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    RAil to Monserrat is Difficult to Find

    by BruceDunning Written Dec 5, 2011

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    The connection to the rail lines in the city is at Plaza Espanya. The difficulty is leaving the subway section and then finding the rail lines. They are marked with an ORANGE symbol. Even seeing that, the direction stop get to rail lines is poor in that the signage stops at some places, and you do not know which way to go. To make matters worse, the locals in the subway who work there were little help. They also did not know, how to tell us how to connect to the rail, or which way and some did not speak any English, and my Spanish is okay-but not proficient.
    You need to ask for, or follow direction to get to R5 line-standing for rail. it is at the end of the subway red line and you only know you got there once you see turnstyles to get out of subway system and enter the rail connector. VT people had not explained much about this whole process and detail is for sure needed to save time and grief.

    Map showing connection of bus & rail to PL Espanya
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    Beer is Expensive All Over

    by BruceDunning Written Dec 5, 2011

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    I found that I like to drink beer for a lot of meals on trips. This satisfies the pallet, and warms the tummy. However, IN Barcelona, I was cautious as to how many beers I had. Prices for a normal 12 ounce beer ranged from 5-6 Euro, and that is outrageous. I tried even local beers thinking they may cost less. Not. The only place found after 5 days was one place close to where we stayed just off Parellel near the harbor for 2,50 Euro a bottle. I filled up. We got the tip from some German locals, who searched and found it

    Fill er up when it is cheap

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    Trinket junk All Around

    by BruceDunning Written Dec 5, 2011

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    Every place you go, there can be found on the street tent shops that sell the typical junk trinkets to take home, or some local maps of some sort. It gets tedious after a while to maneuver through the crowds that flock around them to buy something they think is cheap; but not really

    Typical awning tent shop with goods
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    Climbing the towers of the Sagrada Famiglia

    by dlandt Updated Mar 22, 2005

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    This experience, while well worth it, might take some time. The passages are narrow, and only one can fit abreast. You climb quite high, so the only people who should attempt this should be people in good health. Because there will be people immediately behind you in very cramped quarters, it is a one way affair. You start, most likely, you have to finish.

    Tower stair
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    Traffic Jams

    by BruceDunning Written Dec 5, 2011

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    Throughout the city there are vehicles backed up for blocks. I could not imagine the length of line and time it takes to get across the city center, but no doubt long and I would not try to do it. In addition, there appears to be few parking spaces on the street and very few parking lots

    Jammed vehicles in the Pl Catalunya BArely enough space to get by each other Vehicles going al directions Even taxis get  jammed up
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    AT BARS

    by arlequin_g Written Apr 8, 2005

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    Other place where tourists, and locals too, are a target are in the bars in the centre. There are pickpockets that are waiting for the minimun distraction to take your staff, mobile phones on the table and other things. Don't hang the jackets or bags in the back of the chair.
    By this tips I don't wanna make you think Barcelona is an unsafe place, just like the other touristic places in popular cities. If you have the basic precautions you don't have to have any problem.

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    Multi Cultural Issues

    by BruceDunning Written Dec 6, 2011

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    Even though it does not show outwardly, there is a large proportion of people from other countries; especially Indians who operate a lot of the restaurants and junk gift shops. Besides that, there is a Muslim group that probably is not very welcome here, but may be tolerated? Then there are also a large number of blacks from Africa that mostly do not have jobs.

    Muslims in the plaza Mixed group waiting for buses
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    Tourist bus

    by arlequin_g Written Apr 8, 2005

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    Tourists, while waiting in line to take the tourist bus, tend to get distracted and that's when pickpockets take advantaged of it. As in Barcelona the line is in the middle of the street many people have to cross it and that's when they do it. So beware!

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    Charter flight from Moscow

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Sep 29, 2013

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    I arrived to Barcelona from Moscow by a charter flight at saturday midday. The return flight has been appointed in the morning in a week. However I suspected, that the same plane which has brought other group of tourists from Moscow at midday will depart to Moscow.
    So it has turned out true! As a result we waited at the airport 3 hours. Then we waited 1,5 hours in the plane. The delay of flight has made 4,5 hours. What does it mean to fly charter-parties?!

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    Smokers

    by magictravelers Written Jan 26, 2005

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    there are few things I hate in life, but one I hate the most is smoking and I live in one of the countries were people smoke the most. I have seen 12 year olds smoking!! No kidding..... and they ara allowed to smoke everywere.
    Be aware that every single restaurant, bar, store, bus, etc you will find people smoking and they really don´t care.
    I personally have a hard time with this and can only hope for new laws to at least allow non smokers eat without the awful smell of cigaretes!

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    Walking, walking and walking... but underground!

    by Mikebond Updated Apr 28, 2009

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    The metro is usually the most convenient and comfortable way to move in a big city. I don't think it is the case in Barcelona.
    Barcelona's metro has many advantages: it counts quite a lot of lines connecting most of the city and some suburbs, it is cheap and trains run frequently.
    However, it has a couple of huge disadvantages that can turn into a nightmare for people with limited mobility:
    1) the metro stations are rather distant from each other (I think around 500 m on average), so you may have to walk a lot anyway, after leaving the metro;
    2) the stations are built many meters underground and only stairs are available to reach them. Escalators move only upwards and do not always work;
    3) some transfer stations have very long corridors and a considerable amount of stairs. I am speaking not only of "Catalunya" or "Passeig de Gràcia" stations, linking three metro lines and a national railway line each, but also of smaller stations.
    This is to tell you that you may consider not taking the metro if you can't walk much. There are many bus lines that you can take instead.
    It would be of great help if the metro society built elevator moving downward in all stations.

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    avoid olympico

    by paragianna75 Written Jan 6, 2007

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    Avoid olympic area (olympico) for nightlife.Its full of clubs with drunk tourists.And after clubbing there is a problem how to return to hotel, there are a lot of people waiting for taxi and there is only a bus and you have to walk a little to reach the bus station but it is not so helpy as concerns the bus route.

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  • Parking

    by Gili_S Written Jan 30, 2011

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    If you come to Barcelona with a car, be aware where you actually parking you car, this Swiss tourist thought his car is safe in the front of the hotel, but this does not seems to be the case and it will be a surprise later own when notice the car has been gone.... but where to?

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  • Fake goods

    by Gili_S Updated Jan 30, 2011

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    Do not be naive and do not think that you found the deal of your life when those streets vendors offering you some brand name product for a tempting price. All these items are pure fake or stolen. All this is illegal here and I notice when the police approaching by, those guys & goods disappeared in a second like a gazelle escaping a lion attack.

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  • Thieves, pickpockets & scams

    by Gili_S Written Jan 30, 2011

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    In such big city as Barcelona, all is possible, thieves, pickpockets & scams are all just waiting there for the naïve tourist. Don’t make it easy for anyone, keep your valuables and papers in inside pockets and be careful while hanging around.
    As you can see in the photo here, the police might not be that helpful, to escape from the heat they park their car in the shade and having a siesta as well :)

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