Happy April Fools Day Everyone!
Tim and I have arrived safe and sound in Barcelona.
The reason I say it took years is that we have had to cancel three previous attempts to get here. The first was right after 9/11. We were scheduled to leave just a few days after, and chose to stay home. Most air service was cancelled during that time anyway.
The second time we made it to Spain, visited the Andalusia area, but could not swing taking the extra time off to add-on Barcelona.
The third time we were booked on a cruise that departed from Barcelona, but that too had to be cancelled due to illness.
On this trip, we took the SLOW route to get here, but it worked out fine. Leaving Delhi in the middle of the night, we flew first to Doha, Qatar and from there (after a 19 hour lay-over) flew 6.5 more hours arriving at 8:00 this morning.
We have rented a small one bedroom apartment in the Barri Gothic section of the city through Homeaway. It was less expensive than renting a hotel room, has more space, came with a small kitchen area, washer/dryer, microwave and refrigerator. Here are some pictures to show you are new “home”.
The Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic)
After meeting with the apartment representative, we got unpacked and went out to explore our new neighborhood. I am thrilled with the location. We are in the center of the old section of Barcelona, surrounded by quaint neighborhoods, mostly pedestrian narrow streets, small shops, restaurants, fruits and vegetable store a couple of doors down, and close to the metro and several interesting sites.
There is a small bakery with fresh bread, pastries and delicious coffee right across the street.
On top of that we have FREE and FAST Internet service. I am a happy camper!
I am in a sleep deprived fog, so only snapped a couple of shots while walking around but this will at least give you a slight taste of our area.
The Barcelona Cathedral is two blocks away.
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful to have finally arrived in Barcelona after several previous attempts. I think I am going to love it here!