Unfortunately the weather on our trip to Barcelona was really poor - 1 day of clouds, and 2 days of almost solid heavy rain, which is apparently really unusual for that area.
I booked an apartment, which was huge and very clean, but didn't have anyone on-site, so nobody to ask questions of, nobody to store our luggage with. The first morning I bought cereal and milk for breakfast at a little grocery just a few steps away. The owner had the shop open at 8 AM, then I saw the same guy at around 8:30 that same evening. That's gotta be rough.
We had a disappointing experience at El Corte Ingles, trying to buy new sneakers for Kenny since his old ones (bought in Madrid) were falling apart. We went to three separate El Corte Ingles department stores, just a few hundred meters from each other, and in each one they pointed to another one, and didn't seem to know what was sold where. At first it was a problem because I asked for shoes (zapatos), but the term for sneakers is different (deportivos), and they're sold in different stores. Finally at the last one they did have sneakers, but instead of having all the sneakers together, they had each brand in a different location, i.e. Adidas on one floor, Puma on another. It was a real hassle.
|Walking around the old town|
We asked around Friday to find a "typical" restaurant. Aa guy at the tourist office recommended the 4 Gatos, which we sat down in, looked at the menu, and after debating for a while, awkwardly took our leave - it was very expensive and there was little choice. We ended up eating just a few doors down for much cheaper. The best part of my meal was the beans - white beans with olive oil and a parsley sauce, very tasty. The artichoke was fine too, though I think grilling is not a good choice for artichoke. Other than that, we ate mostly in McDonalds or kebab places, and one Turkish place).
Saturday and Sunday it rained heavily. Saturday we went to the Sagrada Familia (long line, Eric liked it but I could have skipped it). Then in the afternoon we went to the CosmoCaixa Museum of Science - outstanding place to visit, and cheap! Only 3 Euros for adults.
The displays were awesome, interesting, and most everything worked. We met an American family in the cafe who had been living in Barcelona four years, and were headed to San Diego in a few months.
|A robotic drawing arm at the science museum|