Saturday, May 15, 2010
We were able to meet up with DIS family ICollectBelle at JFK and had a nice chat with them while waiting for our flight to Barcelona. After 8.5 hours we landed in a cool, rainy Barcelona. Processing through customs was smooth. Just make sure you find a "Non-EU" line to go through. Our only hiccup was baggage claim. It was so slow - we waited a good hour and ten minutes before finally collecting all our bags. There must have been some kind of break down somewhere. No biggie - we arrived on time and our bags made it too! For those reading this that will be cruising later, there are PLENTY of taxis waiting at the airport. The four of us plus 5 bags, 3 backpacks and a camera bag were fitted (tightly) into what we in the US would characterize as small-medium size vehicle. I didn't see how the driver could get the bags in there but he did.
We stayed at the Novotel Barcelona City, which is further away from the port that it shows on Tripadvisor. The good news is that it's a short two block walk to the Glories metro station. We bought the 10 trip metro passes and we've had no problems at all using the metro to get anywhere we need to go. It's clean and very efficient. After a 3 hour or so nap, we met up with fellow DISer "sayhello" and walked Las Ramblas. We had dinner at Amaya restaurant consisting of a sausage assortment, a truffled cannaloni, sizzling shrimp with garlic and Spanish tortilla/frittata, toasted bread topped with tomato and a pitcher of sangria.
After dinner, we headed to the Metro to see the Monjuic magic fountain show at 9 pm. We met several other DISers including rashdecision (Rob) and his family, ggleigh (Tina, Andrew and Rachel), ICollectBelle (Donna), Appleguy (Gary) and their family, Pinmeister (Frank & Nancy). The fountain shows were neat - the third show being all Disney themed. Definitely well worth a visit! Tomorrow - the Magic!
Posted by Jlspence at 4:12 AM