A Week Between the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean.
This is Columbus, the guy who sailed to the new world. Many claim he was not a native to Genoa, but rather to Barcelona.
I spent 9 days in Catalonia because my wife wanted to eat at El Bulli.
If you are not a foodie, this means nothing to you--but it's
arguably the best restaurant in the world right now. It's like taking a hot-lap in a KoenigsEgg at Nurburgring or jumping in the Redbull Romaniacs. Unfortunately it's more restrictive than either and if you are after the fairy tail ending you will be disappointed--it has a 16 month waiting list for reservations and we visited but did not get to eat there. But we still had a great time and many moto adventures on this trip.
First, jump a Lufthansa flight to Barcelona. They serve you Warsteiner in a bottle.
Find accommodations in the "Gothic" district. We are at the Catalonia Port, just a few blocks from the water.
we don't have streets like this in Boulder.
Get yourself a meal--the food is great everywhere. Lots of fresh fishies.
And ham, or Jamon, in a variety of dishes.
This guy was running the green bike rental shop across from the breakfast place, and had just settled down when he had to get up on the curb to avoid the street cleaner.
This place has serious street sanitation, probably because the drunken tourists piss in the streets, while the locals' dogs crap on the curb.
Scooters abound, but in Barcelona they have some unique anti theft mechanisms to disable the front end. Never seen that before. I think there is a market for this world wide--possibly starting with bicycles with an appropriate braze on.
Don't dick around in a big city like this, get out and see it, see it all. The best way to see a congested city, is to be free and rent a scooter.
This Honda or whatever else they have will do. Park it on the side walk if you want.
You are in a foreign land, so take this shit seriously and wear a helmet. And secure your Crocs. ATHSATT! Shout out to my friends at the CB1 list.
This one is for sale and I am tempted to make a purchase--the hand drawn illustration gives you an idea of how free you can feel on a scooter.
This is Barcelona's Arce de Triumph, and while very cool, has nothing to do with either of the big wars as Spain sat them out, embroiled in civil war.
We don't have fine old buildings like this in Boulder.
We scooted up to the town's western limit, and took in the 1992 Olympic Stadium. This was the first time Germany sent a unified team. Evelyn Ashford won her fourth Olympic gold in this stadium. You go girl. This was also the first time basketball allowed pros, and the USA fielded the first "Dream Team". Screw you Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson.
View over the city is amazing.
It's an international city, so feel free to get some ethnic treats like Indian food.