“Barcelona!!!!….It was the first time that we met…

Barcelona!!!!…. how can I forget?
Barcelona!!!! ….The moment that you stepped into the room you took my breath away!”
Queen, Freddie & Montserrat Caballe.

Whenever the name came up, the only thing I ever saw in my mind’s eye, was Freddy on stage in the spotlight, in a bright yellow jacket, white trouses, red piping, legs apart, clenched fist thrust into the air and a sky full of fireworks exploding behind him. BANG! One word, one image, like a smell generates a memory. I didn’t know why.
I do now. Viva Barcelona!!!!

Master showman!! R.I.P.

Master showman!! R.I.P.

It’s hard for me to quantify. Define ‘vibe’. It’s in the look on people’s faces, it’s in the way they speak to each other, happy, excited, you can see it, you can feel it!
‘Hey, it’s a nice day, let’s make the best of it’, attitude. It’s a very contagious buzz. If only you could bottle it. I’ll be honest, I thought I’d hate Barcelona city. The main reason we are here is for the WRC rally on Thursday night, but I did want to see the Sagrada Familia. I don’t normally like big city’s, I think it’s because my main example is London, that’s not a dig at London, but Barcelona is not London! If everyone in London had just come back from an ‘all expenses paid’ months holiday in Acapulco, and when they got back to London, they were told the sun was going to shine for the whole of winter, it may be a little closer… a little.

Barcelona Bus Turistic

Ok first up, just to get our bearings and there’s no better way than a Tourist bus trip. I do like a tour bus/train, it helps you get your internal compass set. If you ever do come to Barcelona (Bcn from here on), I can recommend the ‘Barcelona Bus Turistic’, you get two, 2 hour, + one, 1 hour rides, packed with info via headsets, (18 languages) a guide-book of all the tourist spots on route & a superb map. We took the 2 day option to spread it all out a bit, about €40. The busses weren’t too full this time of year, so we had no trouble getting a seat upstairs. As an idea of the scale of Bcn, it may take you 30-40 mins to walk from the centre square, to the Sargrada Familia and a further 30-40 mins to walk to the Park Guell, that would be over an hour to get back to the centre! I did look at the tube system, but couldn’t work out where to tourist spots were, in relation to the underground names (well done Transport for London) & what would you see from the window of The Tube?
The red route bus trip was great, but after all that sitting, time for a walk… & ‘when in Rome’…

Happy Hippy Bus...They live!

Happy Hippy Bus…They live!

Market off'La Rambla'

Market off’La Rambla’

No Photo's? Pfff!

No Photo’s? Pfff! This lady taking a shot of the chillies got a right ear-bending from the stall owner!!

Wax-Works anyone?

Wax-Works anyone?

This ittle fella's all over the place. Need to 'Google-it'

This little fella’s all over the place. Need to ‘Google-it’. That’s a nice soft stool.

Is it me?...or are they on drugs?

Is it me?…or are they on drugs?

 

….La Rambla!

A pedestrianised road purely designed to extract euros from you pocket, restaurants, bars & tat shops mostly, with the odd scattering of street ‘artists’ & beggars. Ignoring La Rambla itself, (I wish) but branching off it, there are some visually stunning, top quality food markets & open courtyards to wander in. A quick trip around Bcn Cathedral, which I thought was underwhelming for such a major city ….& that’s day one done, back to the campsite.

Another ‘if you ever come to Bcn tip’, is our recommendation of choice of campsite. We are in the closest, open site to Bcn, 30km to the north near Mataro (the o has a squiggle above it, but I don’t know how you do that yet, answers on a post card please) & did we drop on!!?? Camping Barcelona.They lay on a 50 seater coach to & from Bcn, twice per day & the staff really are superb, helpful & genuinely happy to help. I only asked ‘what other ways of getting back to the campsite are there if we miss your free shuttle bus? I was given bus time tables, train time tables, diagrams of where to catch the bus or train, route numbers, the colour of the bus & everything but the drivers dogs name! Crackin’ service! Top marks to Barcelona Camping. Other camp sites are available….

Lazy lizzard. Bcn Camping motif.

Lazy lizzard. Bcn Camping motif.

Tips: it is only possible to book here on-line, they don’t take telephone bookings, or you could ‘chance it’ & just turn up.
It was cheaper NOT to use our ACSI card, just pay the standard tariff for a pitch,€17. The campsite will pre-book all of your attraction tickets & print them out for you
for a very small admin charge.
You WILL need to pre-book Sargrada Familia 2 days in advance! The day we arrived at around 11am, the on site ticket office were taking bookings for 5pm that day!
How we justify the cost: If you were to catch a service bus for three days, to Bcn & return @ €4 per adult, per trip, deduct that from the pitch & that brings the pitch cost down to €1 for those 3 days or €10.14 pn spread over 7 nights, that’s approx £8.11pn..! There is a camperstop 1km outside Bcn, it’s €35pn, urban & noisy. There are wild spots, but near a big city, with Charlie alone all day?…nope.

“Barcelona!!!!…. hope that we will meet again…..some day.”

Back tomorrow 😉

Some pics..

Our lunch table first day, a builders bag of broken tiles, dumped on the pavement on La Rambla. Posh or what?

Our lunch table first day, a builders bag of broken tiles, dumped on the pavement on La Rambla. Posh or what?

Pack-up & a park bench for lunch today. Livin' the dream.

Pack-up & a park bench for lunch today. At least we have a seat today. Livin’ the dream.

 

Building, Bcn.

Building, Bcn.

Mopeds & cycles....every where!

Mopeds & cycles….every where!

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Every street, loaded with mopeds.

5 thoughts on ““Barcelona!!!!….It was the first time that we met…

  1. Stanbytheway

    Hello Peep’s
    Well I have just finished catching up with your exploits, and I must say the top of the world in Lourdes was stunning, and you know me I loved the rant, top stuff, and then just when I thought things couldn’t get any better. BANG! a Dave Allen quote, outstanding sir I take my hat off to you.
    I do think tho that you should try to get your self in on a few more pic,s Wayne, people will start to think Ange is there by her self Hahaha. Before I forget Thank you Angie for my birthday wish it was lovely of you. Anyway chaps will catch you again later on , and looking forward to the next instalment of: Herjeys ? adventures of camping . Stay chilled Stan XX

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  2. Rick

    Wayne and Angie, you’re so lucky, can’t wait for your next blog! How is the wifi booster aerial coping? Can you remind me of its make and model please so I can get one for the 2016 season – many thanks. XXX

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    1. Wayne Post author

      Hi Rick, welcome back. Go to http://www.motorhomewifi.com , order online, we got a router & directional Ariel. It is superb, but, you will only get an amplified signal if there IS a signal to begin with. Very often, with find 30 routers emitting a sinal, but they are all locked. Our best effort was locking onto a signal 2km away & streaming “Cradle to grave”. It’s not difficult to use, 3 clicks and your on. 😁 x keep up the good work.

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  3. Chris/Belgian Beauty ( = our motorhome, not me;-)))

    Hi there, just stumbled onto your blog last night. Glad to have done so. Will be following you from now on, not stalking, though! Did you really use a full year to prepare? We’d better start then too…
    Safe travels!

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    1. Wayne Post author

      Hey Chris, welcome on board. Glad you like it, I hope it just gets better.Yes,we started looking for Charlie Sept 2014, found him in Nov and left in Sept 2015, but could only do the mods when budget allowed. Next post is written, but I’m a little stuck for uploading huge photos atmo, but as soon as I grab some juicy WiFi. Just north of Tarragona 10m from beach 😀 23deg @ 10:30 😁

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