8 euros a pop and a ride on the pony. Carrer de Riego 22, in the Sants neighborhood. There was a line...of grey haired gentlemen.
I've had a lot of fun showing kids the wheels and gears and maps of Barcelona's transportation system. Especially a blast when they don't normally live in a big city. So here's a sample of almost everything. I usually start on the Avenue Diagonal just west of Passeig de Gracia, in front of the red brick church (#452). I get on any of the buses going up the Diagonal toward the university, bus numbers 6,15, 33, and 34. Then get off at Francesc Macia, in front of Povim. Then I walk around the round-about and take the first tramVIA from there to Maria Christina station (all three tram lines go to this stop) and get off. At Maria Christina I get on the Metro L3 green going toward Trinata Nova and get off at the Paral.lel, at the far end of the platform I find the tunnel to the Funicular. I ride the funicular to the top station. Get off. From the first bus ride until here I've traveled on the same ticket, punched in the meter each time I get on. Now I'm in Montejuic Park. I take the gondola right next to the funicular (need to buy another ticket). I go to the last stop. Now next to the castle, I go up the road, through the castle gate, up the road and up the stairs to the very top level of the castle where me and the kids can see the working port (not pretty, but lots of machines and sometimes big ships) Now we walk down to the Miramar Hotel. Behind the hotel, on the sea-facing cliff is the Teleferic gondola, I ride that one across the harbor in a little red cabin. From there I walk to the W Hotel, ride up the elevator to the top floor, look at the view, then catch a cab back to where I started.
Since Valentine's Day is coming, a perfect time to celebrate Barcelona's balconies! Big, small, grand, delicate, for people, for flowers, for bikes, forever! Poor Romeo, which one do you choose?
Two days ago on Thursday, a snow dust up on the hill above Barcelona and a couple inches in San Cugat. Everyone sent home from school and work in case of more. Then yesterday was our version of groundhog day. There's no rodent involved, it just needs to rain or snow. Then we call winter, "over!" Instead, dry skies, lots of busybodies staying home from school and work just in case, and "two more months of winter!" Wow, super blue sky after the snow!
By Maia Pay Ozguc
Barcelona Impressions. Be curious. Be present. Be Barcelona!