Barcelona, La Rambla
Spanish people are very nice to strangers - or perhaps it is just the
people of Catalunya that are so nice. There is a large
from the way we were greeted in Rome. The people here also
more fun loving as can well be seen on the La Rambla.
La Rambla is a straight, wide walking street about a
long that runs from the port to the Placa Catalunya. Under
Placa is a large metro/rail station. The Placa seems to be
starting point for Barcelona tourism. And La Rambla or the
Ramblas as I seem to need to call it, is the starting point of the
starting point. Here you can easily get your pocket picked as
friend Colette did on her first morning in Barcelona. Theft
this is so common that when you report it to the police they cancel
your credit cards, notify your embassy and contact your airlines.
The only thing they do not do is refund your loss.
you have secured your valuables, the Ramblas is a very pleasant
entertainment. Along the sides of the broad walking area you
hear and see temporary bird shops and flower shops, pet stores and news
stands. More entertaining though are the costumed
who for a coin will wrap their arms, wings or other appendages around
you while your friend photographs this apparition.
Other "entertainers" were working the "which shell is the coin under"
They had their shills who were completely obvious to us but
apparently not to the poor souls taken. The shell scams were
played on the ground with the large Ramblas crowds trying to avoid
stepping on the players. Ouch!
As we walked down the
Ramblas from Placa Catalunya toward the Barcelona port our appetites
stirred and just in time we came upon the Mercat de la Boqueria off to
Mercat is a large fresh food market selling produce, poultry, superb looking seafood,
all kinds of meats and cheeses and much more.
I love to walk around these kinds of markets and whenever
possible I like
to eat at the counter stands that usually dot such
markets. The Mercat de la Boqueria had few such
on that day they were jammed with people eating and others waiting for
seats. Eventually we found a real restaurant within the
and ate there. It wasn't the same however as sitting at a
counter, seeing what you want to order and talking with the people at
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