Barcelona Quarterly Visit

Barcelona Quarterly Visit
Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona, Spain This was another of my quarterly business trips to check on the Consulate in Barcelona. However, this time was different, I was accompanied by my lovely wife. After work, we were able to fit quite a bit into a short time. We visited Park Guell which was done by the famous architect Gaudi. It was interesting to see the various things in the park and the view from the overlook. But, there were hundreds of stairs! Not so good for those with hip problems. A walk along the street, la Rambla, is always an experience. It is normally jam packed with people, street performers and various vendors. There is normally a pick-pocket or two interspersed in the crowd. We have been lucky to never have been victimized. Sitting at a sidewalk cafe with a vino tinto and watching the world go by was very relaxing and entertaining. After the wine, we continued to the port area where we saw the huge yacht, Stargate. Suffice it to say that one needs about $500,000 to “fill ‘er up”! At 80 meters (262 feet), Stargate is tied with three other yachts as the 93rd largest super-yachts in the world. We had a wonderful dinner at la Gavina. It was my second time there. Both times have proven to be very good. We had two glasses of the house red wine, fried shrimp for a starter, two very large pieces of sole, and dessert. The total bill came to about 150 Euros. The following day we walked through part of the Gothic Quarter to the cathedral. To get to Barcelona we rode on the AVE train, a high-speed train. It cruises at 300 km/h. That turns a 6.5 hour drive into a 3 hour train ride. Well worth the money.

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