After checking into our hotel we went exploring a bit. The hotel is located right at the top of the legenday La Rambla.

Birds and flowers for sale every few feet and more street performers than you can shake a stick at. We’ve been constantly warned to protect our valuables as pick-pockets abound on this crowded avenue.

We walked to the end to see the Columbus Monument

The details in this thing are impressive

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From there we walked down to the waterfront at Port Vell and enjoyed just sitting in the sun and watching the cable cars go overhead

From there we wandered back to the hotel and decided to take a nap for an hour. That was much needed and put us in the right frame of mind. I was reeling a bit from the change. Barcelona is a large city, like New York or Rome. Coming from the quaint small town charm of Seville and Granada it was a bit daunting.

It’s also very expensive here, just like the aforementioned large cities.

Barcelona – Day 1
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