Kris and I stepped off the plane at Barcelona airport yesterday, a little travel weary, neither of us slept much on the flight over, but hey, I watched two movies to pass the time.
We were met at the airport by a great guy who took us directly to our hotel. Kris had arranged for the transfer from the airport to save us tim
e and distress. What a great choice. I can’t remember the guy’
s name, but his mother is from the Barcelona region and his father is from Scotland, so his English, which is impeccable, was in a Scottish accent. He gave us great advice about the city, especially what areas are tourist traps. He also pointed out landmarks to us as he drove us to our hotel, the Regencia Colon, which is just a block off the Bari Square in the Gothic portion of the city.
Our rooms were not available so I suggested that we get tickets on one of those city tour buses that you can hop on and hop off and Kris agreed, so off we went. The weather was superb, low 70s, sunny and low humidity, and the bus afforded us a way to get an overview of the city. It also allowed us to fall asleep a few times without attacting too much attention.
After a pleasant lunch, we returned to our hotel where our rooms awaited us. After a few hours we met and walked up to Plaza Catalunya, which is ten minutes from our hotel. It’s one of the hubs of the city. From there we walked up the Pasieg de Gracia to view two of Anton Gaudi’s famous apartment buildings, Casa Batllo and Casa Pedrera. The queues for both places were long, so we just took in the exteriors, which were amazing, and then walked on, though we couldn’t reisist a stop at the Book-Gift Shop at Casa Pedrera.