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A Great Way to See Barcelona

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We started out our day with a quick breakfast in the apartment and then headed out to another interesting Gaudi building – Casa Mila. You can go inside for 22 Euros which seems a little steep – the exterior was way more unique. Our journey continued up the Passeig de Gracia – which contained many high end shops like Hermes, Gucci, Prada, Rolex, Versace, Cartier, Chanel…you name it…I can not afford it! Haha.
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A quick little thought of home as we passed a Tim Horton’s. True story. The prices were pretty much the same but the hot chocolate was quite a bit more.
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The walking continued until we got to the Arc de Triomf – yes, there is one here too. In 1888 Barcelona hosted the Universal Exhibition. The Arc de Triomf was built as the gateway to the fair which was held in the Parc de la Ciutadella. The monument is classical in shape and proportions and features ground-breaking sculptural and decorative finishes replete with symbolism. It has become one of the city's iconic landmarks.
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We knew there was something we wanted to do as soon as we got there…once we rounded the corner – boom! There they were…Scooters! We felt the need…the need for speed! Or at least 22 km/h of speed. These battery operated scooters were all over Paris and are in Barcelona too. The rental fee was only 15 Euros for 90 minutes – even from the first 2 minutes down one side of the park - it was super fun! I could have returned the scooter right then and been satisfied. But we wheeled on and saw soooo many places we likely would have not seen on foot. We rode mostly on marked bike paths or wide esplanades and the occasional sidewalk. We didn’t hit anyone nor did we fall off – so…win-win!
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Ever drive a Ferrari? Well after today, A.J. can say he has. I was the on-board videographer with my knees folded up to my chin as I sat in the back seat as the instructor was riding shotgun. I did get some good pics during the 20 minute drive thru the streets on Barcelona near the beach. Even though there was a bit of traffic, we could still *open ‘er up* and feel the power. Very cool. Oh yeah….and the roof was down.
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We hopped on the metro and headed to Plaza de Espana. Plaza España is one of the most important places in Barcelona. Gateway to the Magic Fountain of Montjuic. Unfortunately, as with our bad luck with fountains, we missed this spectacle. But this is what it would have looked like if we had been here on different days.
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We took the elevator (1 Euro – so worth it) up to the lookout point of the Arenas de Barcelona which was a former bullring until 1977 and left to oblivion. The Arenas de Barcelona was then turned into a modern shopping centre (opened in 2011), while retaining the original facade on the outside. The views from the terrace were pretty cool.
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Time for dinner. We had scouted out a place to eat earlier in the day to try another Spanish specialty – paella. I had always thought it was made strictly with seafood…but no…I had chicken and chorizo in mine and it was really yummy! It was a good thing we walked back to the apartment after dinner.

Today’s excursions left us each wanting to purchase the vehicle we drove around today. I am thinking I will own a scooter before A.J. gets a Ferrari. Haha!

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Posted by moorsey88 13:43 Archived in Spain

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Sounds like an amazing trip. Just read about 4 days worth and felt I was reading a great novel. You are very descriptive Michelle and have always said you write a great blog. What a great wedding gift that red little car would be for Cam and Ally. Maybe even I could take a spin in it. Enjoy your adventures!

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