I took the train from Manresa to Barcelona and needed to meet Leonardo, but I had some difficulty finding him. Finally we met, but he had forgotten the helmet for me, so I had to wait for him to go back home to get it. We rode on his scooter to his apartment. This afternoon I wandered around the streets. At the Cathedral a la Barcelona
I drank from the fountain. It is said that if you drink from the fountain, you will return here.
It is hard to believe how many tourists are in this city at this time. If I do return, it won’t be in July or August.
While wandering, I came across the oldest synagogue in Spain … and Europe.
The XIIX was an ancient way of writing the number 18. That is a symbol that means,”life.” The temple was discovered by a man from Argentina. Only part of the temple has been able to be renovated.
Then I walked on La Rambla, a 1.2 km tree lined pedestrian mall, to the water with hoards of other people. While I was there, they cleared all the people off the bridge to open it for a boat to pass.
The best part of wandering on the streets were the small plazas. People entertain in the plazas by dancing, singing, and just being silly. This man imitates people walking by him. He is pretending that his banana is a camera taking pictures sometimes he pretended it was a cell phone.
I bought a great pizza to bring home for dinner and visited with Leonardo,; planning how to purchase my train ticket for Sunday to Pamplona and what I am going to do tomorrow.
All in all, it was a great day.
August 21, 2014 at 10:35 pm
so happy you are getting to explore Barcelona, one of my most favorite city. I love the Ramblas and all those places you mention.
August 21, 2014 at 11:07 pm
Thanks for your fabulous reporting, Nancy! I am living vicariously through you right now. BTW: Your haircut is very cute.
August 21, 2014 at 11:49 pm
I’m glad to hear about your stays with locals, Nancy. You’re gaining practical insights into local life. Plus, moments of warmth and kindness! Mmmm. I’m hungry for omelettes and herb tea at bedtime 🙂
August 21, 2014 at 11:53 pm
Barcelona is on my bucket list!
August 22, 2014 at 1:30 pm
Nancy, your blog brought back fond memories of Barcelona. I loved that city. However, my friend and I didn’t like Pamplona. It was in 1988, and, I guess because we were Americans, the people we asked for help gave us a run-around. At the time they didn’t have much use for Americans…..can’t really blame them. Many only see the Americans who come there for the running of the bulls, and there is a lot of drunkeness.
Carry on, dear lady.
August 22, 2014 at 4:35 pm
Nancy, great to see you enjoying Barcelona. Brings back memories of the 2004 Parliament of the World’s Religions that we held there.
I hope you get to the Sagrada Familia, the great cathedral designed by Gaudi and under construction since 1893. Walk well.
August 22, 2014 at 5:16 pm
that is really cool architecture
August 25, 2014 at 2:08 am
I wonder if you’ll ever go back to that fountain? ; )