Paris to Barcelona
01.10.2013 - 01.10.2013 32 °C
1st October 2013
We got up very early today - 545am. The taxi came to the hotel at 615am and we were ready to leave this lovely place and head for Barcelona. Gare De Lyon is a big old station and it was very easy to see which platform and where we were to go. After a Starbucks breakfast on the go, and my first Chai Latte for the entire trip, we were on the train and zooming through the countryside - very fast! The train was very comfortable and smooth. It was at some points going 283kph. The time went quite quickly, 5 and a bit hours.
We arrived at Figurers and had to switch trains to Barcelona. I inadvertently read the arrival time on the ticket and thought that we had 1 hour. After we asked for some help on where to go, the man said platform 4, in 5 minutes! We ran all the way back to where we were and it was just on the platform next to our arrival one. We made it in time and after evicting a man from our seats, we were ready to go.
Not quite an hour and we were in Barcelona and hailing a taxi. Our hotel is 20 metres from La Rambla so we checked in and were very happy with the room. It is very spacious and modern The walls are thin and the wifi does not appear to work but it is a place to sleep. We went for our first stroll on La Rambla at 230pm, we have not have lunch so we chose a cafe and had something to eat. A little cafe on La Rambla where we sat and had tapas, pizza and a drink. IT was ok, but not excellent, which happens when you are in a rush sometimes, and do the touristy thing.
We continued our walk to the end of La Rambla and then headed into the Boqueria market. It was predominantly a food market for meat, fruit and nuts. There were also stalls for lollies, marzipan and fruit drinks, chilli and fish. It was very busy. We went back to the room, now 6pm but not hungry at all we sat and had a rest for a while. The room is quite modern but basic. The bathroom is great - all the mod cons. The only problem so far is that the air con is centrally controlled.
At 8pm we went for another walk around the area. Some shops were open, in particular we spent some time in a ceramic and glass shop - it was magnificent. We were still not hungry so we went back to our room.
At 930pm David said he would go and get us something to eat. He came back with arancini, a favourite of ours, and he had lasagne. When he was in the shop they were freshly filling some cannoli so he bought a couple of those as well, to share. It was all delicious.
We are in no hurry at the moment so we can sleep in and have not organised anything - it is a bit of a difference to our last few weeks where everything was timed and planned. We have 3 full days here so no need to rush.