Posted on Wednesday, June 16, 2010

As our Crystal Cruise comes to an end, we say goodbye from the beautiful city of Barcelona.  This region of Spain is Catalonia, so the locals prefer the original dialect Catalan, but Spanish is of course spoken (as needed) and most vendors have some English in their bag of tricks. There are many museums housing masters, such as Dali, Miro and Picasso. La Sagrada Familia, Dali’s most famous creation is still work in progress and is a must see.

Like most big cities, you will be able to take the hop on, hop off buses in every direction, but most will begin and end at the ‘heart ‘ of the city which is the famous Las Ramblas. Spanning from the Plaza Cataluna to a very tall and elaborate Christopher Columbus circle, you’ll have more fun here than at Rodeo Drive. Whether people watching with sangria wine, enjoying tapas or one of the many varieties of paella, you will be entertained. The mimes have taken entertainment to a new level, as they come to life for just a Euro. And let’s not forget the flower stands, little ducks, chickens, rabbits, aquarium, and well just about anything the locals want to buy.

Perhaps the most pleasant surprise was the fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, sweets, nuts, fresh fish, well you get the picture — 2 square blocks of fresh delights including little restaurants where you had to elbow your way for a bar stool but worth the wait.

Got to go before the fresh calamari gets cold. Mmm, so fresh.

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