Barcelona, after getting up at 3am and traverling to Luton airport, leaving the car at Alpha Car Storage off airport but only a 5 minute transfer/pick up and no a bad price.
Our flight was with easyjet ( only half hour delay)but made up the time and were in the airport at Barcelona on time 1 hour 45 minutes flight time we got the Aerobus to Placa de Espianya (first stop)less than €4 each, then made our way to the B hotel just over the road, unpacked and was having a beer just along the the main road Avinguda Gran Via De Les Catalanes on our way to sights around La Rambla\'s before lunch.
So after lunch we walked to La Rambla ...
(hand on our wallets just incase)about 15 minutes this was a bit of a let down after all we had heard about it, the street was packed with people all just walking about looking at the flower and pet stalls, lots of human statues some very good some poor till we got to the end with the Monument to Christopher Columbus and had a look round the port area, spent an hour or so round here and then went in the Maremagnum for a bit of shopping and tuck our photo useing the mirrows above our heads on the way in.Read More
That night we went to Taverna La Tomaguera, 58 C/Margarit and had a super meal with lots of Rioja.
Day 2, Stayed round the Montjuic area near our hotel, went up the moving stairs passed the Font Magica to the Museum Nacional d\'Art de Catalunya very good Museum if you like your art some from as far back as the 12th cetury.
Then up to the Estadi Olimpic and then to the Joan Miro Museum, more of your modern art not realy up my street but it was alright.
We had hoped to go up to the Castle on the chair lifts but this is not working at the moment (April/May 2006) so we got the road train up to it, the Castle is free to walk round but if you want to see Museum Militar you have to pay.
Had a few more beers just to cool down of coarse and then out again for another nice meal at the Bella Napoli restaurant with a bit more Rioja, 14 C/Margarit.
Day 3 gor the metro to the chuch Sagrada Familia as you do, I must point out we never went in side it as it still just a building site and as a builder I have seen more than my share of scaffolding, but the outside is a must to see, the metro bring you right outside the church and if you walk all the way round it you can see how the old and the new bit are all comming together, it is a must to see.
From here we then went to the old Gothic area with all the old buildings and the Cathedral the inside is great but the front has scaffold round it at this time, also did a bit of shopping and got some nice gear for our summer holidays.
We then went to the Maritim Museum this was my favourite again worth the money, the ticket price also get you in the Schooner Santa Eulalia a old ship by the port.
This ended another great day out and with our legs warn out we made our way back to the hotel, we did have a beer or two on the way just to cool down of coarse on the night we went to a restaurant across the road from the hotel but I have forgot its name I did have a super T bone steak in there though and a bit more Rioja just to keep sales up.
Never had time to go on the beach but it did look alright, so would we go back to Barcelona it has got to be yes there is so much more to see so after a few more city\'s we will be back for some more sites and some Tapas and Rioja.
Transport is very good, the people are great, the food is good, the B-hotel was first class and of coarse the vino tinto is just super.
Hope this is a help,