This was my one full day in Barcelona, so I had a good bit of ground to cover to get everything I wanted in. Happy to say I did but due to another early train, I had to bail early on the following day, so this is a combo of Day 36-37. I got up bright and early and was on the move. First stop, back to the main drag, Las Ramblas:
Barcelona is essentially in the extreme Northeast corner of Spain right on the Mediterranean Sea. It has a very busy shipping industry and has always been heavily involved with sailing and boating going back well past the New World Explorations. This is the Christopher Columbus Monument to the left which is within a couple of hundred yards of the sea.
Here's a shot of Montjuic, which in Catalan (more on that in a sec) translates as the "Hill of the Jews". This is close to where the 1992 Summer Olympics were staged.
So a quick word about this Catalan thing. This whole trip I've been in countries where I don't speak a word of the language except "Hi", "Please", "Excuse Me", and "Sorry, I don't speak (insert local dialect here)". It has only been the fact that English is prevalent over here that I have not been some sad little thing sitting on the corner of a random street even more lost than I normally have been. So when I decided to side trip to Spain, I was muy (see) excited. I'm definitely not saying I'm bilingual (not even close), but after 3 years in high school and 2 semesters in college, I'm fluent enough to have a simple conversation with a native. So what do I find out? Barcelona speaks Catalan and not Spanish. Fortunately, their Spanish is fine, but once again, I was unable to "blend in" with the locals. And to think, I had such a good chance with this country too, what with my dark Latin features and all.
Here's a shot of some of the art work that decorates the main square in Barcelona, Placa de Catalunya. This is just a brief taste of some of the art and style you can see in Barcelona.
I am a bad tourist. Yet another shot of something that I don't know what it is but thought looked cool. Again, I just think the architecture is unique here, so I thought I'd give you another example.
Nothing says come live in our city more than palm trees outside a government building and 75 degree weather at the end of October.