I was graciously asked to come to Barcelona. I jumped at the chance to finally visit Spain. While I had lived in Europe, Spain was low on my list to visit. I do not know why I waited so long, because Barcelona is gorgeous.
I flew with Lufthansa, and it was nice, despite the layover in Munich. My origin was Berlin, so the ticket was rather cheap. The weather was rather overcast in Barcelona. I was not surprised, I had checked the weather. One day of “Berlin weather” but the rest should be sunny and bright. We found our way to the hotel. The traffic reminded me of Los Angeles. It was full of cars. There was a mobile technology convention that brought 90,000 extra visitors.
We stayed at the Hotel Des Arts, right on the boardwalk near a German consulate, and a Casino. The hotel was gorgeous. You are pulled into a driveway with a waterfall. It reminded me of the Hotels on Sunset in LA. After a long wait at the front desk, we were shown to our suite. We had a gorgeous view of the sea. The room was perfect!
I loved the layout and the fact that I could finally get a nice bath, which I had been without for some time, living in my shower only apartment. This is crazy to me that there are apartments that do no have bathtubs.
I had only three nights in Barcelona, but I tried to do my best in terms of getting around the city and eating what I could. The latter was difficult because we just kept having great food. I had trouble remembering all the places we went to. First place served a drink that was so great. An Old Fashioned. This one was out of this world. We had so many types of food. Of course, I tried the paella, as well as some steak, and pretty much anything I could find with seafood knowing that upon my return to Germany (where I was living at the time), I would not have access to such delicacies. I also took park in quite a bit of red wine and gin and tonics (my favorite hard drink). Everything tasted wonderful. The quality of food is amazing.
I really liked the look of the city, and how central everything was located. It was nice to dress up and relax for a few days, the only care was finding the correct shoes for all the walking. We managed to make it to Parc Guell, and the Sagrada Familia between meals, and long walks on the boardwalk.
Barcelona was beautiful, and I think you should get there once in your life. The Hotel Des Arts was beautiful, the food was amazing, and the vibe of the city seemed upbeat. I had no trouble getting around in English, they mostly speak Catalan there not Spanish, by the way. To me the languages seemed similar, except for the spelling. Hope you can get there some day!