours later with minimal sleep all around.

The second leg also provided a dinner – we had the pasta – and for breakfast – yogurt with some side mixes like granola and dried cranberries.

When we landed it was nice out – roughly 70F.  Passing through customs was a breeze.  Grabbing our luggage and now off to find the shuttle pickup point/ driver to get to our B&B.

We found him.  He had G’s name in big print on an iPad.  The ride to the B&B took about 45min.  Traffic was typical of other countries we’ve been to.

Arriving at the B&B we couldn’t check in as the rooms weren’t ready.  We were able to store our luggage there and then headed off to grab something to eat.

We were truly exhausted.  Being up for the last 31 hours was taking a toll on us all.  We just needed to lie flat but that wasn’t going to happen for a few hours.

We walked around the area a bit then eventually made our way back to the B&B, where we sat in their garden patio awaiting for the rooms to be ready.

Woohoo, it’s 1:30p and the rooms are ready.  Awesome!  A flat surface to lie on and crash.  Which is what we did for a good 5 hours.  We needed it.  The lack of sleep was just awful.

All refreshed now and ready to go grab some authentic local cuisine.  We walked a generous 20min to the Placa Reial – a famous stop for getting great food – from what we have read online.



While walking around the Placa, we came across one restaurant that had tons of people and a long line.  This is the place to eat so we put our names in and waited; which was only a few minutes.  The place was called Les Quinze Nits.

Great food it was.  Three of us has the Penne with bolognese sauce and crispy parmesan and the odd ball out – my hubby – had the Tikka Masala Chicken.  Yeah I know right, you’re thinking dude you’re in Barcelona and having Indian Cuisine.  It was actually pretty tasty.  The Penne was awesome!  G and I got a pitcher of Sangria – man that was good and for cheap too – $11 for a liter.  I know I’m going to sleep tonight.  I’m sorry that I don’t have photos of the food, but will do my best in our future travels to grab some.

Tomorrow, we start exploring more of Barcelona; cannot wait!

It’s here…

Finally. After almost two years of planning. It’s been lots of fun reviewing the amazing sites and architecture online, but now we get to do it in person.

Follow us on our journey through Barcelona, Rome, Venice, Florence as part of our land tour and then through Greece, Turkey, more of Italy and Malta as we embark on a 12 day cruise through the Mediterranean.