Some years ago, I’m not sure how many to be precise…scratch that – it was November 2012, so 3 years and 10 months and two days ago, I visited Barcelona for the first time. It’s called Barcelona for Dummies and Type As people, and I’m no dummy. I can’t forget a thing, but that’s a story for a different blog. Anyway, back to Spain…so I visited this city, and fell in love with it’s unique combination of old and new and totally unexplainable. This is a city that Gaudi helped to popularize, and you will never see anything as amazing as his architecture. I want you, my furry friends, to love this city like I do, so I’m giving you all my best tips and tricks whether you have one day, or many!
Where to Stay:
Image courtesy of hotelclaris.com
This time, I stayed at the very lovely Hotel Claris, conveniently located less than a block away from the tony Passeig de Gràcia area. I always wanted to use the word tony in a sentence – thank you for making my dreams come true. Anyway, this hotel is really well situated, it’s absolutely beautiful and they have the best service of anywhere that I’ve ever been. The Bell Hop doesn’t let you lift a finger and couldn’t be more helpful. I needed a drug store and he practically walked me there. The rooms had the fluffiest towels that I’ve ever experienced, and who doesn’t like a fluffy towel? They had the best shower…ever…seriously…I never wanted to get out. You had turndown service at night, and they left you with a fresh pair of slippers AND a chocolate on your pillow. The decor was fab and very modern. I can’t recommend this place enough. It wasn’t horrifyingly expensive either, but book in advance for the best prices (the executive room is probably your best bet).
I can only speak for me, but the first time I went, we pretty much walked everywhere. The one time we didn’t walk, we took a cab to the Miro museum. I’m sure transit is easy, but remember, the best way to see a city is to walk, and walk and walk some more. This time, we took a private tour which was great. We got to see so much of the city and really got to understand the history of it. A great option for tired and weary travellers is the trusty “Hop on Hop Off” tour. The buses are everywhere and they’ll get you where you want to go. They can also help you orient yourself in the city.
The first time that I went, it was in November, and it was still around 20 degrees celsius. This summer, it was 28 degrees (celsius) during the day – more than pleasant. If you are bringing your smart phone, download a weather app.
The people are different than you expect. They are polite and direct. They never make you feel like they are in a rush, but there is an unusual efficiency there.
These were spotty at best. The hotel wasn’t great for wireless connectivity, my suggest it to get yourself a decent data plan. If you can’t roam like home, take a cyber break.
What to do:
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