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Barcelona

Day 1

Our first encounter with the city of Barcelona (after hours and hours or travel) was at a restaurant called 7 Portes. They specialize in paella, truth be told, we thought our other dishes were more impressive than the Paella, however it was a nice introduction to the city and the late dinner habits. We met at breakfast at the Hilton, had some breakfast. Headed off to La Sagrada de Familia, Gaudi's unfinished Cathedral. The Cathedral was amazing, with stained glass, impressive facades, big columns and it will take another 20 years to complete. next year they hope to have the interior finished so they can hold services there. Next, we accidentally ended up at the Arc de Triumf on the way to the Picasso museum. The walk was lined with palm trees which were filled with Quaker parrots. Quite loud! It was sunny, warm and humid but overall very pleasant with a gorgeous beach breeze the closer we got to the water. After missing Picasso due to the long lines, but a nice walk through the Gothic Quarter, we ended up at Mason David for 'tapas' which ended up being quite big plates. In the course of our trip there we also ran across the Christopher Columbus monument. Next we headed off to the Monjuic (literally translated to mountain of Jews) which is a hill that used to be occupied by Jews years ago. We took a train to a tram to get to the castle at the top of Monjuic. When we got to the top we had vistas in two directions, most impressive of the view of the Mediterranean but not far behind was the view of Barcelona from 700 ft up. We expected a little more historical information, but it was really just a place to look around at Barcelona. It was near the Olympic buildings. We could see the cruise ships, and got excited about our upcoming adventure!

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September 2, 2010

sunny 100 °F

Getting ready to blast off for a fabulous trip with the family.

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