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Rambling on the Ramblas

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Well, as I write this we are almost ready to leave Barcelona. For some this will be a sad day because it is such a fabulous city and has so much more to do than our short stay allows.

For a large group our day began early with a walk to Park Guell which has on display a large park of Gaudi artwork. This is where you see the iguana who is featured in a lot of Barcelona material. The walk looked a little like San Francisco, having deep ups and downs to get us to our destination. Thankfully the uphill climbs had outdoor escalators. For some of us a taxi seemed like a reasonable choice to get back the hotel for our 10 AM start!

We were off for our walking tour of the Gothic region of the city. It is hard to walk on the uneven sidewalks and look at all of the fabulous architecture of the area. From there the group had the rest of the day to explore the city. Some headed for the beach! some took a trip to Camp Nou (home of FC Barcelona, soccer for those you who may not know), some went shopping and some happened upon the most amazing for market, just off Las Ramblas. What a day!

Guess where we headed to?

Last night we were treated to a tapas dinner and traditional flamenco show. There is an incredible physicality to this Spanish art. Words and pictures can't describe how hard these entertainers work.

And one last stop for the night was at the Magic Fountain. This "Bellagio like" show attracts thousands for the 30 minute show, complete with music. What a way to say goodbye to this vibrant and totally cool city!

Our longest drive is still to come today, Barcelona to Madrid. We are nearing the end of our trip. Watch for our next post, hearing thoughts from our intrepid travellers. Adios for now!

Posted by jonaway 21:59 Archived in Spain

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