Sunday, May 6, 2012

A small flood before exploring the barris of Barcelona

Today started out like no other. Unbeknownst to us the ultra modern shower in our newly remodelled hotel room had a clogged drain. Two minutes or even less caused a major flood in the bathroom and a sodden carpet in the bedroom. Once all this was dried up it was off for another day walking in Barcelona.

Walking through Born, an old historic neighbourhood with mostly pedestrian streets lined with little shops, museums and Gothic churches is always fun. We paused to listen as we passed a classical guitarist in one of the squares. When we glanced up the tiny alleys we could see a myriad of colours, all the balconies bedecked with Saturday's laundry.

Once we arrived at Passeig de Gracias, we could hardly move. Barcelona was mobbed with tourists. After lunch just off Las Ramblas, we followed some small passageways passing through some lovely, huge squares lined with restaurants and filled with outdoor diners enjoying the sunshine. Eventually we ended up at the Port Vells marina. We browsed our way through the market, with its scarves, leather goods, honey, cheese and knick knacks. Finally, we stopped on the wide promenade to watch a street magician, but soon found ourselves  enjoying the antics of a tiny grey puppy; he was a bit small to be out on a leash but didn't let that stop him having a good time.

There were lots of great memories from this trip but sadly, it was time to leave. Already, we are looking forward to exploring new neighbourhoods next time.

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