May 2004

On arrival in Barcelona Donna contacted, by telephone, their landlord from whom they had rented the apartment for four days.  He was a charming young man who gave them numerous tips on how to get around in town.  The apartment was located on a walk-street just 100 yards from the famous Las Ramblas and Plaza Catalunya . Las Ramblas is a mile-long fair of bird-sellers , human statues and other persons trying to separate tourists and visitors from their euros.  It ends at the waterfront where those with big-euros can moor their sailboats...something like South Street Seaport in NYC.  They visited the Picasso Museum (showing unusually mature paintings done in his teens), National Palace, The City Museum (an excavation from Roman times) and, of course, the Gaudí museum.

Norbert believes (but Donna disagrees) that  Barcelona does not have much to recommend it except a sunny climate (it was unseasonably cold when D&N were there, they were told), outstanding beaches and wide avenues (now choked with traffic) and Antonio Gaudí.  

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Plaza Catalunya

Beginning of Las Ramblas.

Where am I?

Birds for sale

Do not know who he thinks he is, but he wanted money

Custom house


First submarine model

Miro's serpent

Inside cathedral


Atop cathedral

Up on Montejuic

In front of Palau Nacional

Lovely lady in center of Plaza Catalunya

Our landlord