Arriving in Barcelona

We arrived an hour late to Barcelona after taxiing on the tarmac close to an hour in Philadelphia.  As I mentioned on a prior post, Anthony was not feeling well.  It became an issue during our flight from Orlando to Philly and while in Philly we got him some bananas and gatorade.  He slept right through the flight to Barcelona.  Thank goodness!

We picked up our bags and were picked up at the airport as arranged by our tour company. We arrived at our hotel, Barcelona Center located c/Balmes, 103-105 (corner with c/Mallorca), to find only one of our rooms available.   The rooms are nice.  The decoration is modern, with a mahogany and light brown color scheme.  The beds are firm and found the furnishings, while modern, they were tired.

After showers, we headed for some food!  Mind you, we were exhausted.  I hadn’t slept more than an hour on the flight! It was suggested we head to Passeig de Gracia.  It is a pricey area and not the best place for budget minded people. We ended up taking the Metro to the Gothic area.  There we finally got some food in our system! It wasn’t the best, but we had some Jamon Iberico, Patatas Brava, among other local favorites before heading to the Picasso Museum. Afterwards, we headed to the Basilic before heading to the famous Ramblas.  Eventually, we headed back our room for a catnap before heading down to our orienation at 7 pm.

After the orientation, we headed to the Barcelona Arena where there is now a mall featuring a an amazing terrace with views of most of Barcelona. It should be on your must see list.  It has easy access from the Metro.

After getting our amazing pictures, we went to Mont Juic to see the Magic Fountains.  If you come, check the schedule since the fountain show isn’t done daily.

Tell me what you think!