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See a Top Mediterranean City (Barcelona) in 8 Hours

Author: PenelopeCorelli (More Trip Reviews by PenelopeCorelli)
Date of Trip: July 2009

After returning to Barcelona, we walked along the Ramblas, observing the many living statues, some oddly gruesome, then walked a block away to a main shopping area for locals, paralleling the Ramblas. Bought some needed basic earrings at Claire's while my husband saw a couple of thieves bag up a rack of baseball caps and disappear into the crowd.

barcelona cathedral gothicStores are closed from about 2pm to 6 or 7pm. Restaurants (Cerveseria) stay open for dinner until 12 or 1am. Stamps can only be purchased at tobacco shops or the post office. Found an internet cafe (they're all called that, although they're not cafes). The internet: € .70 for 30 minutes; phone calls: € .18 a minute. Pedestrians cross at crosswalks 5-10 seconds before the light changes. You have to know what you're doing, because cars don't acknowledge any pedestrian right-of-way!

Wednesday, July 1:To airport for trip to Warsaw

sagrada familia barcelona gaudiAfter breakfast, we went into the subway station at Catalunya & looked for the train to the airport. We couldn't find it, as I think we went into the wrong subway entrance. Someone there said that Sants is the best stop to get to the trains. That was 6 stops away. I had to use the bathroom, so we asked for directions. Several opinions on how to get there. Finally got off at Sants and found the WC upstairs by all the stores. It was free -- which meant that it wasn't that great. As I looked for a suitable stall, there was no toilet paper in some stalls, no lock on one door, another wouldn't close, but I didn't have time to find the ultimate, so had to settle for what I could find! They had stainless steel toilets with no seats. There was soap, water, & a blow hand dryer, though, thankfully. It was still not evident where the train to the airport might be, so we decided to get a taxi & went outside, finding one long queue for all taxis. Cost €30 for one and we were running late; traffic was horrible. We finally made it!

Extra Barcelona airport info: Luggage carts are free, the taxi had an automatic initial charge of €7.50, Warsaw is written Varsovia, and the exit sign says: Salida, Sortie, Sortida (the last word is Catalan, my guess is).

(From Wednesday, July 1 to Monday, July 6, we were in Poland.)

Monday, July 6: Begin Cruise in Barcelona

After we landed back at Barcelona to begin our cruise, we got on a bus to take us to the terminal. A stewardess ran out as the bus door was closing with Jim's notebook, which he had left on the seat - it wasn't essential, but still important to us, as he was keeping a list of our expenses.

We got to the terminal & got our luggage. We were at terminal T1. Jim said that the extra cruise luggage that we left in airport lockers was at terminal T2. So we took a T bus to the other terminal. It was crowded and there was no one who looked like they worked there to ask. We went outside and across the street to a locker facility. We knew it wasn't where we left our luggage, and the attendant explained that there was a locker facility at T1. So we got on another bus back to T1 (It was getting late and we heard that we had to get to the ship by 5pm.) As we went back to T1, we looked for, but could not find our luggage ticket which we needed to get our bags. - Well, we made it to the other terminal, found the lockers, remembered where the locker was & told the attendants, gave our identification, paid the money we owed, and got our luggage and exited near the taxi lines. The driver was good, and we made it to the ship by 4:45pm.

The reason for the locker confusion is that Jim's logical mind told him that the new terminal should be named T2, when in fact the new terminal at the Barcelona airport is T1! A nice terminal, large locker facility right in the airport in the lower level. So now you know.

Also: bathrooms are not as common in public places as in the USA, and it takes some searching to find them.

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