We had a long weekend in Barcelona, Spain to celebrate our anniversary.

The bus connection between the airport and central Barcelona was excellent . Our hotel was in Central Barcelona and therefore it was ideal for getting out and visiting places. The hotel was functional (we didn’t eat there) and clean but the rooms were too hot. On the other hand the weather outside was noticeable for a biting cold wind. It was damp and overcast for the first half of the weekend but the second half saw the sun trying to come out. In the higher places there was snow on Saturday.

We did get out to see quite a few places and used one of the hop on / hop off bus tours for 2 days. I did take quite a few photos but nothing special. For a country that likes to give bold and simple designs why do they need to put up so much hardware everywhere? Other main dislikes: far too many smokers in public areas and too many beggars.

There was a big demonstration on Saturday night – presumably by those protesting about the austerity measures.

Probably the highlight of the trip was the Spanish guitar concert by Manuel Gonzalez at the Palau de la Musica Catalana.

Monday saw most museums etc. closed, the lift up the Columbus column broken, the bridge across to the old port closed for repairs …….

Overall impression of Barcelona – it didn’t live up to the reputation of one of the places you have to visit.

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