November 8 - 10, 1996
Barcelona was a quick weekend away.
BTDT Overall Rating - 7 We enjoyed our weekend away. Barcelona
had a nice feel to it.
Ease of Journey - 8 Very easy, quick flight and then a taxi
from London. We even arrived in plenty of time for dinner on Friday night
due to how late everyone eats.
Accommodation - 7 We got our hotel recommendation from Chris
and Leslie: Hotel Granvia on Grand Via del la Cantalanes. We enjoyed the
hotel - especially the location!
Activities - 8 We did a lot of fun "touristy" stuff in a weekend:
the walking street, the aquarium, the Gaudi park, the Gaudi cathedral,
the cable car
Coolness - 6
As soon as we arrived in Spain, we were both surprised at how much Spanish
we remembered from our high school and college studies. We got in late
on a Friday night and the night clerk at the hotel didn't speak any English.
Since we were very hungry, we asked "donde esta la comida?" and then we
had to choose between "sakana - carne". We chose "carne" and were directed
to a nearby restaurant. Map in hand, very impressed with our conversational
abilities, we headed out to the unknown. The recommended restaurant turned
out to be delicious and very full. It is true that dinner begins at 11pm
The next day, we headed out to see the sights of the city. We visited
the aquarium, the Gaudi Sangria Cathedral, a Gaudi Building and the Gaudi
Park. We were really impressed with the funky, kool Gaudi architecture.
We don't know if the word gaudi (meaning overly done and thus ugly) gets
it's origin from the Spanish Architect Gaudi. If Gaudi is the origin of
the word gaudy, we disagree. We liked the Gaudi stuff. Especially the lizard
at the entrance to the park!
On our last day, we were at a bit of a loss for what to do. We
ended up walking up a hill to the start of a cable car that took us over
to a beach area.
Nice street with flowers
Tara sitting on a bench at the Gaudi park
Seth touching the water and then running away from a wave that attacked
Tara standing at the beach:
When: Friday, November 8 - Sunday, November 10, 1996
Travel Times London -> Barcelona
Hotel: Hotel Granvia on Grand Via del la Cantalanes. 93 - 318
- 19 - 00
Our Room cost 9,000 Spanish Pesetas per night. We also spent a total
of 420 on the minibar. Total = 29.339 PTE. Room 215.