Friday, September 23, 2011

Our last stop Barcelona!

Our last stop on our European adventure was beautiful Barcelona!

Since I am posting this weeks after my stay in Barcelona I will make it short and sweet. The people are hot, the parties are LATE, and the architecture is phenomenal. We stayed in Barcelona for 3 nights at the 4 star Gran Silken Havana hotel which was about a 5 minute walk to Las Ramblas (we booked this hotel using priceline and got it for $450 for 3 nights which was better than any deal we saw on other hotel sites). The hotel is not one I would recommend as the AC stopped working (so they say), and they did not have a concierge. Not having a concierge is like walking blind in a city, it is ridiculous that a 4 star did not have this. We did what we could with a few tourist maps and were able to adequately make our way around town.
Must do:

  • Gaudi's architechtural madness around the city (Sagrada familia in particular)
  • Magic Mountain - Great view of the city
  • Las Ramblas (have some drinks or just watch some of the street performers)
  • Pier (there is a great indoor/outdoor mall as well)
  • Spend a day at the beach (for a beachfront in a city, Barcelona takes the cup
  • Beachfront Bar/restaurants (we went to Carpe Diem Club Lounge - which was asian fusion cuisine resto lounge that had massage therapists and magicians entertaining guests as they had their meals. Although we had to wait 40 minutes for our table the restaurant gave us complimentary champagne and mojito's.
  • Nightlife - It should actually be called morning life, not night life in Barcelona since the parties really kick start at 3AM. I am ashamed to say that we had to attempt a nap before making our way out, and redbull vodka saved us.

Would I go back to Barcelona? Hmm not sure, I think I want to check out Madrid or other parts of Spain before I can make that decision.

Until next time,


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