Barcelona

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No matter how or when we get to Barcelona we'll be tired, but we'll have to try to stay up until around 10 pm or so to avoid getting jet lag. One thing we had hoped to do to stay awake was visit the Fountains of Montjuic. Unfortunately this schedule shows they are only running on Friday & Saturday nights until the 1st of May. Since we leave Friday night it looks like we will miss them. Darn! We missed them last time too.

We also missed seeing Las Ramblas last time. It is a devided street, mainly for pedestrians, that runs from the harbor on the south to Catalunya square on the north. Apparently there are 5 different areas along it that have everything from flowers, shops with live birds & small animals, artists and living statues on the north end to markets and after dark a very cosmopolitan red light district on the south end.

We decided to reserve "Balcony Ramblas" rooms at the Continental Barcelona right on Las Ramblas for 112 Euros a night. They have a 48 hour cancellation policy so if we find someting better we can make a change at anytime. Albert will be in Barcelona in a couple of months and will check it out for us. The Continental Barcelona is a large old hotel at the north end of Las Ramblas near Catalunya Square. It looks like the kind of place where the floors tilt and the bathrooms are small and funky and I'm sure it will be very noisy but it puts us right in the middle of all the action and the price is right.

We got this information on the Cruise Critic board in response to my question about elevators.

"We just stayed there twice in the first half of June. There is an elevator/lift. It is small and old, and jerks somewhat. But, it does work. You will have to move your luggage from the elevator to your room, and there are a few steps up and down, depending on where your room is. The staff and location are great. The A/C works very well, the bathrooms are modern, and you can have all day long drinks, wireless internet, and snacks." I understand that "all day long drinks" includes beer!

El Corte Ingles.

Another nice thing about this location is all the shopping nearby. El Corte Ingles, the largest department store in Barcelona, is in Placa Catalunya very close to our hotel. I understand there is a restaurant on the top floor that has everyting from snacks and drinks to full meals with a great view of the city.

Our good friend, Leonard Garcia, is from Spain and he want's us to try a restaurant called Los Caracoles on Carrer d'Escudellers two blocks north of Las Ramblas. Caracoles means snails in Spanish and that is one of the house specialties. Established in 1835 It is one of the oldest restaurants in Spain and it looks very interesting.

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