Made It To Barcelona!

April 19th, 2008 at 5:36 am (AST) by Jake Richter

Our flights were all on time, and thanks to frequent flyer miles we could use on KLM we enjoyed the comforts of business class travel – very nice indeed across the Atlantic. Business class within Europe is a bit weird from an American perspective, as the seats are all the same size as in coach, maybe with a bit more seat pitch, but with better service than in economy.

By the time we got to Barcelona, the sun was already up a bit in the sky (we got in around 9am). We collected our bags, and then went to get a taxi to our hotel only to discover that the taxis here are just a wee bit too small to handle a family of four, even with only one checked bag per person. So we ended up taking the Aerobus municipal transport to the Plaza Catalyuna and walked the four blocks to our hotel from there.

Now we await the arrival of our Dutch friend Martin and his father so we can bop around Barcelona with them. On the list of things to do are visiting some of Gaudi’s architectural works including the Temple de La Sagrada Familia, the Picasso museum, the Joan MirĂ³ museum, and, of course, tapas bars to sample Spanish and Catalan cuisine.

As a side note, I just remembered that one of my favorite musical groups of the 80s, The Alan Parsons Project, has a whole album dedicated to Gaudi, and even a song about the Sagrada Familia. Great album which is about to take on a completely new meaning for me.


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