First, I googled Barcelona. Lots and lots of results, too many to sort through.
So, I typed in ‘top sights to see in Barcelona’ and went from there. It didn’t seem to matter which website I looked at, the top 10 seemed pretty much the same – Gaudi, Picasso and the old Churches. OK, that’s done.
The Hotel was already set, so a quick google-map to figure out where it was – within walking distance of almost everything, yeah!! – then off into the www for planning.
Pick-pockets! Rampant. Hello scottevest.com, travelsafe.com and pacsafe.com.
I skipped the travel purse because I was concerned that I would get dragged down a street by a muscle bound professional bag snatcher – attached by a cut-proof, embedded wire strap, because that kind of thing happens to me. Instead, I opted for a ‘dummy’ purse that held a map, pen, paper, and a few coins. I hoped that any thief would take the purse, not me, and ignore the new zillion-hidden-pockets coat.
More googling and suddenly my interest perked right up – Food!
I tossed out the Tourist must-see list and instead made a Foodie must-eat list;
- Hot Chocolate; thick, dark, not sweet, perfect for dipping a churro, or a croissant into.
- Cured Meat; Iberian cured anything – it’s all fantastic.
- Cava; a Sparkling white wine, local to the area.
- Tapas; of any description.
- Paella; a lunch time staple, apparently only tourists order it at dinner time – I didn’t really care, I ordered it anyway.
- Terrone. Entire shops dedicated to just this treat!
I decided to drink my way through Barcelona – Hot Chocolate here I come!!
I bought a map at my local bookstore, cut off all the extra bits, leaving a rough rectangle that included the Barri Gotic, and La Sagrada Familia (my apologies for the missing thingy’s over the vowels, I can’t seem to figure out how to do that). Just so you know, I opted for the paper map vs the electronic map because I was pretty sure some thief wasn’t going to rip a piece of paper from my hands, an iPhone however, may have been tempting.
For 5 days, I plotted every Hot Chocolate Cafe and Patisserie that was recommended by the Blog-world. Only, when that was done, did I go back and plot the Tourist spots.
Then I had to wait for that travel day to arrive.